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Rivers Of Nihil

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Rivers Of Nihil Announces "Reading Rainbow" Tour

In addition to the previously announced "Swamp Leper Stomp Tour" (with Obituary, Death, and Massacre), Pennsylvania's Rivers of Nihil will be touring this September-October with fellow Reading natives, Black Crown Initiate.

The "Reading Rainbow Tour" will begin on September 19th in Buffalo, NY and winds its way through RI, PA, MI, OH, and KY before wrapping up on October 3rd in their home town. Several more dates are still TBA, with updates to be made available shortly.

09/19 Buffalo, NY The Waiting Room
09/20 Queens, NY Blackthorn 51
09/21 Albany, NY Bogie's
09/22 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
09/23 Providence, RI Simon's
09/24 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary
09/25 Westland, MI The Token Lounge
09/26 Lakewood, OH The Foundry
09/27 Lansing, MI The Loft
09/28 Newport, KY Thompson House
10/02 Lemoyne, PA The Champ
10/03 Reading, PA Reverb

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Rivers Of Nihil Joining Death And Obituary On Tour

This November, Pennsylvania's Rivers of Nihil will embark on the biggest tour of the band's career so far.

The group has been added as the openers to the Death (DTA Tours) "Swamp Leper Stomp '14" tour. Additional support will come from Obituary and Massacre. This tour will kick off on November 14th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, and wraps up on December 7 in Miami, FL at Grand Central.

Guitarist Jon Kunz exclaims: "We're incredibly stoked to a part of this years North American Death (DTA Tours)! Death are one of our biggest influences, with the incredible 'Human' album being a constant source of inspiration. Throw in the nasty Tampa savagery of Obituary and Massacre, and you have the best death metal tour of the year. Long live Chuck, Florida death metal is supreme!" More...

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Rivers Of Nihil's Equipment Stolen In St. Louis

Rivers Of Nihil has issued the following statement online about having personal items and equipment stolen while out on tour:

"We got hit hard tonight. Somebody punched the lock on our van in St. Louis and stole a ton of our belongings including: passports, laptops, recording equipment, money, clothes, etc.

"Not that this post will get us any of those things back, but if you hear anything or can help in any way please reach out. Thanks guys.

"Any donations that you guys would be willing to make to get our singer some clothes can be sent to our PayPal: riversofnihilpa@yahoo.com. Also, PLEASE check out our Indiemerch store and snag some gear. Anything helps!" More...

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Rivers Of Nihil Releases New Music Video

The Reading, PA natives in Rivers of Nihil continue their ascent of the death metal ladder with a brand new music video. "Birth of the Omnisavior" comes from their album "The Conscious Seed of Light" and can be seen below.

Formed in 2009, the modern death metal quintet's music is as dark and heavy as the coal and iron their home city was built upon, taking influences from some of death metal's heaviest, most abrasive hitters. 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.

While "The Conscious Seed of Light" is not necessarily a concept album traditionally speaking, Rivers of Nihil began their project with the idea that they would release four separate albums tied together with one common theme: each reflecting a particular season of a year.

Bassist Adam Biggs elaborates: "The Conscious Seed of Light is intended to be representative of spring and explores various themes concerning new beginnings, growth, and an attachment to the natural world in a post-human Earth. Unlike some concept records however, we wanted to allow each song to work on its own terms. Rather than have the songs rely on each other to move a specific story structure forward; they work within their own separate narratives, but ultimately serve the album's broader concept." More...

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NEM&HF Finalizes 2014 Lineup

The promoters of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, currently gearing up for the sixteenth consecutive annual run of the event this April, have finalized this year's lineup with the addition of Detroit party crew Wilson.

Additionally, three local bands won the recent Break Thru Music's Battle for Metal Fest competitions for a chance to perform at the event. This now adds Death Rattle to the Thursday lineup, Carnivora to Friday's, and Acius to the bill on Saturday.

This year's festival takes place from April 17th - 19th in Worcester, MA and ticket info is available right here. The finalized lineup is as follows:

Thursday - April 17, 2014
All That Remains
Bleeding Through
Broken Hope
Cop Problem
Darkest Hour
Death Rattle
Emmure
Enabler
Fallujah
Gideon
InDirections
Julius Seizure
Kublai Khan
Oceano
Rivers of Nihil
Scars of Tomorrow
The Last Ten Seconds of Life
Wilson
Years Since The Storm More...

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SXSW 2014 Metal Showcases Listing

South By Southwest (SXSW) has successfully kicked off another year of conferences, showcases and events. By now, thousands of badge and wrist band wearers have consumed hundreds of film premieres and attended conferences on the latest innovations in the fields of interactive technology and education. Now it's time to pump up the volume and flip a middle finger at mainstream music as we descend into the festival's music segment. This year reveals a full week of metallic offerings. Check below for a listing of metal themed official showcases (times and card may be subject to change). More...

