The third release by River Of Nihil continues the movement through the seasons, having released The Conscious Seed of Light (spring) and Monarchy (summer), Where Owls Know My Name now moves onto autumn, but rather than focussing on the relationship with death, Rivers Of Nihil have chosen the rebirth autumn brings as the inspiration.
Where Owls Know My Name is the rebirth of Technical Metal.
One minute you are being smashed over the head repeatedly with machine gun rate blast beats and the next being serenaded by the smooth sounds of the saxophone in the smoke room of a jazz club, whilst the vocals adapt to the surroundings like a chameleon making this one beast of a release.
The range of sounds that are used throughout this release are all displayed in the 8 minute 34 long track ‘Subtle Change (Including the Forest of Transition and Dissatisfaction Dance)’ where we experience, the introduction with acoustic guitars, clear bass and a light steady beat creating a nice warm glow that is then met with aggressive vocals, that merge into clean singing and atmospheric back ground lulling you into a day dream before some rather funky organ playing is introduced and then onto some face melting lead electric guitars, quicker heavier drums and you suddenly realise the surroundings have changed. This seamless transition continues throughout the track and the album, one minute being caressed and the next pummelled.
The inclusion of so many instruments make this an exciting multi dimensioned release that keeps you on your toes and constantly engaged and intrigued. The way that it has all been composed into such a tight structure is a wonder to behold and simply, excitingly brilliant.
It is as heavy as you can get, as easy listening as you could ever wish for, as jazz and funk as you wouldn’t expect and everything in between blended together to create an astonishing album.
Where Owls Know My Name is out now via Metal Blade Records
1. Cancer / Moonspeak
2. The Silent Life
3. A Home
4. Old Nothing
5. Subtle Change (Including the Forest of Transition and Dissatisfaction Dance)
6. Terrestria III: Wither
8. Death Is Real
9. Where Owls Know My Name
10. Capricorn / Agoratopia