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Nile - In the Beginning

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    2LP's in 1 CD: FESTIVALS OF ATONEMENT (1995)/RAMSES BRINGER OF WAR (1997). Personnel includes: Karl Sanders (vocals, guitar); Chief Spires (bass); Pete Hammaoura (drums, percussion). Compilation producers: Jimmy Ennis, Earl Sanders, Nile. Recording inf......more
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Artist: Nile
2LP's in 1 CD: FESTIVALS OF ATONEMENT (1995)/RAMSES BRINGER OF WAR (1997). Personnel includes: Karl Sanders (vocals, guitar); Chief Spires (bass); Pete Hammaoura (drums, percussion). Compilation producers: Jimmy Ennis, Earl Sanders, Nile. Recording information: Sanctuary Studios. 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 ...
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Divine Intent
  2. 2 Black Hand of Set, The
  3. 3 Wrought
  4. 4 Immortality Through Art
  5. 5 Godless
  6. 6 Extinct
  7. 7 Howling of the Jinn, The
  8. 8 Ramses Bringer of War
  9. 9 Die Rache Krieg Lied der Assyriche
Heavy Metal
Death Metal
Megaforce Records
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
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SPARS Coding:
42 : 21
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