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4 stars When a band like Riverside decides to unveil to the light a new album, its only natural that it develops into a media involved event, to the pleasure of all prog lovers as God commands. In this case we are talking about Rapid Eye Movement, the album that's born after the band of Mariusz Duda and Co. have been enough consolidated their career.Being this band one of the most important rock proposes from Europe,nowadays and it's the third phase of "Reality Dream" Trilogy as they have named their whole albums released consisting in Out of Myself(2004),Second Life Syndrome(2005)and Rapid Eye Movement(September 2007) The album itself contains pieces of a paragon able level to their previous albums,without ever falling into absurd repetitions or impersonations of themselves. Riverside is a band that like Porcupine Tree, is creating the history of rock in our times. It begins with: *Beyond The Eyelids*, showing a heavy power enviable for other present metal bands. Duda's Voice is a fundamental part of the song and the entire album,as first track its a great start for the album. * Rainbow Box* has a scent of the 80's rock pop in its realization, could be qualified as "easy listening" nevertheless has a great impact.It reminds me vaguely some The Police songs. *02 Panic Room*,the first single, is a very complex track. Reunites various electronic elements with some Middle East influences and amazing riffs rarely listened in their previous material;which means a great deal of maturity and musical evolution. *Schizophrenic Prayer*, is without hesitation my favorite track of the entire album, my selection consists in the emotional interpretation of Duda, showing once more why he's one of the best rock singers presently. The atmosphere of the track is so deep it reminds me to some aspects of Dead Can Dance's music scratching in some folk characteristics which, not even close get to ruin the concept; one of the best parts of the album and my absolute favorite. *Parasomnia*, reminds me a lot to the track Out of Myself, but with its own personality. Some previous listeners say already it is the best track of the album.I will listen to it more profoundly. *Through The Other Side* is a semiacustic ballad, it reminds a very enjoyable sort of blues prog version, it makes you take a breath and recharge for the next track: *Embryonic*, also one of my favorites in this album. From the title it's easy to understand the feeling of total strangeness to the world, as if you were in an embryonic state of mind, to be exact. Very touching and one of my favorite Riverside ballads, comparable to The Curtain Falls,extract from the album Out of Myself or Us,from the EP Voices In My Head. *Cybernetic Pillow*.It's the classic sounds like-Riverside track, full of energetic drum sections alternated with bass riffs and a powerful guitar, a mind-blowing interpretation in general. *Ultimate Trip*,concludes this effort with a mix of classic prog rock with keyboards "a lá Yes" and powerfully structured with a rhythmic guitar of great effect. The intro reminds me a little of the song Once by Blackfield,casualty or coincidence...?Plus the outro is the same than the start on the song The Same River.Closing this awesome musical trip All and all, Riverside is a band that transmits plenty emotions and shows every time even bigger technical quality and better interpretations. Poland must be proud of having such a band like them. Rapid Eye Movement will most securely be a great success for the polish band, this being of minor relevance, since they won't never be a mainstream band; being good for one side for they keep a privilege status in the elitist world of modern prog, but for the other side it would be positive if they were recognized in an internationally basis.

My rating for Rapid Eye Movement is 9/10

proggirl1 | 4/5 |


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