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Nile

Formed: 1993
From: Greenville, SC, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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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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Nile Team Up With Decapitated For Australian Tour

NILE will embark on a headlining tout of Australia in May. Support at the shows will come from Polish technical death metal sensations DECAPITATED. Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 19 - Auckland, NZ @The Studio
May 22 - Perth, AUS @ Club Capitol
May 23 - Adelaide, AUS @ Uni Bar
May 24 - Melbourne, AUS @ The Hifi Bar
May 25 - Sydney, AUS @ Manning Bar
May 26 - Brisbane, AUS @ The Arena

Tickets will go on sale February 16 from the usual outlets.

NILE in May 2006 signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. A new studio album is expected later in the year.

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Obituary Re-Releases Discussed

These death metal pioneers from Tampa, Florida, pretty much defined the sound of this extreme genre of guttural vocals, down-tuned guitars, and a pulverising rhythm section.

What is death metal, you say? Well, the common characteristics are usually violent or dark lyrics which focus on death as a nihilistic metaphor, although lately, more philosophy-based lyrics seem to be becoming popular.

In English, what that means is you sing about death, dying and creative ways of achieving it.

The release of Cause of Death in 1990 is regarded as a defining album in the genre, and vocalist John Tardy is also credited as one of the first to use an abnormally low growl called grinding.

Roadrunner Records has recently re-released Obituary’s classic odes to death as remasters.

Cause of Death can’t be overlooked. If you’re a fan, have limited dough, then just get this remaster. If it’s not in your collection, and you really want to be able to say you have all the “great” albums this genre has ever seen, this needs to be in there.

Without this album and some other shining examples from the same period, there would be no Nile, no Cryptopsy, none of the super technical bands.

Read the full article at Malay Mail.

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Nile Unveil New Website

Nile have changed webmasters, and the new webmaster posted the following greeting on the new website:

It's an unique honour for me to introduce myself as a new webmaster, and to anounce the new version of the Catacombs. For now you can taste the new look of this site... Updates and treasures are being prepaired, and soon we will bring some fresh meat for the beasts.
If there are any questions or things related with this site, I'm here for you, don't hesitate to email me...

And finally, best regards to Steve - the former webmaster - your creation was a good source of contents to start my work with, resulting in this version of the site. Salutes!"

- Michal "Xaay" Loranc

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Today Is The Day Add Drummer Derek Roddy

Today Is The Day has officially announced the addition of Derek Roddy to their line-up.

Derek Roddy is renowned by musicians and music fans worldwide for pushing the art of drumming to new heights. Best known for his work with death metal bands such as Hate Eternal, Nile, and Malevolent Creation, Roddy's astonishing speed and finesse have won him international acclaim. He currently endorses Sonor Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Axis Pedals, Remo Heads, and Vater Sticks.

Roddy joins a long legacy of great drummers to occupy the Today Is The Day drum throne, including such heavyweights as Brad Elrod (the band's wildly unique original drummer), Brann Dailor (who would go on to form Mastodon), and Marshall Kilpatrick (currently of The Esoteric).

Roddy will make his Today Is The Day recording debut on the band's eighth studio album, "Axis Of Eden." Recording is planned for February 2007 at Steve Austin's own studio, Austin Enterprise, in Nashville, TN. "Axis Of Eden" will be released on Austin's own label, SuperNova Records, later in the year.

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Sickening Horror Sign To Neurotic Records

SICKENING HORROR, the Greek band featuring NILE drummer George Kollias, has signed a multi-album deal with Neurotic Records. The group's new album, entitled "When Landscapes Bled Backwards", was mixed and mastered by Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE). An early spring 2007 release is expected.

Commented Neurotic Records' Ruud Lemmen: "This fairly new death metal band was brought to our attention when having a brief meeting with George Kollias on a European NILE tour in early 2006. Ever since we've heard the recorded material it seemed destined that SICKENING HORROR and Neurotic Records would join forces. We are therefore very delighted to be able to work with this band."

The band added: "We proudly announce that SICKENING HORROR became a part of the Neurotic Records family. Our debut album will soon be out on the shelves under the title 'When Landscapes Bled Backwards'. We are extremely happy about this cooperation since Neurotic Records is a label with top-notch bands and a very promising prospect for SICKENING HORROR's future. We would like to thank Ruud Lemmen at Neurotic Records for helping us spread the sickness and we can't wait to see you all on the road!" Songtitles set to appear on the album include 'The Perfect Disease', 'Imprisoned in Apocalypse' and 'Forsake My Bleeding'.

