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RIVERS OF NIHIL Debut "Sand Baptism" Video

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 @ 3:58 PM


Sophomore Album Monarchy Available August 21st

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In just under three weeks RIVERS OF NIHIL will release their sophomore album Monarchy via Metal Blade Records. The first video from the album for the song "Sand Baptism", which was directed by David Brodsky is now available for viewing and you can check it out on KNAC.COM right HERE.

Lead Guitarist Brody Uttley on the new song and video:<>P " "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:

  • 8.15 - Reading, PA - Reverb
  • 8.19 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
A full autumn tour itinerary will be announced soon.

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.

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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