South Carolinian technical death metal masters Nile released their eighth studio album titled What Should Not Be Unearthed on August 28, 2015. Nile is known for their music and lyrics which are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft. With the release of their newest album, Nile embarked on a US tour in support of it. One of the many stops was the world-famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California. By the time Nile came on stage, the venue was already packed to near max capacity as lots of metalheads were there on a Tuesday night to support the metal music they love!
Nile came on stage to a huge roar from the crowd. They started the show with Sacrifice Unto Sebek from their fourth album, Annihilation of the Wicked. The crowd reacted really well as moshing commenced as well as shoving from all directions. Nile played their second song Cast Down the Heretic from the same album as the opening song. This was one of the crowd favorites as fans could be heard singing along to the line, “CAAAST…DOOOWN…THE…HERETIIIC!”. This was also one of the songs where you could see singer/guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade performing his signature death metal singing style then guitarist and founding member Karl Sanders would come in and perform his own vocals except he sang in the style of deep death metal growls adding a nice classic death metal touch to Nile‘s music. The third song was Defiling the Gates of Ishtar from their second album, Black Seeds of Vengeance. The mosh pit didn’t seem to stop or slow down and at a metal show, that’s always a good thing. Nile continued their onslaught of music with tracks like Kalfir!, Hittite Dung Incantation, Call to Destruction, and In the Name of Amun.
All four members displayed amazing musicianship in what they do. One of the highlights was watching the Greek drum god George Kollias perform his legendary drumming and blast beat skills which involve him hitting his snare drum so fast it almost sounds like an AK-47 being fired off. He’s also known for his fast double bass drumming which is so fast, the Anubis design on his bass drum heads appeared as a blur. Nile next played Ithyphallic which another fan-favorite. Sanders took a quick break to talk to the crowd and thanked them for coming during the week, then he announced the next song as he yelled, “The Howling of the…” and the crowd finished, “Jinn!”. This track is from their 1997 EP called Ramses Bringer of War. Since the tour was to promote the new album, Nile next played the first single from it titled Evil to Cast Out Evil. This seemed to be the end of the show as Nile left the stage. The crowd didn’t seem to pleased that the show ended and started chanting, “Nile! Nile! Nile!”. The band seemed to listen and came out for an encore set. The first song was Sarcophagus. The crowd was happy to have them back and continued moshing away the night. Now that the show was coming to an end, Nile thanked the crowd once again for coming out. For the last song of the night, Nile played Black Seeds of Vengeance. This song was extra special as they had one of their previous drummers Tim Yeung (ex-Hate Eternal/Morbid Angel) come out and join in for the song to sing with them the chorus, “Black…Seeds…of Vengeance! Black…Seeds…of Vengeance!”. It made for a nice treat for the fans. Nile finished the song, shook hands, and threw guitar picks into the crowd before leaving the stage to a very happy and satisfied audience.