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Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition CD (album) cover




Progressive Metal

4.21 | 1198 ratings

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5 stars 5-Step Escalation

Believe it or not, but Riverside performed a miracle here. They redefined classic progressive metal, a genre stale to the point of being almost inedible. Forget Drag Theater and take a look at the ingredients Riverside mixed here: 1.) spatter of oriental music 2.) pinch of vintage space rock 3.) handful of feel 4.) spoonful of talent.

While the album begins with a very good yet rather one-dimensional track ("Hyperactive"), the band gets more and more creative with every subsequent minute just to become hyper-creative around the middle of the record and stay that way till almost the very end. I have some minor objections concerning some lengthy (and a little bit generic) instrumentals but as a flawed masterpiece, Anno Domini High Definition makes you forget about them almost immediately. Really, I'm the last person to enjoy classic progressive metal but Riverside mixed all the best elements of vintage prog metal and infused the blend with thunderous Hammonds in the vein of Deep Purple, space rock synths reminiscent of Ozric Tentacles and art-rock elegance brought in by emotional vocals and wonderful "Gilmour-on-amphetamine" lead guitar passages.

This is indeed a great record, very different from previous Riverside albums - more powerful, dynamic and modern yet still set in their unparalleled emotional style. Created with great passion and imagination, Anno Domini High Definition can be counted among the best prog metal efforts ever made. Excellent work!

TRACKS BY RATINGS: 10/10[masterpiece!!!]: Driven to Destruction; Egoist Hedonist || 9/10[fantastic!]: Left Out; Hybrid Times || 7/10[very good]: Hyperactive || OVERALL = 90/100

-- Originally written for Metal Music Archives [] --

bartosso | 5/5 |


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