Origin: Greenville, South Carolina, USA  
Genres: Death Metal
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Last update/review: December 6, 2019


Nile has been at the forefront of old-school American death metal for a number of years now, ever since their album Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka hit the streets in 1998. Much has been made of their fascination of Egypt and Middle Eastern rites, though to an extent this has been overstated. True, their lyrics are steeped with references to Egyptian gods the like, but musically such influences are slight, mostly relegated to the occasional intro or interlude (two fine examples are found on the Nephren-Ka album, these being "Die Rache" and the intro to "Ramses Bringer Of War". No, the musical focus is brutal, heads-down thrashing death metal to the core, flawlessly played and executed. Truly one of the best of the field.

Upcoming album: The Underworld Awaits Us All, release date August 23, 2024.

Current Members

Karl Sanders


Brian Kingsland


George Kollias

drums (ex-Nightfall, guest for Tyr)

Former Members/Guests

Dallas Toler-Wade

guitars/vocals (guest for Lecherous Nocturne)

Chief Spires


Jon Vesano


Chris Lollis

bass/vocals (ex-Lecherous Nocturne)

Joe Payne

bass/vocals (ex-Divine Heresy) RIP: January 24, 2020, age 36

Brad Parris


Pete Hammoura


Derek Roddy (guest)

drums (ex-Aurora Borealis, ex-Council Of The Fallen, ex-Divine Empire, ex-Hate Eternal, ex-Malevolent Creation, Menace)

Tony Laureano

drums (ex-Acheron, ex-Angelcorpse, Aurora Borealis, guest for God Dethroned, Insidious Disease, ex-Malevolent Creation, ex-Nachtmystium)


Festivals Of Atonement  
1995 Anubis
  1. Divine Intent
  2. The Black Hand of Set
  3. Wrought
  4. Immortality Through Art/Godless
  5. Extinct
  • Karl Sanders
  • Chief Spires
  • Pete Hammoura

Ramses Bringer Of War  
1997 Visceral
  1. The Howling Of The Jinn
  2. Ramses Bringer Of War
  3. Die Rache Krieg Lied Der Assyriche
  • Karl Sanders
  • Chief Spires
  • Pete Hammoura

Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka  
1998 Relapse
  1. Smashing the antiu
  2. Barra edinazzu
  3. Kudurru maglu
  4. Serpent headed mask
  5. Ramses bringer of war
  6. Stones of sorrow
  7. Die rache krieg lied der assyriche
  8. The howling of the Jinn
  9. Pestilence and iniquity
  10. Opening of the mouth
  11. Beneath eternal oceans of sand
  • Karl Sanders
  • Chief Spires
  • Pete Hammoura
1998 Readers' Album #53

In The Beginning  COMPILATION
2000 Relapse
  1. Divine Intent
  2. The Black Hand of Set
  3. Wrought
  4. Immortality Through Art / Godless
  5. Extinct
  6. The Howling of the Jinn (demo)
  7. Ramses Bringer of War (demo)

Black Seeds Of Vengeance  
2000 Relapse
  1. Invocation Of The Gate Of Aat-Ankh-Es-En-Amenti
  2. Black Seeds Of Vengeance
  3. Defiling The Gates Of Ishtar
  4. The Black Flame
  5. Libation Unto The Shades Who Lurk In The Shadows Of The Temple Of Anhur
  6. Masturbating The War God
  7. Multitude Of Foes
  8. Chapter For Transforming Into A Snake
  9. Nas Akhu Khan She En Asbiu
  10. To Dream Of Ur
  11. The Nameless City Of The Accursed
  12. Khetti Satha Shemsu
  • Karl Sanders
  • Dallas Toler-Wade
  • Chief Spires
  • Pete Hammoura
  • Derek Roddy

In Their Darkened Shrines  
2002 Relapse
  1. The Blessed Dead
  2. Execration Text
  3. Sarcophagous
  4. Kheftiu Asar Butchiu
  5. Unas, Slayer Of The Gods
  6. Churning The Maelstrom
  7. I Whisper In The Ear Of The Dead
  8. Wind Of Horus
  9. In Their Darkened Shrines (Parts 1-4)
  • Karl Sanders
  • Dallas Toler-Wade
  • Jon Vesano
  • Tony Laureano
2002 Readers' Album #14

