MetalBite Review by Jack on 9/14/2001
Never in my whole life have I ever been scared of a CD. Nile
’s “Black Seed of Vengeance”
completely horrifies me. Nile
create such a mood of Egyptian history and mythology, that the producers of ‘The Mummy’ and ‘The Mummy Returns’ should have just played Nile
instead of their box office smashes at the local cinemas, such is Nile
’s charismatic melodies.
is brutal, hard and damaging death metal. There is probably no other way to describe this band. “Black Seeds of Vengeance”
’s flag ship (or pyramid if you like), heavy and incorporating every Egyptian sounding noise imaginable, from the instrument known as an Argoul (a double reed oboe), to Tibetan monk’s choir and chants by Egyptian locals. Authentic is one word that springs to mind.
Obviously with such Egyptian musical influences, Nile
’s lyrical topic would be based round Egypt history as well. Titles such as ‘Defiling the Gates of Ishtar’
and ‘Nas Akhu Khan she en Asbiu’
are overly indicative of this, in fact if each track was dissected individually one would know that just by the title Egyptian influences would be prevalent.
‘To Dream of Ur’
is one of the longest death metal tracks I’ve ever heard of, clocking in at nine minutes and is also one of the best on the album, thrusting all Egyptian connotations, instruments and chanting into one epic track. It departs slightly from Nile
’s standard form of death metal, in it being quite slow and the music sounding directionally misled in a way, blasting drums by Pete Hammoura hammer over the top of Egyptian tinged music and create awesome melody with all vocalists that Nile
I can not recommend “Black Seeds of Vengeance”
strongly enough, if not for the music, but also for the painstaking efforts obviously put into this record to create such fantastic moods.
Downright disturbing music, Nile
constantly creep me out. “Black Seeds of Vengeance”
is an absolutely great themed album. Death and heaviness reign supreme.
out of 10