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Nile - In Their Darkened Shrines

01. The Blessed Dead
02. Execration Text
03. Sarcophagus
04. Kheftiu Asar Butchiu
05. Unas Slayer Of The Gods
06. Churning The Maelstrom
07. I Whisper In The Ear Of The Dead
08. Wind Of Horus
09. In Their Darkened Shrines I: Hall Of Saurian Entombment
10. In Their Darkened Shrines II: Invocation To Seditious Heresy
11. In Their Darkened Shrines III: Destruction Of The Temple Of The Enemies Of Ra
12. In Their Darkened Shrines IV: Ruins

Nile is actually a very original band, their music is a mix of Brutal Death Metal with Technical approaches, plus some melodic environments added here and there, few bands manage to make hybrids sound cool, Nile is one of those bands, now let me review one of their most popular albums, "In Their Darkened Shrines"

The music surrounding the album is magnificent and polished, this guys have a lot of talent that's for sure, the songs are structured and balanced, let's take Sarcophagus for example, this particular track gives the album a nice "Medium tempo" feeling, this track is actually slower than the other tracks but in a very good way, the riffing is not Brutal for sure, but the song flows nicely and it manages to be not boring, the drumming is very good, not complex but hell it's catchy; generally speaking this track proves that Nile has many more things to offer than just rapid beats and impossible to understand growls.

The concept towards this album is good, the last four tracks are attached to each other (check the track-list, you'll understand what I mean), those songs are actually good but it gets really annoying sometimes to hear very similar riffing in more than 3 songs, don't get me wrong those four tracks are amazing as hell and the riffing is not the same over and over again (just similar); the songwriting, as you may see by all those concepts surrounding the album, is almost perfect, the band took care of every detail from the lyrics to the artwork etc..., even the music has some Egyptian passages here and there (just hear the fifth track in the 5:26 minute and you'll see what I mean), so one more time we can realize this guys are more than the average Death Metal band.

I actually like this album a lot, and I will play it very often I think, but I declare myself not a Nile fan, of course I can understand why so many metal-heads worship this band, you can find everything in their albums, from brutal stuff to rhythmic beats, melodic parts and catchy riffs all over the album, so I do not despise the band but I do not worship it either, anyway, I have to face it...Nile is a very good band after all.

Band profile: Nile
Album: In Their Darkened Shrines


written by Herzebeth | 29.07.2005

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What more can be said of Nile that hasn't been said already? They have the distinction of being one of the most creative, most original, most consistent, and most technically accomplished death metal bands to emerge in the past twenty years. Also, I think that they may be second only to Opeth in terms of how well they combine brutality with an epic, atmospheric feel. And In Their Darkened Shrines is, in my opinion, the band at their absolute best.

published 28.07.2011 | Comments (7)


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Lucas - 01.08.2006 at 22:18  
I love this album, my favorite Nile one. I'd give it a 9.5, my favorite track being 'Unas, Slayer Of Gods'.
Stigmatized - 01.08.2006 at 22:32  
It's a good one. Love the review, you made some good points. I'd give a 9 myself though.
Dangerboner - 01.08.2006 at 22:36  
This is also my favorite Nile album. There are many song progressions and changes throughout this album, which maintains my interest the best. :0
markmakmalegre - 18.09.2006 at 12:24  
my all time favorite DM album!!! words can't describe how much i love this album. I WORSHIP THIS ALBUM!!! hell, i'd make love to it if i could....

highlights: Kheftiu Asar Butchiu, Unas Slayer Of The Gods, ITDS, and
The Blessed Dead (greatest dm song ever!)
Paganblood - 02.02.2007 at 13:04  
Yes I agree with others, one of my favourite albums! (for the review
Xtreme Jax - 04.02.2007 at 09:44  
Favourite Nile album so far. Their song structures are incredible which is a big thing on this alum that keeps everything interesting. Excellent album, very worthy of a 9 in my eyes.
Sunioj - 04.02.2007 at 17:46  
I second that, great album, has my favorite songs from NIle.
DOOM - 05.02.2007 at 03:56  
I third that.

Herzebeth wrote: 'the drumming is very good, not complex'.

Are we listening to the same album? Not complex!? Listen to The Blessed Dead and tell me that again. The drumming makes me epoleptic trying to mimic-drum its complexity. Plus it has possibly the greatest epic death metal track of all time on it: Unas The Slayer Of The Gods.
K†ulu - 23.08.2008 at 15:01  
Good review. After reading the first paragraph, I realized I should check this album. I was hesitating before...
Well, overall it's just a good album. But the really memorable part of it is the self-titled four-piece. Very inspiring I must say.
Uirapuru - 20.09.2008 at 19:47  
absolute masterpiece!!! Best album from Nile and one the best in metal scene!! All songs are amazing, Unas slayer of the Gods the best one, represents what Nile is: Epic on death metal 10/10
Thrash666 - 12.06.2009 at 22:32  
Nile is such an awesome band, and this cd proves why. Amazing piece of music by Nile every song is fuckin awesome. 10/10!!!!!!
Ellrohir - 23.07.2009 at 00:56  
I would say masterpiece too...i was never too much into death metal, but this album has great atmosphere and it is great to listen
Boxcar Willy - 22.03.2010 at 16:58  
I like churning the mealstrom good song!
BeastOfMetal456 - 23.08.2011 at 04:09  
Masterpiece. Good review. And the drumming IS technical actually.

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