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Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren Ka

4.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (April 11 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • Run Time: 33.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000241VH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Smashing The Antiu
2. Barra Edinazzu
3. Kudurru Maglu
4. Serpent Headed Mask
5. Ramses Bringer of War
6. Stones of Sorrow
7. Die Rache Krieg Lied Der Assyriche
8. The Howling Of The Jinn
9. Pestilence and Iniquity
10. Opening of the Mouth
11. Beneath Eternal Oceans of Sand

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Amongst The Catacomba

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Format: Audio CD
upon first listen of nile, i wasnt too impressed. the vocals were too unbearable for me, and the music just flew over my head.
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
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While Nile's recent album "Black Seeds of Vengence" helped set a new benchmark for the majority of death metal acts already out there, it cannot be denied that "Amongst The Catacombs..." is a much more brutal release. The effects and samples added in BSoV helped steep the album in more atmosphere and mood, but ATCoN maintained the extreme brutality expected of today's high caliber death metal.
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.
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As a generalization most death/grind fans are looking for just that, deep guttural death metal vocals mixed with machine gun snares, pummeling double bass attacks, and grinding, speeding, "power of the chug" guitars. While Nile does exhibit these elements, they take death/grind into a whole new territory . By incorporating Egyptian themes, instruments, and chants into the mix, Nile gives an added flair to the stale death/grind scene with their album "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren Ka." Tracks such as "Ramses Bringer of War" even add doses of <gasp> melody among other things providing a fresh perspective on the hyper-blasting genre as perfected by the likes of Cryptopsy, Angelcorpse, and to a slightly lesser degree Krisiun. To sum things up Nile definitely brings an epic feel to death metal (although not to the extent some would go such as the godly Opeth) and is a welcome addition to a scene filled with Morbid Angel worshippers due to its fresh outlook. Their latest album "Black Seeds of Vengeance" continues the trend that "Amongst..." started and when listened to in succession Nile paints a vivid picture of death, vengeance, contemplation, and war that many bands are at a loss to produce no matter how "brutal" they may be. A worthwhile addition to any metal fans collection.
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This is easily the best CD Nile ever put out. Believe be that you won't find much heavier stuff than this. This is definately one of the fastest deathmetal bands ever.
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.
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