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Rivers Of Nihil

From: Reading, PA
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Latest Rivers Of Nihil News

Below is our complete Rivers Of Nihil news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Rivers Of Nihil Streaming Full Album

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...

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Rivers Of Nihil Posts Making-Of Video

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...

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Rivers Of Nihil Posts "Sand Baptism" Video

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...

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Rivers Of Nihil Posts Guitar Play Through

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...

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Rivers Of Nihil Posts "Monarchy" Stream

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...

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Rivers Of Nihil Releasing New Album

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...

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Rivers Of Nihil Records New Album

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.

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The Red Chord And Allegaeon Added To NEM&H Fest

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
Code Orange
Overcast
The Atlas Moth
The Banner
Black Mask
Homewrecker
Discourse
Phinehas
Downpour More...

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Rivers Of Nihil Posts New Video Clip

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...

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Rivers Of Nihil Posts "Mechanical Trees" Video

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."

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Massacre Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

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...

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Rivers Of Nihil To Live Stream Rehearsal

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...

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Rivers Of Nihil Guitarist To Offer Lessons On Tour

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...

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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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