At The Gate Of Sethu

Written by: PP on 15/11/2012 23:37:46

It used to be Morbid Angel until "Illum Divinum Insanus". Nowadays it's Nile. I'm of course talking about the altar at which the death metal elitists worship when it comes to any discussion about the truest and most accomplished death metal band of the last two decades. And it's for a reason. It doesn't get any more brutal, technical, and twisted as Nile when it comes to death metal, for which their seventh studio album "At The Gate Of Sethu" is further proof. Even though Death are the ultimate legends within the genre, you're starting to see arguments surface whether Nile could claim the throne of the genre soon, especially if they keep setting (or rather, upholding) the standards and benchmarks within death metal.

Just like its predecessors, "At The Gate Of Sethu" is viciously fast and uncompromising in every detail of its nature. The serpentine style riffs rage and ravage the soundscape, leaving nothing but destruction and endless flows of hair behind at live shows, that is, until the air guitars are taken out during any of the many, insanely technical guitar solos that aren't exactly in scarcity here. Monstrously low growls transition into standard brutal death metal growls and higher pitch shrieks from time to time, only to be interrupted by ethnic instrumentation that draws from ancient Egypt in pitch-black twists of the songs that sound more evil than the majority of black metal bands put together. So essentially, we're talking classic Nile here, especially when considering the many ethnic passages interrupting the death metal worship.

It's certainly not the best album of their discography, but I don't see any reason for the death metal purists to be complaining about Nile's direction in 2012. Yes, you can argue that the production on especially the heaviest sections could be much better (in fact, it's uncharacteristically unclear for a Nuclear Blast release), but that's just nit-picking on a quality death metal release by a band that continues to explore their vast musical capabilities within the realm of the genre.


Download: The Inevitable Degradation Of Flesh, The Gods Who Light Up The Sky At The Gate Of Sethu
For the fans of: Decapitated, Death, Dying Fetus, Melechesh, Morbid Angel
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Release date 03.07.2012
Nuclear Blast

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