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Nile - Black Seeds Of Vengeance

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MB Rating: 9.3
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User Rating: 7.9
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Invocation Of The Gate Of Aat-Ankh-Es-En-Amenti
Black Seeds Of Vengeance
Defiling The Gates Of Ishtar
The Black Flame
Libation Unto The Shades Who Lurk In The Shadows Of The Temple Of Anhur
Masturbating The War God
Multitude Of Foes
Chapter For Transforming Into A Snake
Nas Akhu Khan She En Asbiu
To Dream Of Ur
The Nameless City Of The Accursed
Khetti Satha Shemsu

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2000
Label: Relapse Records
Categories: Death, Technical
7.9 out of 10 / 214 vote(s)

MetalBite Review by Jack on 9/14/2001
Never in my whole life have I ever been scared of a CD. Nile’s “Black Seed of Vengeance” completely horrifies me. Nile create such a mood of Egyptian history and mythology, that the producers of ‘The Mummy’ and ‘The Mummy Returns’ should have just played Nile instead of their box office smashes at the local cinemas, such is Nile’s charismatic melodies.

Nile is brutal, hard and damaging death metal. There is probably no other way to describe this band. “Black Seeds of Vengeance” is Nile’s flag ship (or pyramid if you like), heavy and incorporating every Egyptian sounding noise imaginable, from the instrument known as an Argoul (a double reed oboe), to Tibetan monk’s choir and chants by Egyptian locals. Authentic is one word that springs to mind.

Obviously with such Egyptian musical influences, Nile’s lyrical topic would be based round Egypt history as well. Titles such as ‘Defiling the Gates of Ishtar’ and ‘Nas Akhu Khan she en Asbiu’ are overly indicative of this, in fact if each track was dissected individually one would know that just by the title Egyptian influences would be prevalent.

‘To Dream of Ur’ is one of the longest death metal tracks I’ve ever heard of, clocking in at nine minutes and is also one of the best on the album, thrusting all Egyptian connotations, instruments and chanting into one epic track. It departs slightly from Nile’s standard form of death metal, in it being quite slow and the music sounding directionally misled in a way, blasting drums by Pete Hammoura hammer over the top of Egyptian tinged music and create awesome melody with all vocalists that Nile use.

I can not recommend “Black Seeds of Vengeance” strongly enough, if not for the music, but also for the painstaking efforts obviously put into this record to create such fantastic moods.

Bottom Line: Downright disturbing music, Nile constantly creep me out. “Black Seeds of Vengeance” is an absolutely great themed album. Death and heaviness reign supreme.

Rating: 8 out of 10

MetalBite Review by Luka on 5/3/2002
I’ve never been a big fan of death metal but after only two spins of this CD I declared that, without doubt, “Black Seeds of Vengeance” is one of the best albums I’ve ever heard in my life! Put on one of those massive round earphones, turn it up, cut the lights and focus all your attention on Nile and let the death metal storm sweep you 4000 years back to a plane of temples, pyramids, serpent-gods and human sacrifice. This is insane and mind-warping music, the band’s gift for creating dark and distant atmospheres is frightening!

The talent and every member’s capability of the most masterful musicianship here is phenomenal: I have never heard faster rhythm-guitar or drums, for example, nor the two played together with such precision and tightness. Forget about Dimmu Borgir or Emperor or other bands credited with powerful and extreme music, Nile would bury them in a second. From beginning to end this dark masterwork will keep you in a mesmerizing state of ancient, timeless terror.

The key to Nile’s creative genius lies with the fact that every aspect of their music has a purpose. The death metal scene today is overpopulated with bands that have no clue what or who they’re supposed to be. Growling and singing generic bullshit about grinding up corpses and impaling women... what a fucking joke. Originality and purpose is the key to everything. Every lyric on “Black Seeds” has meaning and historical background. Verses like “Khetti Satha Shemsu” are left in the original language and taken from ancient Egyptian books, some dating to 2350 B.C.! Now that’s fucking creepy! And the singer’s deep, guttural bellow of the ancient incantations sound like angry whispers of an evil god or pharaoh. The true stories of slaughter, human sacrifice and ancient rituals are perfectly adapted to the death metal primer and while most of the music is extreme and downright violent, constantly accenting the overwhelming death metal blizzard is Nile’s trademark “Egyptian sound” and atmosphere created by guitars or traditional, ancient instruments. This album leaves me speechless.

Bottom Line: My humble opinion asserts that this is the best death metal album in existence!

Originality: 10
Musicianship: 10
Atmosphere: 10
Production: 10
Overall: 10

Rating: 10 out of 10

MetalBite Review by Chad on 5/4/2002
This is surely one of the most involved and utterly amazing death metal (or any kind of music for that matter) albums ever. I’m not going to write a whole review for this, because everyone has already done a great job of dissecting this mammoth piece of metal.

Personally, I think that the best track is ‘Chapter For Transforming Into A Snake’. This song is AMAZING!!!! It is so incredibly brutal, yet very deep and atmospheric. This track doesn't have an intro, or a slow progression leading into the onslaught, it gets right into it!!!! Every riff in this song is genius, and my entire body trembles when the guitar solo starts, and then the rhythm guitar goes into an amazing cascading riff that perfectly fits with the solo... This is musical perfection. This song is reason enough to buy the album!! Of course all the other song rule as well, but ‘Chapter...’ is something special to me. In fact, every time I listen to this album, I put that song on first, then when it’s over, I start the album proper.

Okay, here is my only gripe with the album: The Production. To me, it seems to have too much low end. The album just comes off sounding kind of, hmmm what’s a good way to describe it? Suffocated is about right. There is a lot of emphasis on the low end, that it sometimes covers the guitars and other instruments. To me, I think this album would be perfect if it had the production of their previous album "Amongst The Catacombs..." But, since I’m the only person I’ve ever heard complain about the production, maybe it's just me!

Bottom Line: An essential purchase.

Musicianship: 10
Originality: 10
Atmosphere: 10
Production: 9.8
Overall: 10

Rating: 9.9 out of 10