Rivers of Nihil premieres new track, “A Home”, via InvisibleOranges.com – alongside an exclusive interview with the band!

– February 21st, 2018 –

On March 16th, Rivers of Nihil will release their third full-length, Where Owls Know My Name, via Metal Blade Records. Whereas The Conscious Seed of Light (2013) and Monarchy (2015) were thematically centered around spring and summer, respectively, Where Owls Know My Name represents the fall. And although that season is usually associated with death, for Rivers of Nihil, the autumn serves as a rebirth.

For a preview of Where Owls Know My Name, the album track “A Home” can be streamed via InvisibleOranges.com now, alongside an exclusive interview with the band: invisibleoranges.com

The previous single, “The Silent Life”, can be heard at: metalblade.com/riversofnihil – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:


–CD
–Swamp green vinyl + download card (limited to 400 copies – USA exclusive)
–Olive green w/ black splatter vinyl + download card (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
–Doublemint inside swamp green vinyl + download card (limited to 300 copies – USA exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

Where Owls Know My Name reunites Rivers of Nihil with Monarchy producer Carson Slovak (August Burns Red, The Last Ten Seconds of Life) and Dan Seagrave, the storied artist behind such celebrated album covers as Entombed‘s Left Hand Path and Suffocation‘s Effigy of the Forgotten. The result is the Reading, PA quintet’s most visceral, accomplished, and satisfying offering to-date.

Guitarist Brody Uttley comments:
“This record is Rivers of Nihil being exactly who we want to be. Many bands get stuck in a comfortable routine of releasing the same album over and over again. Constantly relying on the same familiar formula may work for some bands, but it does not work for us. Music is art, and art is ever-changing. Without change, there is no progress. Without progress, the very fire that powers art and expression will die. This record is the sound of where we come from, where we are, and where we are going.”

Adds bassist/vocalist Adam Biggs:
“This time around, the lyrics feel a little more personal than on previous albums. The story picks up several millennia after the events of ‘Monarchy‘, where one person still remains alive, chosen by the planet to be the sole intelligent witness of its ultimate fate. But ‘Where Owls Know My Name‘ is less about overarching narrative than our previous albums. The scenario is just a backdrop for the more emotional material we tried to put forth this time around. Ultimately, this is an album about loss, getting older, and reaching a point where death becomes a much more present part of your life.”

Where Owls Know My Name track-listing
01. Cancer / Moonspeak
02. The Silent Life
03. A Home
04. Old Nothing
05. Subtle Change (Including the Forest of Transition and Dissatisfaction Dance)
06. Terrestria III: Wither
07. Hollow
08. Death Is Real
09. Where Owls Know My Name
10. Capricorn / Agoratopia

To kick-off the album’s release, Rivers of Nihil will embark on a North American tour this March/April with Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, and Sanction. See below for all dates!

Rivers of Nihil tour dates
w/ Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Enterprise Earth, Sanction

Mar. 15 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Mar. 16 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Mar. 17 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora
Mar. 18 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Mar. 20 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot
Mar. 21 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Mar. 22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway
Mar. 23 – Merriam, KS @ Aftershock
Mar. 24 – Denver, CO @ Summit
Mar. 27 – Portland, OR @ Bossanova
Mar. 28 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Mar. 30 – San Jose, CA @ The Ritz
Mar. 31 – Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
Apr. 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
Apr. 3 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Apr. 4 – Springfield, MO @ The Riff
Apr. 6 – Knoxville, TN @ International
Apr. 7 – Miami, FL @ The Ground
Apr. 8 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
Apr. 9 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Apr. 10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr. 11 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
Apr. 13 – Houston, TX @ Come and Take It Live
Apr. 14 – Austin, TX @ Texas Independence Fest
Apr. 15 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
Apr. 17 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
Apr. 19 – Allentown, PA @ One Centre Square
Apr. 20 – Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
Apr. 21 – Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independence
Apr. 22 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution

Rivers of Nihil line-up:
Jake Dieffenbach – Vocals
Brody Uttley – Guitar
Jon Topore – Guitar
Adam Biggs – Bass/Vocals
Jared Klein – Drums

Rivers of Nihil online:
https://www.facebook.com/riversofnihil
https://twitter.com/riversofnihil
https://www.youtube.com/user/Riversofnihilpa

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Deez Nuts Announce New Dates For European Spring Tour

Deez Nuts will be touring the most of their time in Europe this spring. Dates for that run include:

3/16 Schweinfurt, GER – Stattbahnhof
03/17 Chemnitz, GER – AJZ Talschock
03/18 Brno, CZE – Fleda
03/19 Graz, AUT – PPC
03/20 Augsburg, GER – Kantine
03/21 Aarau, SWI – Kiff
03/22 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage
03/23 Hasselt, BEL – Muzieokodroom
03/24 Angolueme, FRA – La Nef
03/25 London, UK – Underworld
03/26 Manchester, UK – Rebellion Club
03/27 Birmingham, UK – Mama Roux’s
03/28 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
03/29 Karlsruhe, GER – NCO Club
03/30 Berlin, GER – Lido
03/31 Hannover, GER – Kulturezentrum Faust
04/01 Oberhausen, GER – Kulttempel
04/05 Sofia, BUL – Mixtape 5
04/06 Macedonia, SPA – Skopje MKC
04/07 Brasov, ROM – Rockstadt Extreme Indoor
04/08 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
04/09 Novi Sad, SER – Fabrika
04/11 Ljubljana, SLO – Orto Bar
04/12 Roma, ITA – Locanada Atlantide
04/13 Milan, ITA – Circolo Svolta
04/14 Annecy, FRA – Le Brise Glace
04/15 Montpellier, FRA – Secret place
04/16 Nantes, FRA – Le Ferrailleur
04/17 Barcelona, SPA – Sala Razzmatazz
04/19 Madrid, SPA – Sala Wurlizter
04/20 A Coruna, SPA – Sala O Tunel
04/21 Porto, POR – Hard Club
04/22 Lisbon, POR – RCA Club
04/24 Loule, POR – Bafo de Baco

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Ihsahn To Unleash New Album “Ámr” In May – Album Details Unveiled

Emperor mainman Ihsahn reveals a May 04th release date via Candlelight/Spinefarm for his new effort “Ámr“. Opeth guitarist Fredrik Åkesson lends a guest solo to the track “Arcana Imperii“. Tells Ihsahn of that and the performance of his longtime drummer, Tobias Ørnes Andersen on the new release:

“It’s just lovely to work with Tobias. I know that he can technically handle anything I throw at him. But more importantly, when I say like; ‘I want this to feel like the vacuum between words in a conversation with Hannibal Lecter,’ he will say, ‘Yeah, I get that!’ [Laughs] So for him, it’s not about showing off, it’s always about relating to the vibe.

With Fredrik, we met first time in Oslo, when I did my debut solo show as support to Opeth and later we’ve hung out on different festivals when we happen to play the same day. Last time in Japan when we played there with Emperor and Opeth. We were talking about guitars and I said, ‘Not to kiss up to you or anything, but you’re absolutely one of my favourite players, so some day I might call you for a guest solo…’ and he says, ‘I’m in!’ He did a fabulous job.”

Speaking further of the material, Ihsahn explains:

“Knowing that the form would be somewhat similar to what I did on the previous album, and given that I write stuff in a certain way, I wanted to change the wrapping this time. So instead of going with my go-tos of strings and orchestration, I focused on analog synths and more in-your-face sounds.

It goes back to the beginning of Emperor, when we brought in strings and horns inspired by orchestral movie scores by John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith, but at the same time we loved all those eerie synth soundtracks of, for example, John Carpenter‘s ‘Halloween‘.

I’ve also been listening to some contemporary R&B and hip-hop stuff with those deep, deep 808s. It’s just somehow darker than a lot of metal or black metal. It has a depth and an energy to it that I find captivating, so I wanted to explore those arrangement styles as well.”

“Every album I intend to make the darkest album ever. I never set out to make anything more melodic or accessible. However, growing up on ’80s metal, plus having a rather wide range of musical influences, I often end up with quite contrasting elements. This is my seventh solo album, so in the end it really comes down to methods and perspectives that keep me exited and fired up about what I’m working on. If I’m not excited about it, I can’t expect anybody else to be!”

01 – “Lend Me The Eyes Of The Millenia”
02 – “Arcana Imperii” (feat. Fredrik Åkesson)
03 – “Sámr”
04 – “One Less Enemy”
05 – “Where You Are Lost And I Belong”
06 – “In Rites Of Passage”
07 – “Marble Soul”
08 – “Twin Black Angels”
09 – “Wake“

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Unanimated Sign With Century Media

Swedish death/black metal outfit Unanimated have signed a new 3 album worldwide deal with Century Media Records. Plans are in the works to release a new full-length this fall with the group’s bassist Richard Cabeza commenting:

“We are very pleased to announce that Unanimated has signed a deal with Century Media Records. The time is right and the time is now! To once again return to spread darkness and unleash the firestorm upon this earth. We are looking forward working with Century Media with the forthcoming new Unanimated album. Recordings will start in early 2018 for a release in autumn 2018. Then we will get on the road to start playing shows. Prepare!”

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Judas Priest Guitarist Glenn Tipton Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease – Takes A Break From Touring

10 years ago, Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with the access of the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Nevertheless the 70-year-old heavy metal veteran has lived his life as the great live guitarist he has always been known for.

