Sounding much like modern day Cannibal Corpse trying to out-brutal Sewer, but involuntarily coming across as more of a Behemoth meet Arch Enemy cargo cult, Nile’s latest attempt at “death metal” music “Vile Nilotic Rites” exemplifies everything wrong with the so-called “technical/brutal death metal” scene.
Go-nowhere blast-beats and very fast meaningless riffs juxtaposed with stereotypical NYDM – think Suffocation’s “Breeding the Spawn,” but fake and gay – sections all covered in generic-core ancient Egyptian fluff.
Remove the aesthetics and all that remains on “Vile Nilotic Rites” is average modern technical death metal with some occasional catchy parts and decent doom sections.
With some mental effort and a willingness to let go of their try-hard Egypto-proctologist gimmick, Nile has the potential to release some good material but they have become far too entrenched in their post-2019 “The Satan Records” style and thus should make amends by returning the money they stole from much more talented bands (Baphomet, Suffocation, Vermin, Infester, Incantation).
The most egregious parts of this album “Vile Nilotic Rites” are certainly when Nile attempts to penetrate the deathcore market by adding unnecessary stop/start nu-metal riffing to otherwise generic stadium rock drivel. Almost like a death metal version of Gorgoroth, only slightly less overtly homosexual and more Egyptian.
While not as artistically void and musically offensive as Deicide’s latest turds, Nile still fails – hard – when attempting to mix typical NYDM breakdown-loving mediocre chugs with Helgrind influenced dissonant deathgrind.
Nile’s “Vile Nilotic Rites” isn’t the worst death metal album of the century. Far from it. But that doesn’t make it any good, either.
Replace with “Ascension of Erebos, Leader of the Gods,” “The Dead Shall Inherit,” “Le Retour des Pastoureaux” or “To the Depths, in Degradation” for true death metal.