Berto : Rivers Of Nihil is a band that takes on new challenges for themselves with every new album. The idea is always that the new album should not sound like its predecessor. In the shadow of larger bands in the genre, Rivers Of Nihil sails to unknown horizons, with their new album 'Where Owls Know My Name' as the latest creative highlight under their belt.
With this album they have taken some risks by using 'exotic' instruments like the saxophone in 'The Silent Life' or influences from electronics in 'Terrestria III: Wither'. The more adventurous listener will find the following self-evident, but for all the others: do not be put off by those both words, 'saxophone' and 'electronics'. The way in which the saxophone is incorporated in 'The Silent Life' is wonderful. It is an adventurous death metal song with a pumping riff, powerful vocals and after the smooth sax solo an equally fluent and melodic guitar solo follows, which betrays influences from David Gilmour. To also include a song like ‘Terrestria III: Wither’ shows that the band has balls because the basis is certainly electronic, but it still exudes a power that fits perfectly among the other songs. These are just two songs that show the creative touch of the band, but there are also enough ‘regular’ death metal crackers on the album, like 'Old Nothing'. With this album, Rivers Of Nihil knows how to raise the bar for themselves and for fellow death metal bands. With this album they also prove that their invitation to Complexity Fest last year was completely justified. 'Where Owls Know My Name' is candidate for album of the year for me.