Oct 22

Rivers of Nihil – The Conscious Seed of Light (2013)



The newest band to reach the hungry death metal audience is Rivers of Nihil. They emerged out of Reading, Pennsylvania to deliver indomitable yet dexterous material. After listening to their debut LP titled The Conscious Seed of Light, you’ll understand the hype. This band blends a nefarious sound with skillful musicianship, resulting in a sound that is addictive. This debut is definitely impressive.

The first song Rivers of Nihil released is Rain Eater. In my opinion, it’s the strongest track on the album. The melodic yet pounding intro sticks with you immediately as this song transcends into a vigorous and relentless monster. Soil & Seed is another powerful track, and probably my overall favorite off of this album. Even with the catchy hooks and precipitous riffing, its agility is what stands out the most. Airless is the perfect closing track. The unique riffing pulls you right in as the rapidity increases the vitality of this track. The melodic choruses ties in all of the swift parts and strong solos. Overall, you’ll be stunned at how much potency exists in a six-minute track.

Last year Rivers of Nihil was signed to metal powerhouse record label Metal Blade Records. Following this was a string of tours and the release of The Conscious Seed of Light. This album was recorded in my hometown St. Petersburg, Florida with Erik Rutan of Mana Recording Studios (I wish I knew they were in town, I would have bought them all a beer.). With all of this success in a short amount of time, I see nothing but big things in store for Rivers of Nihil.

In short, if you don’t bought this album on October 15th, I have no idea what in the hell is wrong with you. They are definitely one of the most impressive acts to hit the stage (pun intended). I don’t think I’ve been impressed with an artist this much since I first listened to Metal Blade’s Abiotic. Rivers of Nihil is currently touring North American, first supporting Beneath the Massacre, then joining alongside death metal heavyweights Dying Fetus and Exhumed. Definitely check their show out and tell me how it is. I’m still sad I arrived at the venue late when they played in Florida while touring with Wretched.

Tour Dates:

10/26 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
10/27 Chicago, IL Reggie’s
10/28 Madison, WI The High Noon Saloon
10/29 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
10/30 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
10/31 Worcester, MA The Palladium (Upstairs)
11/01 New York, NY The Gramercy Theater
11/02 Springfield, VA Empire



01. Terrestria I: Thaw
02. Rain Eater
03. Birth of the Omnisavior
04. Soil & Seed
05. Central Antheneum
06. Mechanical Trees
07. Place of Serpents
08. Human Adaptation
09. A Fertile Altar
10. Airless

Genre: Death Metal

Label: Metal Blade Records

Playing Time: 36 Minutes


Jake Dieffenbach – Vocals
Brody Uttley – Guitars
Jon Kunz – Guitars
Adam Biggs – Bass/vocals
Ron Nelson – Drums



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