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Rivers of Nihil

Rivers of Nihil

Justina Villanueva

Rivers of Nihil, Dark Sermon, Warforged, Air Raid, Epitasis 

When: Wed., March 2, 7 p.m. 2016
Price: $12, $10 advance
In 2012 Pennsylvania technical-death-metal band Rivers of Nihil released their first full-length, The Conscious Seed of Light, and won the hearts of at least a few jaded critics—though the components of their formula were familiar, their songwriting skills and sense of pacing made them into something special, with a lot of future potential. Their latest, last August’s Monarchy (Metal Blade), rewards that optimism: it’s a solid and assured album that’s taut, fierce, agonized, and filler free; the instrumental tracks in particular come at a point where their elegance and clarity are much appreciated. The band intends to pull a Vivaldi and release four albums that each evoke a season. Monarchy is the “summer” record, poised perfectly at the point where welcome light and warmth begin to turn blinding and sweltering.
— Monica Kendrick



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