Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked


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Release date: 23 May 2005
Style: Brutal death metal, Technical death metal

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01. Dusk Falls Upon The Temple Of The Serpent On The Mount Of Sunrise
02. Cast Down The Heretic
03. Sacrifice Unto Sebek
04. User-Maat-Re
05. The Burning Pits Of The Duat
06. Chapter Of Obeisance Before Giving Breath To The Inert One In The Presence Of The Crescent-Shaped Horns
07. Lashed To The Slave Stick
08. Spawn Of Uamenti
09. Annihilation Of The Wicked
10. Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten
11. Sss Haa Set Yoth [Japanese bonus]

The Best Death Metal Album Of 2005
Top 20 albums of 2005: 14

Line-up
Karl Sanders - guitars, lead vocals, bağlama, saz, keyboards, bouzouki
Dallas Toler-Wade - guitars, vocals
George Kollias - drums, percussion
Jon Vesano - bass, vocals

Guest musicians
Mike Breazale - exorcism chants, pazuzu bowl

Additional info
Released via Relapse Records.

Recorded at The Sound Lab in Columbia, South Carolina, December 2004 - January 2005.
Mixed at Rax Trax in Chicago.
Recorded, mixed, and produced by Neil Kernon.
Recording engineering by Bob Moore.

The collector's edition (5,000 copies) comes in a tin box with a custom serpent-ankh necklace, full-color album poster, vinyl sticker, and embroidered patch.

Vinyl presses:
100 clear
200 blue swirl/black
700 tan
900 gray
1500 black (180g)

Guest review by
Passenger
Rating:
9.0
In such an over explored style like Death Metal it takes a really original and virtuous band to achieve success and project their name to the top of the fans' list of favourites right on their first album. But you just started to read a review about Nile, so you already know that they are unmatchable and dominate all their instruments with the most perfect chaotic precision; to expect the best is never a mistake. "Annihilation Of The Wicked" is their fourth strike, the follow up for the masterpiece "In Their Darkened Shrines", and, well, if there was a lot to be said about the past works there's probably even more to say about this one.

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published 03.07.2005 | Comments (24)

Guest review by
danielllewis
Rating:
9.4
What else can be said about Nile? They are far greater than the average death metal band with how they manage to successfully combine raw brutality and technicality with melodic and doomy elements, all topped off with an Egyptian theme. Annihilation Of The Wicked is no exception. If for some reason you haven't heard Nile before, you're in for a treat. With Annihilation Of The Wicked, Nile has taken what they had done before, and improved upon it in every way.

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published 29.05.2009 | Comments (14)

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03.04.2014 - 03:09
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by deadone on 03.04.2014 at 02:29

Surprised this one rates higher than In Their Darkened Shrines.


It's good but In Their Darkened Shrines is brilliant.

Probably has something to do with a majority of people preferring more straight forward death metal to more "progressive" forms of Death metal.

(I agree ITDS is their best)
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03.04.2014 - 04:07
Rating: 9
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by psykometal on 26.03.2014 at 18:47

I used to think this was their best album. Nowadays I feel that In Their Darkened Shrines is their best album, with this album coming in second.

I think it's also because of the change in sound George Kollias brought to the band with more no-holds-barred, blitzkrieg drumming. Which is good, but as you said, ITDS is much better. Tony Laureano's a better drummer all around too, better manipulation of tempo. But in part that's understandable, because he's been in a much greater variety of bands than has Kollias.
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So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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03.04.2014 - 04:24
Rating: 10
Rulatore
Written by psykometal on 03.04.2014 at 03:09

Written by deadone on 03.04.2014 at 02:29

Surprised this one rates higher than In Their Darkened Shrines.


It's good but In Their Darkened Shrines is brilliant.

Probably has something to do with a majority of people preferring more straight forward death metal to more "progressive" forms of Death metal.

(I agree ITDS is their best)

I actually like this one better because of the production. The others are good, but I can't stand the production.
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03.04.2014 - 06:06
psykometal
A staff guy...
Their style did change a little with the addition of Kollias. As Che noted, they became more blast-centric than before, and ultimately a little more straight forward than they were on ITDS. When I said progressive, I didn't mean literally progressive death metal as in Obscura/Beyond Creation type stuff, I mean progressive as in not just straight forward death metal. The style of ITDS is more progressive in that it shows more variety/variation in the songs, it showcases more attention to atmospheric detail and creating that vibe of being in ancient Egypt. Whereas their albums since have typically have had more emphasis on their death metal parts than their ancient Egyptian atmosphere parts. Can probably blame that on both Kollias' addition and Karl feeling the need to release solo material that focuses strictly on ancient Egyptian folk music which likely channels much of his ability to create an ancient Egyptian atmosphere away from Nile.

