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SECOND LIFE SYNDROME

Riverside

 

Progressive Metal

4.27 | 1197 ratings

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pepato
3 stars A good album by a good band, I'm listening to Second Life Syndrome right now. I like it, even though I can't consider it as a memorable masterpiece.

Their music is a mixture of well-processed influences. What I like most is the Porcupine Tree taste, expecially the darker aspect of them which you can find in tracks like Dance with the Shadow or Artificial Smile. The heavier parts can remind the classical prog-metal sound, the more mellow ones (Conceiving you) make you think to a darker version of Pink Floyd or Blackfield.

The whole album has a dark feeling above it which I really appreciate; the balance between heavy parts and mellow ones is a little pending towards the second, which I find less interesting. By the way the whole record is a great piece of prog-metal.

So what does it lack? I think we can find two major flaws. First, the whole thing is not very original: as I said, the influences are very easy to figure out, but the last result is not a perfect product of originality. The second is the poverty and plainess of the sound. Even if the atmosphears are great, dark and tense, there is no very depth in it. The singer's voice is quite monotone (despite some excursion in growling which make me change my mind sometimes) and the guitar sound is quite artificial. The whole album sounds a little boring, and that's a pity because the ideas in it and the musical ability of the four are worth of notice. An example of this can be the global atmosphear: as I said it's a dark album, some have pointed out at Tool as influence: we may agree, but if we compare Riverside to Tool we find the first terribly porr of depth and complex emotional gamma, and the disquieting touch of the second.

So a great album, surely worth a lot of time to listen to it, but not a special and original piece of work.

pepato | 3/5 |

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