Where Owls Know My Name
Review by Adam M on March 21, 2018.
Rivers of Nihil were a really harsh death metal band, but they’ve changed their style to adopt more progressive elements on their third full length release. The change is welcome as it sees the band using other instruments like horns in absolutely mesmerizing fashion. The music is allowed to breath and show off its intellectual side, which is a wondrous element.
This music here is interesting in that the quieter moments are some of the most notable ones and weave everything together nicely. How would one characterize Rivers of Nihil’s sound? Well, they have a core element that is hidden underneath the death metal and progressive music undertones. The music here is beautiful in that it has a variety of different moods and motifs, but always does its best to move the listener. The guitar work is excellent and covers a wide variety of feelings on the part of the listener. It can be dense or heavy or soft depending on how the band wants to play things out. Drums provide an appropriate backdrop to the music and give it a powerful impression. The vocals are infectious and provide the backdrop for the music to take shape. This album will be hard to surpass and has set a benchmark for the musical experience of 2018 thus far.
Only if a band tries something really interesting will they surpass what Rivers of Nihil have done here. There is so much texture and depth to the music that it is simply marvelous. The added innovation is a breath of fresh air when so many death metal bands stagnate in a matter of moments. This album injects new life into the genre and provides a great blueprint for future bands from the genre. Any fan of progressive death metal owes it to themselves to check out Where Owls Know My Name.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10