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Rivers of Nihil announce new drummer

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 8:45 AM (PST)


Pennsylvania death metalheads Rivers of Nihil have parted ways with Alan Balamut.

In Alan’s place Rivers of Nihil have brought Dylan Potts on board.

You can check out a statement from Alan, a drum play-through of “Perpetual Growth Machine” by Dylan and Rivers of Nihil tour dates here.

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Rivers Of Nihil streaming must hear sophomore LP “Monarchy”

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 10:27 AM (PST)


This Friday sees the release of RIVERS OF NIHIL‘s sophomore album “Monarchy” via Metal Blade Records. Right now at “Monarchy” is streaming in its entirety. Be sure to check out this landmark album and if you haven’t go ahead and pre-order your copy!

RIVERS OF NIHIL have a special CD release show scheduled for This Wednesday August 19th in Brooklyn, NY 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.

A video documenting the making of the album has been released today and can be viewedHERE. The video was shot during recording at guitarist Brody Uttley’s home studio and recording 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.”

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Rivers Of Nihil are back with Monarchy, a Metal Blade release that is a big
victory for the death metal genre, the well regarded label and the East Coast
band. It is a captivating listen from start to finish, a record that rules
like a dark monarch’s shadowy yet obeyed decrees. This fucker has some
technical moments, some pure hostility and even more potent vacations into the

Oh, and their “Sand Baptism” music video was half shot by kids!!

While the ‘Earth in peril/Sun worship’ plot subtheme of the lyrics reminds me
a bit of Shai Hulud’s excellent Reach Beyond The Sun, 2015 is a time when
people are more commonly embracing Earth conscious lyrics and subtexts. Its
cool that Metal Blade has released a lot of the best recent records in metal
that has more important environmental lessons under the surface of great riffs
and screams, from Cattle Decapitation’s The Anthropocene Extinction to the
aforementioned Hulud release.

Read a rock solid convo on the process of Monarchy BELOW.

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Rivers of Nihil drop new track “Monarchy”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM (PST)


Pennsylvania tech-deathers Rivers of Nihil have today dropped a new track heavy enough to crush your will to continue living.

“Monarchy” is the title track off of the band’s forthcoming album, which is due out August 21 via Metal Blade Records.

Head on over to No Clean Singing to stream “Monarchy”!

Rivers of Nihil are:

Jake Dieffenbach – Vocals
Brody Uttley – Guitars
Jon Kunz – Guitars
Adam Biggs – Bass/vocals
Alan Balamut – Drums

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RIVERS OF NIHIL unveils “Monarchy“, their sophomore full length album. The record will be available worldwide on Metal Blade Records on August 21, 2015. A brand new track, along with pre-order bundles, are available online now. Fans can visit to hear “Perpetual Growth Machine” and reserve copies now.

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Rivers Of Nihil’s “Mechanical Trees” video is live

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM (PST)


Hmm, while this song title reminds me of a weird conspiracy theory Zac Shaw from Dead Unicorn and I had about the government putting nanobots into weed, the new track “Mechanical Trees” from Rivers Of Nihil is nonetheless exceptional, so have no fear of Big Brother here. The band have launched a brand new music video for “Mechanical Trees” on their official YouTube channel at THIS LOCATION. The Dave Brodsky (The Smash Up, Gwar) -directed performance clip comes by way of the band’sThe Conscious Seed Of Light full-length.

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.”

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Interview: Brody Uttley of Rivers of Nihil

Posted by NichTheHair on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM (PST)

IMG_5012Here’s a quick little update to accompany the Rivers of Nihil Reading Rainbow tour announcement from earlier. Brody and I spoke earlier this summer while they were in New York touring with Devildriver. Brody had much to say on playing lager venues on this tour package and how their next Metal Blade release is shaping up. I also got some comments on their robbery in St. Louis and the subsequent crowd funding campaign, which he has avidly spoken out against.


Click here for the short and sweet.


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“Reading Rainbow” Tour? With Rivers Of Nihil?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 2:15 AM (PST)


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 19 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 at as they are made available.

Click HERE for tour stops.

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Support Rivers of Nihil. They were robbed on tour.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM (PST)
Feeling generous today? Our buds Rivers of Nihil were robbed on tour (passports, laptops, recording equipment, money, clothes, ). You know what really grinds my gears? Scumbags who steal from bands right as their hard work is paying off. It happened to my buddies in Nightmares for A Week a few years back. People = shit.

