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The Skinny: The history of Nephelium traces itself back to the late 1990s in the small Arabian city of Dubai. There, guitarist Alex Zubair and drummer Alan Madhavan had a vision of a band with equal amounts of brutality and complexity, which stayed true to the roots of old-school Death Metal yet forged ahead with experimentation and with a proud nod to their numerous musical influences from Metal and other genres.

Nephelium was the first Death Metal band to come out of the Middle East. After a few years making a name for themselves, the band now set their sights beyond the Middle East and a momentous decision was made to relocate to Canada to further spread what they termed Nephelium’s “insidious gospel”. Upon settling in Toronto, Canada completing the lineup with local musicians and playing local shows, Nephelium quickly made a name for themselves. Word spread quickly, and the band was immediately offered a show opening for Death Metal heavyweights Skinless. Such an impression was made that a show with Deicide was offered almost immediately afterward.

A full-length concept album, Coils of Entropy was recorded; this 6 track masterpiece truly embodies Nephelium’s vision of technical death metal with old school roots and Arabian melodies. After a long and tumultuous journey across 10 years, 2 continents and countless lineup changes, Nephelium has finally become the unstoppable Metal juggernaut in a death metal landscape currently lacking bands of this grandiose and true to their roots. Nephelium is Toronto’s premium Death Metal outfit.


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