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“Mechanical Trees”, a brand new song from the Reading, Pennsylvania-based modern progressive death metal quintet RIVERS OF NIHIL, can be streamed below. The track comes off the band’s upcoming album, “The Conscious Seed Of Light”, which will be released on October 15 in North America (one day earlier internationally) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded in March 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with producer Erik Rutan. Guitarist Brody Uttley said: “Working with Erik was a true privilege. Coming from the DIY circuit and immediately recording with one of greatest death metal producers of all time pushed us all more than we ever could have expected, both as musicians and as people. We have grown tremendously as a band in all aspects because of our experience with Erik.”

Regarding “Mechanical Trees”, RIVERS OF NIHIL bassist Adam Biggs said: “The lyrics paint a bleak picture of humanity’s future, wherein the environment has become so damaged that we are forced to rely on machines to create breathable oxygen for most living creatures. Eventually, this way of life becomes too much for Earth’s dwindling human population, so the powers that be lace the machines with hallucinogenic substances to ease the pain of death. While that seems bleak, this song is actually a lot of fun to play live. It contains some of the more difficult riffs on the record, while also maintaining a good deal of atmosphere.”

RIVERS OF NIHIL, which also features vocalist Jake Dieffenbach, guitarist Jon Kunz and drummer Ron Nelson, has added dates to its fall touring schedule. In October, fans will be able to see RIVERS OF NIHIL on the road with BENEATH THE MASSACRE, RINGS OF SATURN and LEGION throughout the East Coast.

Formed in 2009, RIVERS OF NIHIL‘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.


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Experimental metal act EPHEL DUATH will return with its first album in five years, “Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness”, on November 19 in Europe and November 26 in North America via Agonia Records.

A video trailer for the CD featuring album artwork created by visionary artists Dehn Sora and Aeron Alfrey can be seen below.

Ignited by commitment and passion, “Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness” is a multi-layered hybrid of death metal, jazz and post rock, and a strong statement from a band never bounded by rules. With intuition set as the only significant parameter, EPHEL DUATH takes an uncompromising will to experiment, to a whole new level of intensity.

“This album holds together all that EPHEL DUATH‘s music has touched in the last fifteen years and pushes its boundaries even further,” comments EPHEL DUATH mainman Davide Tiso. “Lyrically, the new songs dig deep in higher self subject matters, combining brutally visual imagery with a painfully honest soul-searching quest.”

Featuring eight new songs and reaching over 50 minutes of total length, “Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness” includes a unique line-up of: Marco Minnemann (KREATOR, NECROPHAGIST, JOE SATRIANI) behind the drums, Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK, JOE SATRIANI) on bass, lead singer Karyn Crisis (CRISIS) along with Tiso. The album was produced by Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATE ETERNAL) at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Studios in New York.

“Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness” track listing:

01. Feathers Under My Skin
02. Tracing The Path Of Blood
03. When Mind Escapes Flesh
04. Within This Soil
05. Those Gates To Nothing
06. Through Flames I Shield
07. Hemmed By Light
08. Shaped by Darkness

“Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness” will be available in digipack CD, double LP and digital formats.


Comments No Comments » has uploaded a six-minute video report on MADBALL‘s August 14 concert at Plan B in Moscow, Russia. Check it out below.

MADBALL‘s latest EP, “Rebellion”, was released digitally last year via The BNB Label, a brand extension of Cricien‘s Black N Blue Productions group. The six-song effort contains four new tracks and newly recorded versions of two cuts from the band’s legendary 1989 seven-inch single, “Ball Of Destruction”. The CD was recorded at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersberg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL).

“Rebellion” marked the first MADBALL recording with former UNEARTH and THE RED CHORD member Mike Justian, who has served as MADBALL‘s touring drummer for the past couple of years.


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Rivers of Nihil had made some pretty big splashes in both 2011 and 2012 with demos and their Temporality Unbound EP. Now we get to hear what full-on produced Rivers of Nihil sounds like at the hands of Erik Rutan! It's badass. Well damn, Rivers of Nihil are apparently stepping it right the hell up …

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– August 12th, 2013 – On tour now with Wretched, Abiotic, Allegaeon Pennsylvania’s Rivers of Nihil have completed work on their debut full length album, “ The Conscious Seed of Light .” The album was recorded in March of 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with famed metal producer/musician Erik Rutan. Guitarist Brody Uttley said, “Working with Erik was a true privilege.

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– March 27th, 2013 – Band currently recording at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg with Erik Rutan Reading, Pennsylvania’s death metal quintet, RIVERS OF NIHIL , recently entered Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg with Erik Rutan to record their first full-length album and Metal Blade Records debut, which is due out before the end of 2013.

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Relapse today released the second in a trio of videos documenting the construction of Dallas-based goretraders Devourment’s pending “Conceived In Sewage” LP. The newest clip shows the laying-down of guitar and bass tracks, filmed in the revered Mana Studios with producer Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal). Check it out below

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The first in a trio of videos documenting the studio process birthing Devourment’s fourth album “Conceived In Sewage” is now available online. Watch below as the members lay down drum tracks for the new LP and talk “cheesesteaks and shit” with studio guru and local takeout expert Erik Rutan.

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Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of Rivers of Nihil. The record label comments:

“The modern progressive death metal quintet, who formed in 2009, was born from the ruins of their decaying hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania and are on a relentless path of taking their music to the next level. Rivers of Nihil’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.”

The band also stated, “We’re super stoked to be a part of the Metal Blade family! Being on a such a strong label with some of our favorite bands is truly an honor and we look forward to the future with Metal Blade.”

You can listen to the demo version of the new song “Rain Eater” from Rivers of Nihil’s upcoming Metal Blade Records full-length debut below. The album will be recorded with Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal) at Mana Recording Studios in Tampa, FL in March of 2013. Stay tuned for further info. Rivers of Nihil is:

Jake Dieffenbach – Vocals
Brody Uttley – Guitars
Jon Kunz – Guitars
Adam Biggs – Bass/Vocals
Ron Nelson – Drums

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Devourment is currently working on a new album to see release via Relapse Records next year. A teaser trailer for the as-yet-untitled new album has been posted online and can be viewed below.

Tracking for the album has been taking place at Mana Recordings in St. Petersburg, FL with legendary death metal icon Erik Rutan. Further details on the release will be announced as they are made available.

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