Rivers of Nihil should be a band that I love because of a genre that I love: technical metal. Yet they are awful. It’s like listening to a jackhammer. These are absurdly talented musicians who have no soul. It’s funny, because I’ve also been listening to Green Druid, and initially there was little about them that I liked. But they are slowly (no pun intended) growing on me. They don’t have a fraction of the technical chops Rivers has. And yet they have a presence, an identity, a force that the other can only dream of.