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Latest Nile News

Below is our complete Nile news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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UMC Begins Announcement Barrage For 70K 2017

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have unleashed the first barrage of bands that will appear on the 2017 edition of the annual cruise.

The first 16 of 60 bands announced are: Amaranthe, Amorphis, Annihilator, Anthrax, Cruachan, Death Angel, Equilibrium, Grave Digger, Haggard, Kalmah, Kamelot, Nile, Orphaned Land, Powerglove, Suffocation and Therion.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.

The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com. More...

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Belphegor Accosted By Fanatic At Airport

Update: Belphegor has now issued a statement about both the airport fiasco and experiencing extreme censorship and cancelled shows in Russia on this trek. Read it over here.

Although there has been no official statement from the band at this point, a video is circulating of some sort of fundamentalist (apparently religious, but it's unclear as there are no subtitles) verbally accosting Belphegor at a Russian airport.

At one point the man even spits in a member of Belphegor's face (appears to be front man Helmuth?), and then hilariously doesn't like it when the favor is immediately returned.

Karl Sanders of Nile (out on tour with Belphegor) then steps in to stop the situation from escalating. Any of our Russian speaking readers able to translate this video for us?

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Nile And Melechesh Unearth Darkness In Bristol

The Bierkeller in Bristol has hosted some of the most respected names in rock, metal, hardcore and punk over the years. It's an ideal venue to welcome these bands too, as it can hold around seven hundred people, with plenty of space, yet feel like an intimate concert, not least because it's not uncommon to see members of the groups walking around, drinking and taking photos with the crowd. All this made it pretty much perfect for the night's show, as American death metal veterans Nile brought their What Should Not Be Unearthed tour to Britain's seventh largest city, and with them, Jerusalemite black metallers Melechesh and Italian death metal act, Embryo.

It was Embryo who kicked off the evening's festivities, taking to the stage with only a small audience to perform to. Right from the start, they let the crowd know just what they had before them: Five hungry young men whose appetite for death metal was insatiable. There's a lot to enjoy about this band, whose brutality is married to a groove many attempt, but few can capture. As the number of people in the venue grew, so too did the appreciation for the band, who maintained a professional demeanour, despite their clear joy to be a part of such a tour. While they may not be a household name (in households who listen to extreme music anyway,) Embryo could yet become one of Italy's most beloved metal bands if they continue their quality songwriting and live intensity. More...

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Nile Announces Tour With Melechesh

Nile recently completed a U.S. tour and almost immediately follows it with a return to Europe alongside labelmates Melechesh. Italian death metal band Embryo completes the bill for the "What Should Not Be Unearthed Part II" Tour 2016.

A full listing of dates is available below. Nile is currenlty promoting the blistering "What Should Not Be Unearthed" album, released August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast, while Melechesh's current release is the critically-acclaimed "Enki" (reviewed here). More...

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Contrarian Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Posted

Progressive technical death metal act Contrarian - featuring members of Nile, Sulaco, Mithras, Goemagot, Delirium Endeavor and others - premieres its entire new album "Polemic", which will be out in stores today November 20th via Willowtip Records.

Check out now the pre-release full-album stream of "Polemic" below.

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Nile Posts New Lyric Video

Nile just released a lyric video for the track "Evil To Cast Out Evil," taken from impending full-length album "What Should Not Be Unearthed," due out August 28 through Nuclear Blast. Mastermind Karl Sanders states:

"Out of sheer appreciation for our fans, who have unequivocally made known their demands ; the members of Nile have agreed to release a second preview track from our upcoming 'What Should Not be Unearthed' album.

"The song is called 'Evil to Cast out Evil.\ This lyric video comes without a prefaced disclaimer, or warning label, as it seems that some listeners / viewers completely ignore them anyway, and are determined to glean whatever random arbitrary messages from the song they damn well please. Well, OK, we understand - music and music videos are inherently artistic by nature, and are therefore OF COURSE subject to interpretation by the audience.

