Nile In Their Darkened Shrines Product Type Compact Disc Heavy Metal

Track Title. 1 The Blessed Dead. 2 Execration Text. 3 Sarcophagus. 4 Kheftiu Asar Butchiu. 5 Unas Slayer Of The Gods. 6 Churning Of The Maelstrom. 7 I Whisper In The Ear Of The Dead. 8 Wind Of Hours. 9 Hall Of Saurian Entombment. 10 Invocation To Seditious Heresy. 11 Destruction Of The Temple Of The Enemies Of Ra. 12 Ruins. Call it Discovery Channel metal if you must, but Nile runs circles around the majority of death metal acts that churn out cookie-cutter records crammed with juvenile gore-splattered lyrics and incomprehensible blastbeats. While their third full-length, In Their Darkened Shrines, finds these genre-leaders advancing their sound in minute increments from previous platters Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka and Black Seeds of Vengeance, all can be forgiven when taking into account Nile’s staggering, well-researched thematic depth and impressive musicianship. Plus, like Black Seeds, the CD booklet details the weight of mastermind/guitarist, and unofficial Egyptologist Karl Sanders, which means the band’s work captures the nastiness and pitch-black themes of death metal, while at the same time being a work of blood-soaked historical fiction inspired by HP Lovecraft and ancient hieroglyphic texts. And Shrines is an utterly convincing realization of Nile’s passion and intelligence, incorporating jarring tempo changes — from downtuned doom/sludge metal to concise hyper-blasts — laser-precise riffing and guttural grindcore vocals into the bowel-twisting, and occasionally startlingly melodic, structures of “Sarcophagus,” “Unas Slayer of Gods,” and “Wind of Horus.” But the album’s crowning achievement is a four-part suite “In Their Darkened Shrines,” a truly epic masterpiece in both concept and execution, seamlessly incorporating majestic, sweeping keyboards, chanting choirs, tribal drumming, and battle horns into the mix.

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