On the 8th Day...

...came the words, 'Let there be death metal.' And Nile was born.

Truthfully, it's no surprise that death-metal kids and science nerds would be musical bedfellows. Among rock musicians, those who play brutal onslaughts are often among the brightest -- just a hop, skip and a blast away from D&D geeks. Of course, not everyone who likes metal is bright -- the genre may attract its fair share of the erudite, but it also has to contend with a tomb full of dumbasses, as witnessed by this sterling review of Shrines on Amazon.com:

"After listening to tha first three songz, my reaction waz pure horror. Tha singa soundz like he'z got serious bowel problemz. . . . Tha guitarizt and da drumma both sound like they've done ova dozed on suga. This album iz just straight up wack. If ya want good muzak, just stick wit da troo rap-metal. Peace Homiez."

Granted, this reviewer never claims to like death metal, and that's fine with Sanders. "Death metal may be for the underground and the elite," he says somewhat immodestly. "It's not for everybody. It's for people with a certain mindset, a certain spirit that's in them -- it's made up of outcast people that don't necessarily fit in with the bell curve."

I, Nile, slayer of tails.
I, Nile, slayer of tails.


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Still, like any "hard" music from the underground, someday this genre is going to go mainstream, even if no one expects it to just yet. As they say, no one expects the Spanish Inquisition. "No one expects a death-metal band to come from Greenville, South Carolina, either," adds Sanders.

Stranger things have happened, though. Look at the pyramids.

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