Egyptian themes and imagery separate Nile from other death metal bands but their musicianship and creativity are what make them really stand out. Each composition on Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka feels like an encapsulated epic, brought about by skilled dynamics that never surrender Nile's unapologetic brutality. Adding to the epic feel is the group's bold decision to experiment with chanting, percussion, gongs, and flutes. These experiments are particularly potent when used to offset quiet and loud; the middle eastern flute placed against the hell summoning wall of sound on "Opening of the Mouth" is a fierce example. Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka is a stand-out death metal release, expanding the genre's scope but staying true to its extreme, blood soaked roots. This release is a must for long time death metal fans and an excellent place for new listeners to begin.
AllMusic Review by Matt Kantor