Rivers of Nihil part ways with longtime rhythm guitarist Jonathan Topore

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Pennsylvania tech death metal band Rivers of Nihil have announced the departure of longtime rhythm guitarist Jonathan Topore.

In a new statement on social media, the band hints at the friendly nature of the split, calling Topore a “great friend to all of us.”

“After almost eight years of collaboration, Rivers of Nihil [have] has decided to part ways with guitarist Jonathan Topore,” the statement read. “As in any relationship, sometimes it becomes clear that it is simply time for a change that will be in the best interests of everyone involved.”

The band go on to reveal that Andy Thomas – of fellow Pennsylvania bandmate Black Crown Initiate – will be stepping in for their upcoming US tour dates with Fallujah, Alluvial and Warforged.

“As a native of the Reading, Pennsylvania area, Andy has been passively and actively involved with Rivers of Nihil since our inception and there is no other person we trust more than him to fill this position. “

Jonathan Topore joined Rivers of Nihil in 2014, replacing founding rhythm guitarist Jon Kunz. It appeared on three of the band’s four studio albums: the monarchy (2015), where the owls know my name (2018) and more recently The workwhich happened last year.

As the band explains in their statement, newcomer Andy Thomas offered guest vocals on the title track to where the owls know my name.

Before the release of The work on September 4, guitarist Brody Uttley spoke with guitar world on his approach to crafting his tracks for the album.

“My advice to anyone building a solo would be to really consider the hardware you’re playing on,” he said. “Because in a lot of my solos, what I play is just as important as what I play.

“Maybe on our old records I overplayed a bit. Maybe I learned a new technique or a lick or whatever. This time I wanted to treat our solos like songs within a song .

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