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Cazares Unveils New Project At Hollywood Show

Former FEAR FACTORY/current ASESINO guitarist Dino Cazares unveiled his new, as-yet-unnamed project Saturday night (September 2) at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California prior to ASESINO's performance as part of Dino's birthday bash. According to one attendee, the band's musical direction "was reminiscent of old FEAR FACTORY — 'Soul of a New Machine' [1992] meets 'Demanufacture [1995] — but faster, heavier and more intense. After [the new group's] three-song set, Dino screamed from the stage, 'This ain't no pussy shit like new FEAR FACTORY is.' The over-packed crowd cheered as he marched off stage, only to return 10 minutes later to do a full set with ASESINO."

Dino Cazares' new band consists of the following musicians:

Dino Cazares (ASESINO, ex-FEAR FACTORY, BRUJERIA) - Guitar
Tommy Vext (VEXT) - Lead Vocals
Tim Yeung (ex-VITAL REMAINS, NILE) - Drums
Risha Eryavec (DECREPIT BIRTH) - Bass

The band is currently writing material for its debut album, which should see the light of day in 2007 through an as-yet-undetermined label.

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Blotted Science Replace Drummer Yet Again

BLOTTED SCIENCE, the instrumental extreme metal project led by guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK) and bassist Alex Webster (CANNIBAL CORPSE), has parted ways with drummer Derek Roddy (ex-HATE ETERNAL, NILE) who replaced original skinsman Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD) only months ago. Taking Roddy's place is highly touted New Jersey native Charlie Zeleny of newly signed Black Market Activities/Metal Blade recordings artists BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS.

"Well, sometimes things don't quite work out they way you want them to and this is one of those instances," commented Ron Jarzombek on the split. "Derek Roddy gave us his notice a couple of weeks ago and won't be a part of BLOTTED SCIENCE after all. Everything is still cool between us. Basically, Derek did not have the necessary time to dedicate to the project — he's writing a book and has a clinic tour coming up — and, unfortunately, the physical distance between us proved to be a bigger than anticipated obstacle in the recording process. Anyway, the good news is that Charlie Zeleny from BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS has stepped in on the fly and he's already begun final tracking. Charlie is totally smokin' on this shit! The man is seriously skilled and besides doing lots of session work on the East Coast, Charlie is also working with Jordan Rudess from DREAM THEATER as a member of his online conservatory staff. You can get the full lowdown on Dr. Z on his website www.CharlieZeleny.com . Barring any further delays we'll have all the drums recorded by October/November and finish the album before Christmas."

BLOTTED SCIENCE's debut CD, "The Machinations of Dementia", is tentatively scheduled for an early 2007 release through a yet-to-be determined label. Among the 16 songs set for inclusion are 'Narcolepsy', 'Bleeding In The Brain', 'R.E.M.', 'Synaptic Plasticity', 'Laser Lobotomy', 'The Insomniac', 'EEG Tracings', 'Oscillation Cycles', and 'Brain Fingerprinting'.

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1349 Taps Nile Drummer For Tour Dates

Norwegian black metallers 1349 have confirmed that they will be utilizing the services of former NILE drummer Tony Laureano on their upcoming dates as regular skinsman Frost is busy with promoting SATYRICON's recently released "Now, Diabolical" CD. In addition, they will be using a session guitarist for upcoming live appearances as the replacement for Tjalve, who left earlier in the year.

1349 has been confirmed as one of the support acts for CELTIC FROST on their fall 2006 North American tour. Also appearing on the bill will be SAHG. The bands will support CELTIC FROST from September 12 (Springfield, Virginia) to October 2, 2006 (Portland, Oregon).

1349 released their third studio album, "Hellfire", in the U.S. last October via Candlelight Records. Recorded at Studio Studio in Nyhagen, Norway, "Hellfire" was supported by a European tour with Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH.

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Nile Signs To Nuclear Blast Records

Death metal outfit Nile has officially signed with Nuclear Blast Records, marking an end to the band's business relationship with Relapse Records. Here's a statement from Nile's Karl Sanders:

"Nile is pleased to announce the recent signing of its new record deal with Nuclear Blast. We are excited about the possibilities and potential of this new partnership with the wonderful people at Nuclear Blast. We are most certainly eagerly looking forward to working on the next Nile album and to fearlessly continue bringing Nile's unique brand of Ithyphallic Brutal Death Metal to our fans."

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Frost To Perform w/ 1349 At Transistor Metal Fest

Norwegian black metallers 1349 will be performing at this weekend's Transistor Metal Fest with their regular lineup - including drummer Frost (real name: Kjetil Haraldstad) of SATYRICON - according to a posting on the band's official web site. Transistor Metal Fest is set to take place April 29 at Kroa i B? in Telemark, Norway.

1349 recently announced that they will be utilizing the services of former NILE drummer Tony Laureano on most upcoming dates as Frost is busy with promoting SATYRICON's recently released "Now, Diabolcal" CD. 1349 will be making their first live appearance in the U.S. as the headliners of the Death in the Forest festival, set to take place May 20 at the Orange County Fair Grounds in Middletown, New York.

