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Death metal’s a funny old game, as somebody may have said somewhere, and especially in the 21st century it is an altogether different beast to what spewed out of the Floridian everglades in the late ’80s. Whereas the majority of the veteran death metal bands are still windmilling away on stages throughout the world, the whole genre has branched out into all kinds of different deathly mutations – deathcore (ugh!), tech-death, slam-death and blast-beat fixated death that really serves little purpose. But nobody does Egyptian-themed death like Nile – in fact, it may be fair to say nobody else does Egyptian death at all.
At The Gate Of Sethu is the South Carolinians’ eighth studio full-length, and the first thing that strikes the listener is the guitar sound. Earlier albums have been brutal in their own right, but their trademark maelstrom riffs have a tendency to get lost in the mix. Not so here. The production has taken some of the heaviness out of the guitars, but this means that every note is audible. The sheer fact that a Nile album should sound crystal clear may be hard to digest, and at times the sound is reminiscent of mid-era Deicide, but after repeated listens it’s quite obvious this sonic approach is key to the album’s appeal. — Metal Forces Magazine