Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren Ka
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Amongst The Catacomba
Top Customer Reviews
that was over a year ago, when i was caught in the black hole of terrible hardcore bands. now, i find it hard to stop listening to nile, especially nephren-ka.
first off, nile is different from many death metal bands, mainly because of their lyrics. a majority of DM bands rampage about death, gore, etc. but nile chooses to focus on the unbelievable culture and beliefts of ancient egypt. the lyrics make for a very interesting read, and i must say ive become addicted to egyptology thanks to these guys.
now, the music is off the wall. nile isnt focused on any real aspect, they can be driving heavy riffs into you one second, and suddenly blaze off into a crazed solo. there is no real song structure to these songs, so this isnt for the simple minded, who are used to verse-chorus-verse repetition. songs like "smashing the antiu" are great examples of this.
the drummer is insane, he has technical brilliance on par with brann dailor of mastodon and the hyperspeed of flo mounier of cryptopsy.
the vocals do take getting used to, every member of nile growls into the mic, but a vast majority of the vocals in this disc are low grunts and growls, and i mean really really low (the end of #6 is a good example), but dont give up on these guys solely on the vocals, they grow on you.
my only complaint is the production. usually im not too picky about this, but when i listen to this, the snare on the drums drowns out the guitars and bass, while the guitars are busy overpowering the vocals. nile has improved on this though, and the sound quality isnt going to stop me (and shouldnt stop you) from enjoying an excellent release. it may take a few listens, but this (as well as every other nile release) will grow on you.
favorite tracks - #1, #5, #7
With this particular release, Nile managed to superbly execute in every aspect their ability to play lightning fast with awesome technicality as well as hard hitting vocals worthy of any death metal fan's attention. Songs like "Howling of the Jinn" are some of the most brutal and fast that I've heard in recent times, not to mention that, if I was forced to pick Nile's best song to date (excluding their newest release "In Their Darkened Shrines since I haven't had the pleasure of hearing it yet...), it would by far have to be "Ramses Bringer of War" because not only does the song have a great death march feel in the intro and lots of mood, it absolutely rips throughout the entire song. "Ramses Bringer of War" combines pretty much all the best elements of Nile's songwriting into one piece, whereas the majority in BSoV the highlights of Nile's style and songwriting is more spread out in pieces among the songs there (this isn't necessarily a bad thing, there just truly isn't one particular song that showcases all aspects of the band).
While songs like "Masturbating the War God" off of BSoV are one of the best songs released to date, the entire album ATCoN is a force to be reckoned with. ATCoN plays up their ability to deliver some of the best, most brutal stuff in the scene right now. While "Black Seeds of Vengence" must be appreciated for its atmosphere and showcase songs such as "Masturbating the War God", "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka" will remain the superior album in terms of sheer brutality and speed throughout the entire disc.
1. Smashing The Antiu 5/5
2. Barra Edinazzu 5/5
3. Kudurru Maqlu 5/5
4. Serpent Headed Mask 5/5
5. Ramses Bringer Of War 5/5
6. Stones Of Sorrow 5/5
7. Die Rache Krieg Lied Der Assyriche 4/5
8. The Howling Of The Jinn 5/5
9. Pestilence And Iniquity 5/5
10. Opening Of The Mouth 5/5
11. Beneath Eternal Oceans Of Sand 5/5
You see, now that's a good album. These guys also don't try to overwhelm you with gore, murder, necrophiliac dreams, and satan. These guys are definately worth a look for a deathmetal fan, but if you want heavier try Crimson Thorn, Disencumbrance, and Vomitorial Corpulence.
Most recent customer reviews
This is probably my favorite Nile release to date. Black Seeds of Vengeance and In Their Darkened Shrines are AMAZING... Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Rick Tremonti
At first, I didn't care much for Nile. I thought they were a copycat band of Morbid Angel. Needless to say, I no longer feel that way. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Lisa
Ah, yes, the band that inspired me to listen to metal in the first place. The album that inspired me to name myself Pharoah Rameses. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003
ok, i bought this cd last year (oct. 2002) and i HATED it to DEATH. i thought nile was the most overrated band EVER!!! Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003
there is not just one good song on this cd, you have to love each song, each song has its own relativly different structure with ausome lead guitars, base, drums, and a growler... Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2003 by AndyPratt
This album blisters your mind, from beginning to end. Nile play with such precision and such strength, it's just jaw-dropping. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2003 by El Smoksta
Holy Lord Jesus! This is heavy! From track 1 ("Smashing the Antiu") you are pummeled relentlessly by huge-sounding, grindingly massive guitars and utterly inhuman... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003
This is very brutal stuff, but I love it. It seems the main purpose for the first 2 tracks is to wow listeners with unparalleled brutality. Read morePublished on May 1 2003
This release hinges more on a Morbid Angel influence than say a Napalm Death influence (more slayer roots than punk). Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2003 by David Koblentz