You know Nile, the Egyptian mythology themed technical death metal band from Greensville, South Carolina who has been around since 1993. You know of the big recent roster change too, Dallas Toler-Wade leaving the band after 20 years of shredding and growling. I’ve seen Nile 3 times total in my life with Karl, George and Dallas and I honestly never thought that this roster was going to change. 1 day before the tour starts I get this news that the beautiful bald bastard is no longer with the band and I was rather devastated. Seriously…..I didn’t see this coming. So now Dallas will fully invest his time in Narcotic Wasteland and Karl recruited Brian Kingsland from Enthean to cover Dallas’ guitar and vocal duties. Having never heard of Brian before, I was incredibly pessimistic and unsure of this move. I get this news 6 days before I see them live too so….better to find out sooner than later if Brian is a good fit. Will Nile survive? Will they go back to a triple vocal attack? Is Nile still good live?
Fast forward to about 8:40 PM at Lawrence, Kansas inside The Granada Theater and the band is all set and my nerves are shot but I am overly excited and eager to hear what these guys have in store for me. The stage is tight but the guys come out during “Dusk Falls Upon the Temple of the Serpent on the Mount of Sunrise“, Karl in his usual spot on stage right, Brad Parris center stage on bass duty and the fresh faced Brian Kingsland stage left. George Kollias also sat center stage in between Karl and Brad at his drum kit as space was tight but they made it work. Lights came back on and the band get right into the opening riffs of “Sacrifice Unto Sebek” and things are getting started off with fierce energy. The pit opens up, the headbanging commences and the band conquers the song for the crowd. This trend continues for the remainder of the night as Nile blasts through 7 more songs, you can find the full set list below.
So let’s get straight into my thoughts on the new guy, Mr. Brian Kingsland. He is a great musician and his guitar playing skills are fitting for Nile. The dude can shred with the best of them all while belting out disgusting Nile vocal work. While Dallas’ vocals are definitely absent, Brian and Brad go about 50/50 covering his vocal remedies and offer up the old school triple vocal attack that old school Nile fans will love again. Brad and Brian also have a great vocals and together they fill the void quite nicely. It’s weird but I’ll be damned….Nile is still Nile and they sound great. George Kollias was on fire and Karl Sanders seemed to be high on life as he performed all night, especially during the song “The Gods Who Light Up the Sky at the Gates of Sethu“, where Karl wildly performed this style of vocals I’ve only heard on disc but never before in a live setting.
So I began quite pessimistic, then a little nervous, then excited and after the show I was satisfied. Nile still brings it and they execute perfectly in a live setting. The next big thing now is a new album by them with this new setup. Nile has survived many lineup changes and they’ll survive this one. It’s unfortunate that Dallas left the band and I honestly hope there is no bad blood between them. I wish them all the best. Now let’s finally answer that question: Is Nile still good live? Fuck yes.
intro: Dusk Falls Upon the Temple of the Serpent on the Mount of Sunrise
- Sacrifice Unto Sebek
- Defiling the Gates of Ishtar
- Hittite Dung Incantation
- The Gods Who Light Up the Sky at the Gate of Sethu
- In the Name of Amun
- Black Seeds of Vengeance