Upon first listening of Monarchy my senses were instantly intrigued with the many metal facets that are working together here, culminating into a fierce sophomore disc, bringing Rivers Of Nihil a million years into the now exploring the depths of possibilities within a heavy metal realm. The overall theme of Monarchy is a rebirth of the earth after eons of time, a new life forum is nurtured and thriving as earths shepherds, only to fall pray to yet another sun-god dictatorship and lose it's way; "Only the guidance of an ancient earthly force can help them save themselves as well the planet." ~Adam Biggs.
From the om-onus slow drawl of "Heiress" calling from the bowels of earth we enter "The Perpetual Growth Machine' with a sledgehammer harmonics blast beating intricate nodes that grow into a perfect death metal panteric
groove."Reign Of Dreams" really sets the bar with Rivers Of Nihil racing this dark horse into your psych y.
The depth and twisting change from speed death metal chops to fusion are evident through out this disc that enthralls and bombast's. Taking the journey through Monarchy we find many progressive technical metal, that's only aim is to shred yer senses and behold what is given to us. "Sand Baptism" delivers a clean death metal box of chocolates. The band have released a video for this track which is def kicks ass. *"Ancestral I" is the cherry in the center! A continuing saga of mankind strengths building an empire. Loud and proud, one of my fav tracks on this disc :}
Forever pushing forward to exceed and command their craft, "Dehydrate" grips the world into mid tempo madness whipping up Alan Balamuts' incredible drum work with all creating quite a cool hypnotic heavy metal sound!
I love how i get a Joe Satch vibe off this tune. Sounds super sic past 31 on car/subs/speakers. Like most of Rivers there is backing midi tracks, but the cabinets are full here my friends. Well balanced and enjoyable \m/ang!
"Terrestria li; thrive" is an instrumental journey that is smooth as silk, evolving into a beautiful heavy number that soars and dives like an eagle after prey.
Regenerated and reborn "Circles In The Sky" Brings an outstandingly freash and unique sound that is bright with a great acoustic refrain. Building and peaking in epic proportions of extreme death metal combined with a smooth progressive jazzish interludes. Melodic and heavy as fuck, aiming to please all and striving for more.
"Suntold" brings this disc full circle with a metal masterpiece that I enjoy extensively. Rivers Of Nihil create a wicked blend of death metal that is truly unique and original.
Overall 4 outta 5 broken necks for Monarchy. A solid album full of imagery and purpose that takes the listener to worlds far away, a great concept album that kicks ass on all fronts.
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