Rivers Of Nihil
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Progressive death metal outfit Rivers of Nihil has amicably parted ways with drummer Alan Balamut. Regarding the split, Alan comments:
"Hey everyone. I'm sure many of you already know and some may not but I have decided to part ways with Rivers of Nihil a few months ago in good terms. The reason is simply that I need to financially situate myself (NYC isn't easy) and my urge to finish school in Music Production. I found Dylan Potts just before my departure and I believe he fits in and performs with the band in phenomenal ways.
"The whole ride was an amazing and unforgettable experience and I have nothing but respect for each member, former member, our manager, all the people I've met and Metal Blade Records. In the meantime I'll be doing session work and other music productions, and I'll be more open for touring after I finish school in 2016-- and if Rivers ever need any assistance, I'll be right there for them. I wish the band all the success for next year and beyond!"
With Alan's departure, Rivers of Nihil welcome Dylan Potts to join the ranks. To showcase his talent behind the kit, the band has filmed a new drum play-through for the track "Perpetual Growth Machine," taken from latest album "Monarchy." More...
After completing a North American trek with Hate Eternal, Misery Index and Beyond Creation in November, Rivers of Nihil is ready to get back on the road again - this time, with Black Fast and Dark Sermon as support.
Set to kick off in February 2016, the tour marks the band's first headlining run on the "Monarchy" album cycle. See below for all dates:
Feb. 17 - Buffalo, NY - Broadway Joe's
Feb. 18 - Somerville, MA - Once Ballroom
Feb. 19 - New York, NY - Saint Vitus
Feb. 20 - Long Branch, NJ - The Brighton Bar
Feb. 21 - Frederick, MD - Club 611
Feb. 22 - Fayetteville, NC - The DHP
Feb. 23 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
Feb. 24 - Orlando, FL - The Haven
Feb. 25 - Ybor City, FL - Crowbar
Feb. 26 - Pensacola, FL - The Handlebar
Feb. 27 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Feb. 28 - Nashville, TN - The End *
Mar. 1 - Indianapolis, IN - The Hoosier Dome *
Mar. 2 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's *
Mar. 3 - Dayton, OH - Rockstar Pro Arena *
Mar. 4 - Lakewood, OH - The Foundry *
Mar. 5 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Smiling Moose *
Mar. 6 - Washington D.C. - The Pinch *
*=Rivers of Nihil, Dark Sermon only More...
Currently on the road with Hate Eternal, Misery Index, and Beyond Creation, Rivers of Nihil has launched a live video for the track "Sand Baptism" taken from new album, "Monarchy."
Shot at the Los Angeles show last weekend (November 14th at The Complex), the video can be viewed below. Remaining tour dates are as follows:
Nov. 20 - Ft. Worth, TX - Tomcats
Nov. 21 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog
Nov. 22 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
Nov. 25 - Raleigh, NC - The Maywood *
Nov. 27 - Reading, PA - Reverb *
*=Rivers of Nihil only More...
In conjunction with RED Music, Metal Blade Records has launched a new campaign, entitled "6 Bands in 60 Seconds," where CEO Brian Slagel spotlights 6 developing artists from the label's roster.
With plans to select 6 new bands once every three months, the goal of the promotion is to help fans discover new music from some of the most promising acts in the scene. The first installment of the series (featuring Act of Defiance, Rivers of Nihil, Twitching Tongues, Culture Killer, Visigoth, and Harlott) can be viewed below.
Brian Slagel comments: "We are super excited about our new artists and wanted to help share these to you guys. We thought about giving you 6 new bands you should know about, so here you have those bands. We will be updating this as time goes on with new bands coming in, so be sure to keep following the Metal Blade '6 Bands You Need To Know'. Let's keep growing the metal scene!" More...
To showcase some of the new recording products Toontrack is releasing this month, Rivers of Nihil's Brody Uttley (lead guitar) and Adam Biggs (bass) have created a new version of the song "Ancestral, I" taken from the "Monarchy" album.
Featuring drum tones from the Toontrack Progressive EZX and guitar/bass tones from Toontrack Guitar Gods 3 expansion for Ez Mix 2, the demo video can be viewed below.
Currently on the road with Hate Eternal, Misery Index, and Beyond Creation, Rivers of Nihil is touring in support of "Monarchy." Full upcoming dates are available after the jump. More...
Pennsylvania death metal assassins Rivers Of Nihil will kick off a near month long North American tour this evening supporting Hate Eternal. The band's latest stretch of onstage debauchery will level twenty-four venues from October 27 through November 22. Additional support will be provided by Misery Index and Beyond Creation.
Rivers Of Nihil will be touring in support of the "Monarchy" full-length released this past Summer via Metal Blade Records. "This album was a big step for us as a band, but also for me personally," said guitarist Brody Uttley upon the record's release. "I have always been a big fan of post rock music and I wanted to write a death metal record that combined the atmospheric elements of bands like Explosions In The Sky, This Will Destroy You, If These Trees Could Talk, and Sigur Ros (to name a few) with the heaviness of death metal."
