River of Nihil’s Brody Uttley Walks Us Through “The Living Doorway”

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Brody Uttley, the guitarist for Rivers of Nihil, has announced on Facebook that he is working on an instrumental album under the moniker The Living Doorway — citing Rosetta and Cloudkicker as influences. Stream the first track from his project after the jump.

https://soundcloud.com/thelivingdoorway/ocean-is-more-ancient-than-the-mountains-and-freighted-with-the-memories-and-the-dreams-of-time

Post-rock/metal is a difficult genre to play – not technically (like Uttley’s main gig), but emotionally. The subtle build-ups, the heart-wrenching climaxes and the expressive come downs are crucial, yet the track is rendered void unless there is an emotional connection made with the listener. Consider the chord struck with me; While ‘Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of time’ breaks no new ground in the post-genre realm, Uttley still manages to write a down-tempo beauty. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to hearing more.

What are your thoughts on the track? Let’s discuss.

(Photo VIA)

  • Negrodamus

    I’m generally not into instrumental music that much, but by the gods I will check this track out after work today.

    Also, Rivers Of Nihil >>>>>>

    • Listen to some Red Sparowes for some good instrumental music.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZizMmubcF54

      • Poop Mango

        Saw them with Russian Circles and Boris and the whole thing was easily in the top 3 shows I’ve ever seen. Excellent band.

        I also really like Battle of Mice, which was one of the Red Sparowes dudes and Julie Christmas from Made Out Of Babies with some other people. Not instrumental, but still in the post-metal vein.

    • It’s a pretty solid track. I will bother you until you listen to it.

      • Negrodamus

        Go home from work today:

        1) check out The Living Doorway (which was also the name of a pretty cool metal blog if I am not mistaken) and Red Sparowes

        2) watch The Leftovers

        deal.

      • Negrodamus

        (also, Joe / TOH Overlord I submitted that article for review and sent you an email about it, looks pretty decent lol)

        • I will take a look! I got through MOST of my email yesterday. It took all day : /

    • MoshOff

      Will check this out for sure. I really enjoyed The Conscious Seed of Light, but am I the only one that thinks that Erik Rutan’s production style is getting old REALLY fast?

      Listen to the new Belphegor and Goatwhore albums, compare them to the last Cannibal Corpse album and the Rivers of Nihil one and tell me they don’t sound too similar. Producers should adapt to a band’s sound, not the other way around.

      /rant

      • Negrodamus

        I heard that Belphegor album is super solid.

        I kinda thought that when the dude from Converge produced every metal album, ever, for a couple of years. Awesome producer but I just wanted to see someone else on the helm! Lol.

    • Ace Ventura

      LOSER!
      LAHOOOO
      ZAHERR!

    • Sergio Quintero

      These guys have the best melodic instrumentals! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MucTX8i6z4

  • I always confuse them with Nodes of Ranvier.

    • Flushgod Apocalypse

      Jesus, I haven’t heard that name in ten years.

    • God

      They forever have a permanent spot on my iPod. Loved every album they put out and it was always solid.

  • LAMENTATIONS OF THE WOMEN

    I like the direction this is going, a lot like the new Wolves in the Throne Room

    • Man they really changed it up–that new album basically sounds like Vangelis (not a bad thing, just different).

  • Xan

    Normally I don’t particularly like instrumental music because it bores me but this is something I could definitely see myself listening to while writing.

  • RuIN?

    Instrumental rock/metal has been really growing on me lately. While I was not as impressed with Deafheaven’s latest as most people were. I think that Pelican is doing it right. This track does it too. Not too over the top and wanky but subtle and melodic. The minimalist nature of it suits me fine. Thumbs up.

  • Mr. Bojangles

    Mr. Bojangles approves this track for human listening.
    It will slowly break you down emotionally, leading to a lack of hope.

    -Mr. Bojangles

  • Some instrumental/semi-instrumental groups worth checking out:

    Red Sparowes
    Zombi
    Pelican
    Kayo Dot
    Russian Circles
    Windmills By The Ocean
    Behold…The Arctopus
    Dysrythmia
    Mono
    The Fucking Champs
    Irepress
    Marc Rizzo’s first solo album

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt

      I would like to nominate Sannhet for that list: http://sannhet.bandcamp.com/album/known-flood

    • RuIN?

      I didn’t know Marc Rizzo had an instrumental solo project. That dude shreds.

