Rating:
8.0
Nile - Those Whom The Gods Detest
30 October 2009


01. Kafir
02. Hittite Dung Incantation
03. Utterances Of The Crawling Dead
04. Those Whom The Gods Detest
05. 4th Arra Of Dagon
06. Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld
07. Yezd Desert Ghul Ritual In The Abandoned Towers Of Silence
08. Kem Khefa Kheshef
09. The Eye Of Ra
10. Iskander Dhul Kharnon


Those Whom The Gods Detest is an intense, explosion of technical death metal that immediately upstages the band's most recent releases. Nile pulled out all the stops with this one, but unfortunately still produced nothing that will keep you addicted two months down the line. The Nile name can never be overlooked however, and within Those Whom The Gods Detest you will find a death metal album of all the usual Nile traits, which includes the band's usual inexplicable musicianship.

Early impressions of the album are the best ones you'll have of it. However some of these death metal eruptions such as "Hittite Dung Incantation" and "Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld" may simply never get old. When Nile are on the ball, they absolutely kill it. The good thing about Those Whom The Gods Detest is that the band are on the ball more than they have been for the best part of a decade. Where Nile struggle however, is pulling together a full-length album that is consistently relentless in its brilliance. Since the band started putting out longer albums, we have been haunted by longer songs such as the dragging "4th Arra Of Dagon" that sometimes even come close to ten minutes. Ambition is one thing, but if you look back at where Nile are in their element, it isn't there.

Egyptian influence, some of the best vocals in death metal, and some of the most punishing drumming this side of the pyramids. Those Whom The Gods Detest has it all, but unfortunately it also has too much. Take out the twenty most tedious minutes of this otherwise long death metal album, and we could have been staring at the best album the band have ever put out. When Nile are good, they are simply the best. The problem with Those Whom The Gods Detest is that once again the band tried to be too ambitious and the result is a dreary average song length of pushing six minutes.

Nile have such potential to put out one of those great death metal albums you'll always remember, and Those Whom The Gods Detest is the closest the band have come to making that dream a reality in recent years. But also, let us not overshadow the terrifying intensity the band have had ignited within once more with the shorter songs of the album. This is an at-times mesmeric and awe inspiring album, but unfortunately also a little dull at other times.

Once again Nile flash their unrivalled talent and ability to blow you away with the power of death, but also remind you that they have become incapable of condensing material down into that whole, manageable, complete album.

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Death metal
Nuclear Blast
USA
Length: 56:36

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 9


Band profile: Nile
Album: Those Whom The Gods Detest


 



Written on 04.11.2009 by
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I_Die_Often - 09.05.2010 at 02:54  
As with every Nile album, I love it!
Horus - 13.10.2010 at 11:39  
Great album! Cant wait to see them soon
KneeSlider - 20.01.2011 at 07:33  
I think the leangth of the songs is sustational for delivering the true epic side of Nile. Since In Their Darkened Shrines Nile fans have been expecting epic doom songs, and For Whome The Gods Detest perfected this. In comparison to their slower doom feel from the previus album.
Otherwise a great review.
Kuroboshi - 15.02.2011 at 15:56  
4th Arra of Dagon absolutely slays live!
This might be my favorite Nile album. But they're all excellent, really.
Deadmeat - 15.02.2011 at 18:48  
Written by Kuroboshi on 15.02.2011 at 15:56

4th Arra of Dagon absolutely slays live!

is it really that great live? i've found it awful in the album comparing it with most of the shorter songs....
Baz Anderson - 15.02.2011 at 19:38  
I thought "4th Arra of Dagon" was the low-point live.
Kuroboshi - 16.02.2011 at 05:05  
I thought it was a nice breather, and it's awesome to headbang to, whereas other nile songs often are a bit too fast for me.
For me, their low-point live must be that Sanders is like, "Now we're gonna play something really awesome from (random)!!! DO YOU WANNA HEAR IT!?" after like _every_ song. At the end of the setlist, I couldn't shout anymore..
@gent_-_orange - 17.04.2011 at 16:37  
4th Arra of Dagon IMO should have been cut from the album... I always end up skipping it, it is just boring to me.
Deadmeat - 18.04.2011 at 00:00  
Written by @gent_-_orange on 17.04.2011 at 16:37

4th Arra of Dagon IMO should have been cut from the album... I always end up skipping it, it is just boring to me.

it is awfull. i'd give a 9 to the album without it. but now, 8.
@gent_-_orange - 18.04.2011 at 00:01  
Written by Deadmeat on 18.04.2011 at 00:00

Written by @gent_-_orange on 17.04.2011 at 16:37

4th Arra of Dagon IMO should have been cut from the album... I always end up skipping it, it is just boring to me.

it is awfull. i'd give a 9 to the album without it. but now, 8.

