Karl Sanders, guitarist and vocalist of the American death metal band NILE, has recorded a guest solo for the song "Xul" off the upcoming BEHEMOTH record, "Demigod". The CD is currently being recorded at Poland's Hendrix Studios and will soon be mixed at Dug-Out studios in Uppsala, Sweden by Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, IN FLAMES, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).
Commented BEHEMOTH guitarist/vocalist Nergal: "I've known Karl and all the guys in NILE for quite a few years now. Whenever we cross paths we always have a great time and get along really well. Moreover, I've always been totally astonished by their great works, precision, devotion and unquestionable originality. When I asked Karl if he'd like to put some solo on the album, the reaction was very enthusiastic... It was a really quick job. I handed him a rough mix of the song and next night I found this great lead part in my email box. It sounded TERRIFIC! I'm more than happy about the fact of his contribution. Thank you, Karl, for such an excellent gift! It is an honor!”
Added Sanders: "I have always held BEHEMOTH in musical high regard. They are somehow transcending many preconceived barriers of death and black metal, creating a music that renders futile any such external conceptions of artificial stylistic limitations. BEHEMOTH is the epitome of what a metal band SHOULD be — forging their own sound with originality, fire and brutality. For me, it is a high honor to be a guest on the new BEHEMOTH [album]. I am a true fan of their work. I was blown away by the music I heard on the track 'Xul'. Completely amazing drumming, great riffs, unholy conviction, and a superb tightness to the entire performance that was just kick ass and inspiring. I definitely wanted to play a solo that had feeling and fire, but also worked together with the riffs and rhythm section in a way that lets all of it work together to make a very dying, apocalyptic end-of-the-world melody. The Flame top 79 Dean V I used for the lead has a very thick singing type of tone, and the track just seemed conducive to let that guitar scream out in anguish. Many thanks to Nergal for making it happen."
In other news, BEHEMOTH are almost done laying down tracks for new album. Nergal has recently spent time working with a professional male choir on recording several lines in one of the songs for the new CD.
"This was my first conducting experience and the first time I had a chance to work with a professional choir (Academic Male Choir from Lublin, Poland)," explained Nergal. "Thanks to Piotr Banka, one of the most talented Polish Orchestra producers (who actually did some orchestrations on 'Demigod'), we did some nice [work] on the album...and it sounds...real and huge! We hired the choir to do just few lines in the opening song, 'Sculpting the throne ov Seth', in order to achieve something more than just ordinary sampled choirs, like thousands of bands do...I'm happy about the way the new album is turning. Wondering what fans will think of this record."
"Demigod" is scheduled for a late October release via Olympic/Century Media (North and South America), Regain (Europe and Asia), Mystic (Poland), Raven (Israel) and Irond (Russia). The group's first-ever official DVD, the double-disc "Fukk.Crush.Create", will surface in late August. A European tour with KRISIUN, INCANTATION and RAGNAROK will follow this fall.