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NILE reveal awesome second single 'To Strike with Secret Fang'

Photo credit: Casey Coscarelli


World-renowned American death metal icons NILE return in 2024 with their highly-anticipated 10th onslaught, The Underworld Awaits Us All, out 23rd August via Napalm Records. Boasting airtight technicality and unrelenting brutality, the new album pushes each member of NILE – founding mastermind/guitarist Karl Sanders, longtime drum master George Kollias, vocalist/guitarists Brian Kingsland and Zach Jeter, and bassist Dan Vadim Von – to their furthest extremes both in artistry and performance.


The album's second single and most succinct standout, 'To Strike with Secret Fang', pushes that unrelenting prowess to the next level. Out today via a new lyric video and streaming on all major platforms, the track blends low-end punishment with blackened death metal inspiration, rhythmic vocal mastery and brutal conviction.


Alongside the single, NILE have also announced their upcoming 2025 USA co-headline tour with death metal greats Six Feet Under, with support from Psycroptic and Embryonic Autopsy.


NILE's Karl Sanders comments on the new track and tour announcement: "'To Strike with Secret Fang' is a straight-to-the-point, uptempo blasting venomous assassin's blade of a metal song. It's the shortest track off the new record, The Underworld Awaits us All, which of course in NILE fashion has several long form complex metal compositions. But 'Fang' instantly goes right for the throat and will no doubt be a burner for live NILE shows. 


"Speaking of, NILE is very pleased for the opportunity to once again share the stage with the guys in Six Feet Under and Psycroptic. We are also primed and ready to play some of the killer songs from the new NILE album for metal fans, as well as classic NILE tracks that have become live favorites over the years. We have no doubt that metal will take place!"




Boasting airtight technicality and unrelenting brutality, the new album pushes each member of NILE – founding mastermind/guitarist Karl Sanders, longtime drum master George Kollias, vocalist/guitarists Brian Kingsland and Zach Jeter, and bassist Dan Vadim Von – to their furthest extremes both in artistry and performance. Once again produced and recorded at Sanders’ own Serpent Headed Studios in Greenville, South Carolina, the band returned to Vile Nilotic Rites engineer Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Whitechapel) for mixing and mastering.


Facing the planet’s inevitable end with their diehard fans at their side, NILE waste absolutely no time with histrionics on The Underworld Awaits Us All, distilling their trademark Egyptology driven tempest down to its most streamlined essence. Charging into battle as its namesake depicts, 'Stelae of Vultures' makes an immediate impact with dissonant guitar chords and supernatural drumming, teasing the auditory evisceration to come. Topped by impressive screams and gutturals, the track leads into 'Chapter for Not Being Hung Upside Down on a Stake in the Underworld and Made to Eat Feces by the Four Apes', citing the Egyptian Book of the Dead’s 181st chapter. The album’s most succinct track, 'To Strike with Secret Fang', blends low-end punishment with blackened death metal inspiration, before album standouts such as 'Naqada II Enter the Golden Age' and 'Overlords of the Black Earth'  breathe new life with thrash and fusion experimentation, as well as real human choirs – adding a raw element to the NILE fold. Each track soars as a technical tour-de-force – featuring career-defining extreme drumming from Kollias, as well as razor-sharp soloing from all three active guitarists and palpable bass exploration. A perfect example of this equation is pinnacle burner 'Under the Curse of the One God', combining sinister atmospherics with breakneck pacing and whirlwind, vicious riff acrobatics.


Throughout the remainder of its 11 pummelling tracks and intricate interludes, NILE masters full-tilt speed and ferocious musicality. 30 years into their heavy reign, The Underworld Awaits Us All proves that NILE is marching onward and undoubtedly upward, bleeding metal for their fandom for as long as the sands of time will allow.


September 5, 2024 - Bristol, UK @ The Fleece


September 6, 2024 - Glasgow, UK @ Slay


September 7, 2024 - Dublin, IRE @ Opium


September 8, 2024 - Belfast, N.IRE @ Limelight2


September 10, 2024 - Manchester, UK @ Rebellion


September 11, 2024 - London, UK @ Underworld



The Underworld Awaits Us All track listing:


1. Stelae of Vultures




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


9. Doctrine of Last Things


10. True Gods of the Desert


11. The Underworld Awaits us All


12. Lament for the Destruction of Time



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