Forget everything you think you know about RIVERS OF NIHIL. The Reading, PA quintet announced themselves as one of the most promising and forward-thinking metal bands in the world today.
Formed in 2009 by guitarist Brody Uttley, bassist/lyricist Adam Biggs, and vocalist Jake Dieffenbach, Rivers of Nihil quickly made a name for themselves in the death metal scene, attracting the attention of legendary DM titan Erik Rutan for recording debut "The Conscious Seed of Light". The results were, unsurprisingly, spectacular. They continued along this trajectory with "Monarchy" and is incredibly striking how band has evolved into a mind-numbing force of modern death metal monster with a vivid darkness in the sound.
But the last album "Where Owls Know My Name" represents a massive evolutionary leap for Rivers of Nihil. The band has delivered an album which is often just as punishing as its predecessors while assimilating ingredients from musical genres as varied as electronica, jazz, alternative, folk and others. The resulting music is indescribably progressive, a multifaceted soundscape that goes beyond the wildest dreams of even the group's most ardent admirers. All bets are off; listeners are simply not prepared for the magnum opus that is "Where Owls Know My Name".
Where Owls Know My Name is Rivers of Nihil's most visceral, accomplished, and satisfying offering to-date. Few metal bands will ever create anything with such scope and ambition.