      • The album is a mixture of metal and flamenco/calypso type music. It’s pretty good. Back in my booking days, I booked his band in between Ill Nino and Soulfly, Committee of Thirteen (super catchy, but virtually unknown). He gave me his solo album and signed it.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3deuHb_0UDE

    • Gurp

      Behold… the Arctopus is true pleasure in musical masturbation.

    • James Blackshaw is a solo acoustic dude but… damn. Highly recommended.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–3oSEduAxE

    • Gorgasm

      Dude, Zombi is one of my favorite groups.
      Steve Moore and Majeure’s solo stuff is way cool too.
      Perfect ambiance for when you’re reading a Moebius comic.

      • old_man_doom

        I think I own just about every Zombi, Steve Moore, and Majeure album on vinyl. I have a very serious obsession with them.

        • Gorgasm

          Aw Man, that “Primitive Neural Pathways” is otherworldly. Also trying to complete my collection of Zombi, Moore and Majeure. So far, that Brainstorm split has been my favorite thing.

    • Negrodamus

      Pelican murdered shit live when I saw them a couple of months ago.

    • Owlswald

      Add Don Caballero, Cloudkicker, Tempel and Animals as Leaders and that’s my instrumental playlist. I’ll also rep my hood and plug Shelter Red as worth checking out: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SHELTER-RED/57774161546

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      While they don’t fit in well with those bands, Bongripper deserve a shout out.

    • Poop Mango

      Not metal, but I also really like Adebesi Shank. It is music for music dorks tho.

      Also, Shooting Guns make some instrumental doom/stoner rock that is good as hell.

    • Lacertilian

      Add Toundra to that list. Much like Russian Circles but with added Spain.
      And Tempel….FUCKING TEMPEL!

  • Gurp

    “THE LIVING DOORWAY”, HUH? OBVIOUS DECREPIT BIRTH RIP-OFF.

    On a serious note, I think some of this could have fit into Uttley’s main outfit. Rivers of Nihil already make some use of different textures than the usual death metal norm in their music, and I believe other bands have shown it’s possible to incorporate this kind of music into tech death.

    • Lacertilian

      but this way we get 2 creative outputs. I’m all for that!

      • Gurp

        Yeah, no real reason to complain about that.

  • Ace Ventura

    EVERYONE NEEDS A SLINKY

    YA GOTTA GET A SLINKY

    SLINKY

    SLINKY

    GO SLINKY GO!

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/2006-02-04_Metal_spiral.jpg

    • TrickleDownTacoRiff

      (VERSE)
      WHAT WALKS DOWNSTAIRS
      ALONE OR IN PAIRS
      AND MAKES THE SKLINKETY SOUND
      A SPRING A SPRING
      A MARVELOUS THING
      EVERYONE KNOWS ITS SLINKY

      (CHORUS)
      ITS SLINKY ITS SLINKY
      FOR FUN ITS A WONDERFULL TOY
      ITS SLINKY ITS SLINKY
      FOR FUN ITS A WONDERFULL TOY
      ITS FUN FOR A GIRL AND A BOY

  • Matt Damon

    MATT DAMON

  • Gorgasm

    For me, Post-Metal has always been about the emotions conveyed within the music. Cult of Luna, Isis, The Ocean, and Pelican will always be my post-metal heavy hitters.

    I’ll admit there have been a couple albums that have left me in a teary eyed mess, afterwards. The Ocean’s newest being one of them.

    • Between The Buried & Smee

      I’ve been jamming the new The Ocean album hard in the past week. I still cannot get over how perfect that album sounds.

    • old_man_doom

      You like Zombi, Cult of Luna, and The Ocean? We should probably be friends. We can hang out and get teary-eyed over Cult of Luna’s “Eternal Music”

      • Gorgasm

        I’m pretty sure we just became best (internet) friends!

  • I love instrument, spacey, down tempo stuff. this is awesome I will definitely be checking out the rest of it later

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Would love to hear more. If there’s another couple songs like this, put my name down for the album! Excellent music for sitting outside in the evening with a good drink.

  • Poop Mango

    This was pretty good but I hope it’s just a demo because otherwise this guy needs to spend some more time editing the midi for those drums. They were so obviously programmed that it was a bit distracting.

  • George Clarke

    this is a good song thank u based brody

  • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

    metal instrumental………..nuff said

  • Lord Ov Kapsko

    There can be no toilet without the Prime Minister Ov Rectums, The Sultan Ov Fecal Materia, The Lord Ov Kapsko!