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Nile: Those Whom the Gods Detest
Brutal Technical Death Metal
Nuclear Blast Records
November 3rd, 2009
Release length: 56:39
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Those Whom The Gods Detest is the second Nile full-length to be released through Nuclear Blast Records, and only their sixth full-length total. Over the years, the sound of the band hadn’t really changed that much. That is, until this release, where we start to see Nile in a somewhat different light, for the most part, due to different production qualities and differences in the band’s music in an attempt to make this album their most epic of Ithyphallic releases.

Musically, this release hasn’t had much of a change aside the fact that everything sounds a little cleaner and tighter then previous releases since the label shift. However, there is one notable difference on this album, that will make fans feel a little indifferent, definitely lies in the vocals. While the traditional gutteral style is used here and executed well, sometimes it seems as though vocalist Karl Sanders is screaming in a semi-gutteral tone for added effect. While this isn’t too bad, it will take you by surprise, making you feel a little uncomfortable the first listen through. Aside the screaming, you also get really loud Egyptian singing that will appear almost out of nowhere, slowing down the pace of the music and quickly getting on your nerves. If you can look past all of this, or accept it, on “Kafir!”, then you’re in for a treat.

The music found here is pretty intense, and, often, really epic or even over the top, and the vocals are very commanding and really add emphasis to making this album feel larger then life. There are plenty of tracks on here that will just leave you feeling completely overwhelmed, but in a good way, such as with the intense “Hittite Dun Incantation” and “Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld”. However, there isnothing on this album that can compare to the closer track “Iskander Dhul Karnon” with it’s facemelting introductory guitar work. Some people may have an issue with this track, though, due to the slow part of it that kicks in after that intro, which sounds very close to a breakdown. If the song had the same intensity as the start through most, instead of the slower parts, this would have been one Godly death metal cut.

There are moments, like the slower parts just mentioned on “Iskander Dhul Karnon”, on this release that will leave you kind of wishing there was more attention paid to it. As you go through some of the longer songs like “Utterances Of The Crawling Dead” and “4th Arra Of Dagon”, you start to realize that, while these tracks may have the same epic feel they had on previous albums, there just seem to be moments were the music sounds like filler and can become rather dull, or will randomly have Egyptian-sounding music or instruments appear in an attempt to break up some of the monotony, or even repetition from the slower aspects mid-track. The Egyptian instruments mentioned in those tracks do not reflect the introductions and outros to the regular songs, or the very nice instrumental “>Yezd Desert Ghul Ritual In The Abandoned Towers Of Silence”.

The first few tracks of the album do come off a bit rough due to various reasons, and “Iskander Dhul Karnon” is an absolute let down, but mostly the scream-oriented gutteral vocals used, as well as the longer tracks not having the same value that previous songs like them had to hold your attention. Luckily it’s just the two longer tracks that don’t quite have the same impact, as the rest of this release will leave you feeling like you were just hit with some sort of Egyptian sledgehammer. After a few listens to become accustomed to these new features, you’ll realize that, as a whole, Those Whom The Gods Detest is a strong release, and one of the more enjoyable Death Metal albums to hit in 2009.

01. Kafir! – 6:50
02. Hittite Dun Incantation – 3:48
03. Utterances Of The Crawling Dead – 5:09
04. Those Whom The Gods Detest – 8:07
05. 4th Arra Of Dagon – 8:40
06. Permitting The Noble Dead To Descent To The Underworld – 3:32
07. Yezd Desert Ghul Ritual In The Abandoned Towers Of Silence (Instrumental) – 2:33
08. Kem Khefa Khesef – 6:18
09. The Eye Of Ra – 5:01
10. Iskander Dhul Karnon – 6:41
Overall Score: 7/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by personal funds.