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Nile -In The Beginning lp


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2017 press on black vinyl with lyric insert and hotfoiled stamped cover artwork

Behold the early days of Nile, a band destined to crush the well-fortified boundaries of death metal with later releases Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (1998) and Black Seeds of Vengeance (2000), both modern classics in their own right. Numerous accolades from the metal underground regarding the aforementioned albums demanded the wide re-release of early EPs Festivals of Atonement (1995; tracks one through six here) and Ramses Bringer of War (1997; tracks seven through nine) — and a close look brings focus to Nile’s development into a creative leader of the underground metal scene. Here, the Festivals of Atonement cuts deserve the most attention — the three Ramses Bringer of War tunes were subsequently re-recorded for inclusion on Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka, an upgrade in recording quality being the only difference — and show, not surprisingly, a less-complex but still youthfully ambitious version of Nile. “The Black Hand of Set” and “Immortality Through Art” boast stop-on-a-dime grindcore-quality tempo dynamics and more concise songwriting akin to the band’s later work, while “Wrought” and “Godless/Extinct” are lengthy epics that bring to mind the deathly doom-sludge of Obituary crossed with Morbid Angel’s high-velocity histrionics. As expected, the Egyptian lyrical themes are well researched and main songwriter/ guitarist/vocalist Karl Sanders showcases his potential for creating instrumentally diverse and unusual material, even if the flutes, grandiose keyboards, and classical guitar occasionally sound shoehorned into the arrangements; his visions were more fully realized on Nile’s later work. Die-hard Nile completists will appreciate In the Beginning more than casual fans (if there is such a thing in death metal circles), although the material is still head and shoulders above the majority of boring, painfully derivative gore-and-Satan fare (Cannibal Corpse and Deicide, anyone?) puked out of the death metal scene in the mid-’90s.

Track list:
1. Divine Intent
2. The Black Hand Of Set
3. Wrought
4. Immortality Through Art
5. Godless
6. Extinct
7. The Howling Of The Jinn
8. Ramses Bringer Of War
9. Die Rache Krieg Lied Der Assyriche

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Hammerheart records

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HHR 2017-22

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