History Music / RiversOfNihil

16th Apr '18 6:05:55 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* PerishingAltRockVoice: Biggs' cleans circa ''Where Owls Know My Name''.
18th Mar '18 5:20:00 PM HasturHasturHastur
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* SignatureStyle: Lots of odd-timed riffs, atmospheric tremolo riffing, quiet, post-rock-influenced sections, the occasional full-speed blasting portion, and darkly melodic soloing. Best described as an intersection of Morbid Angel, Gojira, Krallice, and Sigur Ros.

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* SignatureStyle: Lots of odd-timed riffs, atmospheric tremolo riffing, quiet, post-rock-influenced sections, the occasional full-speed blasting portion, and darkly melodic soloing. Best described as an intersection of Morbid Angel, Gojira, Krallice, and Sigur Ros.



* TechnicalDeathMetal

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* TechnicalDeathMetalTechnicalDeathMetal: Their [=EPs=] and the first two studio albums. They abandoned this on ''Where Owls Know My Name''.
16th Mar '18 7:43:54 PM HasturHasturHastur
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* SpecialGuest: Zach Strouse tracked saxophone on multiple songs on ''Where Owls Know My Name'', while [[Music/BlackCrownInitiate Andy Thomas]] tracked guest cleans on the aforementioned album's title track. On the live front, Dylan Potts and Jared Klein both started out as this, while Darren Liwen (The Kennedy Veil, Dismal) was strictly a one-time fill-in.

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* SpecialGuest: Zach Strouse tracked saxophone on multiple songs on ''Where Owls Know My Name'', while [[Music/BlackCrownInitiate Andy Thomas]] tracked guest cleans on the aforementioned album's title track.track and [[Music/TheFaceless Justin McKinney]] laid down a lead on "Old Nothing". On the live front, Dylan Potts and Jared Klein both started out as this, while Darren Liwen (The Kennedy Veil, Dismal) was strictly a one-time fill-in.
9th Mar '18 11:52:09 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* SpecialGuest: Zach Strouse tracked saxophone on multiple songs on ''Where Owls Know My Name'', while [[Music/BlackCrownInitiate Andy Thomas]] tracked guest cleans on the aforementioned album's title track.

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* SpecialGuest: Zach Strouse tracked saxophone on multiple songs on ''Where Owls Know My Name'', while [[Music/BlackCrownInitiate Andy Thomas]] tracked guest cleans on the aforementioned album's title track. On the live front, Dylan Potts and Jared Klein both started out as this, while Darren Liwen (The Kennedy Veil, Dismal) was strictly a one-time fill-in.
7th Mar '18 9:03:01 AM HasturHasturHastur
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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.

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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 Both releases since ''The Conscious Seed of Light'', but Light'' have involved major stylistic shifts.
** ''Monarchy'' is a far denser, less straightforward, and generally more progressive release than
the album becomes its own animal as it nears debut; while the first half is at least somewhat similar, the second half.half is where the arrangements open up.
** ''Where Owls Know My Name'' is a much deeper plunge into prog, with far more eclectic arrangements and the introduction of clean vocals, saxophone, and Mellotron on certain tracks.



* ProgressiveMetal

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* ProgressiveMetalProgressiveMetal: Particularly circa ''Where Owls Know My Name''.



* SopranoAndGravel: Sorta. Jake has a mid-ranged roar that is somewhere between [[Music/MorbidAngel Steve Tucker]] and [[Music/{{Vader}} Piotr Wiwczarek]], while Adam has a much higher rasp.

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* SopranoAndGravel: Sorta. Jake has a mid-ranged roar that is somewhere between [[Music/MorbidAngel Steve Tucker]] and [[Music/{{Vader}} Piotr Wiwczarek]], while Adam has a much higher rasp. Played straight on ''Where Owls Know My Name'', which features clean vocals on multiple tracks.
* SpecialGuest: Zach Strouse tracked saxophone on multiple songs on ''Where Owls Know My Name'', while [[Music/BlackCrownInitiate Andy Thomas]] tracked guest cleans on the aforementioned album's title track.
1st Mar '18 11:03:27 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* TrueCompanions: With Kamikabe.