Annihilation Of The Wicked  
2005 Relapse
  1. Dusk Falls Upon the Temple of the Serpent on the Mount of Sunrise
  2. Cast Down the Heretic
  3. Sacrifice Unto Sebek
  4. User-Maat-Re
  5. The Burning Pits of the Duat
  6. Chapter of Obeisance Before Giving Breath to the Inert One in the Presence of the Cresent Shaped Horns
  7. Lashed To the Slave Stick
  8. Spawn of Uamenti
  9. Annihilation of the Wicked
  10. Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten
  • Karl Sanders
  • Dallas Toler-Wade
  • Jon Vesano
  • George Kollias
2005 Readers' Album #11

Legacy Of The Catacombs  COMPILATION
2007 Relapse
  1. Cast Down the Heretic
  2. Sacrifice Unto Sebek
  3. Lashed to the Slave Stick
  4. Execration Text
  5. Sarcophagus
  6. Unas, Slayer of the Gods
  7. Masturbating the War God
  8. Chapter For Transforming Into A Snake
  9. Black Seeds of Vengeance
  10. The Howling of the Jinn
  11. Barra Edinazzu
  12. Smashing the Antiu

2007 Nuclear Blast
  1. What Can Be Safely Written
  2. As He Creates, So He Destroys
  3. Ithyphallic
  4. Papyrus Containing The Spell To Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In The Water
  5. Eat Of The Dead
  6. Laying Fire Upon Apep
  7. The Essential Salts
  8. The Infinity Of Stone
  9. The Language Of The Shadows
  10. Even The Gods Must Die
  • Karl Sanders
  • Dallas Toler-Wade
  • George Kollias
2007 Readers' Album #18

Those Whom The Gods Detest  
2009 Nuclear Blast
  1. Kafir!
  2. Hittite Dung Incantation
  3. Utterances of the Crawling Dead
  4. Those Whom the Gods Detest
  5. 4th Arra of Dagon
  6. Permitting the Noble Dead to Descend to the Underworld
  7. Yezd Desert Ghul Ritual in the Abandoned Towers of Silence
  8. Kem Khefa Kheshef
  9. The Eye of Ra
  10. Iskander D'hul Karnon
  • Karl Sanders
  • Dallas Toler-Wade
  • George Kollias
2009 Readers' Album #14

At The Gate Of Sethu  
2012 Nuclear Blast
  1. Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
  2. The Fiends Who Come To Steal The Magick Of The Deceased
  3. The Inevitable Degradation Of Flesh
  4. When My Wrath Is Done
  5. Slaves Of Xul
  6. The Gods Who Light Up The Sky At The Gate Of Sethu
  7. Natural Liberation Of Fear Through The Ritual Deception Of Death
  8. Ethno-Musicological Cannibalisms
  9. Tribunal Of The Dead
  10. Supreme Humanism Of Megalomania
  11. The Chaining Of The Iniquitous
  • Karl Sanders
  • Dallas Toler-Wade
  • George Kollias
2012 Readers' Album #30

What Should Not Be Unearthed  
2015 Nuclear Blast
  1. Call to Destruction
  2. Negating the Abominable Coils of Apep
  3. Liber Stellae - Rubaeae
  4. In the Name of Amun
  5. What Should Not Be Unearthed
  6. Evil to Cast Out Evil
  7. Age of Famine
  8. Ushabti Reanimator
  9. Rape of the Black Earth
  10. To Walk Forth from Flames Unscathed
  • Karl Sanders
  • Dallas Toler-Wade
  • George Kollias
2015 Readers' Album #22

Vile Nilotic Rites  
2019 Nuclear Blast
  1. Long Shadows Of Dread
  2. Oxford Handbook Of Savage Genocidal Warfare
  3. Vile Nilotic Rites
  4. Seven Horns Of War
  5. That Which Is Forbidden
  6. Snake Pit Mating Frenzy
  7. Revel In Their Suffering
  8. Thus Sayeth The Parasites Of The Mind
  9. Where Is The Wrathful Sky
  10. The Imperishable Stars Are Sickened
  11. We Are Cursed
  • Karl Sanders
  • Brian Kingsland
  • Brad Parris
  • George Kollias

The Underworld Awaits Us All    RELEASE DATE: August 23, 2024
2024 Napalm
  1. Stelae of Vultures
  2. Chapter for Not Being Hung Upside Down on a Stake in the Underworld and Made to Eat Feces by the Four Apes
  3. To Strike with Secret Fang
  4. Naqada II Enter the Golden Age
  5. The Pentagrammathion of Nephren-Ka
  6. Overlords of the Black Earth
  7. Under the Curse of the One God
  8. Doctrine of Last Things
  9. True Gods of the Desert
  10. The Underworld Awaits Us All
  11. Lament for the Destruction of Time
  12. Der Rache Krieg Lied der Assyriche (demo)
  • Karl Sanders
  • Brian Kingsland
  • George Kollias

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