In just under three weeks RIVERS OF NIHIL will release their sophomore album “Monarchy” via Metal Blade Records. Today the first video from the album for the song “Sand Baptism” which was directed by David Brodsky (GWAR, Whitechapel, Black Dahila Murder) is being exclusively premiered via Loudwire. Check out the video HERE.
Lead Guitarist Brody Uttley 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 have announced two CD release shows for “Monarchy” for fans wishing to see the new songs performed live for the first time and purchase the CD in person:
August 15 – Reading, PA – Reverb
August 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
A full autumn tour itinerary will be announced soon.
A guitar play through video of the track “Perpetual Growth Machine” can be viewed HERE.
No Clean Singing is streaming the title track “Monarchy”. Check out the stream of the song HERE.
An additional new track, along with pre-order bundles, is available online now. Fans can visit metalblade.com/riversofnihil to hear “Perpetual Growth Machine” and reserve copies now. The band will hit the road in support of the new album this fall, dates are expected to be announced soon.
RIVERS OF NIHIL began their musical journey in 2009, and recorded their 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 their previous effort “The Conscious Seed of Light” in 2013 with Erik Rutan at Mana Studios in Florida. Since the release of that album and signing with Metal Blade Records, RIVERS OF NIHIL found themselves quickly climbing the global metal ranks on the strength of overwhelmingly positive reviews and tours with Death (DTA Tours), Obituary, Whitechapel, Dying Fetus, Black Crown Initiate, plus an appearance at the storied New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
During the album campaign, the band was joined by new drummer Alan Balamut and guitarist Jon Topore. Balamut and Topore join guitarist Brody Uttley, bassist Adam Biggs, and vocalist Jake Dieffenbach to form the up-and-coming force of modern death metal that is RIVERS OF NIHIL.
Topping their full-length debut is no elementary task; Terrorizer Magazine declared that RIVERS OF NIHIL “manage to do something unashamedly modern, and yet make death metal sound twisted and malevolent,” while HeavyBlogisHeavy.com simple noted that it was “Definitely one of the best debuts to come out this year.”
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.”
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