Nile - At the Gate of Sethu
Label: Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2012-08-04
Highlights: The Fiends Who Come ..., Natural Liberation of Fear...
If we put history and archaeology on the right hand, and then we put technical death metal and brutal compositions on the left hand, if you collide the two hands together, the desert golden sand will blow and the dust will fill your ears, and this is exactly what Nile always manage to make while creating a new album. The triplex legendary technical death metal band Nile has released the seventh full-length album "At the Gate of Sethu" to leave another footprint on the ground of your mind forever, these guys have always showed the world another kind of archaeological brutality with their passion and inspiration, after the successful release "Those Whom the Gods Detest" the world was expecting another great release, and all the expectations now became true with this new record.
Nile has always been a superb band and different from all the other acts in the world today, the deep rooted inspiration of Karl Sanders gave a lot of meanings to the core of the band and made the technical elements so expressive, and Dallas Toler-Wade have always won his wars against the neck of his guitar, every single pounding riff here shows how the western instruments (such as guitars) can reflect a very deep ancient Egyptian essence. And here is the mighty George Kollias who crashes every single thought inside your head and turns it into mania with his hammering hands, the percussions elements of Nile have been always interesting and professional.
These eleven tracks here hide a lot of brutality behind the amazing artwork that has been done by Seth Siro Anton, the harsh vocalist and the bassist of the greece band SepticFlesh. Nile managed to start some tracks with atmospheric atmoshpere full of imagination and fancy, the track "When My Wrath Is Done" starts with a stringy instrument which gave an ancient depth to the song, the track continued its coarseness and barbarity and seductive solos, some additional keyboards have been added here to give some dimensions too. The same texture goes with the track "Tribunal of the Dead" which I really admire, slower riffing at the beginning of the track helps to warm up your ears before the starting of the blast-beating scenario, the same starting atmoshperic patterns are existed in the tracks "Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame" and "The Gods Who Light Up the Sky at the Gate of Sethu" which is my favorite track in this record.
Some other tracks start with blasting riffs like "The Fiends Who Come to Steal the Magick of the Deceased" and "Natural Liberation of Fear Through the Ritual Deception of Death", at first I was really amazed by the new vocals texture that has been used in this album, because I've never heard it in the previous albums, though I hated it at first, but with giving the album a couple of spins I realized that is not bad at all, this kind of vocals texture pushes the vocals forward and give the throats more organic role, about the growling, I have to admit that I liked the growling of the previous album more than this album, because its way more deeper and clearer.
The track "Supreme Humanism Of Megalomania" starts with melodic riffing style, which is something we dont usually expect while listening to Nile. The track "The Chaining of the Iniquitous" is the longest track in this record and it contains a lot of slow and fast riffing pattern with a lot of melodies and harmonies, the double-bass and the mind-blowing rolls made a big void for the solos and the growling to take a place inside the track. The production of this album is wonderful though I hated the growling, but the mastering of the tracks has united the sound of history with the brutality.
Finally, six albums have been made in the past and a new album is calling for your ears this year, I wont compare this album with any other release, because somehow there are a lot of new and old touches here, so just let your mind judge the brutality and the beauty of this record while giving the tracks a listen, sink inside the Egyptian legends and enjoy every single riff, this record is very recommended for all the death metal fans around the world.