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WASTELAND

Riverside

 

Progressive Metal

4.00 | 410 ratings

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javajeff
4 stars It took me a few listens to really appreciate where this release is going. It is the most eclectic release in the Riverside catalog, combining different eras of Riverside and Lunatic Soul in one fantastic journey. There are many changes of pace, and different styles to keep the listener very entertained. Losing a key band mate is not always easy for a group that is as tight and cohesive as Riverside. Changing gears required a shift in the thought process, and the outcome required a more artistic approach which Wasteland has in spades. There are times when you feel like the approach stays within the walls, but the result is still very creative. There is so much remaining talent here that Wasteland still achieves the highest quality, just like the previous albums. My favorite track so far is River Down Below, which has the complete vibe of a Riverside song with some nice floydian solos. There are no bad tracks, one instrumental track, and a whole bunch of variety that flows from start to finish. You can tell that Wasteland is a tribute album, with deep, dark, thought provoking song writing. Wasteland is another quality release achieving greatness while leaning on the remaining talents. Anyone looking for a particular Riverside sound like Second Life Syndrome or Love, Fear And The Time Machine will get a taste of what they are looking for, and Wasteland gets better and better with each listen.
javajeff | 4/5 |

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