The seasonal concept that began with Spring on the band's crushing "The Conscious Seed Of Light" debut continues with "Monarchy," as it welcomes the oppressive heat of Summer. The story takes place millions of years after the events in "The Conscious Seed Of Light."
Bassist Adam Biggs, who also serves as the band's primary lyricist, explains: "The Earth has been transformed into a vast desert wasteland, where after aeons of lifelessness, new beings begin to take shape and begin their journey as shepherds of the planet. But after a while, a class system forms from a sun-worshiping religious dictatorship, and these beings start to lose their way. Only the guidance of an ancient earthly force can help them save themselves as well the planet." More...
The death metal legends from Hate Eternal have announced a headlining North American tour in support of new album "Infernus" (available for full streaming over here).
The "Infernus Tour 2015" begins on October 27 and sees the band travel throughout the U.S and Canada (on select dates) before concluding on November 25.
The month-long trek sees Hate Eternal joined by label-mates Misery Index and Beyond Creation, as well as Rivers Of Nihil. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. More...
This Friday sees the release of Rivers Of Nihil's sophomore album "Monarchy" via Metal Blade Records. Right now "Monarchy" is streaming in its entirety - listen in below, and pre-order your own copy over here.
Rivers Of Nihil also has a special CD release show scheduled for this Wednesday, August 19thm in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus. Fans will be able to hear songs from "Monarchy" performed live for the first time and purchase the CD in person. A full autumn tour itinerary will be announced soon. More...
August 21 sees the release of Rivers Of Nihil's sophomore album "Monarchy" via Metal Blade Records. A video documenting the making of the album has been released today and can be viewed below.
The video was shot during recording at guitarist Brody Uttley's home studio as well as at Atrium Audio in Lancaster, PA with Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland. This video gives fans an insight into the processes behind the tracking and concept of "Monarchy."
Rivers Of Nihil also announced these two CD release shows for "Monarchy" for any fans wishing to see the new songs performed live:
August 15 - Reading, PA - Reverb
August 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus More...
In just under three weeks, Rivers Of Nihil will release sophomore album "Monarchy" via Metal Blade Records. Today a video for the song "Sand Baptism" comes online, which was directed by David Brodsky (GWAR). Lead guitarist Brody Uttley comments on the new song and video:
"'Sand Baptism' is a track where we purposely fused our more traditional death metal sound with the newer elements that we brought to the table on this new album. This track is a well-balanced serving of emotion, brutality, technicality, and catchiness. We really wanted to focus on writing SONGS on this record instead of just stringing riffs together. 'Sand Baptism' does a great job of showing how we have evolved as a band both in a song writing capacity and also as individual players."
Rivers Of Nihil also has these upcoming record release shows planned:
August 15 - Reading, PA - Reverb
August 19 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus More...
Rivers Of Nihil recently filmed a play through video for the song "Perpetual Growth Machine," shot and directed by Paul Chrismer. Check out the video below.
"Perpetual Growth Machine" comes off the band's sophomore release "Monarchy." The record will be available worldwide on Metal Blade Records on August 21st, 2015.
The first official music video from the album was also shot this past weekend and is being directed by David Brodsky (GWAR, Whitechapel, Battlecross). To hear more from "Monarchy," check out a stream of the title track here. More...
Rivers Of Nihil today unveils details on sophomore album "Monarchy," due out worldwide on Metal Blade Records this coming August 21st, 2015. The title track can be heard below.
The first video from the album will be shot this weekend and is being directed by David Brodsky (GWAR, Whitechapel, Battlecross). Bassist Adam Biggs commented about the song and concept of the album:
"The whole album is a concept piece, lyrically. It follows the struggles of a new breed of intelligent life on a planet earth that is now essentially a vast, oceanless desert. These beings, as humans did long before them, create a ruling class that dominates the masses through religious fear.
"By the time we reach the title track, this 'Monarchy' is in full swing. Musically, the track expresses this dominant oppression via an exploration of our heavy, groove-oriented side. This one is a bruiser, but it doesn't abandon our taste for blast beats, fierce riffs, lead work and an overall sense of shred." More...
Rivers Of Nihil today unveils "Monarchy," the band's sophomore full-length album. The record will be available worldwide on Metal Blade Records starting August 21st, 2015. A brand new track titled "Perpetual Growth Machine" is online now, and pre-orders can be found at this location.
Rivers of Nihil began its musical journey in 2009 and recorded first EP, "Hierarchy," with Carson Slovak. Six years and multiple tours later, the band returned to Slovak and Atrium Audio in Pennsylvania, after having recorded previous effort "The Conscious Seed of Light" in 2013 with Erik Rutan at Mana Studios in Florida.