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Unearth And Kadavar Added To NEM&HF 2014

As the mammoth lineup of audio obliteration continues to expand, the organizers of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to bring Massachusetts metalcore merchants/NEM&HF alumni, Unearth, as well as German psychedelic space rock perpetrators, Kadavar, to the stages!

Additionally, the sorcerers behind the NEM&HF are eager to officially welcome the first annual Best In Brutality Tour to its maniacal three-day ambush. The punishing five-band tour package will level Worcester on Thursday, April 17th and features the co-headlining assault of esteemed deathcore brutalizers, Oceano, and legendary death metal titans, Broken Hope, alongside the combined sonic destruction of Fallujah, Rivers Of Nihil, and Kublai Khan.

Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, the iconic New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will commence on April 17th and run through April 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Rivers Of Nihil Posts Playthrough Video

Rivers of Nihil's Brody Uttley and Adam Biggs have released a brand new "Airless" performance demo video featuring guitar and bass parts recorded with Toontrack. Guitarist Brody Uttley explains in depth:

"Toontrack makes it easy for me to take a song that I spent two weeks writing and have it recorded and sounding professional within a few hours. The Metal Amps and Andy Sneap mix pack for EZ Mix 2 make finding guitar and bass tones easier than it has ever been; simply record a DI track and throw the plugin on and WHAMMY, instant great sound. The Metal! EZX pack has some of the most mix friendly drum sounds available on the market. Normally I like to do quite a bit of eq'ing and other tweaking on digital drums by routing each piece of the kit out to an individual bus to make it sound more organic. With the new Metal! EZX I only moved a few things and it was sounding perfect!

"Toontrack is doing something truly unique. They are allowing young aspiring musicians (and producers) to get great sounds without having to spend thousands of dollars on outboard gear, amplifiers, drum kits, and microphones. Even though everything from Toontrack can be done 'in the box,' one can still make an incredibly organic and believable sounding recording for very little money.

"In the case of 'Airless' I recorded four DI guitar tracks. I panned two of them hard left and hard right and the other two about 75% L and R. Then I selected two different amp samples and applied them to each of the tracks; blending them together so that they sounded even better. All of the leads were just a single track with various delay, reverb, chorus, and other presets applied. The bass was just a single bass DI in the center with the Andy Sneap '90's rock bass' patch applied. I chose to use the default 'Big Crack Kit' for this track just because it seemed the most appropriate and sounded the best! Plus Mark Lewis is one of my favorite producers, so I had to fan boy a little." More...

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More Bands Added To NEM&F Lineup

The latest round of additions to the continually-expanding lineup for 2014's installment of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has been disclosed, including Massachusetts' own '90s hardcore punk act, Sam Black Church.

Confirmed as one of the main headliners of the event's third night, Saturday, April 19th, Sam Black Church's set at NEMHF 2014 will mark only the third performance since the group initially disbanded at the turn of the century, and first in Central Massachusetts since the late '90s.

Stated the band upon being asked to take part in the massive event this Spring: "It is amazing what the man we used to know as Ogre has done with the New England Metalfest! We are fucking excited to be a part of it once again!"

The organizers of the fest comment: "Formed in Boston, in June of 1988 by Jesse "Jet" Crandall (vocals), Ben Crandall (guitar), Richard G. Lewis (bass), and J.R. Roach (drums), Sam Black Church was known for their energetic live performances, playing a frenetic blend of hardcore, metal, and thrash. Over the years sharing bills with bands as diverse as Bad Brains, Clutch, Motörhead, Cro-Mags, Fear, and Helmet, they were one of the most popular hardcore bands in the Northeast United States during the 1990s. After releasing three full-lengths on Taang! Records, they left to join Wonderdrug where they remained until they retired in 2000 after releasing a total of seven albums. Since disbanding, Sam Black Church reunited for a sold-out show on September 22, 2007, at The Roxy in Boston, and played a another sold-out performance at Hometown Throwdown #16 with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at House of Blues in Boston on December 29th, 2013. A documentary of their career by Duncan Wilder Johnson entitled Leave Behind a Groove in the Earth is scheduled for release in 2014."

Also now confirmed to invade this year's festival are Oceano, Scars of Tomorrow, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, InDirections, and Julius Seizure on Thursday, April 17th, and Reflections on Friday, April 18th. The setup for Saturday, April 19th has also been lengthened with Texas In July, Obey The Brave and the aforementioned Sam Black Church performance. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Rivers Of Nihil Announces New Shows

Pennsylvania death metal assassins Rivers of Nihil have announced a handful of live assaults leading up to an appearance on The Best In Brutality Tour with Broken Hope, Oceano, Fallujah, and Kublai Khan.

