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Formed in Reading, Pennsylvania in 2009 by Jake Dieffenbach (vocals), Jonathan Kunz and Brody Uttley (guitars), Adam Biggs (bass, vocals) and Ron Nelson, the band quickly built up a live reputation that helped make ''Hierarchy'', their debut EP, an underground hit in 2010. Shows throughout the Northeast helped continue the momentum, as did their second EP, ''Temporality Unbound'', which came out in late 2011. It was sometime around this period that [[Music/HateEternal Erik Rutan]] discovered them on [=MySpace=] and left them a message praising them and informing them of his desire to work with them someday. This, along with a successful tour with their buddies in Kamikabe, only served to further embolden them; when offered a deal with Metal Blade Records in 2012, it became apparent that their hard work had paid off. Recording for their full-length began in March of 2013; come that October, ''The Conscious Seed of Light'' was released and met with much fanfare and critical acclaim. Various tours followed; additionally, 2014 brought the band's first hiccup, as Ron Nelson decided to leave and was replaced by Alan Balamut. Additionally, their first major tour of that year with Oceano, Broken Hope, Fallujah, and Kublai Khan ended early due to a string of ill fortune that struck every band on the bill except them and resulted in the cancellation of the tour; thankfully, another tour with Whitechapel and [=DevilDriver=] was just around the corner and went fine, so it's likely that that was just a bump in the road. Kunz later quit in September and was replaced by Jon Topore, and the band is currently preparing to embark on the "Swamp Leper Stomp" tour with the newest [[Music/{{Death}} Death to All]] lineup, Obituary, and Massacre. Their second album, ''Monarchy'', is slated for a late summer 2015 release.

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Formed in Reading, Pennsylvania in 2009 by Jake Dieffenbach (vocals), Jonathan Kunz and Brody Uttley (guitars), Adam Biggs (bass, vocals) and Ron Nelson, the band quickly built up a live reputation that helped make ''Hierarchy'', their debut EP, an underground hit in 2010. Shows throughout the Northeast helped continue the momentum, as did their second EP, ''Temporality Unbound'', which came out in late 2011. It was sometime around this period that [[Music/HateEternal Erik Rutan]] discovered them on [=MySpace=] and left them a message praising them and informing them of his desire to work with them someday. This, along with a successful tour with their buddies in Kamikabe, only served to further embolden them; when offered a deal with Metal Blade Records in 2012, it became apparent that their hard work had paid off. Recording for their full-length began in March of 2013; come that October, ''The Conscious Seed of Light'' was released and met with much fanfare and critical acclaim. Various tours followed; additionally, 2014 brought the band's first hiccup, as Ron Nelson decided to leave and was replaced by Alan Balamut. Additionally, their first major tour of that year with Oceano, Broken Hope, Fallujah, and Kublai Khan ended early due to a string of ill fortune that struck every band on the bill except them and resulted in the cancellation of the tour; thankfully, another tour with Whitechapel and [=DevilDriver=] was just around the corner and went fine, so it's likely that that was just a bump in the road. Kunz later quit in September and was replaced by Jon Topore, and the band is currently preparing to embark on the "Swamp Leper Stomp" tour with the newest [[Music/{{Death}} Death to All]] lineup, Obituary, and Massacre. Their second album, ''Monarchy'', is slated for a late summer 2015 release. Around the end of 2015, Alan Balamut left due to a mix of a rough financial situation and a desire to finally finish school; Dylan Potts was brought on as a live fill-in and was inducted as a full-time member sometime after.


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* AscendedExtra: Dylan Potts was originally a live fill-in before being asked to join full-time.
29th Nov '15 7:32:14 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* CantHoldHisLiquor: Jake, apparently.


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* EpicRocking: "Suntold" (7:23) and "Circles in the Sky" (6:27).
16th Sep '15 7:05:38 PM HasturHasturHastur
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* TheAllegedCar: Even by metal standards, their van is a piece of shit and they'll happily admit it. Adam even walked one interviewer through all the bizarre and frustrating quirks of it, which include lots of bad sensors that essentially make most of the indicator lights and dials on the dashboard worthless, bad locks that render several doors largely unusable, and frustrating air conditioning quirks that seem to be indicative of larger electrical problems. It's still kicking, but it's definitely not in great shape.

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* TheAllegedCar: Even by metal standards, their old van is was a piece of shit and they'll happily they were more than happy to admit it. Adam even walked one interviewer through all the bizarre and frustrating quirks of it, which include included lots of bad sensors that essentially make made most of the indicator lights and dials on the dashboard worthless, bad locks that render rendered several doors largely unusable, and frustrating air conditioning quirks that seem seemed to be indicative of larger electrical problems. It's still kicking, but it's definitely not They got a newer, much better one, however, and their old one presumably met its end in great shape.a scrapyard.
11th Sep '15 10:43:55 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* LeadBassist: Adam is equal parts Type A, B, and D, as his basslines factor heavily into their sound.

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* LeadBassist: Adam is equal parts Type A, B, Biggs hits all four categories on the head; he's got a ton of technical ability, he's a relatively frequent vocal contributor, he writes the vast majority of the lyrics and D, a decent amount of the music as well, and his basslines factor very heavily into their sound.the band's established musical style.
4th Sep '15 7:43:48 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* GrowingTheBeard: Adam Biggs credits [[Music/HateEternal Erik Rutan]] for making him a better bassist overall. In the band's earlier days, he just wanted to play the most complex and challenging material that he could come up with on bass and went into the recording sessions for ''The Conscious Seed of Light'' with that approach in mind; according to Biggs, Rutan kept pushing him to calm down, let the song breathe, and let the music dictate his approach rather than trying to shoehorn what he felt like playing in. Biggs has long since realized that Rutan's influence rubbed off on him and made him a more mature, nuanced player.
3rd Sep '15 9:42:02 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* HandicappedBadass: Jake Dieffenbach has a progressively-worsening hearing deficit that he was born with that requires him to wear hearing aids (it's also resulted in a noticeable lisp due to how his hearing difficulties affected the way that he learned how to speak as a child), but he has become known as a powerful vocalist with a distinctly intelligible vocal approach.
21st Aug '15 8:12:00 PM HasturHasturHastur
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* StartMyOwn: Jon Kunz started the death/doom metal act Outer Heaven sometime in 2013 and later wound up quitting Rivers of Nihil to focus on it.
21st Aug '15 8:07:59 PM HasturHasturHastur
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* IndecipherableLyrics: Averted with Jake, who has a very clear and intelligible vocal style.


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* MetalScream: Type 1 for Jake, Type 3 for Adam.


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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Monarchy'' has less straightforward, more complex arrangements with a much wider variety of tempo and mood shifts. The first half is reasonably similar to ''The Conscious Seed of Light'', but the album becomes its own animal as it nears the second half.
17th Aug '15 8:43:38 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* PintsizedPowerhouse: Jake Dieffenbach.



* SopranoAndGravel: Sorta. Jake has a mid-ranged roar akin to [[Music/MorbidAngel David Vincent]], while Adam has a much higher rasp.

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* SopranoAndGravel: Sorta. Jake has a mid-ranged roar akin to that is somewhere between [[Music/MorbidAngel David Vincent]], Vincent]] and [[Music/{{Vader}} Piotr Wiwczarek]], while Adam has a much higher rasp.
9th Aug '15 6:24:07 PM HasturHasturHastur
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* IAmSong: "Sand Baptism".
-->"I AM THE SUN!
-->I AM THE MOON!"
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