In Their Darkened Shrines

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In Their Darkened Shrines
Nile - In Their Darkened Shrines.jpg
Studio album by Nile
Released August 20, 2002
Recorded 2002 at The Sound Lab, Columbia, South Carolina
Genre Technical death metal, death metal
Length 58:44
Label Relapse
Producer Bob Moore
Nile chronology
In the Beginning
In Their Darkened Shrines
Annihilation of the Wicked
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In Their Darkened Shrines is the third studio album by American death metal band Nile. It was released on August 20, 2002 through Relapse Records. The lyrics to "In Their Darkened Shrines IV: Ruins" are borrowed from the H. P. Lovecraft short story, "The Nameless City". These lyrics are not actually spoken in the song, as it is an instrumental. Along with "In Their Darkened Shrines I: Hall of Saurian Entombment", the lyrics are supplementary to the theme of the instrumental. The two main melodies of "Unas Slayer Of The Gods" are a tribute to "Gothic Stone/The Well of Souls" by Candlemass, from their doom metal album Nightfall.

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs composed by Karl Sanders, except where noted.
  1. "The Blessed Dead" – 4:53
  2. "Execration Text" – 2:46 (Sanders, Dallas Toler-Wade)
  3. "Sarcophagus" – 5:09
  4. "Kheftiu Asar Butchiu" – 3:52
  5. "Unas Slayer of the Gods" – 11:43
  6. "Churning the Maelstrom" – 3:07
  7. "I Whisper in the Ear of the Dead" – 5:10
  8. "Wind of Horus" – 3:47 (Toler-Wade)
  9. "In Their Darkened Shrines: I. Hall of Saurian Entombment" – 5:09
  10. "In Their Darkened Shrines: II. Invocation to Seditious Heresy" – 3:51 (Sanders, Toler-Wade)
  11. "In Their Darkened Shrines: III. Destruction of the Temple of the Enemies of Ra" – 3:11
  12. "In Their Darkened Shrines: IV. Ruins" – 6:01



  • Karl Sanders – vocals, guitar, bass guitar
  • Dallas Toler-Wade – vocals, guitar, bass guitar
  • Tony Laureano – drums, percussion

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Jon Vesano – additional vocals
  • Mike Breazeale – additional vocals


  • Produced by Bob Moore
  • Recorded & engineered by Bob Moore
  • Mixed by Bob Moore & Nile
  • Mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer)