Darkest Hour 2017 tour known as the Godless Prophets & the Migrant Flora Tour with Rivers of Nihil.

3-9-17 at the Starlight Lounge in Sacramento, Ca

Rivers of Nihil

About Rivers of Nihil

Rivers of Nihil is an American progressive death metal band from Reading, Pennsylvania. Jake Dieffenbach (vocals), Brody Uttley (guitar), Jon Topore (guitar), Adam Biggs (bass), and Jared Klein (drums) formed the band in 2009.

The band’s music features complex time signatures, atmospheric soundscapes, and technical guitar work. Moreover, their lyrics often explore themes of nature, the environment, and the human condition.

Rivers of Nihil’s current lineup consists of Jake Dieffenbach on vocals, Brody Uttley on guitar, Jon Topore on guitar, Adam Biggs on bass, and Alan Balamut on drums. Furthermore, Uttley is known for his use of extended-range guitars, including 8-string and 9-string models.

The band has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, sharing the stage with notable acts such as Black Dahlia Murder, Revocation, and Obituary. Additionally, in 2018, they embarked on a tour with Dying Fetus, Thy Art is Murder, and Enterprise Earth.

An interesting fact about Rivers of Nihil is that their 2018 album “Where Owls Know My Name” features saxophone and trumpet in addition to traditional metal instruments, adding a unique and unexpected element to their sound. Critics received the album well, and it earned the band a spot on many year-end “best of” lists.

Rivers of Nihil’s began in the early 2000s when Dieffenbach and Biggs played together in a local band called Jane. After that band dissolved, the two began writing music together again and eventually formed Rivers of Nihil in 2009. The band released their debut album “The Conscious Seed of Light” in 2013 and have continued to gain popularity in the metal community with each subsequent release.

Destroyed In Seconds
Rivers of Nihil ~ Interview

The Higher Purpose Events Foundation presented Pat Martin’s All Star Jam, an event that benefitted the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Northern California. Moreover, the all-star Sacramento jam featured a lineup of talented musicians. In addition, the lineup included Jerry Woods, the co-founder and Music Director of The Incredible Torpedoes and Pat Martin All Stars.

All Star Cast

Furthermore, there were other notable musicians such as Joe Fraulob of Deconstruct, Danzig, and Trauma, Dave Buckner of Papa Roach, Brad Lang of RATT and Y&T, Rob Sabino who is known for being a keyboard assassin for artists such as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Madonna, Cortney DeAugustine of the Frank Hannon Band, Willy Seltzer who has performed with Steele Breeze, 4.1.5, Mother’s Army, and Fat Bulldog 50, Larisa Bryski, a solo musician and co-founder of Girls Rock Sacramento, Dana Moret of Cold Blood and Stoneground, and Aaron Leigh of Y&T and Vagabond Brothers.

July 7th, 2017 at the Boardwalk

Rock For Reason All Star Band ~ House of the Rising Sun ~ Dana Moret vocals
Rock For Reason All Star Band ~ I Just Want to Make Love to You ~ Vocals Jeff Keith (Tesla)
Rock For Reason All Star Band ~ Jumpin’ Jack Flash ~ Jeff Keith (Tesla) vocals
Rock For Reason All-Star Band ~ Honky Tonk Women ~ Jeff Keith (Tesla) vocals
Rock For Reason All Star Band ~ Highway to Hell ~ with Jeff Keith (Tesla)