“In the Beginning is” a treat for the Nile fans who discovered the band too late to get a copy of either the “Festivals of Atonement” or “Ramses Bringer of War”.
Compiling these two EP’s on an album creates an interesting album, and allows us to observe a very rapid progression from relatively mildly oriental death metal to full-blown Egyptian NILE in two short years.
Yes, the band went from a first dynasty proto-NILE sound to the ingenious fourth dynasty builders of death metal pyramids in two years. And this release contains the proof. The first half, “Festivals of Atonement”, actually is high quality standard death metal with a dash of Egypt in the package.
If one of the great death metal bands of the early 90’s, say Morbid Angel, had made a song with a theme from Middle East, the results could well have been something like the average “Atonement” song.
The second half, “Ramses Bringer of War”, is pure brilliance. The title song epitomizes the guaranteed NILE quality, and ‘Die Rache Krieg Lied der Assyriche’ is probably one of the best Nile songs.
The Nile we all know hatched from the egg during the two years between the two releases. “In The Beginning” from NILE available again on vinyl after 17 years via Hammerheart Records.