After two incredible self released ep demos, I'm glad to say I'm finally holding a full length release from Rivers of Nihil. I've been fortunate enough to see these guys from their early onset and always wondered, why hasn't a label snatched this band up? The EPs were, as I said, incredible and their live show destroyed the recordings. Certainly a label somewhere had to agree right? Well, Metal Blade must have thought the same thing and is now giving the world a chance to hear this powerhouse of a death metal band.

How would one describe their sound? Perhaps a modern death metal take on old school death metal. What does that mean? Best to maybe say throw these in the blender: Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Incantation, Nile, Behemoth, Decapitated, Cynic, Decrepit Birth, Spawn of Possession, and sprinkle in some Meshuggah (not djent goddamnit, this is above that nonsense), Gojira, black metal, and post rock. The results? A beautiful and pissed off conglomerate of awesomely crafted death metal they can call all their own, like a somber beast clobbering all in its path.

I don't know how any fan of underground heavy music could read that last paragraph and instantly not want to hear these songs. It offers something for everyone that enjoys their music heavy and it continues to offer with each repeated listen. I challenge you to listen to Soil & Seed and not want to bang your head. I've had it for almost 2 weeks now and have listened to it continuously. The amazing music is matched with an amazing production from Erik Rutan. Admittedly, some of his production work I didn't care for, but others (namely his work with Cannibal Corpse) I loved. This easily falling into the latter category. The Conscious See of Light is IMMENSE sounding and perfectly suits the band. Everything comes through very clear without sounding sterile and overproduced.

The album is said to be the first of four in a concept series with each representing a season. It is a remarkable debut for an original band that have worked their asses off to obtain their current position in the world of metal. Hopefully Metal Blade gives them their deserved push because they are band that could easily grow into a powerhouse name within the genre, this is especially true when you consider they're young and will surely only continually get better.