Released on: 2007-07-17
"Beware, NILE are rising again! "Ithyphallic" is sheer proof that NILE are one of the most accomplished, unique and challenging bands in Death Metal today!" BW & BK (CAN/USA) / Chris Bruni
"Definitely their best effort so far!" ROCK TRIBUNE (B) / Geert Stryven
"The album will destroy the planet and laugh at the tectonic plates as they split off into space!" METAL MANIACS (USA) / Joseph Koczan
With "Ithyphallic", the highly acclaimed US Death Metal outfit has created the most technical and extreme album of all time! Blending their well-known styles of complexe riffing, violent blasts, mean growls from the vault, razor sharp hooks and Egyptian-influenced craftsmanship, NILE and producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, NEVERMORE) reinvented themselves with an even tighter and more intense atmosphere than ever before.
Songs like the thrilling 'Papyrus Containing The Spell To Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In The Water' (which will be featured with a video clip as well), the devastating 'As He Creates So He Destoys' or the haunting 'Language Of The Shadows' outline NILE's supremacy within the present Death Metal scene and prove to be some of the best extreme Metal songs ever been written.
Watch out for the guys playing the famous Ozzfest Tour 2007, as NILE and "Ithyphallic" will hit you like a sandstorm from the depths of Sahara! Formed in 1993 by Karl Sanders (guitar/vocals), Chief Spires (bass/vocals), and Pete Hammoura (drums), NILE wasted little time combining their interest in Egyptian history, culture and lore with the ferocity of modern Death Metal. Using a symphonic approach to songwriting and arrangement, NILE unleashed an uncompromising attack that fused unique, technical death metal with organic Middle Eastern tones. Their unique lyrical approach was inspired by Sanders' interpretation of ancient Egyptian inscriptions, temple carvings, papyri, hieroglyphics and tomb paintings depicting ancient battles, rituals and religious ceremonies.
In 1996, Dallas Toler-Wade joined the band as second guitarist and NILE began recording their debut full-length album "Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka" – an adventurous and awesome effort, released by Relapse Records in 1998, which earned them a world tour with no one else but MORBID ANGEL. By the time the tour ended with their jaw-dropping European debut at Dynamo Open Air 1999 and subsequent European Tour, NILE were already being touted as one of Metal's most ambitious and fastest rising stars.
Upon their return home in August 1999, Sanders and co. began work assembling and arranging the pieces and ideas that had been brewing since 1997. Sanders spent every night composing, arranging, re-arranging and piecing together all the movements like a symphony orchestra. The lyrics alone took him almost a year as he sought to integrate them seamlessly with the music making the combination of both form one unified piece, with each serving the other and working together to achieve the same thing. In late Spring 2000, NILE entered the Soundlab Studios in Columbia with long-time producer Bob Moore to give shape to "Black Seeds Of Vengeance", a relentless, scathing Death Metal assault. Once again NILE hit the road and over the next year, in support slots and as the headliner, the band proved they had no equal in the live arena. NILE's unrelenting style left little in its wake. The album's impact on the Death Metal scene was huge and their hard work culminated with "Black Seeds Of Vengeance" being voted Album of the Year by Terrorizer Magazine.
In 2002, "In Their Darkened Shrines" took NILE's astute songwriting and invention to dizzying new heights. Strong tour packages with ARCH ENEMY, NAPALM DEATH, VOIVOD, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DANZIG, OPETH and SUPERJOINT RITUAL among others followed, accompanied by renowned festival appearances at Gods Of Metal (IT) and Fields Of Rock (NL). "Annihilation Of The Wicked" marked the biggest success of NILE so far, with even hitting the Swedish album charts on position 27! The addition of drumming sensation George Kollias to the existing NILE base of Karl Sanders and Dallas Toler-Wade strengthened an already stellar lineup of musicians.
|Track list||Total runtime|
|1||- What Can Be Safely Written||8:15|
|2||- As He Creates So He Destroys||4:36|
|4||- Papyrus Containing The Spell To Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In The Water||2:56|
|5||- Eat Of The Dead||6:29|
|6||- Laying Fire Upon Apep||3:25|
|7||- The Essential Salts||3:51|
|8||- The Infinity Of Stone||2:04|
|9||- The Language Of The Shadows||3:30|
|10||- Even The Gods Must Die||10:01|