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Nile

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

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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Nile Announces European Shows

U.S. based death metallers Nile have recently announced the following upcoming European shows, including summer festival performances, a first time special show in the Ukraine, and two concerts in Russia:

02.08. UA Yevpatoriya - Metal Heads Mission
04.08. RUS St. Petersburg - Zal Ozhidaniya
05.08. RUS Moscow - Milk
08.08. SLO Tolmin - Metal Camp
09.08. CZ Jaromer - Brutal Assault
10.08. D Schlotheim - Party San. Festival
12.08. UK Walton On Trent - Bloodstock
16.08. CH Zürich - Dynamo
17.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
18.08. B Méan - Metal Méan Festival

Prepare for these deadly assaults from the darkest depths of Nile’s catacombs, with more dates to be announced soon. More...

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"

Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."

The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...

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Nile Video Interview Available

On April 19th, Horns Up Rocks conducted an interview with Nile's Karl Sanders about the band's upcoming album. Check out the clip below.

"At The Gate Of Sethu," the follow-up to Nile’s "Those Whom the Gods Detest," is due out on July 3rd in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork was also recently revealed and can be found at this location.

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Nile Reveals "At The Gate Of Sethu" Artwork

Ancient Egypt-themed death metal act, Nile, has revealed the cover artwork of its upcoming album, "At The Gate Of Sethu," produced by Seth Siro Anton (Soilwork, Paradise Lost, Septic Flesh).

Band mastermind, Karl Sanders, commented, “Seth Siro Anton has designed the cover. I have been a fan of Septic Flesh [for] a long time, and as Seth expressed interest, I knew that he would deliver a great job. I would say his work is easily the best we've ever had. He has captured the darker side of the sound of Nile and reflected the music and ideas, the heart and soul of Nile are forming. Seth is a very talented man and understands exactly who we are.”

“It is no secret that I admire the powerful stylistic lines of the magical symbols that still transmit the aura of ancient Egypt, preserving in time the ancient mysteries,” added Seth Siro Anton. “Also, I am fascinated from the final frozen moment of the flesh captured in an eternal sleeping stasis, at the completion of the mummification process. So, with a great pleasure I accepted the challenge, to visualize the new masterpiece of Nile ‘At The Gate Of Sethu.'”

"At The Gate Of Sethu," the follow-up to Nile’s "Those Whom the Gods Detest," is due out on July 3rd in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Nile Confirms New Album Release Date

The reigning king of historically-themed brutality, Nile, has announced a July 3rd release date for its upcoming studio album, "At The Gate Of Sethu."

The follow-up to Nile’s latest state-of-the-death-metal-art release, "Those Whom the Gods Detest (reviewed here), will once again be released via Nuclear Blast Records. Neil Kernon (Cannibal Corpse, Macabre) handled production duties for Nile’s seventh full-length.

Nile recently wrapped up a U.S. tour in support of Detroit, Michigan's melodic death metal outfit, The Black Dahlia Murder, which concluded with a performance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Friday night.

In other news, Nile also recently cancelled all tour dates in India due to visa issues. Stay tuned to the official Nile Facebook page for the latest information on Nile and "At The Gate Of Sethu."

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Nile Cancels India Tour Dates

Nile has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's previously announced shows in India:

"We are extremely sad to inform this to our fans in India that our tour of India has been called off as the visas for 3 of the members were refused today by the Indian Embassy in Washington D.C.

"2 people in the travel party were granted the visas in Houston and in Athens, but the rest were not - for reasons that none of us know. The Indian embassy has not cited any reasons for rejection of the visas.

"It was and is beyond the control of the band, either of the promoters or the artist management. We did all we could to make this happen and tried working on getting the 3 visas for almost a month!

"The promoters - Dream Rigs Entertainment (Delhi) and Obliquity India, Lanyard Entertainment and ARK Events (Bangalore) want all fans to know who have booked tickets 'online' that they shall be refunded in full by the respective ticketing companies for Delhi and Bangalore concerts. But this is not the end and all of us are going to try to get Nile back to India."

