Last week, Rivers of Nihil released their third full-length, Where Owls Know My Name, via Metal Blade Records, along with a video for the album track, "A Home". Guitarist Jonathan Topore filmed a behind-the-scenes documentary of the video shoot for "A Home," which can be seen now at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlZe-aXc4Ck
To watch "A Home" [directed by David Brodsky (www.davidsbrodsky.com)] and purchase Where Owls Know My Name, please visit: metalblade.com/riversofnihil #nikkilaw @metalbladerecords #metalbladerecords
Rivers of Nihil – Where Owls Know My Name  Pennsylvania’s Rivers of Nihil specialize in jazz-influenced technical death metal, executed with a very high level of musicianship. Their third full-length release is the best of their career so far: a twisting, winding journey through sonic peaks and valleys. Ranging from furious palm-muted riffery reminiscent of 90s Morbid Angel with crushing Neurosis-style sludge beatdowns, to downtempo jazzy intervals, there is a wide variety of sounds here. Jake Dieffenbach handles vocal duties, with a distinct shouted bark that recalls Isis’ Aaron Turner, fairly unique amongst modern death metal bands. Bassist Adam Biggs also displays a complimentary clean style for when things slow down.
With the recent flood of technical death metal offerings in the last few years, the one true differentiator has been a band’s ability to merge all of that technicality into cohesive songs that are enjoyable to listen to. Rivers of Nihil has done a great job with that on Where Owls Know My Name. [4.5/5]
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Where Owls Know My Name