While Nile’s recent album “Black Seeds of Vengence” helped set a new benchmark for the majority of death metal acts already out there, it cannot be denied that “Amongst The Catacombs…” is a much more brutal release. The effects and samples added in BSoV helped steep the album in more atmosphere and mood, but ATCoN maintained the extreme brutality expected of today’s high caliber death metal. With this particular release, Nile managed to superbly execute in every aspect their ability to play lightning fast with awesome technicality as well as hard hitting vocals worthy of any death metal fan’s attention. Songs like “Howling of the Jinn” are some of the most brutal and fast that I’ve heard in recent times, not to mention that, if I was forced to pick Nile’s best song to date (excluding their newest release “In Their Darkened Shrines since I haven’t had the pleasure of hearing it yet…), it would by far have to be “Ramses Bringer of War” because not only does the song have a great death march feel in the intro and lots of mood, it absolutely rips throughout the entire song. “Ramses Bringer of War” combines pretty much all the best elements of Nile’s songwriting into one piece, whereas the majority in BSoV the highlights of Nile’s style and songwriting is more spread out in pieces among the songs there (this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there just truly isn’t one particular song that showcases all aspects of the band). While songs like “Masturbating the War God” off of BSoV are one of the best songs released to date, the entire album ATCoN is a force to be reckoned with. ATCoN plays up their ability to deliver some of the best, most brutal stuff in the scene right now. While “Black Seeds of Vengence” must be appreciated for its atmosphere and showcase songs such as “Masturbating the War God”, “Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka” will remain the superior album in terms of sheer brutality and speed throughout the entire disc.