Annihilation of the Wicked

This is the title track from Nile’s fourth album, Annihilation of the Wicked. The lyrics are based on the Amduat, an Ancient Egyptian funerary text which dates to around the middle of the second millennium BC. The English translation by Yakov Rabinovich is titled The Book of What’s in Hell.

What’s in hell, according to the Ancient Egyptians?

Ancient and Dead
Primeval Master of the World Below

In Thick Darkness
Amid Violent Tempests of Unendurable Cacophony
His Serpents Make Offerings unto His Image and Live upon Their Own Fire
His Servants
Hideous Reptiles of Terrifying Aspect
Whose Work is Nothing Less than the Annihilation of the Wicked
Consume the Bodies of the Damned by Flames of Liquid Fire They Emit from Their Mouths

On Their Blocks
They Cut into Pieces the Flesh of the Dead
Singing Hymns of Torture and Mutilation to Their Master
Accompanied by the Wailings and Anguish of the Damned
They Wreak Destruction upon the Wicked

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