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* TrueCompanions: With Kamikabe.Music/{{Revocation}}.
21st Feb '18 10:43:58 AM HasturHasturHastur
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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. He did not work out and was gone by the end of 2016, however, and Jared Klein was brought in as a fill-in before being made full-time himself in 2017.

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Formed in Reading, Pennsylvania in 2009 by Jake Dieffenbach (vocals), Jonathan Kunz (guitar), and Ron Nelson (drums), the band quickly welcomed in Brody Uttley (guitars), (guitar) and Adam Biggs (bass, vocals) and Ron Nelson, the after their own band quickly built fell apart and then proceeded to build 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. He did not work out and was gone by the end of 2016, however, and Jared Klein was brought in as a fill-in before being made full-time himself in 2017.



* AscendedExtra: Dylan Potts and Jared Klein were both originally live fill-ins before being asked to join full-time, though the former was kicked out after roughly a year.

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* AscendedExtra: Dylan Potts and Jared Klein were both originally live fill-ins before being asked to join full-time, though the former was kicked out after roughly a year. Adam Biggs was apparently also this, as he was not a founding member and had previously tracked bass on their first demo as a session member before joining full-time.


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* RockTrio: ''Extremely'' early in their career. They apparently played a few shows as this before they added in Uttley and Biggs after their own band folded, though Biggs had previously recorded bass on their first demo as a session member.
7th Feb '18 8:28:33 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* ApocalypseHow: "Mechanical Trees" features a Class 1 that is fast on its way to Class 2; civilization still exists, but the atmosphere is so thoroughly polluted that breathable air has to be created by the titular devices.

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* ApocalypseHow: "Mechanical Trees" features a Class 1 that is fast on its way to Class 2; civilization still exists, but the atmosphere is so thoroughly polluted that breathable air has to be created by the titular devices. Eventually turns into a Class 3 by the end of ''Monarchy''.



* BadassBeard: Jake

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* BadassBeard: JakeJake and Brody.



* ConceptAlbum: ''The Conscious Seed of Light'', kinda. It's not a true concept album, but it's thematically based around spring and structured in a way that reflects this. ''Monarchy'' follows a similar idea, this time being based around summer.

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* ConceptAlbum: All of their albums in varying degrees:
** Zigzagged with
''The Conscious Seed of Light'', kinda. It's Light'': it's not a true full concept album, but it's it is thematically based around spring and structured in a way has several songs ("Mechanical Trees" and "Airless") that reflects this. set up ''Monarchy''.
** ''Monarchy'': the world of "Mechanical Trees" and "Airless" has become a sun-bleached desert and civilization is mostly restricted to a sun-worshiping theocracy that has started to look more and more like a dictatorship with each passing day. [[spoiler:Then a mass die-off occurs]].
** ''Where Owls Know My Name'': the world of
''Monarchy'' follows is dead and gone and the spirit of the planet has allowed one person to live so that its death may have a similar idea, this time being based around summer.witness, which doubles as a general narrative of death, aging, loss, and the ephemerality of life.


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* GeniusLoci: The planet of ''Monarchy''. By ''Where Owls Know My Name'', it's on its deathbed and has chosen the protagonist to accompany it on its last days.


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* MushroomSamba: "Place of Serpents" (ayahuasca).
6th Feb '18 10:15:50 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* AscendedExtra: Dylan Potts and Jared Klein were both originally live fill-ins before being asked to join full-time.

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* AscendedExtra: Dylan Potts and Jared Klein were both originally live fill-ins before being asked to join full-time.full-time, though the former was kicked out after roughly a year.



* EpicRocking: "Suntold" (7:23) and "Circles in the Sky" (6:27).

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* EpicRocking: "Subtle Change" (8:34), "Capricorn/Agoratopia" (7:50), "Suntold" (7:23) and (7:23), "Where Owls Know My Name" (6:42), "The Silent Life" (6:34), "Circles in the Sky" (6:27).(6:27), and "Death Is Real" (6:09).
6th Feb '18 10:11:16 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* ''Where Owls Know My Name'' (2018)
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