10 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Continuing their tradition of season-themed records, Rivers of Nihil wax philosophical about autumnal decay on their third album. In doing so, they've expanded their sound way beyond the technical death metal of their past, incorporating elements of jazz, electronic, and folk into an ambitiously progressive trajectory. With sax solos ("The Silent Life," the title track) and luminous guitar leads ("Hollow") balancing drilling polyrhythms ("A Home") and mechanized blast beats ("Old Nothing"), Where Owls Know My Name sees the band exploring vast new sonic territories.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Continuing their tradition of season-themed records, Rivers of Nihil wax philosophical about autumnal decay on their third album. In doing so, they've expanded their sound way beyond the technical death metal of their past, incorporating elements of jazz, electronic, and folk into an ambitiously progressive trajectory. With sax solos ("The Silent Life," the title track) and luminous guitar leads ("Hollow") balancing drilling polyrhythms ("A Home") and mechanized blast beats ("Old Nothing"), Where Owls Know My Name sees the band exploring vast new sonic territories.

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About Rivers of Nihil

Reading, Pennsylvania death metal quintet Rivers of Nihil signed with Metal Blade Records in 2012 following a string of successful self-released EPs and countless U.S. tours and festival appearances. With esteemed metal producer -- and Hate Eternal frontman -- Erik Rutan at the helm, the band headed down to his Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersberg, Florida to lay down the tracks for what would become their full-length debut, The Conscious Seeds of Light. Released in late 2013, the resulting ten-song set runs the gamut of modern progressive death metal from brutal aggression to dark melancholic dirge, and Rutan's uncompromising production serves the band well. A sophomore effort, 2015's Monarchy, treaded similarly dark waters, as did 2018's genre-hopping Where Owls Know My Name, the latter of which introduced elements of electronica, jazz, alternative rock, and folk. ~ Timothy Monger

ORIGIN
Reading, PA
GENRE
Metal
FORMED
2009

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