"But don’t say we didn’t warn you. The danger this time is not from radical terrorists, religious fanatics, left wing apologist sympathizers, self-important music critics, or right wing ultra-nationalists deliberately misinterpreting our music - hell bent on imposing Fox News ideology upon unsuspecting music fans.

"No, the danger this time is to your mortal soul. If upon hearing this song, you insist on repeated listens, or interminably bang your head, or even feel compelled against your will to sing along with this uber catchy metal anthem; then don’t blame us if you wake up the next morning with your head spinning around backwards, hurling green vomit, walking down stairs upside down on all fours like an inverted spider, or speaking to your Mom in a cookie monster voice at the breakfast table, or otherwise channeling the possessed spirit of Linda Blair. You have been sufficiently warned. Have a nice day and see you on tour!" More...

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Nile Premieres New Song And Lyric Video

Brutal and technical death metal veterans of Nile premiere their official lyric video for the song "Call To Destruction", taken from the band's upcoming new album, "What Should Not Be Unearthed", which will be out in stores August 28 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out now "Call To Destruction" below.

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Nile Reveals New Album Track Listing

In anticipation of a new upcoming record, the masters of historical-themed brutality from Nile today reveal the track listing for "What Should Not Be Unearthed," which will be released on August 28th via Nuclear Blast.

Mastermind Karl Sanders comments on the band’s new output: “The goal for the new record was sheer epic brutality. The focus this time around is on brutal heavy metal riffing and songwriting; kind of like of an 'Annihilation Of The Wicked' approach but very streamlined to achieve maximum destructive impact.

"So we believe that we have a truly crushing disc to bring to metal fans. Although 'Unearthed' is still full of the kind of undeniable musicianship people have come to expect from us over the years, it’s the songs themselves that will hit listeners over the head this time around.”

01. Call To Destruction
02. Negating The Abominable Coils Of Apep
03. Liber Stellae Rubeae
04. In The Name Of Amun
05. What Should Not Be Unearthed
06. Evil To Cast Out Evil
07. Age Of Famine
08. Ushabti Reanimator
09. Rape Of The Black Earth
10. To Walk Forth From Flames Unscathed More...

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Nile Unearths Something That Should Stay Buried

The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality from Nile are currently in the studio wrapping up the mix of their upcoming album "What Should Not Be Unearthed."

Produced by Nike and mixed by Neil Kernon, the album will be released August 28th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork (available below) was handled this time by Michal 'Xaay' Loranc. Mastermind Karl Sanders states:

“All of us in Nile are happy to announce our upcoming newest album 'What Should Not Be Unearthed.' It’s our 8th official album, and this time we believe we have a truly crushing disc to bring to metal fans. The focus this time around is on brutally heavy metal riffing and songwriting; kind of like of an 'Annihilation Of The Wicked' approach but very streamlined to achieve maximum destructive impact. Our last record, 'At The Gates Of Sethu,' was super surgically clean and very musicianship oriented whereas the new disc is a polar opposite; 'Unearthed' is aimed straight at utter metal heaviness and memorable songwriting.

"Although 'Unearthed' is still full of the kind of undeniable musicianship people have come to expect from Nile over the years, it’s the songs themselves that will hit listeners over the head this time around. These songs will be a blast to play live, and we are stoked at the opportunity to bring these songs to metal fans everywhere. See you on tour!” More...

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Nile Drummer George Kollias Posts Entire Album

Nile drummer George Kollias premieres his entire debut solo-album "Invictus", which is set to drop on the 18th of May (one day later in North America) via Season Of Mist. The album includes guest appearances from members of Rotting Christ, Firewind and Nile.

The full track-listing is as follows: More...

