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Combining the extreme speed and nihilism of modern death metal with the ancient styling of Middle Eastern music, Nile formed in their hometown of Greenville, SC, in 1993. With their self-proclaimed trademark of "Ithyphallic Metal," Karl Sanders (guitar/vocals), Chief Spires (bass/vocals), and Pete Hammoura (drums) debuted with their Festivals of Atonement album in 1995, leading Nile to a southwestern tour in support of other big metal acts such as Obituary, Deicide, and Broken Hope. Viscera Productions was responsible for Nile's follow-up EP, Ramses Bringer of War, in 1997 and was going to release their second album, Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka -- that is, if they hadn't gone out of business later that year. However, Relapse Records was more than happy to put it out in early 1998, giving Nile a wider distribution and a chance to hit the road with Incantation and Morbid Angel. The follow-up, Black Seeds of Vengeance, was released in late 2000. A collection of remastered, hard to find recordings, In the Beginning was released later the same year. By 2002, the highly anticipated In Their Darkened Shrines was dropped and the buzz around it led to mainstream coverage the band had never experienced before. Nile returned in 2005 with Annihilation of the Wicked, their first album with new drummer George Kollias and their last album on Relapse. After signing with Nuclear Blast, the band quickly followed up in 2007 with Ithyphallic before setting out across the U.S. on the Ozzfest tour, as well as touring South Africa and Europe. In 2009 Nile went back into the studio with producer Neil Kernon (of Queensrÿche), and released their sixth studio album, Those Whom the Gods Detest, late that year. At the Gates of Sethu arrived in 2012, and What Should Not Be Unearthed, their eighth studio long player, followed in 2015. ~ Mike DaRonco
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  1.   Song
  2.   The Black Hand of Set
  3.   The Chaining of the Iniquitous
  4.   Black Seeds of Vengeance
  5.   Ramses Bringer of War
  6.   The Black Flame
  7.   Sacrifice Unto Sebek
  8.   Sarcophagus
  9.   The Fiends Who Come To Steal the Magick of the Deceased
  10.   Kheftiu Asar Butchiu
  11.   Chapter for Transforming into a Snake
  12.   The Blessed Dead
  13.   Ethno-Musicological Cannibalisms
  14.   Serpent Headed Mask
  15.   As He Creates So He Destroys
  16.   Wind of Horus
  17.   Smashing the Antiu
  18.   User-Maat-Re
  19.   Surrounded By Fright
  20.   Beneath Eternal Oceans of Sand
  21.   Call to Destruction
  22.   Tribunal of the Dead
  23.   Multitude of Foes
  24.   Invocation of the Gate of Aat-Ankh-es-en-Amenti
  25.   Hittite Dung Incantation
  26.   Papyrus Containing the Spell to Preserve It's Possessor Against Attacks
  27.   The Gods Who Light Up the Sky At the Gate of Sethu
  28.   Masturbating the War God by Gary Jones
  29.   To Walk Forth From Flames Unscathed
  30.   In Their Darkened Shrines: II. Invocation to Seditious Heresy
  31.   Barra Edinazzu
  32.   Ushabti Reanimator
  33.   Evil to Cast out Evil
  34.   What Should Not Be Unearthed
  35.   In the Name of Amun
  36.   Liber Stellae Rubeae
  37.   Slaves of Xul
  38.   The Inevitable Degradation of Flesh
  39.   Mecca
  40.   Worship the Animal
  41.   Yezd Desert Ghul Ritual in the Abandoned Towers of Silence
  42.   The Eye of Ra
  43.   Kafir
  44.   Iskander d'Hul Karnon
  45.   Language of the Shadows
  46.   Even the Gods Must Die
  47.   The Infinity of Stone
  48.   Laying Fire Upon Apep
  49.   Eat of the Dead
  50.   Ithyphallic
  51.   What Can Be Safely Written
  52.   Annihilation of the Wicked
  53.   Lashed to the Slave Stick
  54.   Chapter of Obeisance Before Giving Breath to the Inert One in the ...
  55.   Dusk Falls Upon the Temple of the Serpent on the Mount of Sunrise
  56.   The Nameless City of the Accursed
  57.   To Dream of Ur by Scott Wilson
  58.   Opening of the Mouth
  59.   The Howling of the Jinn
  60.   Kudurru Maglu
  61.   Stones of Sorrow
  62.   Extinct
  63.   La Chant du Cygre
  64.   Nas Akhu Khan She en Asbiu
  65.   Rape of the Black Earth
  66.   Negating the Abominable Coils of Apep
  67.   Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
  68.   Those Whom the Gods Detest
  69.   Kem Khefa Khesef
  70.   Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten
  71.   In Their Darkened Shrines: I. Hall of Saurian Entombment
  72.   I Whisper in the Ear of the Dead
  73.   In Their Darkened Shrines: III. Destruction of the Temple of the ...
  74.   Unas Slayer of the Gods
  75.   Papyrus Containing The Spell To Preserve Its Possessor Against Attacks From He Who Is In The Water
  76.   Permitting the Noble Dead to Descend to the Underworld
  77.   Khetti Satha Shemsu featuring Bob Moore
  78.   In Their Darkened Shrines: IV. Ruins
  79.   Libation Unto the Shades Who Lurk in the Shadows of the Temjple of Anhur
  80.   4th Arra of Dagon
  81.   Die Rache Krieg Lied der Assyriche
  82.   Supreme Humanism of Megalomania
  83.   Defiling the Gates of Ishtar featuring Gary Jones
  84.   Pestilence and Iniquity
  85.   Utterances of the Crawling Dead
  86.   Execration Text
  87.   Wrought
  88.   Spawn of Uamenti
  89.   Nepenthe
  90.   Natural Liberation of Fear Through the Ritual Deception of Death
  91.   Churning the Maelstrom
  92.   The Essential Salts
  93.   Cast Down the Heretic
  94.   The Burning Pits of the Duat
  95.   Age of Famine
  96.   When My Wrath is Done