Pennsylvania progressive death metal band Rivers of Nihil had quite a year in 2022. After the release of their fourth album ’The Work‘ towards the end of 2021, the group spent the majority of their time burning the candle at both ends with a frenzied tour schedule including headline runs of the U.S. and Europe and in support of The Contortionist, but once the latter tour wrapped up, they were short a band member.
For personal reasons, founding member and lead vocalist Jake Dieffenbach and the band went their separate ways. The split took place just three days after the recording of a live video and audio session for Audiotree‘s new ‘From Nothing’ series. And while initially the band wasn’t sure how to approach the release with the departure of a founding member and lead singer — or whether to release it at all — they decided to move forward with it to honor Dieffenbach’s contributions to the group over the years and mark the beginning of a new chapter.
So, for Audiotree‘s second installment of ‘From Nothing,’ presented to you is the end of an era and the beginning of something new for Rivers of Nihil. The session features live performances and interviews diving into the band’s creative process and recent work. Check it out now HERE: https://lnk.to/ATFN-RiversofNihil
See below for a message from the band.
Guitarist Brody Uttley comments; “We‘ve been big fans of the Audiotree catalog for many years now, so when Austin from Audiotree asked us if we‘d be interested in being part of a new series they were doing we said ’yes’ immediately.
Additionally, you will notice that Jake is performing with us. This shoot took place just a few days before our split with him as our vocalist, so rather than burying this project (since we are now no longer working together), we decided to release it as a finale to the chapter of the band that he spent with us.
The time when this was filmed was one of the most strenuous in our band, both from a personal standpoint and simply because we were playing SO many shows at that time nonstop. The morning that we filmed the Audiotree piece we had driven through the night from the previous gig to arrive in Chicago early enough to film with Audiotree in the morning AND still make it to our show later that day with The Contortionist.
This is the most accurate picture of our band working ourselves to the bone. A lot of what is said in the documentary still applies to where things are going, but this video definitely captures the essence of where the band was at, in late September of 2022.
Finally, we just wrapped up a recording session that birthed a ton a new music that you will be hearing much sooner than you think, featuring our previous bassist/backup vocalist Adam Biggs as the new lead vocalist (and bassist) as well as Andy Thomas‘ first appearance on record with us as a member of Rivers of Nihil. We will be continuing as a four piece and we simply cannot wait to show you what this sounds like.”
Catch Rivers of Nihil live this summer when they hit the road with Between the Buried and Me and Thank You Scientist. Tour kicks off on June 16th in Charleston, SC at Music Farm and wraps up on July 31 in Winston-Salem, NC at The Ramkat. Tour dates below.
“We‘re super honored and excited to be a part of the upcoming Parallax II 10th anniversary tour! BTBAM are one of my all-time favorite bands so you know the Rivers boys and I will be bringing our A-game and a setlist full of our best material (maybe even some new stuff!). We‘re also stoked to share the stage with the uber-talented Thank You Scientist, so I think it‘s safe to say this will easily be one of the best prog-metal shows of the year, so don‘t miss out!” Adam Biggs (vocals/bass)
RIVERS OF NIHIL w/ Between the Buried and Me and Thank You Scientist
16-Jun Charleston, SC Music Farm
17-Jun Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
18-Jun Philadelphia, PA Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia
20-Jun New York, NY Irving Plaza
21-Jun Albany, NY Empire Live
22-Jun Burlington, VT Higher Ground *Rivers of Nihil only
23-Jun Worcester, MA The Palladium
24-Jun Montreal, QC Club Soda
25-Jun Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
27-Jun Millvale, PA Mr Smalls Theatre
28-Jun Detroit, MI The Majestic
29-Jun Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
30-Jun Chicago, IL House of Blues
1-Jul Minneapolis, MN The Lyric at Skyway Theatre
2-Jul Kansas City, MO The Truman
3-Jul Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
5-Jul Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
06-Jul Billings, MT Pub Station (Taproom) *Rivers of Nihil only
7-Jul Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
8-Jul Edmonton, AB Union Hall
10-Jul Vancouver, BC The Vogue Theatre
11-Jul Seattle, WA The Crocodile
12-Jul Portland, OR Roseland Theater
13-Jul Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades –
14-Jul Bakersfield, CA 1933 *Rivers of Nihil only
15-Jul Anaheim, CA House of Blues
16-Jul San Diego, CA The Observatory – North Park
17-Jul Mesa, AZ The Nile Theatre
19-Jul Odessa, TX The Ector Theatre *Rivers of Nihil only
20-Jul San Antonio, TX Vibes Event Center
21-Jul Dallas, TX The Factory in Deep Ellum
22-Jul Houston, TX Warehouse Live
23-Jul New Orleans, LA House of Blues
25-Jul St. Louis, MO Red Flag
26-Jul Nashville, TN Brooklyn Bowl Nashville
28-Jul St Petersburg, FL Jannus Live
29-Jul Orlando, FL The Beacham
30-Jul Atlanta, GA Heaven at The Masquerade
31-Jul Winston-Salem, NC The Ramkat
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Rivers of Nihil is:
Brody Uttley – guitars/keyboards
Adam Biggs – vocals/bass
Jared Klein – drums/vocals Andy Thomas – rhythm guitar/vocals
“The Work is nothing less than a work of art. It‘s by far the group‘s most cohesive, ambitious, meditative, and varied effort, with greater uses of philosophical significance and transcendental respites.” – Metal Injection
“The Work flows beautifully… [it‘s] the sound of a band in thrall to their own inspirational ideas, and with a refined grasp of the dynamics required to truly take listeners on, dare we say it, a journey.” – Blabbermouth
“With The Work, RIVERS OF NIHIL have crafted an album that is both indisputably them but also hits very differently to its predecessor, without sacrificing any quality or creativity… It‘s a monument to their refusal to be pigeonholed… as well as to their relentless desire to push the envelope creatively, with the end result an album that is incredibly rewarding” – Distorted Sound