Amongst the Catacombs of the Nephren-Ka
Nile’s Relapse debut is not only one of the label’s best offerings, but it’s the standard of modern death metal. After a glut of crappy, crappy bands in the mid-90s, Amongst the Catacombs of the Nephren-Ka reestablished death metal as a viable genre. Along with other death metal revisionists like Cryptopsy and Dying Fetus, Nile basically saved this music from extinction.
Instead of another blood-and-guts horror motif, Nile, through band leader Karl Sanders, focuses on the brutality of life in ancient Egypt. The motif was ground-breaking at the time and the band still employs it today. Amongst the Catacombs of the Nephren-Ka was the first Nile album featuring guitarist Dallas Toler-Wade, making it the first release with the classic line-up.
If you’re still not enticed, maybe this will light your fire: human-skull drumming and thigh-bone flutes. Yeah. Amongst the Catacombs of the Nephren-Ka is the first in a string of classic albums by Nile. Ithyphallic has already been posted and the rest of the Nile discography will appear on this site eventually. Highly recommended.
Nile - Amongst the Catacombs of the Nephren-Ka
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