Extreme USA - Nile

by Ben Higgins

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  • Welcome to my new lesson!

    This time we are getting dark and extreme with Nile, the death metal legends who have bit of a 'thing' for ancient Egypt!

    "Nile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft." - Wikipedia


    Nile's musical style is full of classic death metal elements such as blast beats, super fast double kick drumming and growled vocals. What sets them apart from their contemporaries is how they've managed to weave their lyrical influences (such ancient Egypt and middle eastern civilizations) into their very sound. The use of harmonic minor modes, gongs and droning chants bring to mind dark temples and shifting desert sands. They also have a very dry production which also brings to mind the dusty backdrops of their subject matter.

    The guitar work is very demanding in terms of stamina and technicality. Lots of fast tremolo picking sits alongside super tight power chord shifting and lots of chuggy palm muting. You have to be super awake to play this stuff!

    This lesson will work on:

    - Picking hand stamina
    - Alternate picking
    - Palm muting
    - Use of octave chords
    - Use of the Phrygian Dominant (Major) mode


    For the first time at GMC, I am using the full range of my 7 string so all you 7 stringers out there can have something to work on!

    So, if you want to avoid displeasing the gods, you'd better pick up that guitar and get working!

    Tuning: B E A D G B E - Standard Tuning

    Tempo:225 bpm

    Key: Bm

    Ibanez RG7421, Nick Crow 8505 Amp Plugin, Guitar Suite Tube Screamer, Poulin LeCab 2.


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