On March 16th, Rivers of Nihil will release their third full-length album, Where Owls Know My Name, through Metal Blade Records. While the band’s last two albums thematically centered around the spring and summer, this record represents the fall. For Rivers of Nihil, fall serves as a sort of rebirth.
The album reunites the band with producer Carson Slovak (August Burns Red, The Last Ten Seconds of Life) and Dan Seagrave, the storied artist behind such celebrated album covers as Entombed’s Left Hand Path and Suffocation’s Effigy of the Forgotten.
Guitarist Brody Uttley commented, “This record is Rivers of Nihil being exactly who we want to be. Many bands get stuck in a comfortable routine of releasing the same album over and over again. Constantly relying on the same familiar formula may work for some bands, but it does not work for us. Music is art, and art is ever-changing. Without change, there is no progress. Without progress, the very fire that powers art and expression will die. This record is the sound of where we come from, where we are, and where we are going.”
Added bassist/vocalist Adam Biggs, “This time around, the lyrics feel a little more personal than on previous albums. The story picks up several millennia after the events of Monarchy, where one person still remains alive, chosen by the planet to be the sole intelligent witness of its ultimate fate. But Where Owls Know My Name is less about overarching narrative than our previous albums. The scenario is just a backdrop for the more emotional material we tried to put forth this time around. Ultimately, this is an album about loss, getting older, and reaching a point where death becomes a much more present part of your life.”
Where Owls Know My Name Track Listing:
01. Cancer / Moonspeak
02. The Silent Life
03. A Home
04. Old Nothing
05. Subtle Change (Including the Forest of Transition)
06. Terrestria III: Wither
08. Death Is Real
09. Where Owls Know My Name
10. Capricorn / Agoratopia