Written By Braddon S. Williams
Nile: Those Whom The Gods Detest
Combining absolutely brutal technical death metal with lyrical themes of Ancient Egyptian and H.P. Lovecraft influence, South Carolina’s Nile released the crushing Those Whom The Gods Detest in 2009.
Led by vocalist/guitarist Karl Sanders, Nile create a wall of intense velocity, power, and intelligence, with blistering speed and precision.
Song titles give some clues to the depth of immersion into the Egyptian style that Sanders has obviously researched with an academic’s eye for detail…Yezd Desert Ghul Ritual In The Abandoned Towers Of Silence, Kafir!, The Eye Of Ra, Utterances Of The Crawling Dead, Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld, Iskander Dhul Karnon, and 4th Arra Of Dagon.
I saw Nile and Behemoth both perform at the 2007 Ozzfest and both bands literally converted me to Death Metal that day.
The mixture of technique, power, passion, and utter brutality just finally made sense to me.
Before, I had always struggled with the “death growl” vocal style, but seeing death metal properly performed by two masterful bands of the most extreme nature I had ever witnessed was all it took.