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Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka

Nile - Amongst The Catacombs Of Nephren-Ka ©1998 Relapse
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

Sometimes reviewing a record can be a real chore. Especially when you're presented with a band such as Nile who is more than obviously talented and creative, but don't use that talent to the best of their abilities. In case you don't keep up with rivers of the world, their band name is a reflection of ancient Egyptian culture and the concept behind the album is that of those ancient deities that did all sorts of things suitable for a death metal album. There are flashes of Egyptian music underneath the death metal flurry (and on tracks like "Smashing the Antiu", the excellent "Die Rache Krieg der Assyriche" or "Stones of Sorrow", the exotic keyboards and instrumentation is very creepy and highly effective), but that isn't the focus nearly enough. Generally the band rushes through flurries of riffs and blast beats without snagging onto any sort of feel. Brilliant riffs last approximately a nanosecond before being obliterated by the onslaught of death metal flurry. Nile has way too much musical talent to continually descend into generic land.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/1998

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