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Riverside - Second Life Syndrome CD (album) cover




Progressive Metal

4.26 | 1589 ratings

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Equality 7-2521
3 stars Riverside offer a pleasing progressive metal that differentiates itself and offers a nice contrast to the larger, more recognizable names in the genre. The idea of Pink Floyd metal has been thrown around a lot in reference to the band which I feel to be somewhat unfair. The correlation isn't there, and every band that embodies a spacey atmosphere and tasteful guitar solos into its music need not be compared to Pink Floyd.

I can't compare this album relative to other works from Riverside as I haven't heard any, due in part to this album. The music here I would best describe as pleasant. When it comes time to play it I enjoy my experience. However, I fail to find anything spectacular or incredibly special from the band. They certainly don't do anything to offend me, but they fail to really pull off something that grabs my attention. This album is a lot of fun to listen, it has the feel of classic rock almost in that sense. Some great melodies and guitar lines really catch my ear, but the album rarely does anything more than that.

A few of the songs on Second Life Syndrome sound the same too me and the entire affairs runs together when I listen to it. I think the length hurts this album, and it could have been conceived with more strength if it were shorter. Overall though I enjoy this album, and I have to say its one of the safest album I think you can buy in the sense of I see nothing that will really turn off any potential listeners. A good album, nothing more and certainly nothing less.

Equality 7-2521 | 3/5 |


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