The indestructible NILE turned to Jon Simvonis (Magnum Production Studios) to produce and direct their new video ‘Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame’. The video also features photography by Philippos Kokkalis and the African Heritage group. ‘Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame’ comes off NILE's June/July 2012 Nuclear Blast release ‘At The Gate Of Sethu’, produced by Neil Kernon and decorated with artwork by SEPTICFLESH's thunderous voice Seth Siro Anton. NILE's seventh full-length entered the official German Albums Charts at position number 27, in Austria and Switzerland the album debuted at position number 61, and in the U.S. the album sold 3,800 copies in its first week of release to debut at number 131 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, making ‘At The Gate Of Sethu’ the band's highest charting album to date. The music “created in order to plant evil emotions into the hearts, brains and ears of their listeners”, according to the band's main man Karl Sanders, can be purchased here (Nuclear Blast Europe) and here (Nuclear Blast USA), as well as via iTunes and Amazon.
Formed in 1993 in Greenville, South Carolina by guitarist and vocalist Karl Sanders, bassist and vocalist Chief Spires, and drummer Pete Hammoura, NILE delivered their first recording of “Ithyphallic metal” (combining their interest in Egyptian history, culture and lore with the ferocity of modern death metal) with ‘Festivals Of Atonement’ EP in 1995. Next, Viscera Productions issued their second EP ‘Ramses Bringer Of War’ in 1997, with NILE's debut full-length, ‘Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka’ following on Relapse Records in 1998. Described as “an encapsulated epic, brought about by skilled dynamics that never surrender NILE's unapologetic brutality” by Matt Kantor, AllMusic (more here), Sanders' second full-length interpretation of ancient Egyptian inscriptions, temple carvings, papyri, hieroglyphics and tomb paintings depicting ancient battles, rituals and religious ceremonies featured the vocal and guitar talents of Dallas Toler-Wade as well as the drumming of one talented Derek Roddy: ‘Black Seeds Of Vengeance’ was released in 2000. A compilation of their early material, ‘In The Beginning’, preceded one of the most epic death metal albums ever conceived, 2002's ‘In Their Darkened Shrines’:
“ ‘In Their Darkened Shrines’ transports the listener into the shadows of the ancient pyramids many millennia ago, and explores the brutal psychology of the time as well, thus betraying a level of ambition to which very few bands in the genre aspire. Quite frankly, NILE is the death metal band of the '00s, and ‘Shrines’ is, for all intents and purposes, a masterpiece,” [concluded his review John Serba, AllMusic – more here]
Replacing Tony Laureano, George Kollias debuted as NILE's new drummer on 2005's ‘Annihilation Of The Wicked’, which featured Jon Vesano on bass and which proved to be the band's last issued through Relapse Records. After signing with Nuclear Blast, NILE delivered their fifth album in 2007; ‘Ithyphallic’ entered American charts Billboard Top 200 at number 162.The unstoppable trio of Sanders, Toler-Wade and Kollias followed-up with ‘Those Whom The Gods Detest’ in 2009, which charted even higher on the Billboard Top 200 (at number 160) as well as broke onto some European charts. Greg Prato, AllMusic, complimented their achievement:
“It's hard to not be impressed by the sheer sonic onslaught that is otherwise known as NILE. Except to the most hardened death metal fanatic, the genre has a way of sounding the same after a while, but NILE is one of the few exceptions - able to put their own unmistakable fingerprints on this heavy duty style (Egyptian-influenced lyrics and musical bits, highly impressive instrumental dexterity, etc.),” [read the rest here]
NILE features: Karl Sanders - guitar, vocals and instrumentals, Dallas Toler-Wade – guitar and vocals, George Kollias – drums and Chris Lollis – bass and vocals