With Black Seeds Of Vengeance, Nile continue what their debut album started, adding more atmosphere and improved chops to the mix. The addition of Dallas Toler-Wade as guitarist/vocalist makes a noticeable difference to the overall sound, and his razor-sharp riff writing can be heard on Multitude Of Foes. Derek Roddy does an absolutely splendid job on drums, especially considering that he reportedly had a very short period to learn and perfect the songs. The vocal performances are top-notch, and make for a very varied and diverse delivery. The main problem with the album, though, is a very muddy and uinclear production that leaves most of the more technical riffs nigh undecipherable. A great release overall, offering a glimpse of what Nile would accomplish with the successor to this album, the classic In Their Darkened Shrines.
Quite massively underrated. Black Seeds of Vengeance is not only absolutely crushing, but tastefully crafted and at times even pretty melodic. Yes, the sound engineering isn't the best, but I personally dig the filthy, somewhat old school sound.
Sadly this was to be the one and only performance of Derek Reddy behind the drum kit of Nile. His playing is absurdly inhuman, both in terms of hyperspeed and creativity. Possibly my favourite drummer they've had, sorry fans of Kollias.