| July 17, 2007|
17 July 2007
| February – April 2007 at Sound Lab Studios in Columbia, South Carolina|
Those Whom the Gods Detest
Death metal, Technical death metal, Brutal death metal
Nile albums, Death metal albums
Ithyphallic is the fifth studio album by American technical death metal band Nile. It was released on July 17, 2007 through Nuclear Blast, in both standard and digipak formats. It is the band's first album released on Nuclear Blast, since signing with them in May 2006. It is also the band's first album since Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka not to feature notes explaining the context of the lyrics. 1000 limited edition copies of the album were released in a pyramid-shaped box containing the disc, several images, a certificate of ownership and a scroll containing the lyrics and liner notes from the album. The cover art of this album depicts a statue of the god of fertility "Min", being erected by Egyptian slaves.
Throughout June and July, Nuclear Blast Records held a special contest to allow several fans to be able to listen to Ithyphallic. The rules were that they would have to be able to decipher a secret hieroglyphic message. If they won, they were given an email containing a link to a website where the album was posted for the free listening. On July 7, the contest ended, and the answer was revealed to be "papyrus."All songs copyright Serpent-Headed Music, except tracks 2, 7 & 9 (Hittite Requiem Music).
All lyrics written by Karl Sanders.
"Papyrus Containing the Spell to Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks from He Who Is in the Water" is Nile's first single, originally released only as a music download through Nuclear Blast's website. It contains the title-track, a rehearsal of "Laying Fire Upon Apep", and a video featuring a drum session from Ithyphallic.
In April 2008, Night of the Vinyl Dead Records announced the release of what they call as "the first-ever brutal death metal-shaped picture disc". The 7-inch version of "Papyrus..." features the title-track on the A-side, with "As He Creates So He Destroys" and an instrumental version of "Papyrus.." as B-sides. It was limited to 500 copies hand-numbered on backing card.Side A
- "Papyrus Containing the Spell to Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks from He Who Is in the Water"
Karl Sanders – guitar, vocals
Dallas Toler-Wade – guitar, bass, vocals
George Kollias – drums
Chris Lollis – additional vocals
- "As He Creates So He Destroys"
- "Papyrus Containing the Spell to Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks from He Who Is in the Water" (Instrumental)
1What Can Be Safely Written8:15Ithyphallic (album) Wikipedia
2As He Creates So He Destroys4:36