Rivers of Nihil's Brody Uttley: “If you're building a solo, really consider what you're playing over, because it's just as important as what you're playing”

Brody Uttley of Rivers of Nihil
(Image credit: Jason Carlson Photography)

Over the past decade or so, Pennsylvanian quintet Rivers Of Nihil have become one of the most exciting names in death metal – a perfect storm of bloodthirsty riffs, pounding blastbeats and primal guttural roar. 

This year’s fourth studio album, titled The Work, documents the band searching for new ways to blow our minds, at times opting for more atmospheric or simplified means of aggression. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).