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Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka

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  • This release hinges more on a Morbid Angel influence than say a Napalm Death influence (more slayer roots than punk). The riffs are mostly blazing, the best ones however are the relatively ’slower’ ones. On a first listen it is almost a dismissable album.. do not be fooled, this is worth a 4th and 5th listen. The gem of the album is the industrial type focus sprinkled throughout. The keyboards sound like old The Gathering material which is very interesting blended with the hyper drumming and ultra fast riffs.The soloing is very derivative of Trey Azagoth (Morbid Angel) which at times totally misses the mark (50% of the time in my opinon, other than that there are some really nice solos that suit the songs). The riffs lend themselves to an egyptian sound (a nice unique twist) but at the same time fall into the “being as evil as we can be” trap at times.Those are my only complaints. I LOVE the vocal variance, for 3 guys it is amazing, you get guttural lows like Carcass and high pitch material like John Tardy (Obituary) and Carcass’ high end stuff. They like to keep you guessing (like Cephalic Carnage.. not as hectic as that though). They have classic sounding metal riffs mixed with brutal death blur fests. The real keeper is the song “Die Rache…” which is chanting etc. They really have a nice balance of speed here. Where as an album like Napalm Death’s “Enemies of the Music Business” blungeons you completely this one lets you up for air a few times… and it is enjoyable as such without letting up on the heaviness of the album. Nice production, great vocals, nice packaging as well. A good CD to own if you are into the genre.

    Posted on January 25, 2010