Nile Front Man Karl Sanders Discusses New Album "Those Whom The Gods Detest"
Egyptian themed technical death metallers Nile recently released their latest album "Those Whom The Gods Detest" on November 3rd in North America. Two samples tracks from the album "Utterances of the Crawling Dead" and "Permitting the Noble Dead to Descend to the Underworld" are currently streaming at Nile's MySpace page. Nile front man Karl Sanders filled me in on the themes of the albums' tracks and the band's upcoming European and U.S. tours.
xFiruath: Can you give me brief history of Nile for anyone who isn’t familiar with your music?
Karl: We started in 1993 as a local little band from South Carolina. Over the years we’ve managed to claw our ways up the bottom of the bill to now here in 2009 we’re headlining our own tour in Europe and America. You should come see us with our new album “Those Whom The Gods Detest.”
xFiruath: Tell me about the new album. Where was it recorded?
Karl: This was actually a multi-studio project. We started off doing drums with Erik Rutan at Mana Recording in Tampa, Florida. Then we tracked guitar, bass, and vocals here at my home studio in South Carolina. Then we mixed at Rax Trax in Chicago.
xFiruath: Is there a continuing story or theme behind the songs on the album?
Karl: No it’s not a concept. Several of the songs as usual deal with ancient Egyptian history but there’s some Islamic influences, some Arabian stuff. Some from the Hittites. It’s a whole lot of ancient history stuff.
xFiruath: I noticed several of the song titles had a Lovecraft theme to them.
Karl: Most definitely. Lovecraft is very much a part of this band, even from the very beginning on our first record. “4th Arra of Dagon” is kind of classic Lovecraft stuff.
xFiruath: Do you have any particular favorite influence from the realm of Lovecraft, either in print or movies or games?
Karl: “The Nameless City” I think is my favorite Lovecraft story. It’s great stuff.
xFiruath: I had the opportunity to talk with Maurizio Iacono of Kataklysm and Ex Deo and he mentioned how you did a guitar solo on the new Ex Deo album.
Karl: Yeah it was a lot of fun, chilling with the guys. Just a lot of fun.
xFiruath: Nile is about to embark on a new tour. Tell me about that.
Karl: We’ve got a big European tour in November that runs up to Christmas. Starting in January and February we then have a tour here in the states. Us, Immolation, Krisiun, Abigail Williams, and Dreaming Dead. I think it’s going to be a killer tour.
xFiruath: I understand you will also be doing guitar lessons on your tour also?
Karl: I’ve done them on the last European tour I think. Not only was it a lot of fun, I got to meet a lot of young guitar players and cool people, and also it helped even out the finances. Touring is not necessarily what it used to be in terms of profitability, especially with rising gas prices. It’s our single biggest expense. Hundreds of dollars a day for a tour bus.
xFiruath: I was just listening to the new album and I’m liking “Hittite Dung Incantation” and there was some pretty awesome drumming on “4th Arra of Dagon.” Do you have any particular favorite track on the new album?
Karl: I think I’m really appreciative of the title track. There’s a lot of epic elements to it and it ties a lot of stuff together. I think it’s got some of the best lyrics written in ten years.
xFiruath: Apart from your new album what have you been listening to?
Karl: Actually nothing at the moment. I’m taking a well deserved break. There is one thing that has kind of impressed me lately. This band called Ulcerate from New Zealand, they will be with us on the European tour. They have done some really creative and interesting things with the death metal idiom.
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