|Darkened Shrines lineup.|
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.