Nile is a death metal band from South Carolina, USA. Their music is influenced by Ancient Egyptian mysticism, history, religion and art.
Nile's music is mostly written by founding member and guitarist Karl Sanders. It combines traditional death metal with elements of Middle Eastern music, incorporating traditional Egyptian instruments into some of the songs. Nile's music is also characterized by its extreme complexity and speed, for which the band has received acknowledgement from many music fans and journalists.
The lyrical content is based on Karl Sanders' interest in Egyptology. Lengthy sleeve notes are included with both the Black Seeds of Vengeance and In Their Darkened Shrines albums, explaining the inspiration or source for the lyrics of each song. Also, some of the songs are based on the fictional work of the writer H.P. Lovecraft, who has also inspired many other bands.