1349 released their third studio album, "Hellfire", in the U.S. last October via Candlelight Records. Recorded at Studio Studio in Nyhagen, Norway, "Hellfire" was supported by a European tour with Norwegian black metallers GORGOROTH.

Formed in 1997, 1349 features vocalist Ravn, guitarists Tjalve and Archaon, bassist Seidemann and drummer Frost. Their Candlelight debut, "Liberation", was released in 2003. Returning in 2004, the band recorded "Beyond the Apocalypse".

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Psycroptic Reveal European Tour dates

Psycroptic post an update with tour dates on their Myspace site:

CANNIBAL CORPSE
KATAKLYSM
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
PSYCROPTIC
GRIMFIST

04.04.06 DE ESSEN @ ZECHE CARL
05.04.06 DE LUDWIGSBURG @ ROCKFABRIK
06.04.06 DE BERLIN @ FRITZ
07.04.06 DE GLAUCHAU @ ALTER SPINNEREI
08.04.06 CZ PRAGUE @ ABATON CLUB
09.04.06 AT WIEN @ PLANET MUSIC
10.04.06 DE MUNICH @ BACKSTAGE
11.04.06 CH PRATTELN @ Z7
12.04.06 FR STRASBOURG @ LA LAITERIE
13.04.06 DE FRANKFURT @ BATSCHKAPP
14.04.06 AT DORNBIRN @ SPIELBODEN
15.04.06 FR PARIS @ LA LOCOMOTIVE
16.04.06 BL ANTWERPEN @ HOF TER LOO
17.04.06 NL TILBURG @ 013

NILE
YYRKOON
PSYCROPTIC

20-04-06 GER Bastard Club, Osnabrück
21-04-06 GER East Club, Bischofswerda
22-04-06 GER Rockstation Halle, Saale
23-04-06 AUT Planet Music, Vienna
24-04-06 SLO Media Park, Ljubljana
25-04-06 HUN A 38, Budapest
26-04-06 CZR Black Pez, Praha
27-04-06 POL WZ Wroclaw, Poland
28-04-06 LIT Nooruse Maja, Tartu
29-04-06 LAT Salamandra, Riga
30-04-06 EST Nõmme Cult, Tallinn
01-05-06 FIN Nosturi, Helsinki
02-05-06 travel
03-05-06 NOR Blaest, Trondheim
04-05-06 NOR John Dee, Oslo
05-05-06 SWE Klubben, Stockholm
06-05-06 SWE Skylken, Linkoping
07-05-06 DEN Studenthuset, Aalborg
08-05-06 GER Markthalle, Hamburg
09-05-06 NLD Melkweg, Amsterdam
10-05-06 ENG Underworld, London
13-05-06 NLD Dynamo, Einhoven

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Detonation Added to Nile Tour

Detonation will be joining Nile and Yyrkoon on their upcoming European tour for select dates. Detonation's dates with Nile and Yrkoon are as follows:

May 10 - London, ENG @ Camden
May 12 - Germany @ Exhaus Trier
May 13 - Holland @ Plato Helmond
May 14 - France @ Antipod Rennes
May 15 - Paris, France @ La Locomotive

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Ex-Hate Eternal, Nile Drummer Has "Fastest Feet"

Former HATE ETERNAL/NILE drummer Tim Yeung came in first in the "Fastest Feet" category at the NAMM International Fastest Drummer Contest on Sunday, January 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Yeung, who recently formed a new extreme-metal project with ex-FEAR FACTORY/BRUJERIA guitarist Dino Cazares, beat the competition with 872 beats in one minute. Meanwhile, Reese Bridges from London, England placed first in the "Fastest Hands" category with 1,007 beats in 60 seconds. You can check out a picture of Yeung and Bridges at this past weekend's competition.

All contestants for both "Fastest Hands" and "Fastest Feet" competitions were scored on playing single strokes (no bounces, presses or buzz) for ONE MINUTE and recorded by the Drumometer. Grand prizes for this year’s contest included: Two Pearl drum sets, a year supply of ProMark drum sticks (with winner’s name), two sets of Meinl cymbals, Axis LongBoard "A" double pedal, 50 Remo drum heads, a year subscription to Drum! magazine and much more.

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Lecherous Nocturne Signs With Deepsend Records

Deepsend Records has announced the signing of Greenville, SC, based extreme-metallers Lecherous Nocturne to the Deepsend Records roster.

The band is currently playing live shows throughout the east coast and finishing the recording process for their debut full-length album, "Adoration of the Blade," due in 2006 on Deepsend Records which will feature Nile guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade on drums and bassist Mike Poggione of Monstrosity.