The latest run of dates in support of full-length album "The Conscious Seed Of Light" will initiate in Fayetteville, North Carolina on March 10th and include a performance at SXSW in Austin, Texas on March 13th before kicking off The Best In Brutality Tour on March 18th in Phoenix, Arizona. The trek will come to a close on April 19th in Columbus, Ohio and includes an appearance at this year's edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts.

In related news, drummer Ron Nelson has recently parted ways with the band. Elaborates Rivers of Nihil in an official statement: "After five years as Rivers of Nihil, we have come to the mutual decision to part ways with our drummer and friend, Ron Nelson. Ron is the guy who started this band back in 2009 and most of us have been playing in bands with him since we were sixteen years old. He recorded two EPs and a full-length with us, toured all over the country, farted many times in our van, and has left an enormous space to be occupied. Without Ron, we absolutely would not be the band (or people) that we are today. Ron will be sorely missed by us and we wish him the best in his future endeavors! With the departure of such a monster of a player as Ron we knew that we had to carefully select our newest member; that guy is Alan Balamut. Alan has learned our live set in record time and with frightening accuracy. We are proud to have him as part of the Rivers of Nihil family and look forward to the times ahead. Catch Alan and the rest of us on tour this March and April with Broken Hope, Oceano, Fallujah, and Kublai Kahn on The Best Of Brutality Tour!" More...

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Scale The Summit To Play Metal Injection Showcase

After years of attending and covering the metal happenings of South by Southwest, Metal Injection couldn't be more excited to present its first ever SXSW showcase. Metal Injection comments:

"Attendees of the Metal Injection showcase are in for one hell of a night. Scale The Summit and The Ocean will co-headline the show, with support coming from pummeling death metal masters Rivers of Nihil, 14-string guitar shred genius Felix Martin with his full band, the dark blackened ambiance of Vattnet Viskar, post-metal kings The Atlas Moth, and Silver Snakes kicking off the party with a bang.

"The party kicks off Thursday, March 13th starting at 7PM at The Dirty Dog. Free admission with SXSW badge or wristband. If you don't have SXSW credentials, there will be limited tickets on sale for the general public the day of show, so get there early! The poster below was created by renowned artist Mike Wholberg." More...

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Rivers Of Nihil Splits With Drummer

Rivers of Nihil has parted ways with drummer Ron Nelson and brought on new member Alan Balamut. The band comments:

“After five years as Rivers of Nihil we have come to the mutual decision to part ways with our drummer and friend Ron Nelson.

"Ron is the guy who started this band back in 2009 and most of us have been playing in bands with him since we were sixteen years old. He recorded two EPs and a full length with us, toured all over the country, farted many times in our van, and has left an enormous space to be occupied.

"Without Ron we absolutely would not be the band (or people) that we are today. Ron will be sorely missed by us and we wish him the best in his future endeavors!"

“With the departure of such a monster of a player as Ron we knew that we had to carefully select our newest member; that guy is Alan Balamut. Alan has learned our live set in record time and with frightening accuracy. We are proud to have him as part of the Rivers of Nihil family and we look forward to the times ahead." More...

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Metal Alliance Tour Invading NEM&H Festival

The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is pleased to officially welcome The Metal Alliance Tour to its already punishing three-day assault.

The illustrious tour package will make a stop in Worcester on Saturday April 18th and features headliners Behemoth, alongside Metal Blade labelmates Goatwhore, with additional support from 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate.

Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, this year's edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will take place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows (not the final running order): More...

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Broken Hope Announces Tour With Oceano

Broken Hope is proud to announce the band's first major North American tour of 2014. “The Best in Brutality” tour, co-headlined by Broken Hope and Oceano, will hit 27 cities in the U.S. and Canada in March and April.

Support comes from Fallujah, Rivers of Nihil, and Kublai Khan. The tour will also include a stop at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Thursday, April 17th. Jeremy Wagner of Broken Hope states:

“2014 keeps getting better! We've been supporting 'Omen of Disease' nonstop since its release last October, and now we're keeping the monster alive as we participate in the 'The Best In Brutality' tour! Broken Hope is thrilled to be back on another run of North America! This time we're teaming up with new and brutal blood with a lethal package that includes Oceano, Fallujah, Rivers Of Nihil, and Kublai Khan! This group of bands is a traveling death machine--we're all going to obliterate the US and Canada with these concerts! Broken Hope can't wait to give you all our best shows yet!”

Adam Warren of Oceano adds, “We are very honored to be a part of the 'The Best In Brutality' tour. We are equally excited to share our brand of heavy metal with the broad fan base this tour will surely bring, ending in a unique multi-metal experience for all. Bring on the circle pits!” More...

