Metalheads know enough about Nile’s obsession with Egyptian history, but there’s more to the boundary-breaking death metal of frontman Karl Sanders that’s been prevalent for more than two decades. Saurian ApocalypseSanders’ third oriental-flavored solo album, released this year, finds him again in ritual/meditative music achieved through the use of a number of cultural instruments, such as the Bağlama, the sistrum, the dumbek and the glissentar.
In the spirit of this release, Sanders has bridged the gap between world music and heavy metal, delivering five albums of world music metalheads will love the most.
Sanders, who formed Nile in 1993 and released The Other World Among the catacombs of Nephren-Ka Nile debuted in 1998, branched out with his first solo release, Saurian meditation, in 2004. For many metal fans, it was probably their first taste of real world music and a revelation about cultural sounds being played with more traditional intent amid the explosion of folk metal that also had place at that time. At least that was the case for one particular Loudwire writer.
Five years later, Sanders served Saurian exorcisms, another exercise in oriental mood music and a refreshing change of pace from the downtuned riffing fury and explosive beast-intensive death metal provided by Nile. The timing was also quite interesting – Sanders continued to explore this musical avenue while simultaneously expanding the sonic and lyrical reach of the Nile into the neighboring region of Egypt’s Middle East.
Evolution and open-mindedness are usually the key to lasting success and that seems to be the case with Nile and Sanders, so join us below and check out his world music album picks for them. metal fans!