Nile At the Gate of Sethu
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glezz
July 7th 2012


235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This isn't overly pretentious. I like that. It's straightforward awesome tech death.

The vocals do seem old school and i like it!

Nile does not make bad albums.

This one seems pretty stripped down and nasty.

The production is a bit flat and compressed but then CRANK IT UP!

The drums are a little subdued and that is the only thing that bothers me at all.

The guitars sound amazing.

Madapaka
July 15th 2012


69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow. Finally picked this up a few hours ago and am taking time to digest it. I've been a fan of Nile since "Amongst..." so I consider myself fairly well versed in their material.



So far I'm really impressed with this disc. I've read some of y'all's complaints, and while I suppose I can understand, I find them to be trivial, and far from taking away from the enjoyment of the album. I've taken the time to switch back and forth between this album and the last, to especially take note of the production values. "TWtGD" definitely has a slightly beefier production, in terms of the guitars mostly, but it seems to me that this album has a greater guitar definition. One of my only qualms with Nile, and such extreme death metal in general, is that sometimes the guitars become so thick that the notes get lost in a sonic muck during the more brutal passages. I like that this album, while far from consisting of poor production, has some clearer tonal separation. This is especially good for playing loud on a full home stereo system.



Opening riff to title track slays. I love Sanders' dedication to letting us know what each song is about lyrically. Talk about a guy who has passion for his craft...

KILL
July 15th 2012


78392 Comments


lol damn

Digging: Bryan MacLean - Ifyoubelievein

Madapaka
July 15th 2012


69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahahaha ya like that, eh? Sorry, I can be a bit long winded. I luvs me moozik.

Kole
July 17th 2012


226 Comments


Just got this, and am heading to the gym. Time to destroy weight listening to new Nile =).

TheHamburgerman
July 17th 2012


1403 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a bit of a grower. Started in my mind with a 2.5, and now it's up to 3.5. Doubt it will go higher than that though.

Kole
July 18th 2012


226 Comments


I thought their last album was a grower too, and this is similar.

chug73
July 26th 2012


2356 Comments


Title track is the shit.

Jotun35
August 1st 2012


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

" One of my only qualms with Nile, and such extreme death metal in general, is that sometimes the guitars become so thick that the notes get lost in a sonic muck during the more brutal passages"



Yeah well... But on the other hand it also creates this massive "guitar wall" sound. I mean, it's brutal death metal right ? It supposed to sound BRUTAL not CLEAR. If you want clear guitar sound in death metal, well listen to Spawn of Possession, they released an awesome album this year ! Nile is much more brutal, less technical, a tad more old-school so the heavy dirty "guitar wall" was just perfect for them (Immolation also switched for a cleaner guitar tune but with much more sucess IMO 'cause Immolation always was about those eerie and creepy distorded melodies played by Bob Vigna) !

Plus the drum kick sound sucks here (once again)... and this I don't understand. Especillay after TWtGD which has the best drumkit sound Nile ever had.

HitlerIsTheBest
August 1st 2012


1575 Comments


agreed. the production is shit.

chug73
August 1st 2012


2356 Comments


Jotun go away. The guitars sound just fine.
Next you will be saying that drop A isn't low enough.
I will agree with you on the drums though.

Jotun35
August 1st 2012


95 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well the sound is ok, not great. And there is some obvious issues with the mix. I really like the vocals on this album but they are too much in front (and the sound of the lead guitar is also quite annoying during the solos... I don't know if it's really the tune of the guitar or just the fact that the lead is too much in front and totaly eclipse the rythm guitar).

Flunx
September 17th 2012


2 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I also think that the guitars on this album sound bad compared to the previous album. This is missing that "chunky" guitar sound and is also less aggressive overall.

ViralOblivion
September 25th 2012


7679 Comments


Is this worth a listen?

HitlerIsTheBest
September 25th 2012


1575 Comments


if its your first nile album, no. annihilation of the wicked is a good starting album. if it isnt your first then yeah, its alright. nothing to jizz over.

rjchaidez
September 30th 2012


5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't believe how much people will complain when a band that usually releases amazing material releases something great. I don't think anythings gonna top "Annihilation of the Wicked", but that doesn't make their new material crap.

hatahs
October 10th 2012


148 Comments


They are just too technical now with this album. Gone are the catchy groovy songs found in Those Whom the Gods Detest and Annhilation of the Wicked. Its impressive listening to it but the songs leave no lasting impression like Kafir, Lashed to the Slave Stick, etc

Turtlestlker
October 21st 2012


825 Comments


I'm a bit surprised at how much interest for this band has dropped.

Turtlestlker
October 22nd 2012


825 Comments


prob

Itwasthatwas
October 22nd 2012


1008 Comments


I mean its hard to keep up interest when you keep releasing pretty much the same album over and over again while generally declining in quality.



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