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River Of Nihil Posts New Lyric Video

Rivers of Nihil released a new lyric video for the track "A Fertile Altar," which appears on the band's latest album "The Conscious Seed of Light." The album is available now via Metal Blade Records.

Check it out here:

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Rivers Of Nihil Posts Performance Video

Rivers of Nihil has posted a brand new performance demonstration video for "Rain Eater" from new album "The Conscious Seed of Light." Check it out below.

The track is among the songs that can be heard live this fall as the band performs a series of headlining shows, plus the NJ Deathfest on Rivers of Nihil's way to join Dying Fetus for a week of shows through the Midwest/east coast.

Rivers of Nihil's debut album, "The Conscious Seed of Light," was released yesterday throughout North America and was recorded in March of 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with famed metal producer/musician Erik Rutan. The full album is available for streaming at this location. More...

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Rivers Of Nihil Streaming Full Album

Rivers of Nihil's debut album, "The Conscious Seed of Light," will be released on October 15th in North America.

Fans may have already heard "Rain Eater," "Soil & Seed," and "Mechanical Trees," but now the band has unveiled a full album stream. Check it out in the player below or over at the band's Metal Blade page here. The album will be streaming until next Monday. More...

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Rivers Of Nihil Issues Track-By-Track Breakdown

Rivers of Nihil's debut album, "The Conscious Seed of Light," will be released on October 15th in North America. The album was recorded in March of 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with famed metal producer/musician Erik Rutan.

While "The Conscious Seed of Light" is not necessarily a concept album traditionally speaking, Rivers of Nihil began this project with the idea of releasing four separate albums tied together with one common theme: each reflecting a particular season of a year.

Bassist Adam Biggs elaborates: "The Conscious Seed of Light is intended to be representative of Spring and explores various themes concerning new beginnings, growth, and an attachment to the natural world in a post-human Earth. Unlike some concept records however, we wanted to allow each song to work on its own terms. Rather than have the songs rely on each other to move a specific story structure forward; they work within their own separate narratives, but ultimately serve the album's broader concept."

Now, fans can stream a video with audio samples of each track on the album (available below). Adam Biggs also elaborates on the concepts behind each track on the record: More...

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Rivers Of Nihil Streaming New Song

Rivers of Nihil has unveiled a second track from upcoming album, "The Conscious Seed of Light." The brand new song, "Soil & Seed," is streaming at Stereokiller.com here.

Bassist Adam Biggs elaborates on the track: "Soil & Seed was one of the first songs we wrote for the record and it's been a staple of our live set ever since. We wrote this one for two reasons; to outline the interconnectedness of the earth and all living creatures, and to get people to headbang and stomp around like fucking maniacs. Enjoy!"

"The Conscious Seed of Light," will be released on October 15th in North America and October 11th/14th in Europe/UK via Metal Blade Records. You can also listen to the previously posted song "Mechanical Trees" over at this location.

Catch the band live with Beneath the Massacre, Rings of Saturn, and Legion:

10/04 Amityville, NY Revolution
10/05 Albany, NY Bogies
10/06 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13 (Death Fest)
10/08 Springfield, VA Empire
10/09 Jeannette PA Gators
10/10 Rochester, NY Dubland Underground
10/11 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar & Grill
10/12 New York, NY Tobacco Road
10/13 Worcester, MA The Palladium

w/ Abiotic, Dying Fetus, Exhumed, Devourment
10/26 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
10/27 Chicago, IL Reggie's
10/28 Madison, WI The High Noon Saloon
10/29 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
10/30 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
10/31 Worcester, MA The Palladium (Upstairs)
11/01 New York, NY The Gramercy Theater
11/02 Springfield, VA Empire

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Rivers Of Nihil Streaming New Track

Rivers of Nihil has unveiled the second track from upcoming album, "The Conscious Seed of Light."

The brand new song, "Mechanical Trees," can be heard below thanks to NoCleanSinging.com.

Bassist Adam Biggs comments on the track: "The lyrics paint a bleak picture of humanity's future, wherein the environment has become so damaged that we are forced to rely on machines to create breathable oxygen for most living creatures. Eventually, this way of life becomes too much for Earth's dwindling human population, so the powers that be lace the machines with hallucinogenic substances to ease the pain of death. While that seems bleak, this song is actually a lot of fun to play live. It contains some of the more difficult riffs on the record, while also maintaining a good deal of atmosphere."

Rivers of Nihil, which also features vocalist Jake Dieffenbach, guitarists Jon Kunz and Brody Uttley, and drummer Ron Nelson, has added to the band's Fall touring schedule. In October, fans will be able to see Rivers of Nihil touring with Beneath the Massacre, Rings of Saturn, and Legion throughout the east coast. Confirmed dates can be seen below.

"The Conscious Seed of Light" will be released on October 15th in North America and October 11th/14th in Europe/UK via Metal Blade Records. More...

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