Saurian Meditation

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Saurian Meditation
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Studio album by Karl Sanders
Released 26 October 2004
Recorded 2004 at Serpent Speech Studios and The Sound Lab, Columbia, South Carolina
Genre Folk, ambient, post-rock
Length 56:30
Label Relapse Records
Producer Bob Moore
Karl Sanders chronology
Saurian Meditation
Saurian Exorcisms
(2009)Saurian Exorcisms2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Saurian Meditation is the first solo album by Karl Sanders, the vocalist/guitarist of the technical death metal band Nile. It was released on 26 October 2004 through Relapse Records. The music is a full length exploration of the atmospheric interludes heard on Nile's previous albums, and still draws on ancient Babylonia and Lovecraftian themes for inspiration. The album was well received by metal and non-metal listeners alike.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Awaiting the Vultures" – 3:52
  2. "Of the Sleep of Ishtar" – 9:35
  3. "Luring the Doom Serpent" – 4:00
  4. "Contemplations of the Endless Abyss" – 3:43
  5. "The Elder God Shrine" – 7:33
  6. "Temple of Lunar Ascension" – 3:51
  7. "Dreaming Through the Eyes of Serpents" – 6:16
  8. "Whence No Traveler Returns" – 5:36
  9. "The Forbidden Path Across the Chasm of Self-Realization" – 5:53
  10. "Beckon the Sick Winds of Pestilence" – 6:04


Special guests[edit]

  • Shawn Allen - acoustic guitar on "Whence No Traveler Returns"
  • Dallas Toler-Wade - harmony vocals on "The Elder God Shrine"
  • David Vincent - narration on "The Forbidden Path Across the Chasm of Self Realization"
  • Juan Gonzalez - drums on "Beckon the Sick Winds of Pestilence", lead gong on "Whence No Traveler Returns", harmony vocals on "The Elder God Shrine"


  1. ^ MacNeil, Jason. Saurian Meditation review Retrieved on 20 December 2011.