Monday, 25 June 2012

NILE - At The Gate Of Sethu (2012)

01  Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
02  The Fiends Who Come To Steal The Magick Of The Deceased
03  The Inevitable Degradation Of Flesh
04  When My Wrath Is Done
05  Slaves Of Xul (Instrumental)
06  The Gods Who Light Up The Sky At The Gate Of Sethu
07  Natural Liberation Of Fear Through The Ritual Deception Of Death
08  Ethno-musicological Cannibalisms (Instrumental)
09  Tribunal Of The Dead
10  Supreme Humanism Of Megalomania
11  The Chaining Of The Iniquitous 

'At The Gate Of Sethu' is the seventh studio album by American death metal band Nile, produced by Neil Kernon. The album is set for release on July 3, 2012, in North America, and on June 29, 2012, in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records.

Nile’s unique combination of Death Metal and Ancient Egyptian sounds has proved popular and since their release of ‘Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka’ in 1998, they’ve developed a strong cult following. The band has only gotten better as the years have passed and their two most recent releases, 'Ithyphallic' and 'Those Whom the Gods Detest', are widely considered as two of their best efforts to date. I was unsure of what my expectations of 'At The Gate of Sethu' should be as following on from the two aforementioned albums is no easy feat.

It’s destructive business as usual until Nile unleash “The Gods Who Light Up the Sky at the Gate of Sethu,” hands down the highlight of the album. With its quasi thrashy opening chords that lead into the ultra crushing and savage middle part all the way until the final 45 seconds or so where Sanders and Toler-Wade reel off some of their simplest, yet deadliest riffs to date, it’s one of the catchiest songs in the band’s history. 'At the Gates of Sethu' continues with five more songs that fall in line with the rest of the album, with the rest of their entire back catalogue. There isn’t a hint of weakness on the album and thankfully they have retained the eerie, haunting atmosphere they’ve patented years ago. There is obviously a big emphasis on rhythm throughout the album but the band’s penchant for sonic intensity is never negated, with scorchers like “The Inevitable Degradation Of Flesh” and “Natural Liberation Of Fear Through The Ritual Deception Of Death” on hand to kick your face in with maniacal glee. The former verges on the chaotic a bit too much but the latter is a total winner that sounds like a thermonuclear-powered reinterpretation of something like “The Burning Pits Of The Duat”, in that the choppy riffs and blasts come at you from all angles like a swarm of very pissed off bees.

'At The Gate Of Sethu' not a daring album for the band and it’s not a different album for the band. This is partly down to the fact that fans won’t want Nile to produce anything other than typical Nile because that is their selling point. It is also down to the fact that Nile themselves don’t have to produce anything other than typical Nile. Time and time again, Nile are able to keep close to their origin and still sound as fresh as ever.

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