Guitarist Brody Uttley cites recent personal hardships as a major factor in the creative process for "Monarchy." Uttley divulges that, "I lost a few close friends. The loss of these people had a profound influence on the creation of the music for this record. I was having strong feelings of rage, sadness, hope, and frustration as a result. The songs turned out heavier, darker, sadder, and more frightening than I had ever hoped that they would."
The seasonal concept that began with spring on "The Conscious Seed of Light" continues, of course with "Monarchy" as it welcomes the oppressive heat of summer. The story takes place millions of years after the events in "The Conscious Seed of Light."
Adam Biggs, who also serves as the band's primary lyricist, explains: "The Earth has been transformed into a vast desert wasteland, where after aeons of lifelessness, new beings begin to take shape and begin their journey as shepherds of the planet. But after a while, a class system forms from a sun-worshiping religious dictatorship, and these beings start to lose their way. Only the guidance of an ancient earthly force can help them save themselves as well the planet." More...
Reading, PA's Rivers of Nihil has officially completed work on the follow-up to "The Conscious Seed of Light."
The band tracked at Atrium Audio, just a short drive from Rivers Of Nihil's hometown to Lancaster, PA with producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland. Guitarist Brody Uttley detailed the equipment and process, which can be seen at HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com here.
The new album's details will be released within the coming weeks and is tentatively scheduled for a late Summer release worldwide on Metal Blade Records. Stay tuned for music, art, tour dates, and more.
Rivers of Nihil's debut album, "The Conscious Seed of Light," was recorded in March of 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with famed metal producer/musician Erik Rutan.
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival today announces additional acts for the 2015 edition: The Red Chord, Allegaeon, Rivers of Nihil, Overcast, and more. This year's edition takes place at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on April 17th, 18th, and 19th.
Headliners already announced include Testament, Between The Buried and Me, and Motionless In White. The currently revealed lineup is as follows:
Friday April 17th
Between The Buried And Me
The Red Chord
The Atlas Moth
On the eve of Rivers of Nihil's upcoming tour with Death (DTA Tours), the PA-based metal act has launched a brand new video. "Place Of Serpents" was recorded by the band and is an alternate version from the track on debut record "The Conscious Seed of Light."
For this version, all guitar and bass tones were recorded without any amps, with the sounds and tones coming from Toontrack's Metal Guitar Gods 2 EZmix Pack instead. The drums were programmed using EZdrummer 2 with the Made of Metal EZX expansion pack by Colin Richardson. More...
Rivers of Nihil has launched a brand new music video online. The Dave Brodsky directed clip for the song "Mechanical Trees" from the album "The Conscious Seed of Light" can be seen below.
Guitarist Brody Uttley comments: "Working with David Brodsky on this video was a truly awesome experience. This guy has shot so many of our favorite bands over the years and to be able to work with him on something for our own band was truly surreal. We are also beginning our trek out to Los Angeles where we will be meeting up with Death To All, Obituary, and Massacre. We are super excited to be touring with bands that we all grew up idolizing! See you soon."
Pioneering Florida death metal group Massacre, which launched "Back From Beyond" (the band's first studio album in almost 20 years) earlier this year worldwide via Century Media Records, has announced tours through North America and now also Europe in order to continue promoting the release.
The upcoming runs will feature Massacre alongside Death (Death To All), Obituary, and Rivers of Nihil in North America, with Death (Death To All), Abysmal Dawn, and Loudblast in Europe. The band had this to say:
"Massacre is very excited to be part of the Swamp Leper Stomp Tour 2014 & the Death (DTA Tours) Symbolic European tour 2015. This is a great opportunity for us to bring Florida Death Metal to the masses and show people what Massacre is all about. Both tours have great line-ups and the fans get to see some awesome bands!!! With the history that Rick Rozz and I have with Death, we feel this will only add to the excitement and atmosphere of the shows." More...
Rivers of Nihil will be live streaming a rehearsal on Thursday, September 18 as the band prepares for two upcoming tours with Black Crown Initiate and Death (DTA Tours).
Fans will be able to interact with the band and watch the practice via this location. The rehearsal will also include a brief Q&A with the band.
Rivers of Nihil guitarist Brody Uttley is also offering guitar lessons while the band is on tour from September - December this year. Fans and aspiring guitarists can sign up for a lesson via Brody's profile on bandhappy.com. Catch the band live: More...
Rivers of Nihil guitarist Brody Uttley is offering guitar lessons while the band is on tour from September - December this year.
Fans/aspiring guitarists can sign up for a lesson via Brody's profile on bandhappy.com. Visit this location to sign up and to see when Rivers of Nihil will be in your area.
Rivers of Nihil will be live streaming a rehearsal on Thursday, September 18th as the band prepares for two upcoming tours. Fans will be able to interact with the band and watch the practice via YouTube. The rehearsal will also include a brief Q&A with the band. More...