Hey hey heeeeeey, Metalheads!! So tonight we’re gonna take a trip into the land of NILE and their new album Vile Nilotic Rights, out now on Nuclear Blast Records. What makes this even cooler (at least to me) is that it is the precursor to our upcoming concert coverage of the band’s recent tour stop here in Philadelphia! Fun, right? Plus, these guys do Death Metal right. 2015’s What Should Not Be Unearthed was not only an excellent record, but it also gave me the opportunity to have a very real and honest interview with guitarist/vocalist Karl Sanders. So if I wasn’t already onboard from that double whammy, I certainly was from then on.
This new one shows that the band hasn’t lost a step and that their fiery intensity still burns brightly. One thing I noticed is that if it’s possible, this record is even heavier and darker than the last one, and I can’t be the only one who thinks so. The guitars are mean and dirty as fuck, courtesy of Sanders and Brian Kingsland, who also rips on vocals. Bassist/vocalist Brad Parris and drummer George Kollias bring a thunderous rhythm section into this sinister mix and you can feel yourself surrounded and about to be ripped to shreds.
Right off the bat “Snake Pit Mating Frenzy” was my absolute favorite, and this fucker hits with all the subtlety of a busted chainsaw. It also destroys live, but we’ll discuss that later. I mean, if you’re not pumped and ready to throw shit out of a tenth story window after hearing it, you’re dead inside. Title track “Vile Nilotic Rites” features one meatgrinder of a riff, and some evil bells ringing in the background while “The Oxford Handbook of Savage Genocidal Warfare” is not only a mouthful title-wise, but one of the most pummeling tracks on the whole disc. Jeeeezus!!
Tribalesque drumming kicks off “Where Is the Wrathful Sky” before Kollias goes absolutely friggin’ ballistic!! The band dives right into the deep end with him, resulting in yet another winner. Around the 1:28 minute mark we get some more percussion sounds, as well as some acoustic guitars and some chants behind it all. This totally enhances the flavor of the song and before you know it we’re back to getting our blocks knocked off. And let’s not forget opener “Long Shadows of Dread”, huh? Oooof, those guitar solos kill!! Nothing screams, “WE’RE BAAAACK!!” like this one, amiright?
All told this is an excellent showing from NILE. And quite frankly Vile Nilotic Rites was worth the four-year wait and then some. Seeing the tour was the icing on the cake. I strongly urge you to pick up the record today, put it on, and blast your eardrums with it. That is, if you haven’t already. And if NILE is playing anywhere near you worldwide, then do yourself a favor and go see them. You won’t be sorry. These songs sound even better live!
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Snake Pit Mating Frenzy”, “Where Is the Wrathful Sky”, “The Oxford Handbook of Savage Genocidal Warfare”, “Vile Nilotic Rights”