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Death metal with variety. - 88%

AlastairN, June 28th, 2006

Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka Review

Nile’s first full-length album is a very decent listen. Nile takes the rather tired looking death metal genre and injects life into it with this album (and subsequent ones).

Starting off with the blasting opener, ‘Smashing The Antiu,’ the album continues to ooze quality from each track. The effortless transition into the fast drumming and of ‘Barra Edinazzu’ makes for subliminal listening. The solos in ‘Barra Edinazzu’ were a very nice touch, which a killer ending followed by silence. ‘Kudurru Maqlu’ star is a transitional track with sounds of the Middle East, which then leads into the brutal opening of ‘Serpent Headed Mask,’ which has a nice little choir-like interlude thrown in. ‘Ramses Bringer of War’ has a nice slow opening, setting the score for some super-fast drumming, insane vocals and intensely thrown down riffs throughout.

The album progresses a bit, with many slow openings using all manner of instruments to set the atmosphere before the typical death metal style kicks in again. ‘Stones of Sorrow’ has some insane solos in it, ‘Die Rache Krieg Lied Der Assyriche’ tells a tale of slavery with chanting and thumping drums. The closing track, ‘Beneath Eternal Oceans of Sand,’ uses acoustic guitars to create a brooding setting before the crunching death metal sound is used again, finishing traditionally with slow drumming and final chord.

Whilst by no means perfect, Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka is well worth adding to your CD collection if you are a fan of death metal with some variety and have not already picked up some Nile.