“…they’ve already become more-and other-than just another entity inspired by the likes of Nile, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Vader and Cannibal Corpse. Much of Coils appeal resides in the band’s capacity for incorporating technique without coming off as merely technical. Madhavan’s a monster. Zubair is a master, consistently loading beautifully constructed solos with maximum emotional payloads to create genuinely memorable moments.” Decibel Magazine“They’re churning out death metal akin to heavyweights like Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, Vader and Nile”- Deciblog (Decibel Magazine)“Bringing brutality to your ears from the Emirates, Nephelium’s natural habitat is quite clearly devastating death metal.” Terrorizer Magazine“First spawned in the desert sands of Dubai but since relocated to the snowy climes of Toronto, Nephelium offer up a bloody feast of brutal death metal as extreme as the temperature differences between their choices of location. Powered along by the intense blasting of ex-Nervecell drummer Alan Madhavan, these six convoluted songs combine supreme technicality with brutal bludgeoning power. With a multitude of neck-jarring twists and turns, a bucket-load of explosive riffs, and some sewer-dredging vocal savagery, Coils of Entropy has pretty much everything you can ask for from a slab of brutal, technical modern death metal.” – Zero Tolerance Magazine“”Coils of Entropy” is brutal, technical and fast.” – Powerplay Magazine“One of the best death metal albums you will hear this coming year. Superb release and I am looking forward to seeing them live some time soon. I would definitely recommend this to lovers of slow death metal in the vein of Grave, Bolt Thrower, Autopsy, Immolation and the like. Brilliant release.” – AlternativeMatter.net“Nephelium’s introduction to the headbanging masses is a completely solid choice for brutal death metal fans. “Coils of Entropy” keeps up the extreme heaviness necessary to please fans of straight death metal, and manages to throw in a good bit of complexity without getting pretentious or overly melodic.” – MetalUnderground.com“Brutal, sludgy, precise, dark, atmospheric, and surprisingly catchy, Nephelium tackle death metal with the precision of a surgeon’s hand, or a Jigsaw trap. If you’re looking for some new death metal to sink your teeth into, this is it….“Merciless Annihilation,” an intricate, tough-as-nails, riff-ridden, technical masterpiece.” – Yell! Magazine“Just straight up ripping, pummeling, brutal groovy death metal — no bells and whistles, just the way I like it.” – MetalSucks.net“If you’re tired of the same old shit, then it’s time to try something different and Nephelium certainly gave me that fix.” – WeLoveMetal.com“It’s brutal, it’s in your face, it’s new but old, it’s a must have in any metal heads library.” – XplosiveMetal.com“If you are a fan of death metal and like fast arrangements and tempo changes with blast beats and brutal riffs then this band is for you. Check out “Coils of Entropy”” – MetalDelirium.net“These guys hit it on the head, they nailed it. Its brutal and complex and definitely in your face” – MetalTitans.com“A fast-moving blast wave of hot shrapnel, with brutally addictive rhythms, flashy guitar leads and solos” – NoCleanSinging.com“It’s brutal shit done right….Nephelium is one of the many examples of a death metal band that plays the fuck out of their instruments, plays the fuck out of them well. Highlights: “Hellborne”, “Malediction”, and “Halls Of Judgement”” – Metalstorm.net“Instrumental brutality and a hearty sound of turbocharged guise.” – Metal.de“Brutal In Your Face Metal That Wants to Kick You In The Teeth!!!” – SPV and Metalville Records“WOW!!! This is what I call Crunchy!!! And it applys to both Guitars and Vocal Sounds!!! This Band embodies CRUNCH!!!” – Patrick Loisel – Guitarist for AUGURY
