Over the past couple weeks I’ve been revisiting Nile from the ground up—and what better time, given that they’ve got a new album coming out later this summer? My most-played album has to be 2002’s In Their Darkened Shrines, which boasts my favorite song of theirs, “Sarcophagus.” The band’s from my hometown, so I’ve had plenty of opportunities to see them live and hear this track—and it hits like a ton of bricks every time. I can’t think of a better Nile tune to share for this week’s #tbt.
“Sarcophagus” is simply mesmerizing, opening with a quick blast from then-drummer Tony Laureano and then falling into a downtuned, infectious riff fest that pounds a hole in the earth. I can still remember the way it felt in my chest to hear this live—about as close to heart-stopping as you can get. Once Karl Sanders starts growling about a pissed-off Egyptian who’s had his tomb messed, the hair on the back of your neck will stand straight up. I get goosebumps everytime I hear it.
Nile has since gone on to produce a ton of great death metal but have yet to surpass this track in my mind. It’s just pure, unadulterated death metal. So do yourself a favor and take a listen below: