Nile quickly rose to the top of the class of old-school American Death Metal. Much has been written about their fascination with Egypt and Mid-East rites, but such writing was simply overstated as the similarities go only lyric deep for the music bared little resemblance. With the membership of Chief Spires (bass/vocals), Pete Hammoura (drums/vocals) and Karl Sanders (guitars/vocals) they would start off with the release of Festivals Of Atonement (1995), to follow it with Ramses Bringer Of War (1997), Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka (1998) and In The Beginning (2000; actually a re-release the first two albums merged together). In 2000 Black Seeds Of Vengeance saw Nile return with a massive membership change of the original three adding Dallas Toler-Wade (guitar/vocals) and Derek Roddy as guest drummer. By the follow-up In Their Darkened Shrines (2002) the line-up featured Roddy and Spires gone and Jon Vesano (bass/vocals) and Tony Laureano (ex-God Dethroned/ex-Angel Corpse; drums).