NILE mainman Karl Sanders will be offering guitar lessons during the band's spring 2008 U.S. tour. Lessons will include, but will not necessarily be limited to:* Extreme metal guitar techniques
* Melodic guitar application within a death metal context
* Warm-up routines, and
* Chops-building exercises Sessions are intended for intermediate-to-advanced students. Lessons will be conducted at the show venues in the cities along the routed dates of the NILE tour, on a first-come first-served basis. The the cost of lessons is $100 per hour. There will be a maximum of four students per day to insure that every student gets personal attention and a quality learning experience. Most students will be invited to stay to watch NILE's soundcheck after the lesson, and all students will be put on the guest list for the show. To view a list of upcoming NILE tour dates, visit the group's web site. Email [email protected] for more information and to reserve a lesson. NILE's video for the ridiculously titled but face-shredding song "Papyrus Containing the Spell to Preserve its Possessor From Attacks Against he Who is in the Water" can be viewed below. "Papyrus Containing The Spell To Protect The Possessor From Attacks From He Who Is In The Water" comes off NILE's fifth studio album, "Ithyphallic", which came out on July 17 via Nuclear Blast Records. Engineered by Bob Moore and produced by Neil Kernon (CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, DEICIDE), the CD was recorded at Sound Lab Studios in Columbia, South Carolina. In a Decibel magazine article penned by journalist Rod Smith, Karl Sanders provided the background story for "Papyrus Containing The Spell To Protect The Possessor From Attacks From He Who Is In The Water", which debuted on the official Ozzfest web site on June 6. "It's from 'The Book Of Overthrowing Apep'," he said. "There's a spell in there, a chant that's supposed to stop crocodiles from attacking your boat. I tried to picture it and thought, 'Your boat's being attacked by crocodiles. Are you really supposed to dig out your scroll, fumble through it, find the right chapter, repeat the words, and the crocodiles are gonna leave you alone? When the croc is about to bite you in half, are you gonna be able to find that chapter fast enough?' It's a ridiculous concept. I found myself thinking, 'This song needs to have the words said as fast as possible.' We decided this song would be frantic, fast as anything we'd ever done, with the words super-frantic fast, for that 'trying to escape from the jaws of the crocodile' feeling."