Local metal quartet Kaustik and Nile made a stop into Hollywood for the third leg of their ‘At The Gate of Sethu’ headlining tour on Tuesday, May 6th, at the House Of Blues in Hollywood, California. Kaustik opened the show early with a short, decent set of death metal songs for the early bird head banging crowd and In 2005, they opened for King Diamond at the very same venue with their relatively new drummer at the time, George Kollias, who amazed the crowd with his incredible drumming skills.
The intermission between bands lasted longer than the opening set but the music in the concert hall was pretty hysterical – they played a Crowded House song and an entire side of an old Whitesnake album. Given the audience in attendance, it was rather amusing.
When Nile finally started their set the madness ensued throughout the venue. If you’ve never seen a Nile show, everything is inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, and the works of H.P. Lovecraft. They have an Egyptian theme to their music and vocalist Karl Sanders could be seen sporting his usual Egyptian Ankh during the set; and in many ways, experiencing their show is somewhat reminiscent of going on the Revenge of The Mummy ride at Universal Studios. With their growling vocals, super-fast guitars and super-human blast beats, Nile was fast and a bit scary making for one wild ride.
Playing guitar and singing alongside Sanders, was newest band member, bassist Todd Ellis. Ellis had a beer in hand when he gave the bird to a typical Lynyrd Skynyrd song request from the crowd, which fueled their intent to thoroughly enjoy being flipped off.
Drummer Kollias, was in the back perched up high on a drum riser firing off his vicious, trademark blast beats. It was difficult to see him perform since he was in the far back with no lighting but it would have been nice to be able to get a glimpse of his footwork on the bass drums. He has a powerful approach to playing drums but at least his playing was loud and easy to hear since each song he plays is a drum solo in itself; the endurance and precision he displays is beyond impressive.
If you’re up for an evening of Egyptian Mysticism and debauchery narrated by the voice and sounds of death metal, then as the Acient Egyptians say, ‘Let my people go, so they can worship’ Nile.
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