Nile – At The Gates of Sethu (Nuclear Blast/Riot)

The masters of egyptology are back.
Release Date: 
3 Jul 2012 - 12:30pm

After the good album Those Whom the Gods Detest released 3 years ago, At The Gates of Sethu shows a renewed Nile, and sacred be the Gods of Ancient Egypt, I dare to say this is the best Nile CD since Amongst The catacombs of Nephren-Ka.  Okay you might have your  fave Nile title, so put in this way: this is the best CD since (insert fave CD here).

Never a has a band sounded so solid, tight, brutal, and it’s no secret that Nile is my favourite Brutal Death Metal band, and whatever my quarrels with the style, they were the ones who kept my interest alight with it throughout the years. 

So when the first accords of Enduring the Eternal Molestation of Flame started to explode from my speakers, my head almost rolled on the floor. Brutal and incomprehensible at the very first heed, it’s proven that Nile IS NOT for everyone, and a volatile audition would not work for this CD. I challenge you: you heard it, you didn’t like it, hear it again and have your eardrums destroyed by the magic of mystical Gods. Brutal to the bone with lots of passages, rapid phrases, this song sets up the confusion into infidel’s minds. 

Second song The Fiends Who Come to Steal the Magick of the Deceased, is even more brutal, more guttural, more destructive, more complicated and more marvellous but it is on the third track that dwells my favourite anthem of this album: The Inevitable Degradation of Flesh is one these tracks that keeps bumping on the stereo for days in a row. 

The surprises won’t stop and When My Wrath Is Done has a solo that appears in the middle of nowhere, after some minutes of roaring in a no certain order, but that’s where the beautiful of At The Gates of Sethu lives: you never know what comes next and on each hearing the unexpected keeps on appearing. 

A short epic intermezzo on Slaves of Xul and less than one minute after, The Gods Who Light Up the Sky at the Gate of Sethu brings the violence back. I have to concur that this is the least catchy song that I heard this year, but not because it’s bad. It’s because it’s difficult to keep up with all the parts, vocalizations, phrases, solos. 

Natural Liberation of Fear Through the Ritual Deception of Death is another bombshell of nuclear destruction and the rate of bpms here are just too high for just one neck. I can’t get enough. Over again the guitars in the song are supernatural and paramount.

Another interesting pause called Ethno-Musicological Cannibalisms and Tribunal of the Dead with its over the top heaviness appears on the black horizon. Another neckbreaker that will leave the poseurs aside, another confusing yet enticing track. 

Supreme Humanism of Megalomania: arrrrrghhhh another one of my faves of the album, the riff keeps on repeating, here and there, and the sensation of self implosion is inevitable.

To finish the storm, the somewhat cinematographic The Chaining of the Iniquitous, with some parts resembling an epic soundtrack, with its snail-paced death metal, 7-minute exaggerated (I won’t say pharaonic, hehehehe) pomp, with plenty of technical solos, jugglery and so on.

Some people shall complain that it has too much going on in just 47 minutes of CD, but although I never claimed to be the truth owner, just don’t believe if you read a bad review about this album, for it’s one of the best releases of 2012 and it will be my weapon of choice everytime I decide to hear something extremely brutal.