Metal Review – Nile – Worship the Animal – 1994: The Lost Recordings (2011)

Nile - Worship the AnimalWorship the Animal features the original line-up that recorded the Nile albums, Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka and Black Seeds of Vengeance; Karl Sanders, Guitars/ Vocals, Chief Spire, Bass/Vocals and Pete Hammoura, Drums/Vocals. It contains pre Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka recorded material. It will be released worldwide on October 11, 2011.

Listening to Worship the Animal, you can see a lot of what became of the death metal band Nile. Even with these early recordings, you can see Karl Sanders’ inspiration of Egyptian themes both lyrically and musically. Vocally, this sound is a little different that a lot of what Nile does, but production-wise, the album is top notch.

Of course, I will be more inclined to listen to their studio albums than these lost recordings, but recordings like these always make a nice addition to any metal collection.

With four critically acclaimed albums, a few EPs and several world tours under their belt, Nile has raised the bar for extreme metal bands musically, lyrically and conceptually. Their withering live performances are nothing short of legendary.   

Formed in 1993 by Karl Sanders (guitar/vocals), Chief Spires (bass/vocals), and Pete Hammoura (drums), Nile wasted little time combining their interest in Egyptian history, culture and lore with the ferocity of modern death metal. Using a symphonic approach to songwriting and arrangement, Nile unleashed an uncompromising attack that fused unique, technical death metal with organic Middle Eastern tones. Their unique lyrical approach was inspired by Sanders’ interpretation of ancient Egyptian inscriptions, temple carvings, papyri, hieroglyphics and tomb paintings depicting ancient battles, rituals and religious ceremonies. Each following year brought a new recording, which marked a large step forward in their musical evolution.

Recorded in 1994, “Worship the Animal” set the tone for what would become one of extreme metal’s most popular bands.

Worship the Animal Track Listing:
1. La Chant du Cygre
2. Worship the Animal
3. Nepenthe
4. Surrounded By Fright
5. Mecca