(1998, Relapse)

Even if, like myself, most death metal leaves you cold, there’s no denying the brilliance of Karl Sanders and Nile’s debut thrillathon. Dizzyingly technical, brutal as fuck, this pushed the envelope of what was possible in heavy music.

LISTEN: Spotify

READ: Countless words have been gushed over this album over the years, so here are just a few of my favourites. There’s a great Metal Archives post about the album, as well as a great Sputnik article here.

WATCH: And if you want to start your Sunday morning being woken entirely the fuck up with some Nile, check out this footage of them Smashing the Antiu back with the OG lineup around the time of the album’s release: