Combining the extreme speed and brutality of modern death metal with the ancient styling of Middle Eastern music, Nile formed in their hometown of Greenville, SC, in 1993.NILE GENRES
With their self-proclaimed trademark of "Ithyphallic Metal", Karl Sanders (guitar/vocals), Chief Spires (bass/vocals), and Pete Hammoura(drums) debuted with their Festivals of Atonement album in 1995, leading Nile to a southwestern tour in support of other big metal acts such as Obituary, Deicide and Broken Hope.
Viscera Productions was responsible for Nile's follow-up EP "Ramses Bringer of War" in 1997 and was going to release their second album "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka", if they hadn't gone out of business later that year.
However, Relapse Records was more than happy to put it out in early 1998, giving Nile a wider distribution and a chance to hit the road with Incantation and Morbid Angel.
The follow-up, "Black Seeds of Vengeance", was released in late 2000. Prior to this release, Pete Hammoura left the band due to injuries sustained in an accident, feeling he could no longer drum at the level which Nile required. Derek Roddy drummed on all of the tracks (except To Dream of Ur) as a guest. Also prior to "Black Seeds of Vengeance", Dallas Toller-Wade joined as a second guitarist/vocalist. A collection of remastered, hard to find recordings, "In the Beginning" was released later the same year.
Chief Spires left the bands a few months after the release of "Black Seeds of Vengeance", citing personal and professional differences. He was replaced by John Vesano. The band also found a new drummer in Tony Laureano.
By 2002, the highly anticipated "In Their Darkened Shrines" was released and the buzz around it led to mainstream coverage the band had never experienced before.
"Annihilation of the Wicked" was released in 2005. New drummer George Kolias stepped in to fill Tony Laureano, who left before the recording began. After recording the bass for "Annihilation of the Wicked", John Vesano also left the band. He is currently being replaced on tour by Joe Payne. There is no word of a current replacement yet.
On July 20th 2007, the new NILE album, entitled "Ithyphallic" will hit the stores in Germany (July 23 in the rest of Europe).
Nile is also a trip-hop artist hailing from the UK, of French / Native American origin. She has an album called 'Born'.
Brutal/Technical Death Metal
NILE LYRICAL THEMES
Egyptian & Lovecraftian Mythology, Death, Torture
United States of America (Greenville, SC), formed in 1993
NILE CURRENT RECORD LABEL
Nuclear Blast Records
NILE CURRENT LINE-UP
Karl Sanders (1993-) - Guitar, Vocals (ex-Morriah)
Dallas Toler-Wade (1996-) - Guitar, Vocals (Lecherous Nocturne)
George Kollias (2004-) - Drums (ex-Sickening Horror, ex-Nightfall (Grc), The Circle of Zaphyan, System Shock, Extremity Obsession)
Chris Lollis (2007-) - Bass, Vocals (Tour Session) (Lecherous Nocturne)
NILE PREVIOUS LINE-UP
John Ellers (1996-1997) (Shaitan Mazar)
Chief Spires (1993-2001) - also Vocals (ex-Morriah, Shaitan Mazar)
Jon Vesano (2002-2005) - also vocals (Darkmoon (US), ex-Demonic Christ)
Joe Payne (2005-2007) - also vocals (live) (Divine Heresy, Domination Through Impurity, ex-Lecherous Nocturne, Lust of Decay)
Pete Hammoura (1993-2000) - also vocals (ex-Morriah, Karl Sanders)
Derek Roddy (2000) - Session drums on Black Seeds of Vengeance (ex-Malevolent Creation, ex-Hate Eternal, Deboning Method, Internecine, ex-Divine Empire, ex-Council of the Fallen, ex-Aurora Borealis (US), Blotted Science)
Tony Laureano (2002-2004) (Belphegor (Aut), ex-Acheron (US), Angelcorpse, ex-Astaroth (US), Aurora Borealis (US), ex-Brujeria, ex-God Dethroned, Internecine, ex-Malevolent Creation, live for 1349, session/live for Dimmu Borgir, Devolution (US), live for Nachtmystium)