REVIEW: Nile – At the Gate of Sethu

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At the Gate of Sethu
(Nuclear Blast, 2012)
Genre: Brutal/Technical Death Metal

First a warning: I’m a fan of NILE. A very big fan. Love everything the band has recorded so far. So do not expect much “journalistic exemption” in this review. This is the seventh album from this band that certainly is among the greatest formations of the extreme music ever. And if the impression left by the first released track by their label perhaps left the fans frightened, a hearing of this CD confirms – beyond any doubt! – that NILE remains a safe haven for their fans. I say this without any fear of error, after all, Karl Sanders, Dallas Toler-Wade and George Kollias are today one of the most interlocking, efficient, functional and deadly formations of the whole death metal scene.

Besides the bonus material (2 songs), the CD contains 11 tracks, including 2 instrumentals. Who knows their discography will notice the lack of an epic track, with more than 10 minutes, which is a constant in the NILE’s works. This little “failure” was compensated by an intentional return to the old musical structures that make this album closest to the first 3 releases. But the post-Annihilation Of The Wicked phase was not forgotten. In fact, it seems that the band strove to make this CD a true compendium of all their characteristic elements. The guitars command the rhythm in all songs. By the way, Karl and Dallas are two monsters in their functions. Their bases, riffs and solos are a true lesson of how to play extreme metal with taste and brutality. I highlight “The Inevitable Degradation of Flesh”, “The Fiends Who Come to Steal the Magick of the Deceased”, “The Gods Who Light Up the Sky at the Gate of Sethu” and “Supreme Humanism of Megalomania” as examples of how the guitar duo works perfectly and complementarity. Remember that these guys also do all vocals. I wonder how difficult it must be to coordinate the vocals and all these complex guitar lines in a live show.

Talking about vocals, I cannot forget to mention that the voice of Dallas is a little different than usual. This caused me a little discomfort at first hearing. But after awhile, I got used to it and now have nothing to complain about. The instrumental excellence is also presents in the work of George Kollias. I am sure that someday the press will publish that he is an alien cyborg who came to our planet just to humiliate all terrestrial drummers. Honestly, the extreme metal have many competent drummers, but none of them reaches the height of Kollias. The sound production could be more carefully.

When I spin the CD, sincerely hoped for a sound similar to “Annhilation Of The Wicked” or “Those Whom the Gods Detest”. Anyway, this is a detail that not interfere. I’m still waiting since 2005 for the music that will be the successor to “Unas Slayer Of The Gods”, their best epic song ever. But I can guarantee one thing: if you’re a NILE fan, you will remain that; if not, your opinion will  not change. Very recommended work.

Score: 8,5/10.

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Written by: Antonio Jose Bresci

One comment

  1. good review, had no idea nile had released a new record – thank you bro

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