Nile
Black Seeds of Vengeance


3.5
great

Review

by Jacquibim CONTRIBUTOR (54 Reviews)
September 25th, 2012 | 23 replies | 4,481 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An imperfect but critical release for these now death metal giants.

With a name that resonates distinctly within the technical death metal scene, few bands can claim to have a more instantly recognisable signature sound than Nile. Renowned for evoking images of horror via an otherworldly wall of noise, Nile’s position as one of the top death metal acts today is as undisputable as their influences are unconventional and their music is unmistakable. Pin-pointing the essential Nile album is surprisingly precarious. Due to their obvious quality, In Their Darkened Shrines or Annihilation of The Wicked are commonly cited as such. However, these two albums weren’t necessarily revolutionary or ground breaking in any sense, being the products of a formula that’s still being methodically refined and polished today. So if somebody were to ask me what the “essential” Nile release was, I’d tell them to look no further than Black Seeds of Vengeance.

Although there was still much to come from Nile at the turn of the new millennium, Black Seeds of Vengeance represented Nile’s transition from a deathgrind band with a number of Egyptian nuances, to a fully-fledged Egyptian-themed technical death metal band. On their 2000 release, Nile took the Egyptian nuances of Catacombs and blended them seamlessly with the technical fury that would go on to characterise their sound. The album begins largely in the same way as their debut, with an Egyptian-themed acoustic build-up, before catching you off guard by a barrage of brutality. However, unlike your typical death metal release, it becomes obvious that these guys aren’t just focussed on sheer brutality. There’s a hefty amount of middle-eastern melody to be found here, not in the form of interludes but in the guitar-work itself. This dedication to all things Ancient-Egyptian is turned up and notch when Dallas Toller-Wade lets out a bellowing roar, only to be followed ominously by a gong and spine-tingling choir vocals.

If you manage to survive until the amusingly named sixth track, Masturbating The War God, a pattern begins to emerge. These guys enjoy pummelling you relentlessly for the first third of a song, before wreaking havoc with a chaotic solo, usually followed by an “epic” choral finale. This sometimes manages to kill any sort of suspense or anticipation you would otherwise have had in their later, better written releases, as almost every song follows the same brutal-chaotic-epic structure. Nevertheless, despite the sometimes predictable nature of the record, there is much to enjoy with respect to the instruments. Black Seeds of Vengeance sounds properly brutal, with this album having perhaps the thickest production of any Nile release. The riffs that can be deciphered are air-tight in their execution, with intertwined, complex guitar rhythms as well as slow, lingering chords which provide the base on which the Egyptian acoustics built upon. The audibility of individual instruments as well as the lyrics does suffer as a result, but it works in creating an eerie and thoroughly unsettling atmosphere. This atmosphere is no more perfectly concocted than in the 9-minute To Dream of Ur. This type of song would go on to become a mainstay in Nile’s future releases, which is but a further reason for why Black Seeds of Vengeance – containing the first signature Nile “epic” – could be considered Nile’s most radical album.

Black Seeds of Vengeance may not be Nile’s magnum opus or even an above average release in comparison to the rest of their catalogue, but the path it set for the rest of the albums to follow is critical to why Nile is now such a renowned and respected name in modern death metal. By blending two seemingly incompatible styles of music from entirely different cultures, these guys took an atypical concept and made it work, and it’s still paying dividends twelve years later.

3.5/5

Recommended Tracks
Defiling The Gates of Ishtar
Masturbating The War God
To Dream of Ur



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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2012


14299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why on Earth didn't this have a review yet?

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KILL
September 25th 2012


71743 Comments


cos its not that gd or interesting maybe

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CaptainDooRight
September 25th 2012


29095 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

solid al for what it is

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2012


14299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Perhaps KILL, perhaps.

CaptainDooRight
September 25th 2012


29095 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this was one of my past drummers fav metal band

MO
September 25th 2012


18611 Comments


their song titles always give me a larf

ViperAces
September 25th 2012


12428 Comments


Are these more like Technical DM or Melodic DM?

TBliss2
September 25th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules

CaptainDooRight
September 25th 2012


29095 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Are these more like Technical DM or Melodic DM?"

tech

YUJOS
September 25th 2012


918 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album rules 2!

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2012


7996 Comments


Every song title looks like it should be a dethklok song

YUJOS
September 25th 2012


918 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hello Sonic!!

ViperAces
September 25th 2012


12428 Comments


So they sound like Death?

CaptainDooRight
September 25th 2012


29095 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not at all, where did you get that from

YUJOS
September 25th 2012


918 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Viper Ace check: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJERkL8Qmyg, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p7saPx6NnU

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2012


1870 Comments


Yeah this album really deserves a review to be honest, so for that alone, I'll pos. The album itself is part of Nile maturing and expanding their sound into greater lengths, and more complex song structures. I figure that this album is really their most underrated one.

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YUJOS
September 25th 2012


918 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Back in the day Linguist it wasn't underated. Maybe cause they've put better albums after Blacks Seeds and people tend to give more attention to Annihilation Of The Wicked and In Their Darkened Shrines, then yes you can call it underrated.

jayfatha
September 25th 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not one of my favorites from Nile but I think I remember there being a few really good tracks

Donchivo
September 17th 2013


411 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, but I completely disagreewith one Statement:

"...from a deathgrind band with a few Egyptian-sounding melodic interludes thrown into their debut, to a fully-fledged Egyptian-themed technical death metal quartet."

Its the other way round! The debut is the album where middle eastern music is mostly inertwined into the music while on latter albums its only to be found in interludes. Listen to the break in "opening of the mouth" or the horns in "ramses bringer of war", which song on say AOTW has actual middle eastern folklore influences. One reason why there debut is the best nile IMO. It's the most crazy album they have ever done, thou of course later they got more complex and technical, but less original.

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 17th 2013


14299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for the comment, and that's an interesting take on their sound. But I actually found a lot of
the guitar melodies themselves on later albums to have Egyptian vibes to them, thus the aesthetic was
achieved without tacking on gimmicks.

I obviously should've explained that better, but this was only my 3rd review I think. I might re-write
it.



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