WSOU Picks of the Week: Rivers of Nihil and Fight the Fight
Seton Hall University’s WSOU radio is the only all-metal, all-the-time station currently broadcasting in the US, and has been a force in metal for DECADES. It’s also streamable online from anywhere in the world! Each week, the staff of WSOU shares their picks for the heaviest of the heavy, as well as the station’s charts for that week, right here on MetalSucks. Enjoy:
Rivers of Nihil – “The Silent Life” (Garren L. )
After three long years, Rivers of Nihil have released a new song “The Silent Life.” It presents the listener with a band that relishes in complexity as well as restraint, occupying a middle ground between Necrophagist and The Faceless. However, Rivers of Nihil are able to do something which neither band has done: the seamless inclusion of saxophone into their music [The Faceless actually did have a saxophone on “Deconsecrate” — but Rivers of Nihil’s use of the instrument is still badass! – Ed.]. The inclusion of saxophone in the middle of this song give it a sense of serenity to compliment its complexity and heaviness. With songs as amazing as this, I expect the band’s upcoming album, Where Owls Know My Name, to be one of the best releases of 2018.
Fight The Fight – “Fight The Fight” (Dylan G. )
Right out of the gate this track grips you with a circular riff and beating drums that preempt a breakdown which absolutely can kill. All week, the lyrics, “You gotta fight, the fight! You didn’t dare to fight last time motherf***er, you’re addicted to your lies!” have been stuck in my head like my current existential crisis. The song then takes a turn to an easy-going chorus that takes the listener back from the heaviness, introducing a call and answer quality. I’m curious to see where these guys take off with the release of their new self-titled album.