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Rivers Of Nihil - Where Owls Know My Name

8.6 | 454 votes |
Release date: 16 March 2018
Style: Technical death metal


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The Best Extreme Progressive Metal Album Of 2018
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Jake Dieffenbach - vocals
Jonathan Topore - guitars
Brody Uttley - guitars
Jared Klein - drums
Adam Biggs - bass, vocals

Guest musicians
Zach Strouse - saxophone
Justin McKinney - guitars

Additional info
Cover art: Dan Seagrave

Staff review by
Some great technical ability, some dynamic range in songwriting, some unexpected elements; all these ingredients for a masterpiece are found on Where Owls Know My Name. Yet the owls are not what they seem, right?

published 05.04.2018 | Comments (5)

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11.05.2021 - 13:52
Rating: 10
Morbid Angel 13

These guys along with Xaon, Black Crown Initiate and Allegaeon make me appreciate all the good things about life...
27.09.2021 - 20:24
Rating: 7
Nocturnal Bro
Everyone's talking about the saxophone, but I find the drumming absolutely crazy!
04.11.2021 - 22:21
Rating: 8

It's ridiculous, but I get so much drowned in the atmosphere, that I can close my eyes and cry. Great album.
24.12.2021 - 02:08

I had watched their clip about the owls briefly, heard the sax... not interesting, but recently, I heard the actual song, then the whole album... well, it is awesome, I really misjudged it when it came out. The next one is really interesting too. I wish I was in my 10s or 20s to pay more attention and find new bands
15.09.2022 - 09:32
Rating: 8
A Nice Guy
It's a well structured album, great musicianship has gone into this, the saxophone in particular is a nice added touch (my favourite feature to the album), aswel as some magnificent solo's, this combination of jazz elenents and technical death metal is becoming a revolutionary trend in metal, and it's really working for some bands, and if done properly it really does sound great.

But as a whole it's not the easiest listening to begin with, It's very technical at times, and often too complex for me in certain parts. Sometimes less complexity and more melodic moments would have made this more memorable perhaps I'm hearing elements of deathcore in the album aswel, especially in the vocals, which is really not to my taste unfortunately, but other than that it's a fine album.

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