Nile is currently set to release the new album "At The Gate of Sethu" later this year.

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Nile Video Interview Available Online

SkullsNBones.com has posted a new video interview online with Karl Sanders of Nile before the band's show in Atlanta on April 13th, 2012. Check out the video clip below.

Nile is currently working on the new album "At The Gate of Sethu" with producer Neil Kernon. The album is tentatively scheduled to be released the 2nd quarter of 2012.

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Crowbar And More Added To Bloodstock

With a plethora of metal talent already on offer - including Alice Cooper, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Hatebreed and loads more - Bloodstock Open Air has another addition to it’s main stage, in the form of New Orleans sludge-monsters Crowbar. The organizers of the festival commented:

"The epitome of heavy, Kirk Windstein and co have been showing the world that speed isn’t everything since their debut 'Obedience Thru Suffering' stunned the metal world in 1991 with its downtuned, slow-paced yet punishingly heavy sound. With nine studio albums under their very large belts, Crowbar have mastered the art of the riff, continually delivering irresistible sludgey metal via a sound uniquely their own. With mammoth sludgey slabs such as 'I Despise,' 'All I Had (I Gave),' 'Time He’s Nothing,' 'Like Broken Glass,' 'Nothing' and many more, the Ronnie James Dio Stage will be put to the test at Crowbar’s only UK festival of 2012.

"Over on the Sophie stage, additions come in the form of homegrown extreme symphonic metallers and Metal 2 The Masses winners Saturnian, fellow countrymen and Melo-death thrashers Bloodshot Dawn, as well as Finnish melodic death metallers Re-Armed."

Tickets and more information on the festival can be found at the official Bloodstock website. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Emmure Added To NEMH Festival Lineup

Victory recording artists Emmure will join the already-stacked lineup of the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Sunday, April 22nd.

"We couldn't be more excited and grateful to be a part of this year's NEMHF," said vocalist Frankie Palmeri. "Some of my favorite bands are playing and I think this is the best line up it's had in years."

Emmure will join a lineup of more than 75 bands, from Billboard-charting artists and festival veterans to new acts and future stars of the genre, as the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival takes over the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., the weekend of April 20th through April 22nd.

A camera crew will be on hand this year to document the show for an upcoming film focusing on the history of the festival, behind the scenes footage and the development of the show. The documentary will be produced by Manny Santiago from Crimson Media and sponsored by Shook Clothing. More...

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Nervecell Releases New Music Video

Nervecell has now officially released a new video for "Shunq (To The Despaired…King Of Darkness)" featuring Karl Sanders (Nile) on guest vocals. The song appears on Nervecell's latest album "Psycogenocide" released on Lifeforce Records (Europe) & Spellbind Records (Middle East). The video was shot in the city of Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates, directed by Shane De Almeida and edited by Ahmad Al Sharif.

Commented the band: "This particular song is special to the band as it will mark 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!

"The word 'Shunq' in Arabic has two meanings: to choke or to be hung by the neck. The song consists mainly of ideas and knowledge gathered from sources that speak about Lucifer and the demons that serve him. The song speaks about the battle of us humans and these demons in reality, in the end Satan himself brought forth to justice." More...

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Nile Reveals New Album Title

The reigning kings of technical, historically-themed brutality, Nile, are proud to announce they are touring Asia this April/May. This marks the band’s first time in these markets and the guys are extremely excited to be playing for their Asian metal brothers. “The whole idea of spreading NILE’s music into this part of the world has been a long time coming” commented the band. “We are extremely pleased to go to there and are looking forward to an amazing cultural exchange and experience.”

Nile is currently in the studio wrapping up the mix of the group's latest effort "At The Gate of Sethu" with producer Neil Kernon. The album is tentatively scheduled to be released the 2nd quarter of 2012.

