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ANNO DOMINI HIGH DEFINITION

Riverside

 

Progressive Metal

4.21 | 895 ratings

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The T
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5 stars An early candidate for album of the year.

RIVERSIDE disappointed me a little with their previous release, Rapid Eye Movement, which lacked any real good songs and any definition of character. The album was neither black or white, space-rock or metal, nor a good blend of those two. Unlike the two first great albums, Out of Myself and Second Life Syndrome, RIVERSIDE's third was just another rock album in a year full of better releases.

Change has arrived, finally. Or maybe not actually change, but realization, the comfirmation of a promising band ultimately reaching maturity and adopting a true, unique identity. RIVERSIDE is now a progressive metal band, with plenty of space rock elements and atmosphere, but a metal band at last. Gone are the indecisions of the past, the Polish group has decided to make a statement about their musical objective and they have accomplished that in glorious, full 1080p high-definition, to use video terms and the album's title.

As said previously, RIVERSIDE's fourth and best is a progressive metal album. The riff matters a lot on this disc, the riff carries a lot of weight, as does melody and atmosphere, two crucial elements that the band has mastered at last, creating the PINK FLOYD-TOOL-PORCUPINE TREE hybrid that brings back memories of already-legendary groups but resonates, firmly, with its own sound. The songs, with no exception, utter one and only one name which ends up in the mind of the listener: RIVERSIDE. The Polish quartet has been born, full, complete, authentic.

When new bands come around, critics always use comparison to give an idea of what the music sounds like to other potential listeners. RIVERSIDE has finally got to the point where it will stop being compared, and it will turn into the point of reference.

A masterpiece. One of the best albums of 2009, if not already the absolute best. Get it with no hesitation.

The T | 5/5 |

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