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When: Mon., March 4 2013

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Karl Sanders and his fellow pharaohs in the Greenville-based death metal outfit Nile are ethno-musicological cannibals. Case in point: “Ethno-Musicological Cannibalism,” a cross-cultural instrumental mash-up off of their latest LP, At the Gate of Sethu. “There is something inherently cannibalistic about all rock and metal music, in that these music forms all feed upon one another, cross-influencing each other in myriad ways,” says Sanders, Nile’s singer/guitarist. “Young bands are influenced by older bands, and the riffs and melodies are ingested and mutated as the influences are assimilated to emerge again as new songs for new generations.” However, Sanders and company weren’t thinking about themselves when they titled the song. “The ‘Ethno-Musicological Cannibalism’ reference on the new record At the Gate of Sethu is a gentle, good-natured flesh roast of the many self-appointed internet ‘music critics’ who think that merely because they are armed with a keyboard and internet connection that they are some how qualified as music experts and metal journalists. I wrote that track to perhaps suggest that these so-called wannabe ‘metal critics’ should all go cannibal-feast on each other’s brains and leave us working bands alone so we can just make music.” Point taken, Karl. —Chris Haire MONDAY


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