Nile's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Asian Invasion 2012
April 26 Diablo Open Air Singapore, Singapore
April 28 Hammersonic Jakarta International Metal Festival, Lapangan D, Jakarta INDONESIA
May 2 A.U.A. Auditorium, Bangkok, Thailand. (w/ HATE ETERNAL)
May 5 Summer Blaze Metal Festival, New Delhi INDIA
May 6 Nile live in Bangalore, E-Zone Club, Bangalore India More...

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N.E. Metal And Hardcore Festival Announces Line Up

The New England Metal And Hardcore Festival 14 has announced the line-up for all three days of the event, which will occur from April 20-22nd at the Worcester Palladium. This is the longest running festival in the U.S., and the acts scheduled for each of the days follow below. More acts are being confirmed for this 14th annual festival as we speak. For ticket information head over to the festival's website.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20th:

The Black Dahlia Murder
The Acacia Strain
Oceano
All Shall Perish
Nile
Skeletonwitch
Lionheart
Fleshgod Apocalypse
First Blood
Molotov Solution
The Contortionist
Reign Supreme
Conducting From The Grave
Fit For An Autopsy
Incendiary
Palehorse
Hour Of Penance
Legion and Relentless More...

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Obey The Brave To Play NEMHF 2012

Canadian metal/hardcore band Obey The Brave will make its U.S. debut at the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Friday, April 20th.

The new band features former members of Century Media recording artists Despised Icon and Mediaskare's Blind Witness.

"Some of my favorite touring memories took place at the Palladium," said vocalist Alex Erian. "So stoked to be back and can't wait to play Obey The Braves' first US show ever at the NEMHF. Shit's about to get real, fellas."

Obey The Brave is managed by Good Fight Entertainment and is now working on its debut album for a label to be announced.

The 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass. More...

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Unearth To Play New England Metal Festival

Massachusetts' own Unearth, which recently posted a music video online for the song "Watch it Burn," will join the all-star lineup already announced for the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Saturday, April 21st.

"It's been five years since we've taken the stage at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and we couldn't be happier to make our return this April 21," said singer Trevor Phipps. "This fest gave us a shot as an up and coming band over a decade ago and was one of the springboards for our career in heavy music. This year's lineup looks to be an amazing one and we are looking forward to hitting that stage." More...

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Iced Earth And Sepultura Confirmed For Bloodstock

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced the addition of two legendary bands for this year's event, namely American power metal outfit Iced Earth and Brazilian thrash metal veterans Sepultura. The festival will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On-Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th and features the following lineup, with more acts to be confirmed:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
Behemoth (Headliner)
Anvil
The Black Dahlia Murder
Dimmu Borgir
Grand Magus
Hatebreed
Iced Earth
Mayhem
Nile
Paradise Lost
Sanctuary
Sepultura
Watain

Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Anaal Nathrakh
Orange Goblin
Sight Of Emptiness

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Metalcamp 2012 Trailer Posted

A new trailer for the upcoming 2012 edition of Metalcamp was posted. The even takes place from August 5-11, 2012 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The lineup includes the following acts (in alphabetical order):

Amon Amarth
Avven
Brezno
Doomed
Edguy
Eluveitie
Epica
Finntroll
Gorguts
Grand Magus
Hatebreed
Heathen
Inmate
Kataklysm
Korpiklaani
Machine Head
Madball
Morana
Napalm Death
Nile
Pain
Paradise Lost
Sabaton
Sin Deadly Sin
Sodom
Testament
The Black Dahlia Murder

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Nile And Mayhem Confirmed For Bloodstock 2012

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that death metal outfit Nile and Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem are the latest bands to be confirmed for the event, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
Behemoth (Headliner)
Anvil
The Black Dahlia Murder
Dimmu Borgir
Grand Magus
Hatebreed
Mayhem
Nile
Paradise Lost
Sanctuary
Watain

Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Anaal Nathrakh
Orange Goblin
Sight Of Emptiness

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The Black Dahlia Murder Announces Headline Tour

Detroit Michigan's metal outfit The Black Dahlia Murder will be hitting the road this March marking the band's first headline run of 2012. Joining The Black Dahlia Murder will be Nile, Skeletonwitch, and Hour of Penance.

