Pennsylvania’s Rivers of Nihil will be touring this September-October with fellow Reading natives, Black Crown Initiate. The “Reading Rainbow Tour” will begin on September 19th in Buffalo, NY and winds its way through RI, PA, MI, OH, and KY before wrapping up on October 3rd in their home town. Several more dates are still TBA, with updates to be made available here as they are made available.
The Reading Rainbow Tour:
09/19 Buffalo, NY The Waiting Room
09/20 Queens, NY Blackthorn 51
09/21 Albany, NY Bogie’s
09/22 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
09/23 Providence, RI Simon’s
09/24 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary
09/25 Westland, MI The Token Lounge
09/26 Lakewood, OH The Foundry
09/27 Lansing, MI The Loft
09/28 Newport, KY Thompson House
10/02 Lemoyne, PA The Champ
10/03 Reading, PA Reverb
Rivers of Nihil have also been added as the openers to Death (DTA Tours) Swamp Leper Stomp ’14″ tour! Additional support will come from Obituary and Massacre. This tour will kick off on November 14th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, and wraps up on December 7 in Miami, FL at Grand Central.
Guitarist Jon Kunz exclaims: “We’re incredibly stoked to a part of this year’s North American Death (DTA Tours)! Death are one of our biggest influences, with the incredible "Human" album being a constant source of inspiration. Throw in the nasty Tampa savagery of Obituary and Massacre, and you have the best death metal tour of the year. Long live Chuck, Florida death metal is supreme”!
Earlier this year, Rivers of Nihil released a video for “Birth of the Omnisavior”, a sleek and dark video that captures visually what this band does so well sonically: they play emboldened, deftly-executed death metal at a level far beyond their years. Watch “Birth of the Omnisavior” from their album “The Conscious Seed of Light” below.
Formed in 2009, the modern progressive death metal quintet’s music is as dark and heavy as the coal and iron their home city was built upon, taking influences from some of death metal’s heaviest, most abrasive hitters: Morbid Angel, Gojira, Spawn of Possession, and Decapitated, to name a few. Rivers of Nihil‘s debut album, “The Conscious Seed of Light,” was recorded in March of 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with famed metal producer/musician Erik Rutan. While “The Conscious Seed of Light” is not necessarily a concept album traditionally speaking, Rivers of Nihil began their project with the idea that they would release four separate albums tied together with one common theme: each reflecting a particular season of a year. Bassist Adam Biggs elaborates; “The Conscious Seed of Light is intended to be representative of spring and explores various themes concerning new beginnings, growth, and an attachment to the natural world in a post-human Earth. Unlike some concept records however, we wanted to allow each song to work on its own terms. Rather than have the songs rely on each other to move a specific story structure forward; they work within their own separate narratives, but ultimately serve the album’s broader concept”. Rivers of Nihil‘s lineup is rounded out by guitarists Brody Uttley and Jon Kunz, vocalist Jake Dieffenbach and drummer Alan Balamut.