Rivers Of Nihil
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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...
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
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...
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: email@example.com. Also, PLEASE check out our Indiemerch store and snag some gear. Anything helps!" More...
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...
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
Rivers of Nihil
Scars of Tomorrow
The Last Ten Seconds of Life
Years Since The Storm More...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...