Black Seeds of Vengeance, which came out in 2000, is one of the most brutal death metal albums ever created. Although their 1998 debut, Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka, was well-received, the band that was doing “the ancient Egyptian thing” was too easily thought of as a gimmick, a one-trick pony, but this awesome album proved everybody wrong. The title track is, in my opinion, one of the best death metal songs of the 2000s. This album is also noteworthy for its pretty extreme liner notes, which provide a lot of background and documentation on the various aspects of ancient Egyptian mythology that inspired the album and form the basis of its subject matter.

Nile has always put on a crowd-pleasing show. They have real stage presence, which is something that’s sorely lacking among a lot of brutal death metal acts. I first saw them live in 2000 or 2001, and I was in the crowd when this particular performance, captured at Wacken Open Air 2003, was filmed. I believe this set is from the Armageddon Over Wacken 2003 DVD which I reviewed on this blog.

What can one say–Nile is amazing! Have a great weekend, and Shabbat Shalom. \m/