Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka Album

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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 orchestral intro on "Ramses Bringer of War" is strongly inspired by Gustav Holst's Mars movement from The Planets, written between 1914 and 1916. 


#SongDuration
1
Smashing the Antiu
2:18 
2
Barra Edinazzu
2:47 
4
Serpent Headed Mask
2:18 
54:45 
64:17 
73:13 
82:34 
9
Pestilence and Iniquity
1:54 
10
Opening of the Mouth
3:39 
11
Beneath Eternal Oceans of Sand
4:17 

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