With four critically acclaimed albums, a few EPs and several world tours under their belt, Nile has raised the bar for extreme metal bands musically, lyrically and conceptually. Their withering live performances are nothing short of legendary.
Formed in 1993 by Karl Sanders (guitar/vocals), Chief Spires (bass/vocals), and Pete Hammoura (drums), Nile wasted little time combining their interest in Egyptian history, culture and lore with the ferocity of modern death metal. Using a symphonic approach to songwriting and arrangement, Nile unleashed an uncompromising attack that fused unique, technical death metal with organic Middle Eastern tones. Their unique lyrical approach was inspired by Sanders’ interpretation of ancient Egyptian inscriptions, temple carvings, papyri, hieroglyphics and tomb paintings depicting ancient battles, rituals and religious ceremonies. Each following year brought a new recording, which marked a large step forward in their musical evolution.
Recorded in 1994, Worship The Animal set the tone for what would become one
of extreme metal’s most popular bands.
La Chant du Cygre
Worship The Animal
Surrounded By Fright
This recently unearthed treasure that features the original line-up of Karl Sanders, Chief Spires and Pete Hammoura will be available as a collector’s edition digipack on October 11th via Goomba Music. These previously unreleased recordings pre-date Nile’s ground-breaking
debut album, Amongst The Catacombs of Nephren- Ka.
“Nile are death metal’s Iron Maiden”– Metal Hammer
“Nile are certainly not your average gore-and-guts-obsessed death metallers, and they defy the genre’s musical trappings as well.”– Guitar World
Heavy Metal cooking show Headbanger’s Kitchen has released their 4th episode featuring the super drummer George Kollias from Nile.
George Kollias visited the sets of Headbanger’s Kitchen during his trip to India where he conducted a Pearl Drum Clinic held by Furtados Music at the Palm Expo 2011.
“With this episode we tried to do something different and cook some Indian food considering that George was from Greece and it would be an interesting experience however George really isn’t into trying new foods and he also doesn’t eat much during the day but he ate the Paneer Parathas and Kebabs we made and enjoyed it as well. It was a real honour for me to cook and interview one of my drumming idols” – Demonstealer.
Headbanger’s Kitchen is a heavy metal cooking show started in March 2011 byDemonstealer (Demonic Resurrection/Workshop/ReptilianDeath) and Srinivas Sunderrajan(Scribe). The show is hosted by Demonstealer who rustles up some of his favourite dishes and invites one metal band to sample his cooking and sit down for an informal interview.
Trying to find to the O2 Academy was a bit of fun; I have never been before and didn’t realise that it’s pretty much inside a shopping centre!
Once I had arrived on this cold wet night, I was shocked to find out that three of the bands were not performing, due to a travel mishap on the way to the venue. But, in my opinion, two of the best bands had made it!
Legendary NILE vocalist/guitarist Karl Sanders makes a guest appearance on vocals on the song ‘Shunq (To The Despaired…King Of Darkness)’. This particular song is special to us as it marks the first extreme metal track EVER to include both Arabic lyrics mixed in with English lyrics, and who better else to have come on board and collaborate on this theme with us than the legendary Karl Sanders!
“Psychogenocide” is set to be released in Europe through Lifeforce Records on April 29, 2011 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and May 2, 2011 in the rest of Europe & UK.
Before a performance in Chicago, Karl Sanders, leadman for the Egyptian-themed Death Metal band NILE, takes a break from practicing his chops to talk to Hank Pearl of THE DAILY ROCK (http://www.thedailyrock.com) about the greatness that is the National Geographic channel and how it has been inspiring new lyrics. He also discusses new ideas for future music videos and Sanders jams throughout. Sanders also mentions the appearance of gothic belly-dancers as part of the band’s demographic of fanfare as well as why the band refrains from dressing up as Pharaohs and mummies for sake of their music’s thematic imagery.
Tour poster: NILE, EX DEO, PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY
The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality, NILE, have made the video clip for the song “Permitting the Noble Dead to Descend to the Underworld” available for streaming at the following location http://goo.gl/UYGi . The track come off the bands the latest release Those Whom the Gods Detest and was directed by Juan “Punchy” Gonzalez.
Nile will return to the Untied States with their second tour in support of their new album Those Whom The Gods Detest. Joining them will be the ancient Roman themed arsenal EX DEO, Tazmanian tech-death masters PSYCROPTIC, Norwegian extreme metallers KEEP OF KALESSIN, and brutal death grinders PATHOLGY.
“Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II” NILE, EX DEO, PSYCROPTIC, KEEP OF KALESSIN, PATHOLOGY
10/31/10 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
11/01/10 Headliner’s Music Hall – Louisville, KY
11/02/10 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
11/03/10 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
11/04/10 Rocko’s – Manchester, NH
11/05/10 Club Hell – Providence, RI
11/06/10 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/07/10 Blondie’s – Detroit, MI
11/08/10 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
11/09/10 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/12/10 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
11/13/10 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
11/14/10 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
11/15/10 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
11/16/10 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
11/17/10 U.B.’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
11/18/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
11/19/10 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX ç NO Nile, Ex Deo
11/20/10 Emo’s – Austin, TX
11/21/10 Numbers – Houston, TX
11/23/10 Club Firestone – Orlando, FL
11/24/10 Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Reduced service charge tickets on sale now through www.Enterthevault.com and all major ticketing services.
NILE’s latest state-of-the-death-metal-art release Those Whom the Gods Detest. Produced and mixed by Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, CANNIBALCORPSE, QUEENSRYCHE), along with a stellar drum recording job by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, VITALREMAINS, GOATWHORE), Those Whom the Gods Detest features the bands strongest production and perhaps their best material to date!
Tasmania’s technical death metallers PSYCROPTIC have announced a series of North American headlining dates in the middle of and following their tour with NILE. Confirmed tour dates for the „Those Whom The Gods Detest Tour II“ and their headlining shows are as follows…
Italian death metal squad Hour Of Penance’s latest album, THE VILE CONCEPTION, is a piece of utter death metal from beginning to end. The four-piece has already started working on the follow-up. The band’s leader Guilio Moschini goes back in time recalling how Hour Of Penance started out, why the band had to go through some line-up changes and finally sheds some light on working on the fourth album. THE VILE CONCEPTION is definitely a must-have for every die-hard death metal freak.
"No Pain No Gain" as Scorpions used to sing, but the last weekend of June in the central park of Helsinki was nothing but pure pain from the beginning to the end in a good way. The Tuska Open Air metal festival has been taken place ten years in a row. The first festival took place at the Tavastia club back in 1998. As the years passed by, the festival has grown bigger and carved out its prestigious and now legendary reputation all around the world.
Traditional metal had a minor role on the roster of Tuska 2008. Extreme metal, in different forms, attracted and had drawn many extreme metal hearts. As well, metalcore bands KillSwitch Engage landed at Tuska for the first time with a massive impact. The younger audience appeared to be delighted about that. Power metal had the strongest presence as it had a dominating role last year. But booking Slayer, Carcass, and Morbid Angel were extreme brilliant achievements.
Even though the festival was sold out several months ago, the most surprising thing from the Tuska organization was to let people of the age of 70+ go in for free! All in all a few hundred metal grandpa and grandma’s were witnessed headbanging for several bands!!!
As usual, the whole three piece Finnish Metal-Rules.Com squad attended Tuska again to sense a reek of putrefaction, feel raining blood and obtain the pleasure to kill. Enjoy!!
The cherishers of ancient Egyptian mythology Nile, have been touring hard for their latest album, ITHYPHALLIC. The album has been breaking some chart positions in many countries, and naturally strengthening Nile´s own position as one of the leaders of today´s death metal scene. The band is undoubtedly in its best strike nowadays – and their album sales prove that even more firmly.
The Nile war troops hit Helsinki on one cold evening on November 24th, 2007 – and only just 2 hours before the scheduled showtime, I managed to talk briefly to Karl Sanders about the ongoing tour, their latest bone-crusher ITHYPHALLIC and even a bit more regarding Nile´s future plans.
Nile has been turning heads for years now and is one of a few bands who have taken Death Metal into uncharted waters. Their latest effort ITHYPHALLIC will soon see a worldwide release in July and is sure to be another crushing affair – if the two new tracks aired during their last tour of Australia in May are anything to go by. The following interview was conducted with the ever accommodating Karl Sanders, one of the scenes most unassuming and talented musicians.
Karl Sanders – The guitarist & vocalist of Nile Interview and live/off-stage pictures by Luxi Lahtinen
The US catacomb warriors Nile hit on the Finnish soil on May 1st 2006 for the very 1st time, having touring mates Yyrkoon from France and Australian Psycroptic along with them. This was Nile´s 2nd leg of the European tour, a continuation for their successful “Annihilation of the Wicked” world tour which started last year.
Since the band was in Finland for the very 1st time, I felt an urgent need to find out why they had so well managed to avoid coming to Finland before – amongst other things, like a common brotherhood of metal fans, the troubles the band faced in Estonia, voodoo witchery and so on.
It was the vocalist and guitarist of Nile, Karl Sanders who I found taking pictures outside of the venue with his digicamera, about 3 hours before their gig. While he was taking some pictures from one of the harbours of Helsinki, I decided to join him, and the recorder was put rolling after his permission…
Pete & Chief of NILE Interviewed Jan. 24, 1999 by EvilG
If you are into the heavier side of metal and death metal, you?ve probably already heard of NILE. If not, then it?s high time you checked them out. Nile are not just your typical death metal band like so many of the other second generation wannabes. It?s great to hear a US band belch out something so brutal, yet at the same time original, and worthy of high praise!