Thursday, July 5, 2007

NILE: (2000) In the Beginning

This is a compilation that features the 1995 out-of-print debut album "Festivals Of Atonement", which the first 6 songs represent, and the 1997 EP "Ramses Bringer Of War" which songs 7 through 9 represent. Their debut album "Festivals Of Atonement" was on the independent label Anubis Records and quickly went out of print, while the EP "Ramses Bringer Of War" featured early versions of three songs that would appear on their second album "Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka", and that EP was made in very limited quantities. These two early releases are paired on this album and it gives you an idea of what Nile sounded like in their early days. On "Festivals Of Atonement" its clear they already had their own unique style of brutal death metal meets amazing technicality and Egyptian themes, yet its not anywhere near the speed based albums which would follow. Songs like "Divine Intent", "The Black Hand Of Set" and "Immortality Through Art" have long been personal favorites of mine from the debut album. As for the three song EP "Ramses Bringer Of War", which are tracks 7,8 and 9 on this album, you get early versions of "Howling Of The Jinn", "Ramses Bringer Of War" and "Die Rache Krieg Lied Der Assyriche" that as I said before went on to appear on their second album. Those three sound good here, but I actually prefer the versions on the "Nephren-Ka" album, their played with more passion. This album is a great starting point to hear what Nile sounded like in their early days.

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