South Carolina-based extreme technical death metallers NILE have issued the following update:
“We are extremely sad to inform this to our fans in India that our tour of India has been called off as the visas for three of the members were refused today by the Indian embassy in Washington D.C. Two people in the travel party were granted the visas in Houston and in Athens, but the rest were not — for reasons that none of us know. The Indian embassy has not cited any reasons for rejection of the visas. It was, and is, beyond the control of the band, either of the promoters or the artist management. We did all we could to make this happen and tried working on getting the three visas for almost a month! The promoters — Dream Rigs Entertainment (Delhi) and Obliquity India, Lanyard Entertainment and ARK Events (Bangalore) — want all fans to know who have booked tickets ‘online’ that they shall be refunded in full by the respective ticketing companies for Delhi and Bangalore concerts. But this is not the end and all of us are going to try to get NILE back to India.”
NILE has set “At The Gate Of Sethu” as the title of its new album, due in late spring/early summer via Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to 2009’s “Those Whom The Gods Detest” was once again produced and mixed by Neil Kernon, who has previously worked with NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, QUEENSRŸCHE and DEICIDE, among many others.
In a recent interview with CobraMetal.net, NILE‘s Karl Sanders stated about the band’s forthcoming CD, “Well, we started [working on it] in May of last year (2011) after we finished our European tour. We worked on that fucking record for 10 months straight, to the exclusion of all else. (Laughs) Long hours, every day.”
Regarding the new album’s concept, Karl said, “It’s in similar territory to other NILE records in that a lot of it stems from Ancient Egyptology and sort of has underlying modern themes tied in. We haven’t abandoned our identity and I don’t believe you should fuck over your fans. If your fans like what you do, and you change too much of what you do, fans don’t like it. What matters to me is when I’m out on tour and I meet the actual fans and they share their thoughts…those are the people that I listen to. There’s a lot of new ideas within the realm of what we do that we tried to incorporate. We studied real hard on the guitar and have lots of new riffs and musical ideas. There are a lot of surprises on the record.”
When asked if fans can expect any guest appearances on the new NILE CD, Karl said, “Jon Vesano is all over this record. (Our former singer and bass guitarist who we’re still good friends with.) Jon did some guest vocals on “Those Whom The Gods Detest” and it made us realize all over again all the things we really liked about Jon‘s vocals. We wanted to incorporate some of his insanity. [laughs] He’s wicked, man. He knows how to channel that inner possession. He finds a way to summon it. It’s great stuff.”
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