Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka

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Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
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Studio album by Nile
Released 28 April 1998
Recorded 1998, at The Sound Lab, Columbia, South Carolina
Genre Death metal
Length 33:12
Label Relapse
Producer Bob Moore
Nile chronology
Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
Black Seeds of Vengeance
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka is the debut studio album by American death metal band Nile. The album was released on April 28, 1998 through Relapse Records. The album is considered to be their breakthrough record. In contrast with the following album, Black Seeds of Vengeance, the songs are much shorter in length than the songs featured on later Nile albums.

The title of the album is a reference to the H. P. Lovecraft story "The Outsider". The phrase is featured in the song "Beneath Eternal Oceans of Sand" which has lyrics paraphrased from the aforementioned tale. In Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, Nephren-Ka was an Egyptian Pharaoh whose unspeakable cult worship led him to be stricken from almost all Egyptian records. The catacombs where he is buried are referenced in several Lovecraft stories as well as many stories by other mythos authors.

The song "Ramses Bringer of War" covers the intro of Gustav Holst's Mars movement from The Planets.

The title of the song "Das rache krieg lied der Assyriche" roughly translates as "The Revenge War Song of the Assyrians" in German ("Das Rache-Kriegslied der Assyrer"), as if it came straight from the field journal of a German archaeologist.

The name of the album is used as one of achievements in Sid Meier's Civilization V video game,[2] granted to those who beaten the game on any difficulty setting as Ramesses II.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Smashing the Antiu" 2:18
2. "Barra Edinazzu" 2:47
3. "Kudurru Maqlu" 1:05
4. "Serpent Headed Mask" 2:18
5. "Ramses Bringer of War" 4:45
6. "Stones of Sorrow" 4:17
7. "Die rache krieg lied der Assyriche" 3:13
8. "The Howling of the Jinn" 2:34
9. "Pestilence and Iniquity" 1:54
10. "Opening of the Mouth" 3:39
11. "Beneath Eternal Oceans of Sand" 4:17


Additional musicians
  • Gyuto Drukpa - choir chants
  • Drilbu Dungkar - thigh bone flutes, Turkish gongs
  • Produced by Bob Moore