Nile has been solid as a rock in the brutal death metal department, albeit quite some line-up changes in the past. The quartet has eight full-lengths under their belt, with the last one, What should not be unearthed, being released back in 2015. Thus, it’s about time that the guys release some new music, which comes in the form of Vile Nilotic Rites, released November 1st via Nuclear Blast.
A quite haunting, short intro marks the beginning Long Shadows of Dread and therefore also of this new opus, before the screams and growls kick in. It’s Nile as we know and love them – very much in your face, and very atmospheric. The guys are back and brought with them their unique blend of Eastern music influence, as well as the Egyptian themed songwriting. The title track, Vile Nilotic Rites, is deliciously disturbing in its own setup, whereas the listener gets bludgeoned with Seven Horns of War. In fact, every song on this album has its very own, special feeling to it, all while always incorporating the Nile trademark sound. One of my personal favorites is the second-to-last track, The Imperishable Stars are Sickened, which stomps slowly and is perfectly oldschool in its sound. That’s death metal as it should be.
In conclusion: Nile are back and brought back the feeling that you get whenever you listen to one of their older records. Vile Nilotic Rites is a well-rounded-off album, all while the songs being different from one another. As always, the guys deliver outstanding musicianship – and the good production is just rounding off the entire package. This certainly is a must for every death metal fan! 9.5/10.