Nile – Audio, Glasgow – 24/06/2014

.@nilecatacombs @scordaturaband show reviewed by @AnybodyBC for @Planetmosh

Half past seven in the Tuesday evening and next to the Audio club in Glasgow lined up a huge queue of metalheads, who were back from weekend festivals and eager to see American death metal legends – Nile. The concert did not start for the next 20 minutes until the place got completely packed.
And when it finally started, there was Glaswegian metallers Scordatura on the stage to warm up the audience. These guys are very popular in Scottish death metal and grindcore gigs, so no surprise here. Great pick for opening act, especially for those, who have not been to gigs like this for some time. Enjoyable and great quality brutal death metal and long hair windmills in the front. That proved quite responsive audience, which was trying to make a mosh and some headbanging here and there. Everybody was still impatiently waiting for the Nile to show up. So 40 minutes of show and Scordatura was off the stage, preparations for the gig headliners began.
It did not take too long for Nile guys to prepare themselves and show up on the small Audio stage. There is not much to say about them – technical, fast and entertaining. The band seemed to be extremely happy to play here and pleased by the very responsive audience. NileAlthough I expected a little more from the audience – i.e. bigger mosh and not only in the end. The setlist for that night seemed to be typical for this tour and quite dynamic mixture of older and new tracks. Starting with quite old but still great track “Sacrifice Unto Sebek” (first released in 2005, album “Annihilation Of The Wicked”) and moving further with further ones, band showed quite an interesting setlist order. The fourth song is worth mentioning because band decided to play it for the reason of the fact, that it is George’s (drums) most favourite track to play it live –  it is “Hittite Dung Incantation” from the “Those Whom The Gods Detest” album. And who might even doubt this bones crushing Nile signature sound song?  Although band played some tracks from their last album “At The Gate Of Sethu” (2012), guys mentioned that they are actively working on the new album as well. That’s the spirit – it is all about time!
And just before the end, when everybody sweaty was still chanting Nile name, happy metallers on the stage seemed to become a little worried. Then vocalist Dallas turned to the audience and said: “I asked this so many many times before but I’ll ask again, could you all say “Don’t break your drums, George!”?”. There is one thing about this Scottish audience – you don’t need to ask twice. The problem was somehow solved at least for the rest of the planned songs. The epic and crushing, although not too long show was traditionally coronated by legendary “Black Seeds of Vengeance”. And although audience was still asking for one more track, Nile waved good-bye and went off the stage. A few minutes past ten and tired Glaswegian metalheads scattered out to the rainy city.

On the way home, I tried to find the best words to describe what just happened in the small packed Audio club. The first thing came to my mind was  Scordatura’s vocalist Daryl words: “That’s what I call fucking Tuesday night!”.


1. Sacrifice Unto Sebek
2. Defiling the Gates of Ishtar
3. Kafir!
4. Hittite Dung Incantation
5. Enduring the Eternal Molestation of Flame
6. The Supreme Humanism of Megalomania
7. The Blessed Dead
8. Howling of the Jinn
9. The Inevitable Degradation of Flesh
10. Iskander Dhul Kharnon
11. Sarcophagus
12. Lashed to the Slave Stick
13. Black Seeds of Vengeance



All photos were taken by Caroline Fraser.

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About Jurga Kalinauskaite

Photographer, journalist, curious wanderer.
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