- The Blessed Dead
- Execration Text
- Kheftiu Asar Butchiu
- Unas Slayer of the Gods
- Churning the Maelstrom
- I Whisper in the Ear of the Dead
- Wind of Horus
- In Their Darkened Shrines: I. Hall of Saurian Entombment
- In Their Darkened Shrines: II. Invocation to Seditious Heresy
- In Their Darkened Shrines: III. Destruction of the Temple of the ...
- In Their Darkened Shrines: IV. 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 H.P. 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, with recurring melodic themes marking what is easily the band's most ambitious and effective composition to date -- a pseudo-symphonic death metal soundtrack that conjures up visions of tyranny, slavery, rebellion, and sacrifice to cruel gods. While other acts in the genre are content to create the musical equivalent of slasher flicks, Nile aspires to Lawrence of Arabia heights, essentially beating old tyrants Morbid Angel at their own game. In Their Darkened Shrines transports the listener into the shadows of the ancient pyramids many millennia ago, and explores the brutal psychology of the time as well, thus betraying a level of ambition to which very few bands in the genre aspire. Quite frankly, Nile is the death metal band of the '00s, and Shrines is, for all intents and purposes, a masterpiece.
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In Their Darkened Shrines based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
THISbuyCDthisIScompactdiscAWESOME. Pretty sumbliminal, eh?? Yes, this cd is great. Buy it if you like loud, extreme metal. Soilent Beans thinks Nile is neat. Soilent Beans wants to go to a Nile concert in Texas!
i've heard alot of death metal and there's not alot of bands that can beat this one... this album has everything, if u have seen the movie "the Mummy", this is practically Imhotep's soundtrack... they have traditional instruments and gongs and real cool stuff... this is a must have in any cd collection... beautiful...
Though I have enjoyed Ithyphallic and Those Whom The Gods Detest better so far, this album wasn't bad. I have been gradually exploring Nile's music since I heard about them not too awful long ago, and for anyone wanting a good solid death metal group to check out & are like me and don't like too much of the Satanic or morbid undertones that a lot of death metal artists have, I do recommend these guys to you. When I am in the mood for something out of control & head pounding with some insane guitaring, these are one of the groups I look to. Fantastic! If you are a metal & death metal fanatic, you should totally check these guys out, though I suggest starting with Ithyphallic or Those Whom The Gods Detest first.
The new release by Nile( In their darkened shrines) is a pretty good album. Unas, Slayer of the Gods is clearly the best song I've ever heard. However, I still prefer Black Seeds of Vengeance.
This albumn is unbelievable. The power and complexity on display is almost beyond belief. Its the perfect backdrop for driving 10000 pyramid building slaves to their ultimate demise. I've seen people call it a Masterpiece...however that word doesn't do it justice...its more like a timless classic...almost as though it was written 6000 years ago and has been waiting all this time to be unearthed. 10/10
What is Death Metal? Death Metal is a type of music that is filled with an extreme and violent nature. Isn't it great. Well I picked up the new album from NILE (In Their Darkened Shrines) because I heard it was good. But they were wrong. The album was a mind-blowing piece of aggresive art. I picked it up and I couldn't put it down. All the tracks on the album kicked my anus and sent me on my way for more. Honestly Nile's new album is an album you need to buy. It's speed and intensity is followed by their creepy, dark, and powerful instrementals. Theres no band like NILE and thats a fact. No band out there sound like NIlE and I think no one could. Like I said the album is great and needs to be in your collection.