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Nile - Those Whom The Gods Detest

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MB Rating: 8
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User Rating: 8.2
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Hittite Dung Incantation
Utterances Of The Crawling Dead
Those Whom The Gods Detest
4th Arra Of Dagon
Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld Video
Yezd Desert Ghul Ritual In The Abandoned Towers Of Silence
Kem Khefa Kheshef
The Eye Of Ra
Iskander D'hul Karnon

Type: Full-Length
Release Date: 2009
Label: Nuclear Blast
Categories: Death, Technical, Brutal
8.2 out of 10 / 30 vote(s)

MetalBite Review by Adam M on 3/27/2010
Nile 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

Musicianship: 8.5
Atmosphere: 8.0
Production: 8.5
Originality: 7
Overall: 8.0

Rating: 8.0 out of 10