Rivers of Nihil post “Airless” video: guitar and bass Toontrack version

- February 14th, 2014 –

Rivers of Nihil‘s Brody Uttley and Adam Biggs have released a brand new “Airless” performance demo video featuring guitar and bass parts recorded with Toontrack. All guitar and bass sounds were recorded DI and run through either the Metal Amps EZmix pack or the Andy Sneap EZmix pack for EZmix 2. All drums are EZ Drummer plus the Metal! EZX pack.

Guitarist Brody Uttley explains in depth:
“Toontrack makes it easy for me to take a song that I spent two weeks writing and have it recorded and sounding professional within a few hours. The Metal Amps and Andy Sneap mix pack for EZ Mix 2 make finding guitar and bass tones easier than it has ever been; simply record a DI track and throw the plugin on and WHAMMY, instant great sound. The Metal! EZX pack has some of the most mix friendly drum sounds available on the market. Normally I like to do quite a bit of eq’ing and other tweaking on digital drums by routing each piece of the kit out to an individual bus to make it sound more organic. With the new Metal! EZX I only moved a few things and it was sounding perfect!

“Toontrack is doing something truly unique. They are allowing young aspiring musicians (and producers) to get great sounds without having to spend thousands of dollars on outboard gear, amplifiers, drum kits, and microphones. Even though everything from Toontrack can be done “in the box”, one can still make an incredibly organic and believable sounding recording for very little money.

“In the case of “Airless” I recorded four DI guitar tracks. I panned two of them hard left and hard right and the other two about 75% L and R. Then I selected two different amp samples and applied them to each of the tracks; blending them together so that they sounded even better. All of the leads were just a single track with various delay, reverb, chorus, and other presets applied. The bass was just a single bass DI in the center with the Andy Sneap “90′s rock bass” patch applied. I chose to use the default “Big Crack Kit” for this track just because it seemed the most appropriate and sounded the best! Plus Mark Lewis is one of my favorite producers, so I had to fan boy a little”

“Airless” was shot and edited by Paul Chrismer and is available now at on the band’s youtube channel, youtube.com/riversofnihilpa HERE.

Rivers of Nihil have announced a handful of dates leading up to the Best in Brutality Tour with Broken Hope, Oceano, Fallujah, and Kublai Khan. Rivers of Nihil will begin this new campaign in support of “The Conscious Seed of Light” in Fayetteville, NC on March 10th and perform at SXSW in Austin, TX on March 13th before beginning the Best in Brutality Tour on March 18th in Phoenix, AZ. The tour ends on April 19 in Columbus, OH and includes an appearance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest in Worcester, MA.

In other news, Rivers of Nihil vocalist Jake Dieffenbach is featured in the February/March issue of Revolver Magazine. Dieffenbach interviewed Nergal of Behemoth for the magazine’s popular “Rebel Meets Rebel” column. The magazine is on newsstands now.

02/21 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus w/ Black Crown Initiate, So Hideous, Torrential Downpour
03/10 Fayetteville, NC The Drunken Horse Pub
03/11 Elizabethton, TN The Bonnie Kate Theatre
03/13 Austin, TX The Dirty Dog Metal Injection SXSW Showcase w/ The Ocean, Scale the Summit, Felix Martin, Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth, Silver Snakes
03/14 San Antonio, TX Korova
03/15 Oklahoma City, OK The Chameleon Room w/ East of the Wall, Diamond Plate
03/16 Albuquerque, NM The Gasworks
03/17 Tucson, AZ The Rock
Best in Brutality Tour w/ Broken Hope, Oceano, Fallujah, Kublai Khan
03/18 Phoenix, AZ Joe’s Grotto
03/19 Pomona, CA The Glass House
03/20 West Hollywood, CA The Whisky
03/21 Reno, NV Jub Jubs Thirst Parlor
03/22 Lancaster, CA Industry Theater
03/23 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
03/25 Portland, OR Branx
03/26 Seattle, WA Studio 7
03/27 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore Cabaret
03/28 Edmonton, AB The Studio
03/29 Calgary, AB Golden Age Club
03/31 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre
04/01 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theater – Studio B
04/02 Milwaukee, WI The Rave Bar
04/03 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
04/04 Joliet, IL Mojoe’s
04/05 Hamilton, ON The Underground
04/06 Toronto, ON Hard Luck Bar
04/08 Quebec City, QC Le Dagobert
04/09 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
04/11 Montreal, QC Cabaret Underworld
04/12 West Springfield, VA Empire
04/13 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
04/15 Reading, PA Reverb
04/16 New York, NY Gramercy Theater
04/17 Worcester, MA The Palladium New England Metal and Hardcore Festival
04/18 Cleveland, OH The Agora Ballroom
04/19 Columbus, OH  AlRosa Villa

Rivers of Nihil‘s debut album, “The Conscious Seed of Light,” was recorded in March of 2013 at Mana Recording Studios in Florida with famed metal producer/musician Erik Rutan. While “The Conscious Seed of Light” is not necessarily a concept album traditionally speaking, Rivers of Nihil began their project with the idea that they would release four separate albums tied together with one common theme: each reflecting a particular season of a year. Bassist Adam Biggs elaborates; “The Conscious Seed of Light is intended to be representative of spring and explores various themes concerning new beginnings, growth, and an attachment to the natural world in a post-human Earth. Unlike some concept records however, we wanted to allow each song to work on its own terms. Rather than have the songs rely on each other to move a specific story structure forward; they work within their own separate narratives, but ultimately serve the album’s broader concept.” Rivers of Nihil‘s lineup is rounded out by guitarists Brody Uttley and Jon Kunz.


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