Sound — 10
Nile has acquired the role of being one of the leaders of today's death metal scene. And with "Those Whom The Gods Detest", they prove it again. Unlike critics received for their 2007 "Ithyphallic" where some fans thought Nile cannot top their "Annihilation Of The Wicked", well, those fans are in for a delight. Because the new album is a killer. The production is again a 10, slightly better than Ithyphallic and considering that they are playing in Drop A and with constant blast beats. It really pays off to give this album a listen, even if you are not that much into Nile and overall death metal scene. Again, (SURPRISE!) Nile is all about Egyptian mythology, even though the opener Kafir! slightly differs from others considering the concept, but again, it is all about the music these guys have to offer. Karl Sanders, Dallas Toler-Wade and George Kollias really did an awesome job. Nile just keeps on improving, again, you have those crazy solos, those complex riffs, melodies and drums are beyond reach for most of the drummers.
Lyrics — 10
As previously stated, Nile is back once again, with even more Egyptian mythology! Karl can still amaze you with his knowledge of Egyptian mythology, and even put out a small booklet of explanations, which is nothing new for Karl, but again, he succeeded in pulling it off, yet again. The music and the lyrics perfectly match. It is one of the major elements Nile is famous for, you can imagine a pharaoh headbanging to this monster. Considering singer skills, there is a major thing I have noticed right on the start of Kafir! - the opener. Dallas has changed his pitch of voice a bit, making his growl even more cleaner and recognizable. But you still hear that bark that makes your head go crazy. While Karl is staying with his recognizable deep-growl roots.
Overall Impression — 9
If I have to compare it to the other albums, this one is a mix of everything. It has "Annihilation Of The Wicked" mixed with "In Their Darkened Shrines" with a small touch of "Black Seeds Of Vengeance". While the long-time fans were lacking the "old-school" touch on "Ithyphallic", Nile came back with a portion of that "old-school Nile" which a lot of fans seem to like. If I had to point out some songs, that would definitely be "Kafir!" which is one of the best openers Nile, right behind "Cast Down The Heretic". The title "Those Whom The Gods Detest" is one of those epic songs that Nile is famous for. Progressive, slow and rapidly changing into fast with the chorus-like growling of "We are they whom the Gods detest" surely leaves a mark on you. The following song "4th Arra Of Dagon" is the longest one on the album, blasting your ears for 8 minutes and 40 seconds. It reminded me on "User-Maat-Re" a bit, but the outro that lasts for nearly 3 minutes and slowly fades out is a bit too pumped for Nile-like epic songs. The next song I really liked was "Kem Khefa Kheshef", which reminded me on "Cast Down The Heretic", especially with the fast-play on verse and the long dual-solos. Although, the song that I must point out from all of them is the ending song "Iskander Dhul Karnon", which is one of the best, if not the best, song on the album. It sums up what Nile is really capable of doing. It really pays off to listen the go through the whole album and then be kicked in the face by the ending song. Normally, I would give this album a 10. But considering that Nile has "Annihilation Of The Wicked" and "In Their Darkened Shrines" in their arsenal, I would go with the 9. It brings a brutal force, but it did not top songs like "Unas Slayer Of The Gods, Cast Down The Heretic, Lashed To The Slave Stick" etc. Getting a copy of this album can only do you good. Even if you are not that big of a fan of extreme death metal music.