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Sunday Old School: Nile

History is a subject which may have bored many people in school, but even those who dozed off during lessons will agree that along with the occult and war, it makes for one of the best topics for heavy metal. Motorhead for example has written several songs about famous wars, as well as an album entitled, "1916," while Iced Earth took things further with a concept album about the American Civil War. Iron Maiden approached the culture of ancient Egypt on their fifth album, "Powerslave," and other bands have touched on it too. But for one band, this wondrous civilisation was to inspire not only their lyrics, but their album titles and even their name. Far away from the Pyramids, in Greensville, South Carolina in fact, this band came to life, under the moniker, Nile.

The group emerged from the remnants of a thrash metal band called Morriah, who achieved success locally and were able to perform some shows with the then emerging death metal champions such as Morbid Angel. After their dissolution in the early nineties, member Karl Sanders decided to form a new, heavier band, joined by bassist and vocalist, Chief Spires and drummer, Pete Hammoura. Their first release came two years after forming, with the 1995 EP, "Festivals of Atonement," which was distributed via their own label, Anubis Records. It circulated strongly and helped them to build up enough of a fan base to support the likes of Obituary and Deicide amongst other death metal giants. More...

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Nile Drummer George Kollias Posts New Song

Nile drummer George Kollias' new solo album titled "Invictus" is scheduled for a May 19th release via Season Of Mist.

11 tracks and 4 bonus songs appear on the album, which also features some notable guest appearances. One new track featuring Rotting Christ guitarist George Emmanuel also went online. That track is titled "Shall Rise/Shall Be Dead"and can be streamed below. More...

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Nile Recording Guitars For Next Album

Technical death metallers Nile have commenced recording guitars for their upcoming album set to drop this summer.

States Nile drummer George Kollias about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions: "We'll release the album around June. And we have a European tour with Suffocation in September/October, and we're talking about a U.S. tour, maybe, starting in mid-November."

Asked if the band has already a title for the new Nile CD, Kollias explains: "We're not sure yet, so I can't really tell. But if the one we have right now. I mean, we have a title, but, seriously, it's not the final one. But if that's the final one - I mean, if this is gonna be the title - it's one of our songs which is the most difficult song I've ever played in my life. Like, seriously, it's so hard to play. We were working on this song for 3 days. This has never happened with Nile - working on one song for 3 days. It's never happened. It's a song that, if you're a drummer, and you wanna play it, or a guitar player as well, you're gonna have troubles. It's not that long. I think it's around 6 minutes or something. But it's crazy. Totally crazy." More...

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NEM&HF Finalizes 2014 Lineup

The promoters of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, currently gearing up for the sixteenth consecutive annual run of the event this April, have finalized this year's lineup with the addition of Detroit party crew Wilson.

Additionally, three local bands won the recent Break Thru Music's Battle for Metal Fest competitions for a chance to perform at the event. This now adds Death Rattle to the Thursday lineup, Carnivora to Friday's, and Acius to the bill on Saturday.

This year's festival takes place from April 17th - 19th in Worcester, MA and ticket info is available right here. The finalized lineup is as follows:

Thursday - April 17, 2014
All That Remains
Bleeding Through
Broken Hope
Cop Problem
Darkest Hour
Death Rattle
Julius Seizure
Kublai Khan
Rivers of Nihil
Scars of Tomorrow
The Last Ten Seconds of Life
Years Since The Storm More...

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Unearth And Kadavar Added To NEM&HF 2014

As the mammoth lineup of audio obliteration continues to expand, the organizers of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to bring Massachusetts metalcore merchants/NEM&HF alumni, Unearth, as well as German psychedelic space rock perpetrators, Kadavar, to the stages!

Additionally, the sorcerers behind the NEM&HF are eager to officially welcome the first annual Best In Brutality Tour to its maniacal three-day ambush. The punishing five-band tour package will level Worcester on Thursday, April 17th and features the co-headlining assault of esteemed deathcore brutalizers, Oceano, and legendary death metal titans, Broken Hope, alongside the combined sonic destruction of Fallujah, Rivers Of Nihil, and Kublai Khan.

Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, the iconic New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will commence on April 17th and run through April 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Metal Alliance Tour Invading NEM&H Festival

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is pleased to officially welcome The Metal Alliance Tour to its already punishing three-day assault.