The tour kicks off on March 24 in Grand Rapids, MI at The Intersection and wraps up on April 20 in Worcester Mass at the New England Metal & Hardcore festival. Dates and venues on the tour are as follows:

03/24 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
03/25 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Club
03/26 Minneapolis, MN Station 4
03/27 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
03/29 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
03/30 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
03/31 Las Vegas, NV ** Extreme Thing **
04/02 Seattle, WA El Corazon
04/03 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
04/04 San Francisco, CA Slims
04/05 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
04/06 Phoenix, AZ Nile Theater
04/07 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
04/09 Dallas, TX Prophet Bar
04/10 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
04/11 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
04/13 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
04/14 TBA TBA
04/15 Toledo, OH ** Jamboree Festival **
04/17 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
04/18 Philadelphia, PA Theater of the Living Arts
04/19 New York, NY Irving Plaza
04/20 Worcester, MA New England Metal & Hardcore Fest @ The Palladium
**BDM only

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Nile To Play Summer Breeze Fest

Nile, which is in the process of recording the follow-up to the "Those Whom the Gods Detest" album, has just been confirmed for Germany's Summer Breeze Open Air 2012. The festival organizers commented:

"For years we tried, but it never worked out. Now, just in time for the 15th anniversary of SUMMER BREEZE, Dinkelsbühl will host a master class in Egyptology for the first time ever. NILE are gearing up to shake everything and everyone to the core with their destructive, highly technical death metal whirlwinds. Tons of breaks, a wide backdrop of atmospheric oriental sounds, raging blast beats, ultra heavy slow parts, NILE have been synonimous with all of this for 19 years and six studio albums now.

"Their fifth album ('Ithyphallic') even made it to position 76 of the German album charts, an incredible feat considering the extremism of NILE's music. And the band led by Karl Sanders will show you exactly how extreme they can be when they deliver their show at SUMMER BREEZE! History lessons don't get any more fun and brutal than this!"

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Killswitch Engage to Headline New England Fest

Grammy-nominated Massachusetts metal band Killswitch Engage will headline the three-day New England Metal and Hardcore Festival April 20-22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

“Yup, trouble's brewing," said KsE vocalist Howard Jones. "It’s been great to have time off, but now it’s back to business. All the guys in KsE are truly excited to be playing NEMHF again. It’s like old times: hanging out with your friends, but they have mustaches now. Come on out, bring a friend and let’s make some sweat!"

The Black Dahlia Murder will headline the first night, while a "special" headliner will be announced Jan. 2 for the Saturday show. KsE will headline the final night. Others on the bill for the three days include Overkill, Skeletonwitch, Bane, All Shall Perish, The Acacia Strain, Aborted and Nile, with many more to be announced.

Here's the full press release:

"Killswitch Engage has been confirmed as the headliner of the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The festival helped to launch the career of the Westfield, Mass., band and the festival vets went on to sign with Roadrunner Records. With over 1.5 million records sold in the United States alone and a Grammy nomination under its belt, the band will return to the NEMF stage in 2012.

"Also headlining the biggest and longest running metal festival in America for 2012 is The Black Dahlia Murder. Lead singer Trevor Strnad sums it up best: 'It has always been a huge pleasure to play New England Metal And Hardcore Fest... I can't thank them enough for involving us again. Some of my fondest drunken memories are from NEMHF... I'm looking to rack up a few more!!! Come out and bang your heads til they fall off. I'll meet you by the sausage man!'

"The 14th edition of the festival, which will take place the weekend of April 20-22 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass., will also present a host of other festival vets and up-and-comers: More...

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