Keep an eye out for a late spring/early summer release. For the time being, the band has uploaded unmastered versions of "Kompagne" and "Release in Flame" from Adoration of the Blade on their Myspace page.

Look for Lecherous Nocturne to be on the road supporting Adoration of the Blade sometime after the official release.

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Hypocrisy Cancel Memphis Show

Due to problems with the promoter and the venue, HYPOCRISY's scheduled performance on January 12 at the first show for the Annihilation World Tour in Memphis, Tennessee has been cancelled. By default, DECAPITATED will also not perform because they are traveling on the same tour bus. HYPOCRISY's inaugural performance on this tour will now take place at the Engine Room in Houston, Texas on Friday, January 13. The rest of the shows will remain as scheduled.

In addition to HYPOCRISY and DECAPITATED, the Annihilation World Tour features NILE, SOILENT GREEN, RAGING SPEEDHORN, and WITH PASSION.

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Nile Changes Portland Show Venue

The Nile show in Portland, Oregon has been moved to the Hawthorne Theater at 1507 SE 39th Ave. The original venue lost its license for all ages.

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The Haunted To Play Japan And Australia

The Haunted will be heading off to Japan & Australia February/March 2006 as the last segment of their world tour for rEVOLVEr. Here are the dates:

Extreme the Dojo Vol.15 with Nile and Exodus:

Feb. 28 Osaka, JAP - Big Cat
Mar. 01 Nagoya, JAP - Club Quattro
Mar. 02 Tokyo, JAP - O-East

Headlining Australian tour:

Mar. 05 Perth, AUS - Heat
Mar. 06 Melbourne, AUS - Hifi Bar
Mar. 07 Sydney, AUS - The Forum
Mar. 08 Brisbane, AUS - The Arena

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Close-Up Magazine Announce Top Albums Of The Year

A total of 30 metal, rock and punk writers at Sweden's Close–Up magazine have voted in the magazine's annual critics' album-of-the-year poll. The final results were as follows:

01. SYSTEM OF A DOWN – "Mezmerize"
02. OPETH – "Ghost Reveries"
03. NINE INCH NAILS – "With Teeth"
04. THE MARS VOLTA – "Frances the Mute"
05. MUNICIPAL WASTE – "Hazardous Mutation"
06. TURBONEGRO – "Party Animals"
07. NILE – "Annihilation of the Wicked"
08. HELLACOPTERS – "Rock & Roll Is Dead"
09. NEVERMORE – "This Godless Endeavor"
10. BLINDSIDE – "The Great Depression"
11. CANDLEMASS – "Candlemass"
12. DARK FUNERAL – "Attera Totus Sanctus"
13. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – "Lullabies to Paralyze"
14. ANNIHILATION TIME – "II"
15. BIG BUSINESS – "Head for the Shallow"
16. STATIC–X – "Start a War"
17. CROWBAR – "Lifesblood for the Downtrodden"
18. HYPOCRISY – "Virus"
19. PORCUPINE TREE – "Deadwing"
20. DOZER – "Through the Eyes of Heathens"

For more information on Close-Up, visit www.closeupmagazine.net.

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The Black Dahlia Murder Japan, Korean Dates

The Black Dahlia Murder has just announced upcoming tour dates in Korea and Japan in support of their highly praised release Miasma! Trevor Strnad (vox), Brian Eschbach (guitar), and John Kempainen (guitar), have announced that Tony Laureano (ex-Nile) will sit in as the drummer and Bart Williams (Today I Wait) will be filling in on bass for these dates. The band will also embark on a European tour starting on January 20th in Essen, Germany with the band Liar.

Dec. 12 (Mon) Osaka @ Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
Dec. 13 (Tue) Tokyo @ Daikanyama Club Unit
Dec. 16 (Fri) Korea @ TBA

European dates w/ Liar: More...

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Lecherous Nocturne Debut Tracklisting Revealed

LECHEROUS NOCTURNE, the Greenville, South Carolina-based extreme metal band featuring NILE guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade on drums, have revealed the track listing for their upcoming debut album, "Adoration of the Blade", tentatively due in early 2006. The CD was recorded at SoundLab Studio in Columbia, SC.

"Adoration of the Blade" track listing:

01. Kampagne
02. Release in Flame
03. The Divine Wind
04. Adoration of the Blade
05. Singe Este Viata
06. Ritual Cacophony
07. Phalluscidal
08. Whorrified

LECHEROUS NOCTURNE recently parted ways with bassist Joe Payne due to his "lack of experience and enthusiasm," according to a statement released by the group's guitarist, Chris Lollis. "The slot has already been [filled] in a matter of minutes by a name undisclosed that is guaranteed to fulfill the entire job at hand that in which Joe Payne could not handle," says Lollis.

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