At the Gate of Sethu (2012)
United States, Nuclear Blast Records, Ithyphallic (Technical Brutal) Death Metal
“How To Lose Your Fanbase In 47 Minutes, Or How I Learned To Start Hating Karl Sanders.”
I’ve never been the biggest Nile fan but I’ve always been an adamant supporter of their Ithyphallic stylings, even if their post 2005 material struck me as a pale shadow of In Their Darkened Shrines and Kronos/Necronomicon have repeatedly beat them at their own game. What I’m trying to say is If I had to put money on which band would be the next to pull an Unspoken King/Illud Divinum Insanus, Nile would be at the very bottom. Too bad At The Gate Of Sethu had to come along and fuck that sentiment up.
Sure, Nile hasn’t turned into McMansonZombie or started playing Deathcore but somewhere Sethu is even worse. There are still bits and pieces of classic Nile here, they’ve just been mangled beyond repair, turned into a perpetual self-parody for cheap cash. What’s worse is people actually defend this garbage simply because it’s Nile. If laughable riffage, emphysemic growls, migraine inducing blasts/fills ad-infinitum and inconceivably awful clean vocals are your idea of Nile’s triumphant return, you should be ashamed of yourself. Karl Sanders has fed the death metal community a mummified turd and I for one am not about to ask for seconds. Time to retire Sanders. Now. Continue reading TDM 3-Way Review: Nile – At the Gate of Sethu
By in large, 2012 was an extraordinary year for metal music. Countless bands released either their very best material (Malignancy, Spawn Of Possession, Cattle Decapitation, Hour Of Penance, Gorod, Kraanium, Dehumanized – even if they aren’t tech-death) or their best material in years. (Dying Fetus, Gojira, Meshuggah, Aborted, Putrid Pile – even if Shaun LaCanne doesn’t play tech-death) Of course, every year has their stinkers…
The albums that could have been great, good or even just passable but for one reason or another have ended up either hopelessly generic or down right awful. It’s time to go through the final 7 disappointments and abject failures of 2012. Get your boots on; it’s time to wade straight into the shit. Continue reading Goshuggist’s (Final) Top 7 Disappointments / Abject Failures Of 2012
By in large, 2012 has been an extraordinary year for metal music. Countless bands have released either their very best material (Spawn Of Possession, Cattle Decapitation, Hour Of Penance, Gorod, Kraanium – even if they aren’t tech-death) or their best material in years. (Dying Fetus, Gojira, Meshuggah, Aborted, Putrid Pile – even if Shaun LaCanne doesn’t play tech-death) Of course, every year has their stinkers. The albums that could have been great, good or even just passable but for one reason or another have ended up either hopelessly generic or down right awful. I’ll be counting down my personal Top Five here today. Continue reading Goshuggist’s Top Five Disappointments And Abject Failures of 2012 (Thus Far)
I originally had numerous ideas for this week’s column, but while at work (I think about metal a LOT at work) it occurred to me to check which albums I had listened to most in 2012. The list was completely dominated by technical death metal (naturally) as well as the latest Paradise Lost and Cannibal Corpse offerings. Then, I thought to myself, “Man, metalheads LOVE (and HATE) lists! This is a great idea!”
This list is based entirely on number of plays. Hence, an album like Detrimentum’s Inhuman Disgrace, released in January, has a major edge on something like Nile’s At the Gates of Sethu, released months later. Gojira, also a recent release, simply didn’t have enough plays to make the top 15, along with other major players that will most certainly see better representation in a year-end list based on my opinion of the albums. Continue reading Technical Tuesday – The half-year best of!
A mere ten years ago, Nile was an immeasurably powerful and wholly creative force in modern tech-death. ‘In Their Darkened Shrines’ capitalized on the successes of their previous outings ‘Black Seeds Of Vengeance’ and ‘Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka’ while minimizing any and all flaws present on those albums. To this day, it stands as Nile’s magnum opus, second only to the George Kollias dominated follow up ‘Annihilation Of The Wicked’.
Fast foward to 2012 and Nile has some serious explaining to do. Amongst the myriad of bands making gigantic leaps forward for themselves and even their respective genres (Meshuggah, Spawn Of Possession, Cattle Decapitation, Dying Fetus) Nile has decided to give us their worst material in years, making the most laborious parts of ‘Ityphallic’ look like ‘Sarcophagus’ or ‘Wind Of Horus’ in comparison. I’m appalled at what’s been leaked and if ‘The Fiends Who Come to Steal the Magick of the Deceased’ is any indication as to the overall quality ‘At The Gate Of Sethu’ has in store, we may be looking at 2012’s first major tech-death flop. Continue reading ‘The Fiends Who Come to Steal the Magick of the Deceased’: Karl, Dallas, ya FUCKED up!