Nile is a brutal/technical death metal band from South Carolina, USA assembled in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian mysticism, history, religion and art.
Nile's music is mostly written by founding member and guitarist Karl Sanders. It combines traditional death metal with elements of Middle Eastern music, incorporating traditional Egyptian instruments into some of the songs. Nile's music is also characterized by its extreme complexity and speed, for which the band has received acknowledgement from many music fans and journalists.
The lyrical content is based on Karl Sanders' interest in Egyptology as well as other ancient Middle Eastern cultures such as Mesopotamia. Lengthy sleeve notes are included with the albums Black Seeds of Vengeance, In Their Darkened Shrines, and Annihilation of the Wicked albums, explaining the inspiration or source for the lyrics of each song. Also, some of the songs are based on the works of H. P. Lovecraft, an early 20th-Century author, who has also inspired many other bands from various genres.
Karl Sanders has also released one solo album called Saurian Meditation.
In May 2006, Nile signed a new recording contract with Nuclear Blast Records. A new album is expected in 2007.
Nile is noted under a genre named "technical death metal," which is considered a branch of death metal featuring odd time signatures and complex guitar riffs and solos. The band categorizes their music as "ithyphallic death metal", in reference to their epic Egyptian themes. Egyptian and Middle Eastern instruments are featured in some songs as well to help accent the themes more. They are one of the few bands who use the dropped A tuning.
Some also consider the band to be "brutal death metal," along with bands like Suffocation due to their low-pitched vocals, churning guitar rhythms to melodic leads and relentless drumwork. (Nile - Wikipedia)