Merch- Nile had several shirts (photos) (15- special tonight, down from 20~!), girls tank top (20), gym shorts (!), belt buckle (15), CDs ($12), a wristband or something similar, and something else small. I got a couple shirts. Apparently I dropped my glove at the merch booth at one point and the kindly cute merch girl held it there, and I retrieved it.
Port City Brewing, local to the Alexandria, VA area was there in force, and I got a complimentary 'high class blue moon'- their Optimal Wit. It was rather good. Their porter was also nice. Def nice having some local stuff being stocked. Looking forward to sampling the rest!
Acid Deth Kvlt (8- 8:21), a local band, was on first. Some sort of sludgy black metal. IMO it sounded really muddy (except the drums) and unremarkable. Their songs seemed to be indistinguishable from each other, and I couldn't really get into them. I didn't dig em, and I'll leave it at that.
Mikhail (8:43-9:11), another local band, was on next and they seemed to be a band of brothers or related people and a hired drummer. They all seemed very young as well. Add in not one 1 but 3 camera men filming their performance (one with a mullet), then you have quite an interesting scene. They sounded way better than ADK, primarily because their songs sounded like something. The vocals were a bit lost in the mix, but more than a few songs had me bobbing my head, so that's def a good sign. Interesting to see where these guys will go- I see potential there, but their songs seemed to want to do EVERYTHING. Perhaps a bit of focus would help.
Nile finally came on and sounded pretty damn brutal. Cannabis Corpse dropped off at the last moment, which I kind of wanted to hear them, but I think Nile more than made up for it. This tour was some sort of retrospective, where they played songs from all across their discography. I was expecting them to do a 'Night with Nile' a ala Amon Amarth and play their new album, then some old songs. I believe they played songs from every album, and it seemed like a nice variety. I'm not a hardcore Nile fan, so they can weigh in on that, but IMO it sounded good.
The crowd had some pits going, as expected- pretty wild. There were a couple guys in Hawaiian shirts AND SHORTS that seemed a bit intoxicated and were constantly in the pit. Nile seemed to have added a bass player since last I saw them, and overall sounded very good. The guitar lead was occasionally a little muffled by the drums, but it was tolerable. At one point we saw that awesome double necked pointy guitar come out for a song or two :3 The guys from Nile were pretty no nonsense and very professional- we were advertised 2 sets of Nile and got 2 hrs of heavy musics.
Overall, a nice evening with some brutal music and a good crowd, especially after the boring snowstorm that hindered productivity and encouraged fear mongering.
Setlists (without the one song they added)
Nile (9:36- 10:21)
- Sacrifice Unto Sebek
- Hittite Dung Incantation
- Enduring the Eternal Molestation of Flame
- Supreme Humanism of Megalomania
- The Inevitable Degradation of Flesh
- Papyrus (...)
- Permitting the Noble Dead to Descend to the Underworld
- 4th Arra of Dagon
Nile (10:33- 11:35)
- The Blessed Dead
- Defiling the Gates of Ishtar
- Cast Down the Heretic
- The Howling of the Jinn
- Kheftiu Asar Butchiu
- Serpent Headed Mask
- The Black Hand of Set
- Smashing the Antiu
- The Black Flame
- Unas Slayer of the Gods
- Lashed to the Slave Stick
- Black Seeds of Vengeance