Nile
Annihilation of the Wicked


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ad Absurdum USER (11 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2005 | 368 replies | 36,477 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


18 of 19 thought this review was well written

Nile - Annihilation of the Wicked (2005)

The latest release from the brutal death metallers goes by the name of Annihilation of the Wicked, and the use of the word 'Annihilation' is very apt to describe this album. After the preview song 'Lashed to the Slave Stick' was set loose, I was a little bit worried; it wasn't quite Nile in my opinion. However, after the brief introduction the album kicks in with 'Cast Down the Heretic' which is hard, fast and totally ***ing brutal. There's plenty of double bass, and the drumming on the whole is technically excellent - blastbeats and speedy fills aplenty throughout. The riffs are great too, fast and down-tuned, however they can also be surprisingly catchy aswell.

There is quite a range of music here, from the uptempo technical warfare that is 'The Burning PIts of the Duat' to the slow and exhausting epics like 'User-Maat-Re', Nile are a surprsingly diverse band. The latter track mentioned, 'User-Maat-Re', starts out with some typical Egyptian sounded clean guitar before exploding into the double bass drumming and heavy, palm-muted riffing you would expect from Nile. When the vocals come in, it seems alot slower as the guitars hold their chords (although Kollias still hammers away on the drums) and Sander's powerful growling drags the song along. This song is definately a long one, at over 9 minutes long it cycles throughout many different sides to Nile, there's the Egyptian intro; the slow, powerful intro; the quicker, more agressive sections; and of course the incredible, anguish filled solo.

And then, immediately following the epic track, is something totally different. 'The Burning Pits of the Duat' is short, fast, hard and technical. The whole song is executed very well though, and this short song (under 4 minutes) still manages to come across as one of the most powerful on the album. Whilst the usual death metal formula is held underneath, a nice touch is added at points my a haunting guitar arpeggiating above this which compliments Sander's vocals. The song has some typical soloing thrown in over the top that doesn't add to the song an awful lot in my opinion, but the music on the whole is excellent, particularly when the song comes to the climax at the end.

There are lot's of good songs on this album though, all displaying Nile's abilities differently. As I previously mentioned, 'Lashed to the Slave Tick' disappointed me a bit, but everything else on the album is pure gold. 'Chapter of Obesiance Before Giving Breath to the Inert One in the Presence of the Crescent Shaped Moon' has an awesome lead throughout it that will constantly be stuck in your head, 'Spawn of the Uameti' is the Egyptian sounding instrumental that we all know, love and expect from Nile by now that builds into the epic title track which is easily one of the best songs on the album. The last song, 'Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten' is another excellent song with is heavy, stop-start rffs and Egyptian interlude.

However, I feel I should point out that this album isn't as Egyptian as most Nile stuff. There are still Egyptian parts, and Egyptian sounding melodies, but it isn't as clearly obvious as these sections had been on previous Nile albums. In my opinion this isn't a bad thing, as they more than make up for this in sheer brutality, whilst still keeping enough of the Egyptian influences to set them apart from other death metal bands.

Overall, this is a great album, it's up there with In Their Darkened Shrines and The Black Seeds of Vengeance in my opinion, which is an achievement in itself. I recommend this album to fans of death metal everywhere, and I would say 'Cast Down the Heretic', 'User-Maat-Re' and 'Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten' if you feel you need a listen before buying the album.



Recent reviews by this author
Carcass Symphonies of SicknessAutopsy Severed Survival
Akercocke The Goat of MendesDeath Leprosy
Darkthrone Under a Funeral MoonDeath Spiritual Healing
user ratings (884)
Chart.
4
excellent
other reviews of this album
James Grant (4)
Egyptian insanity....

James (4.5)
Annihilation for the Wicked is one of, if not the, best album by Nile. Brutal, unrelenting, insane, ...

Grant Hunter (4.5)
Blistering speed and amazing technicality, "Annihilation of the Wicked" is a stunning achievement in...


Comments:Add a Comment 
EdwardTheGreat
June 2nd 2005



57 Comments


Whilst I would agree with the comment above about the album, it is otherwise a near perfect review. Everything you could want from a review is in it. Brilliant review, i just dont like the album.

Ad Absurdum
June 2nd 2005



44 Comments


Wow, well thanks for the huge compliment on my review but I'm surprised the album was so unpopular. Are you guys usually fans of Nile's music?

superpeer
June 2nd 2005



257 Comments


Nice review. The album is on my wishlist.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 2nd 2005



2125 Comments


Nice review. Nile are a decent band from what I've heard. I've got "In Their Darkened Shrines", it's alright but pretty bland. This has their best cover art so far though/

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 2nd 2005



2125 Comments


hi greg

black\m/metal
July 22nd 2005



24 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I disagree, this album is awesome! Not much not to like if you ask me, my personal song is Annihilation of the Wicked. Awesome cd, id give it a 4.5/5

circleofdeadchildren
August 10th 2005



119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice Review,this cd kicks ass.
My Favorite song has to be lashed to the slave stick.This Message Edited On 11.24.05

Shadows
Moderator
August 10th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album kicks ass. I really need to buy it.

canadapantsman
September 19th 2005



236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a great album. the instrumentation is pretty muchly flawless, and the riffs are just to die for. and they should be, what with this being death metal and all. as far as the "brutal" death metal bands, nile is the only one i find worth listening to, though ive heard carcass is good. my favorite track would probably be cast down the heretic or user-raat-re. or lashed to the slave stick. whatever, it doesnt matter cuz i love them all. buy this album now, even if you arent a fan of the genre (like myself)

Ace_of_Bass2112
September 26th 2005



257 Comments


just bought this album and it blew me away

awsome review

Shattered_Future
September 26th 2005



1539 Comments


I've heard stuff from this...it's what I expect from Nile. Hard, brutal, fast, and unbelievably phenomonal.

I should pick this up sometime...

Nile is one of the only straight up death metal bands I can listen to. Their music has some magical quality (probably the egyptian stuff) that makes it so awesome.

Dead_Trench
October 12th 2005



159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. I've got to pick this up. I've only heard Sacrifice Unto Sebek but I know Nile for a good quality and consistency so I'm sure they won't disappoint.

Leper Affinity
October 12th 2005



89 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can't believe I still don't own this yet. It's right up on par with the other Nile albums.

Toaster
October 12th 2005



343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nile is the best. Coolest overall vibe of any band.

I'm Charming
October 12th 2005



332 Comments


I still don't have this, I only have In their darkened shrines or whatever its called.

Toaster
October 13th 2005



343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[quote=Man Made God]I still don't have this, I only have In their darkened shrines or whatever its called.[/quote]

Do you like it? I've heard people say it's too sloppy or whatever, but I love it from the bottom of my heart. This is second best, though.

Leper Affinity
October 13th 2005



89 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Saying Nile is sloppy is downright false. No question about it.

I'm Charming
October 13th 2005



332 Comments


I love in their darkened shrines. The recording quality wasnt the best though. Alot of burns sound better than that original.

Huber
October 14th 2005



66 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just got this album a couple days ago. I'd say it's very close to becoming my favorite of 2005. It's really good.

Apocalyptic Raids
November 7th 2005



810 Comments


My favourite Nile album so far. (I don't have In Their Darkened Shrines yet)



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy