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Rivers of Nihil – Local Band Plays Slam and Death Metal


Rivers of Nihil

Interview questions answered by Jared Klein, drummer and Reno native.

1. How did you get started and who are your fans?

I started playing drums when I was two or three. I started taking it seriously in middle school and I couldn’t stop. My parents and brother influenced and inspired me to play music since they are/were touring musicians. Later on down the road, two years back, Brody hit me up and asking if I wanted to try out. I sent two videos over of the songs he wanted me to learn in two days. He enjoyed my playing and we’ve been touring and writing ever since. Rivers of Nihil’s fans are mostly metalheads.

2. How would you describe your sound and style?

Our sound has evolved since I joined. Before I joined, they started out as Slam/Death Metal, then moved on to the Technical Death Metal realm. Then, when I joined, Brody wrote some stuff that really put us into the Progressive genre, while still being Modern Death Metal. We take some influences from Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Soundgarden, to name some outside of metal, while still keeping it relevant to the genre.

3. Who are you most inspired by?

I’m mostly inspired by my parents and my brother as well as everyone in the Reno music scene that was around while I was playing, growing up. They all pushed me to keep playing and never give up. Even when times were pushing me away from music, I never let it happen because their words meant a lot to me.

Jared Klein, drummer for Rivers of Nihil

4. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Five years from now, I hope to have a music shop or at least be teaching at one. Maybe invest in a metal bar or something like that; sounds ridiculous, but maybe, someday. Rivers of Nihil will be in a good spot, musically. Come out with a few albums from this point; playing with awesome musicians and keeping things going. Going to keep climbing for success and I hope this will take me there.

5. How can people get a hold of you?

People can get a hold of me by going to my Facebook or Instagram, jkleindrums. My website is jkleindrums.com. You can also reach Rivers of Nihil through facebook or Bandcamp.

Rory Dowd
Rory Dowd
Rory Dowd is a contributing writer for This Is Reno. He is a producer and co-host for the Worst Little Podcast and serves on the Board of Directors at Good Luck Macbeth Theater Company. He is also an accomplished performer and emcee, including singing and playing bass for One Ton Dually, a Reno rock band.