Monday, February 6, 2012

Crunch Time: Nile

Darkened Shrines lineup.
*Welcome to the latest edition of Crunch Time, where I swoon over some of my favorite HEAVY riffs.*

Nile. Technical death metal juggernauts, with a knack for Ancient Egyptian themes. Usually, Nile songs blaze through at a 1000mph (or 250+ BPM for drum geeks) but today, we feature one of their slower, yet heaviest tunes of their catalog.

I first got into Nile back in 2003. This was my senior year of high school and I was already listening to all the cool metal bands of the day...or so I thought. Hearing Nile's 2002 album In Their Darkened Shrines smashed my skull (via disc man) to pieces. Three distinct vocalists, rapid fire riffs, dazzling lead guitar work and lets not forget my personal favorite, the drums. I was sold instantly. Saw them twice in concert that year and could not wait for their next album. Then their bassist/vocalist and drummer quit. I was bummed. Sure, Nile added drum phenom George Kollias to the fold (easily one of the fastest drummers on Earth) but I didn't dig their following two albums as much as Shrines. People may thing I'm crazy but I prefer Tony Laureano's playing to Kollias any day of the week. As this song illustrates, speed isn't everything:
(Crunch Time riff begins @ 0:18 mark)

Damn that still gets almost a decade later. This song makes me want to command a legion of soldiers, conquer a foriegn land, then bang my head slowly as I ride a pack of elephants through the streets of my victory parade.

It's so simple, so haunting and so, so heavy. I've never abandoned Nile though. In fact their last album, 2009's Those Whom The Gods Detest, was amazing and almost as rad as Darkened Shrines in my book.

23 comments:

  1. Hmmmm.... can't say this is really for me. :P

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  2. I'm a drummer and a drum geek! 250 BPM isn't beyond the pale. I play jazz drums and use that tempo all the time. In some ways it's a lot like rock except that you have horns screaming behind you instead of guitars. I like this, it's heavy, it's fast and it rocks.

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  3. I have to say I did like the Egyptian themes.

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  4. You have fun riding those elephants haha, not a bad tune though, a little heavy for me.

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  5. I really like the sound to this man and honestly I'm not a fan of this kind of music. These guys are good, I'm not going to make any mistake about that!

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  6. You had me at "with a knack for Ancient Egyptian themes"

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  7. those necklaces remind me of the blair witch project... and the guys drum set is pretty bad ass. :D

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  8. I was headbanging pretty hard to that. Thanks!

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  9. Sorry, I'm more of a hair pop metal kinda guy.

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  10. I dug it. Headbang mode was engaged and it was great. That line-up change though.. Might as well just change the band, ffs. Ridiculous.

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  11. Nile is most definitely head-banging music. I run a music blog myself, I'm gonna keep an eye on what you'be got going on over here.

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  12. Love me some Nile. Tech-death is about the only subgenre of death metal I still listen to

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  13. sarcophagus is a pretty sweet tune

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  14. these guys are crazy. crazy fast drums. ive got a few of there songs already

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  15. I bloody love Nile, especially Annhilation of the Wicked and ACN-K. Blasted good stuff.

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  16. I played this too loud at work. Now my coworkers think I'm going to start breaking stuff.

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  17. A bit too heavy for me, love hearing new stuff though so thanks!

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