“Sounds Great! Raw and Brutal!!!” – Andy Larocque – Guitarist for KING DIAMOND and DEATH“A great face melting head splitting performance!” – Dark Compass – Radio Metal Show UK“Coils Of Entropy is a very powerful Death Metal Album Full of aggression with heavy riffs, quality guitar solo’s pounding drums and really harsh growling…I can see why they are called Toronto’s premium Death Metal outfit.” – MetalShockFinland.com“with Nephelium’s debut, it’s refreshing to see a band exploiting some of the classic components of the original death metal sound and still sound relentlessly brutal…this record will give many death metal traditionalists much to celebrate, there are many shades of progressive ambition and technical precision that clearly stand out here. Most of the songs exceed 5 minutes, and all showcase an impressive display of multi-faceted song structures. To the casual listener, the most prominent qualities will likely be the scathing vocals and crushing riffs. However, a closer listen will reveal immense layers of complexities in the arrangements, not to mention a constant rotation of time signatures….The essence of this album is sincerely horrific, and fiercely bludgeons every bit of sonic space with its piercing malignancy. In other words, just what a good death metal record should be doing.” – Noisography“Nephelium is undoubtedly serious, competent and structured to maim. The vocals are alternately guttural, deep or even screaming. The drummer has a bottom-heavy sound that smashes the enemy to smithereens and the guitarist, in particular, is a skilled axe wielder that understands metal. In heavy metal, the guitar is meant to be razor-sharp, fast, heavy and dynamic. James and Alex of Nephelium keep up the action by mixing things up including rhythm changes, speed changes, licks, tremolo and other tools of the trade (done right). Want death metal done, right? Get Coils Of Entropy...my choice tracks Hellborne, Halls Of Judgement and the title track.” – Metallian.com
“This is by far the finest (first?) metal band out of Dubai since…well, ever. Nephelium’s debut album, Coils of Entropy hits you and hits you HARD. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more angry yet focused at the same time, this is for you. Don’t let the fact that you’ve never heard of this band force you to not get this. I don’t care where you get it (from KZSC perhaps?) just go and listen to this now. Dammit.” – KZSC 881.FM – Santa Cruz, Califronia
• All songs written & performed by: Nephelium Album Line Up – Boyan Guerdjikov – Vocals, Alex Zubair – Guitars, Dan Glover – Guitars, Jay Cockerill – Bass, Alan Madhavan – Drums | (Nephelium Current LIVE Line Up | Florian Ravet (Bass) | Devlin Anderson (Vocals) | James Sawyer (Guitar) – Alan Madhavan (Drums) | Alex Zubair (Guitar))
• Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Darius Szcepaniak
• Mastered by Steve Benford
• Recorded at Rouge Valley Studios (Toronto)
• Single released: Burial Ground
• CD Cover Design: Juanjo Castellano (JuanCastellano.com)
• Logo Design: Christopher Horst
• Label: Self Release
• Distribution: Self Release
• UPC Code #: 0 8890720842 2
2003 – Ignite The Wrath of Silence – EP
2002 – Archaic Malevolent Sorcery – Demo
Dubai may be known as a city rich in history, a business hub and the home of the tallest structure in the world, but it’s also the birthplace of one of the first death metal bands to come out of the Middle East.
Dubai is where, in the late 1990s, guitarist Alex Zubair and drummer Alan Madhavan came together to form Nephelium, guided by the sole vision of a band comprised of equal parts complexity and brutality.
Staying true to the roots of death metal, Nephelium was quick to forge ahead with experimentation, pulling in influences from metal and other genres.
With the hope of spreading Nephelium’s insidious gospel across the world, Zubair and Madhavan settled in Toronto, Canada where they completed the band’s lineup and immediately began playing shows and tearing up local stages, which quickly led to opening slots for metal heavyweights Skinless and Deicide.
Following a tumultuous journey spanning ten years, two continents and countless lineup changes, Nephelium is ready to once again give the death metal world a good shaking with the release of their debut album, Coils of Entropy.
The embodiment of Nephelium’s journey to striking the perfect balance between technical death metal, old school metal and Arabian melodies, Coils of Entropy is a six-track masterpiece set to breathe new life into today’s dwindling death metal landscape.