NILE (USA/Nc) “Festivals of Atonement” Cd 2000 Relapse

NILE (USA/Nc)

This is a 8 tracks CD featuring the now legendary NILE demo tapes “Festivals of Atonement” and “Ramses Bringer of War” released respectively in 1995 and 1997, on Anubis records. It’s useless to say that the sound on these 2 demos is far superior in quality than your standard demo tapes, and the musicianship that is showed in here was already of sky high levels. A thin difference in sound could be heard after the 6th song which signs the end of the first and the beginning of the second, but substantially it’s NILE and NILE have class, fuck. The first tracks are full-bodied Death Metal with no complete characterization as the following material will have, but while not enriched with their classic samplings and Egyptian like sonorities (except the serpent rattling and some brass instrument in the beginning of the third song and some other sample here and there) that they now encase perfectly between a Brutal Death Metal barrage of sound and an epic, pounding march, the guitar style is already clear cut and the NILE seed already grown. The personality of the guitar evolution is undeniable, and when you move on to the second demo, Karl is supported by a second guitarist, John Elhers. The CD lasts a reasonable 42 minutes which are however not distributed like in their debut, in a conceptual trip through Egyptian landscapes… the Middle-Eastern melodies temperate and increase the catchiness of the songs but the songs are basically stand alone stories which will be tied up in a concept in “Amongst..”. It’s especially interesting to hear the small differences between the songs on these demos and the revised versions of the debut CD. Like much of the Relapse material, the package is of top-notch deluxe quality, and the sound cleaned up by the highest professionists of the field. It’s NILE man, if you don’t have the demos, this is something you would not regret to spend your cash in.

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