At present, Tipton is able to perform some of the less challenging Judas Priest tracks, but due to the nature of Parkinson’s progression, he wants to let the fans know that he won’t be touring with the band for the time being. Glenn Tipton has requested Judas Priest producer and Hell guitarist Andy Sneap to step in for him.

Says Glenn: “I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band – it’s simply that my role has changed. I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not-too-distant future, I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again.”

States the band:

“We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest. He is a true metal hero! We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the ‘Firepower’ tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real. As Glenn has said, we also can’t wait to have him with us at any time any place on the road. We love you, Glenn!”

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Judas Priest Guitarist Glenn Tipton Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease – Takes A Break From Touring

10 years ago, Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton was diagnosed with the access of the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Nevertheless the 70-year-old heavy metal veteran has lived his life as the great live guitarist he has always been known for.

At present, Tipton is able to perform some of the less challenging Judas Priest tracks, but due to the nature of Parkinson’s progression, he wants to let the fans know that he won’t be touring with the band for the time being. Glenn Tipton has requested Judas Priest producer and Hell guitarist Andy Sneap to step in for him.

Says Glenn: “I want everyone to know that it’s vital that the Judas Priest tour go ahead and that I am not leaving the band – it’s simply that my role has changed. I don’t rule out the chance to go on stage as and when I feel able to blast out some Priest! So at some point in the not-too-distant future, I’m really looking forward to seeing all of our wonderful metal maniacs once again.”

States the band:

“We have been privileged to witness Glenn’s determination and steadfast commitment over the years, showing his passion and self belief through the writing, recording and performing sessions with Priest. He is a true metal hero! We are not surprised by Glenn’s insistence that we complete the ‘Firepower’ tour and thank Andy for joining us to make Glenn’s wishes become real. As Glenn has said, we also can’t wait to have him with us at any time any place on the road. We love you, Glenn!”

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Depravity (Impiety, The Furor) Premiere New Track & Announce Album Details

We all know about the exploits of Louis Rando with regards to Impiety and The Furor, and this time around, he’s formed a death metal band that’s just as sonically intense and devastating. If you like Morbid Angel, Immolation and Hour of Penance, this is the extreme version of that with all the darkness, hunger and flavour intact. Check out one of the tracks below to preview their music:

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Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard Debut New Song “Eagduru” From Upcoming New Split

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard debut a new track from their forthcoming split with Irish doom band Slomatics.

The band commented about the split that: “Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard have been big fans of Slomatics for years. We have kind of obdurate tastes when it comes to heavy music so we like bands that fly their own flag and in our opinion Slomatics do just that. After chatting to Dave (Majury) it was pretty clear that both bands had a lot in common and when somebody brought up the idea of a collaboration it was a no brainer. We spent a lot of time discussing the content of this record and didn’t want to do just another split record. Although Split records are great for underground bands like us, we just wanted to make it ‘special’. Kind of an early 70s prog ethic to it. We all enjoyed the whole process and I’m not alone in thinking we’d like to do more collaborations in the future with more collaboration between the 2 bands. That’s if we can find the time.”

Listen to the song below:

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Guitarist Jens F. Ryland Parts Ways With Borknagar

Borknagar announce the exit of guitarist Jens F. Ryland from their lineup. States the band:

“Borknagar and long time guitarist Jens F. Ryland have decided to part ways. We would like to thank and salute him for all the time we shared on and off stage the past 20 yrs. The very best of luck with all future endevours!

As a sidenote, Borknagar is currently working on a new album, roughly planned for a late 2018 or early 2019 release. More info soon!”

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Amorphis Working On New Album

2015 saw melancholic progressive metallers Amorphis release their 2015 studio album, “Under The Red Cloud” – an album which would soon top countless critics’ lists and reach great chart results all around the world (including a first ever entry in United Kingdom and Australia, as well as the band’s highest ever entries in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and France). Following this success, the Finnish six-piece released their “Under The Red Cloud Tour Edition” in February 2017. The album included two bonus songs as well as live renditions of tracks performed during their “An Evening With Friends” shows at Juhlaviikot – Huvila.

Today is a day for good news for all Amorphis fans as the band announce that they are officially working on a new record! In fact, the pre-production process is already over and the majority of the recording has been done. The band commented that they have really taken their time on this record so that they could focus on adding in lots of little extras such as strings, flutes, orchestral arrangements and even choirs! In addition, this is the first time that listeners will be able to hear lyricist Pekka Kainulainen on the album as he contributes a speech in Finnish!

The band have confirmed that Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth, Katatonia, and many others) is once again in the producer’s seat for the upcoming record. More details to be announced soon, so stay tuned!

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