@Rulatore The production is part of what made ITDS such a great album. It wouldn't work nearly as well with cleaner production.
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03.04.2014 - 14:52
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by psykometal on 03.04.2014 at 06:06
@Rulatore The production is part of what made ITDS such a great album. It wouldn't work nearly as well with cleaner production.

I disagree - while I enjoy raw production most of the time, I think that album could have benefited from a little more polish. Not like modern day tech-death polish, but maybe just a bit of sheen to give it some weight.
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03.04.2014 - 15:06
psykometal
A staff guy...
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.04.2014 at 14:52

I disagree - while I enjoy raw production most of the time, I think that album could have benefited from a little more polish. Not like modern day tech-death polish, but maybe just a bit of sheen to give it some weight.

Certainly a rather ironic situation, as I usually prefer polished production far in favor of raw production, but this is one of the few albums where my preference is polarized.
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17.08.2014 - 20:04
Rating: 4
Dr. Strawberry
I don't know how to appreciate this album...,but the 2nd and 3rd are killers then goes down and further down towards the abysss.
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17.08.2014 - 20:11
Rating: 9
Ilham
Giant robot
Written by Dr. Strawberry on 17.08.2014 at 20:04
the 2nd and 3rd are killers then goes down and further down towards the abysss.

Of course it goes down after the second track, "Cast Down The Heretic" is one of the best songs Nile has ever written. I would obviously not go to the extent of saying the rest is abysmal though.
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17.08.2014 - 20:18
Rating: 4
Dr. Strawberry
Written by Ilham on 17.08.2014 at 20:11

Written by Dr. Strawberry on 17.08.2014 at 20:04

the 2nd and 3rd are killers then goes down and further down towards the abysss.

Of course it goes down after the second track, Cast Down The Heretic is one of the best songs Nile has ever written. I would obviously not go to the extent of saying the rest is abysmal though.

Yes, luckily it didn't reach the bottom, so I rated 4 instead of 1 :-)
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17.08.2014 - 20:23
Rating: 9
Ilham
Giant robot
Written by Dr. Strawberry on 17.08.2014 at 20:18
Yes, luckily it didn't reach the bottom, so I rated 4 instead of 1 :-)

Well, your rating is your business. But did you pay attention until the end? Because "Lashed To The Slave Stick" is a great song, and "Annihilation Of The Wicked" as well.
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17.08.2014 - 20:29
Rating: 4
Dr. Strawberry
Written by Ilham on 17.08.2014 at 20:23

Written by Dr. Strawberry on 17.08.2014 at 20:18
Yes, luckily it didn't reach the bottom, so I rated 4 instead of 1 :-)

Well, your rating is your business. But did you pay attention until the end? Because "Lashed To The Slave Stick" is a great song, and "Annihilation Of The Wicked" as well.

Yes," Lashed..."was the only better track next to the 2nd and 3rd, the rest all dumb.
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17.08.2014 - 22:45
Rating: 9
mz
Why these wankers can't make anything like this again :'(
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18.08.2014 - 00:05
Rating: 9
Ilham
Giant robot
Written by mz on 17.08.2014 at 22:45

Why these wankers can't make anything like this again :'(

I don't mind if they don't. I'm fine with having just this one to cherish and a couple others to like.
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18.08.2014 - 00:55
Lit.
Account deleted
I think To Whom The Gods Detest is the only thing that comes closest to this record. It's the only other Nile album I appreciate as much as Annihilation, at least.
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18.08.2014 - 00:56
psykometal
A staff guy...
I'd rather another like In Their Darkened Shrines.
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18.08.2014 - 11:42
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by psykometal on 18.08.2014 at 00:56

I'd rather another like In Their Darkened Shrines.


Still their pinnacle by far that album.
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18.08.2014 - 12:23
Rating: 9
mz
Ok I'd like one new Their Darkened Shrines followed by one new AotW
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15.09.2014 - 05:19
Maco
Handbanana
I think I've been a little bit harsh with this album last year. I will try it again.
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18.10.2014 - 13:02
Rating: 8
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Very good album and I think that the song "Lashed to the Slave Stick" is the only technical death metal song that I've had stuck in my head like a pop song. Very catchy.
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11.11.2015 - 19:15
Rating: 8
Zaph
The Nothingth
While I prefer its predecessor and think the production there fits the music perfectly, I have to commend the production on Annihilation Of The Wicked. It's one of the finest in all of metal, especially the extreme side.
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01.11.2017 - 23:47
VIG
Padawan
I think I prefer In Their Darkened Shrines, but this one is great and has some of their best songs.
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