MetalBite Review by Adam M on 3/27/2010
try to deliver a powerful tour de force with this album and it differs from the more versatile "In Their Darkened Shrines"
in that matter primarily. They try to create an overwhelming sound that overtakes the listener and pulls him in. There is however a slight fragmentation of sound that prevents it from being their best work, I think. The focus is still largely there, but the band doesnít come together as nicely and interestingly as they do on "..Shrines"
. Make no mistake though, this material is still just as ferocious as Nile
are known to be and brings some huge chops to the table.
The band really put a pressure packed approach into use with this disc. The track '4th Arra Of Dagon' has an interesting build up that is one of the best moments to be found on "Those Whom The Gods Detest"
. However, there is nothing like 'Unas, Slayer Of The Gods' to be found as the album sticks to a shorter, more potent approach. The remainder of the disc shows more versatility, but even more straight up power throughout. Nile
are good at creating an atmosphere no matter what they do and this has an epic flair that is different than "In Their Darkened Shrines"
, but still worthy in its own way.
The album makes up for a slight lack of an interesting identity with consistent, solid Death Metal that constantly excites the listener at each moment. It takes a bit of time to digest everything thatís present, but the album comes into greater focus on multiple listens. I donít think this is quite the bandís best work, but it is more great material in what is becoming a long line of excellence for one of Death Metalís elite.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.0 out of 10