The headlining act this year is American Death Metal band NILE. Previous editions of BOA have seen bands like Napalm Death, and the legendary Polish Death Metal band Vader.
NILE was formed in 1993 by the band’s founding member, Karl Sanders in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, USA. Their genre is best described as technical death metal. The music and lyrics are inspired by Near Eastern Mysticism, history, religion and ancient art.
The band also draws inspiration from the writings of H P Lovecraft, an American horror fiction author.
The band consists of Karl Sanders, vocalist and lead guitarist, George Kollias on drums, Brian Kingsland on the bass guitar and vocals and Brad Parris on the guitar. Nile is best known for combining traditional and technical metal and the complexity and speed they play with.
Sanders and Kollis said that they had planned to visit India much earlier but could not because they were denied visa eight times. When asked what they expect from the Indian fans at their first show, Sanders said: “I want them to enjoy themselves with some metal, enjoy the brotherhood and camaraderie with people who also love metal. There is nothing more powerful than this bond. You can feel that communal power in the air.”
“It is a very primal bond that cannot be put into words,” said Kollias on the heavy metal scene and the fans. Coroner from Switzerland, Marduk from Sweden, Kryptos from India are some of the other bands performing today.
The event will be held on Saturday at Royal Orchid Resort and Convention Centre, Yelahanka from 3 pm.