Exactly, it just stops the momentum of the album dead in its tracks. Still though everything else on this album is very enjoyable.
Deadmeat - 18.04.2011 at 00:16  
Written by @gent_-_orange on 18.04.2011 at 00:01

very enjoyable.

very enjoyable, yes. but there is also awesome music on the album. i mean AWESOME. and that's one more reason why i am very unhappy when next to awesome stuff i listen to more boring and shitty stuff. because i see that the band has the potential to reach the top and create a masterpiece but they dont...
@gent_-_orange - 18.04.2011 at 00:29  
Written by Deadmeat on 18.04.2011 at 00:16

Written by @gent_-_orange on 18.04.2011 at 00:01

very enjoyable.

very enjoyable, yes. but there is also awesome music on the album. i mean AWESOME. and that's one more reason why i am very unhappy when next to awesome stuff i listen to more boring and shitty stuff. because i see that the band has the potential to reach the top and create a masterpiece but they dont...

Niles first three records i hold i high regard and consider them excellent, They were Masterpieces in my opinion, Everything after that has been good/great if a little safe with a filler song here and their. Nile still have the potential to release another In Their Darkened shrines or Black seeds IMO... hopefully they will realize this themselves. Still this is a good album 8/10 for me.
Deadmeat - 18.04.2011 at 09:48  
Written by @gent_-_orange on 18.04.2011 at 00:29

Written by Deadmeat on 18.04.2011 at 00:16

Written by @gent_-_orange on 18.04.2011 at 00:01

very enjoyable.

very enjoyable, yes. but there is also awesome music on the album. i mean AWESOME. and that's one more reason why i am very unhappy when next to awesome stuff i listen to more boring and shitty stuff. because i see that the band has the potential to reach the top and create a masterpiece but they dont...

Niles first three records i hold i high regard and consider them excellent, They were Masterpieces in my opinion, Everything after that has been good/great if a little safe with a filler song here and their. Nile still have the potential to release another In Their Darkened shrines or Black seeds IMO... hopefully they will realize this themselves. Still this is a good album 8/10 for me.

i agree on both the rating and the past of the band. i just dont believe they've released more than 1 masterpiece:in their darkened shrines....
@gent_-_orange - 18.04.2011 at 20:57  
Written by Deadmeat on 18.04.2011 at 09:48

Written by @gent_-_orange on 18.04.2011 at 00:29

Written by Deadmeat on 18.04.2011 at 00:16

Written by @gent_-_orange on 18.04.2011 at 00:01

very enjoyable.

very enjoyable, yes. but there is also awesome music on the album. i mean AWESOME. and that's one more reason why i am very unhappy when next to awesome stuff i listen to more boring and shitty stuff. because i see that the band has the potential to reach the top and create a masterpiece but they dont...

Niles first three records i hold i high regard and consider them excellent, They were Masterpieces in my opinion, Everything after that has been good/great if a little safe with a filler song here and their. Nile still have the potential to release another In Their Darkened shrines or Black seeds IMO... hopefully they will realize this themselves. Still this is a good album 8/10 for me.

i agree on both the rating and the past of the band. i just dont believe they've released more than 1 masterpiece:in their darkened shrines....

Its all opinions i guess but for me the first three records tower over anything else they have made.
Maxx666 - 14.05.2011 at 10:52  
Every thing about this album is top notch except those Arabic chanting, they pisses me off.... Other than that this is one of the best album out there, relentless brutality, superb technicality, perfect execution... An nice review as always
Sulac - 19.08.2011 at 07:42  
I'm that lonely soul who thinks 4th Arra Of Dagon is the best track. Ah well. It just hooks me.
Apothecary - 12.01.2012 at 16:41  
Personally, I think Nile actually has made "one of those great death metal albums you'll always remember" already with Annihilation of the Wicked. I can easily see that album (and possibly In Their Darkened Shrines too) achieving classic death metal status within the next decade.
psykometal - 16.01.2012 at 02:13  
Written by Apothecary on 12.01.2012 at 16:41

Personally, I think Nile actually has made "one of those great death metal albums you'll always remember" already with Annihilation of the Wicked. I can easily see that album (and possibly In Their Darkened Shrines too) achieving classic death metal status within the next decade.

I have to agree with this completely, both of these albums are completely memorable for me and are my 2 faves in Nile's catalogue...
SSM - 23.04.2012 at 20:16  
Written by Sulac on 19.08.2011 at 07:42

I'm that lonely soul who thinks 4th Arra Of Dagon is the best track. Ah well. It just hooks me.


You're not alone, it's one the best in this album IMO.
Anyway, it's a bit strange for someone like me to listen to someone from USA screaming about things I hear everyday!

Great album overall.

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