The illustrious tour package will make a stop in Worcester on Saturday April 18th and features headliners Behemoth, alongside Metal Blade labelmates Goatwhore, with additional support from 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate.

Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, this year's edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will take place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows (not the final running order): More...

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1349 And More Added To NEM&HF 2014 Lineup

The lineup of this year's New England Metal & Hardcore Festival continues to expand with the newest additions of: 1349, Battlecross, Black Crown Initiate, Carnifex, Erra, Fallujah, Goatwhore, I Declare War, Inquisition, Rivers of Nihil, Sworn In, Broken Hope and The Acacia Strain.

Slated to take place April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the sixteenth edition of the iconic two-staged event takes place at the Worcester Palladium. Tickets for the festival are on sale now and available for purchase at this location. The currently confirmed lineup is as follows:

1349, The Acacia Strain, All Out War, All That Remains, Alpha & Omega, Barrier, Battlecross, Bent Life, Bleeding Through "Final East Coast Appearance," Black Crown Initiate, Born Low, Broken Hope, Carnifax, Colin of Arabia, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Discourse, Emmure, Erra, Fallujah, Fire and Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Goatwhore, Harm's Way, I Declare War, Iced Earth, InDirections, Inquisition, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Ramallah, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Rivers Of Nihil, Sabaton, Scale The Summit, Scars of Tomorrow, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sworn In, Sylar, The Mongoloids, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins.

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More Bands Confirmed For NEM&HF 2014

The gatekeepers of the annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to welcome more bands to the rapidly expanding lineup with Emmure, Gideon, Whitechapel, Loyal To The Grave, InDirections, Bent Life, Scars of Tomorrow and Thy Art is Murder.

The recent additions will join the likes of All That Remains, Iced Earth, Nile, Slapshot, the final East Coast appearance of Bleeding Through, Nails, All Out War, Twitching Tongues, and the 2014 Metal Alliance Tour package still to be announced and more than half of the lineup still to be disclosed.

Scheduled to take place April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the sixteenth installment of the massive two-staged festival continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the historic Worcester Palladium. Tickets for the event are on sale now and available for purchase at this location.

In related news, Break Thru Music is proud to announce the yearly Battle for Metal Fest competition. Throughout early 2014, local bands will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to perform live at this year's massacre. Performances will take place January - March at the Worcester Palladium and Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. Spots are booking up fast so if your band is interested in the chance to earn a spot on the Main Stage, email booking@breakthrumusic.net now. More...

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Nuclear Blast To Release New "Monsters Of Metal"

Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.

"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.

Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:

01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...

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Blynd Added To Nile European Tour

Cyprus metal act Blynd announced that the band will be joining Nile on the upcoming "At the Gates of Sethu" European tour with Ex Deo and Svart Crown. You can also check out our review of Blynd's "Punishment Unfolds" album right here.

Confirmed dates of Blynd's performances on the tour include:

30.08.2013 (POL) Warszawa / Progresja
31.08.2013 (POL) Wroclaw / Firlej*
01.09.2013 (POL) Katowice / Mega Club*
02.09.2013 (A ) Vienna / Escape Metalcorner
03.09.2013 (HUN) Budapest / Club 202
04.09.2013 (CZ) Prague / Nova Chmelnice
05.09.2013 (GER) Munich / Backstage
06.09.2013 (ITA) Bologna / Zona Roveri
07.09.2013 (CH) Spreitenbach / OPEN CIRCLE FESTIVAL
08.09.2013 (GER) Darmstadt / Steinbruchtheater
10.09.2013 (UK) London / The Garage
11.09.2013 (UK) Manchester / Sound Control
12.09.2013 (UK) Glasgow / Audio Glasgow
13.09.2013 (IRE) Dublin / Button Factory
14.09.2013 (UK) Dudley / Rock Zombie
15.09.2013 (UK) Brighton / The Haunt

* special guest VADER!

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