Nile – At the Gates of Sethu

This is the lastest album from a metal band I like called Nile.

Nile are heavily influenced by Egyptology so their music sometimes uses Egyptian instruments and the lyrics are all about Pharoahs, Mummies, Egyptian mythology etc. Their first few albums were some of the fastest metal releases around, with one of the fastest drummers in the metal world. This album though slows down a bit and doesn’t really work for me. I liked this band because they were fast yet quite melodic at the same time, melodic by metal standards at least.

So I am a bit disappointed. It’s alright but could have been much better:

Album count 2012: 34
Score: 6.5/10

Arch Enemy – Rise of the Tyrant

I found this Swedish band at a Tower Records in Tokyo, at a listening station. It sounded good so I bought the album. The album I bought though had the original singer, a dude with a good metal voice. The band kicked him out as they said he was not a good frontman and replaced him with Angela Gossow, a German music journalist who impressed them with her growls. And she turned out to be one of the best vocalists in metal, whether man or woman. This album though is a little disappointing compared with other albums but it is growing on me.

Score: 7.5/10
Album count 2010: 15