Donate directly to the Rivers of Nihil  PayPal or buy some merch at their Indiemerch store. \mm/

They even had to ask fans on Facebook to chip in to get their singer some clothes! Man, Jake just needs some blue jeans and he can go all shirtless like Iggy Pop. At least it seems the thieves were fans if they stole all the RoN t-shirt merch as well. Jake could have worn a Rivers of Nihil shirt if not. Iron Maiden wear their own shirts. It’s metal!

In happier news…Rivers of Nihil have posted a brand new guitar playthrough video to their official youtube channel. In the video, guitarist Jon Kunz performs “Soil & Seed” from the band’s album “The Conscious Seed of Light” to show off his new Lace Pickups, and his Orange Amp. Check out how the song is performed on guitar and stream the video now at


The band have released a statement:

For those of you asking if we will be carrying on with tour: you’re fucking right we are! Thank you for the continued support and kind words! See you soon.-the guys.

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Rivers of Nihil release “Birth of Omnisavior” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 3:22 PM (PST)


Pennsylvanian death metallers Rivers of Nihil have today released the music video for their song “Birth of the Omnisavior”.

“Birth of the Omnisavior” comes off of Rivers of Nihil’s latest album The Conscious Seed of Light.

Check out Rivers of Nihil tour dates and the “Birth of the Omnisavior” video here.

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Show Review: Rivers of Nihil at Saint Vitus, Brooklyn – February 21, 2014

Posted by NichTheHair on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM (PST)


Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus has always been a bar of great metal genre diversity. I’ve seen thrash shows, prog shows, and straight up death metal shows there, sometimes all in the same night. It is also a very fertile ground for New York City’s fledgling bands as well, many citing Vitus as a “dream venue” or one they “always wanted to play.” So Hideous is one of those NYC bands out there working hard to create a memorable experience with each performance. The other two bands both hail from Reading, Pennsylvania: Black Crown Initiate, who take a progressive approach to death metal, and headlineres Rivers of Nihil. Guitarist John Kunz told me in an interview once “I’m going to write a song that sounds like fucking Morbid Angel.” That pretty much sums up their sound.

Click here for the break down and photos.

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Rivers of Nihil announce tour dates, new drummer

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM (PST)


Pennsylvania death metallers Rivers of Nihil have announced a handful of dates leading up to The Best in Brutality Tour.

The Best in Brutality Tour will feature Broken Hope, Oceano, Fallujah, Kublai Khan.

In other news, drummer Ron Nelson has parted with Rivers of Nihil.

Read the official statement from the band on the departure and find out who their new drummer is, as well as all of their tour dates here.

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Fallujah talk Best In Brutality tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 10:05 AM (PST)


San Francisco-based atmospheric death metal collective, FALLUJAH, are very pleased to take part in The Best In Brutality Tour 2014 this Spring with co-headliners Oceano and Broken Hope. Set to join the tour on March 20th in Los Angeles, California, the near month-long run of live assaults will storm its way across North America, drawing to a close on April 19th in Columbus, Ohio. Additional support will be provided by Rivers Of Nihil and Kublai Khan.

Check out the band’s three-song digital-only EP, Nomadic, released last Spring via Unique Leader at THIS LOCATION.


Comments vocalist Alex Hofmann: “We are always excited to be part of tours such as this that feature such a wide array of palettes and styles. We’re really excited to meet the guys in Rivers Of Nihil, whom we’ve been following for some time now, as well as regroup with Broken Hope whom we met over the Summer in Europe. This tour is the beginning of what is sure to be a busy and exciting year for us as we are to embark just after finishing our new full-length album in the studio. We hope to see all our old friends on the West Coast, our new friends in Canada, and visit some fresh territory in the Northeast and Midwest. See you there.”

 For dates see Below

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Rivers of Nihil release lyric video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 3:10 PM (PST)


Pennsylvania death metallers Rivers of Nihil have released a lyric video for their song “A Fertile Alter”.

“A Fertile Alter” comes from Rivers of Nihil’s recently released album The Conscious Seed of Light.

Check out the video for “A Fertile Alter” as well as bassist Adam Briggs talking about the video and the concept behind the album here.

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Interview-Jon Kunz and Brody Uttley from Rivers of Nihil

Posted by NichTheHair on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM (PST)


Added just over a year ago, death metal newcomers Rivers of Nihil have been slaying crowds in support of their Metal Blade debut, The Conscious Seed of Life. While close to the end of the tour with Dying Fetus, Exhumed, and Abiotic, these guys still came out and put on a killer support set. I caught up with guitarists Jon Kunz and Brody Uttley afterward for their thoughts on the next tour, how they ended up on Metal Blade, and learned exactly how they feel on the “extortion” in crowd-sourced funding. I definitely got an earful on that one.


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