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South Carolina's Nile have done a nice job setting themselves apart from the extreme metal pack. For 14 years and counting, the group has carried on its tradition of technical musicianship suited with unique lyrics inspired by an odd obsession with ancient Egyptian culture, history, and mythology. It's an odd combination, but it works. And ITHYPHALLIC (their fifth full-length, and first for Nuclear Blast) is a representative heap of the band's savagely good thinking-man's death metal.

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