In Their Darkened Shrines

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. It is the only album to feature Tony Laureano on drums. In addition to being Nile's longest studio album, the title track holds the distinction of being the band's longest song ever made at over 18 minutes in length.

In Their Darkened Shrines
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 20, 2002
Recorded2002 at The Sound Lab, Columbia, South Carolina
GenreTechnical death metal
ProducerBob Moore
Nile chronology
In the Beginning
In Their Darkened Shrines
Annihilation of the Wicked
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Blabbermouth7/10 stars [2]


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.

Music videos were made for "Execration Text" and "Sarcophagus".

Track listingEdit

  • All songs composed by Karl Sanders, except where noted.
1."The Blessed Dead" 4:53
2."Execration Text"Sanders, Dallas Toler-Wade2:46
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"Toler-Wade3:47
9."In Their Darkened Shrines"
  • I. "Hall of Saurian Entombment" (5:09)
  • II. "Invocation to Seditious Heresy" (3:51)
  • III. "Destruction of the Temple of the Enemies of Ra" (3:11)
  • IV. "Ruins" (6:01)"
Sanders, Toler-Wade18:12
Total length:58:39


Additional musicians
  • 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)