APRIL 28th 2014
Review by BLACKGUARD vocalist: Paul Zinay

South Carolina death metal icons Nile embarked on a North American tour beginning in April of 2014 and Paul got the chance to cover the show on April 21 at FouFounes in Montreal, Quebec.

Here is what Paul had to say about the show:

I'm sure I wasn't the only one sceptical when the announcement came that NILE would finally be gracing the great white north, to the point where I actually made a bet and lost (best 5$ I ever lost), that something would happen and they would be denied access . Thankfully our border guards were on their best behaviour and granted us the privilege of seeing one of death metals most unique and inspiring bands on our own turf . NILE may have been travelling solo but on this night they were accompanied by some of Montreal's most promising up and coming DM acts. I've always thought highly of MTL's DM scene and this night only solidified those sentiments.

First to warm up the crowd was PALLOR MORTIS. Technically speaking this band is great . It's in your face Death metal that has a darker (not quite black metal) edge to it. To my ears the riffing resembles a cross of Deicide and Dying Fetus with tons of groove to get the crowd's head banging which the crowd were happy to oblige.  Unfortunately they (and all the openers) had little to no room on stage due to Nile's back-line (Foufunes has a tiny stage to begin with) so there wasn't much opportunity to move around and engage the audience more . I'm eagerly anticipating seeing them on a larger stage or their own headliner to get a full scope of what this band can do . Their new album “The Art of Terror” is available now and their lyric video for “Crimson Blade of Assyria” can be streamed here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdE3xLPz0mUTHE

UNCONSCIOUS MIND were next up. A nice contrast to Pallor Mortis. T.U.M displayed fantastic technical prowess as they performed a great blend of melodic death/black metal. Their energy was infectious and got the crowd energized early on and carried on until the end. All members performed very well but I'd like to single out their bassist who seemed to flawlessly harmonized many of the most technical guitar parts throughout the set . I also greatly enjoyed their keyboard player's skill and tasteful interludes during their show, his playing and compositions beautifully accompanied the other musicians. Stream their song “The Mirror Of My Punishment” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV24tUlvAyA

Third and last of the locals was BROUGHT BY PAIN. This incredibly talented band who effortlessly display all the elements Montreal DM is known for .Dizzying technicality, brutality and melody weave their way through their songs and delighted a rapturous audience still yearning for more and especially for what was to come. No complaints of their set from my end, but again I'm eager to see them on a bigger stage and a longer set. This is a band to look out for. Fun fact : B.B.P features guitarist Kevin Chartre also plays guitar in Unhuman and Beyond Creation
Infinity -   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_caS16U2szs

The anticipation was palpable in the minutes leading up to NILE hitting the stage. This being their first ever appearance in the city the MTL Death metal scene was out in force and NILE would make the agonizing wait worth every second. Every hand was in the air, all horns held high as NILE took the stage opening with Sacrifice unto Sebek off their Annihilation of the Wicked release. Within seconds the floor was a melee of fun sweat and beers while the band demonstrated why after 20 years they're still a force to be reckoned with and then some. The band ripped through 16 songs spanning almost their entire discography. Stand out tracks for me were Unas slayer of the gods, As he creates so he destroys, The blessed dead, Sarcophagus and of course Black seeds of vengeance which the band ended their set with. The whole band looked in fine form, effortlessly showcasing their array of skills. Always a highlight for me is watching George Kollias masterful performance on the drums. He simultaneously make me want to go home and practice 8 hours a day and never want to touch a pair of sticks at the same time.  
The only hiccup occurred when a fan trying to stage dive got a little too close to Karl sanders' pedals and was later ejected from the show (apparently he kicked over something).

Overall a fantastic evening filled with unquestionable talent and inspiring veterans of the scene. I hope we won't have to wait too long for their return north of the border, and if this show is any indication of the band's status here in the great white north I'm sure they will be back sooner than later.

Dates left on this tour:
4/29 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
 5/1 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
 5/2 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
 5/3 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
 5/6 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
 5/7 Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
 5/8 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
 5/10 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
 5/11 Dallas, TX @ Trees
 5/12 San Antonio, TC @ Green Room
 5/13 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
 5/14 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
 5/15 Tampa, FL @ Orpheum