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Riverside - Out Of Myself CD (album) cover




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4.20 | 1076 ratings

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4 stars 8/10

I do not think it is very normal in the world of music albums premieres are so good and so well-produced. In some cases we have progressive rock, as In the Court of King Crimson, Storia di un Minute and others, and it would be unfair to say that Riverside is not in that pantheon as well.

While this is a record superior to its successor, (the lightly overestimated Second Life Syndrome), is not up to their last two albums, taken for me as masterpieces and that part of my collection of favorites (maybe I will have the idea that his trilogy "Reality Dream" is not as good as they say, but this is an idea that I have yet to mature). Nevertheless, I can see the quality of this band. For a debut, they are fully mature, skilled at what they do, and still have the benefit of a great production that highlights all the instruments. If the best benefit is low, and so I can see that Mariusz Duda is a brilliant bassist, one of today's best in my opinion, just as Justin Chancellor (the best) and John Myung.

Duda is also a great vocalist. Imagine if Mikael Akerfeldt decided to only use clean vocals and you have a good idea of the voice of this guy (he occasionally offers some screams and growls, but it is too little to bother me), but this comparison does not limit the vocal quality of it, I I think it deserves to be better known. If pleasant tone of voice, gentle combines with atmospheric and melodic cliam proposed by banda here and on their albums. Influences ˇbivas here are Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, but the band emerges to make their own musicality.

The first song is The Same River, and hear it gave me an impression highly elevated from the rest of the album. This is one of the best songs of introduction to an album I've ever heard in my life (and still on a debut album!). An epic 12 minutes, with a Floyd-esque vibe. Opening with the sound of a radio being tuned and voices, epdašos music (can there be anything more Floyd-esque?), Before the atmospheric keyboards of Jacek Melnicki enter, followed by Gilmour-esque guitar Piotr Grudzinski and low poignant Duda. About two minutes, Piotr Kozieradzki begins to rumble on drums and the music starts to grow slowly. It's a slow process, but brilliant. I love to break 4:15, with the guitar and mastering new time signatures coming into play. The vocals come at 6 minutes, and I love the effects used by Grudzinski, are so cool. The last part of the song is very melancholic and beautiful, with a powerful guitar solo. Hear that sound atmospheric / melodic in his Riverside debut reminds me of neo-prog bands, especially Pendragon and Arena.

Unfortunately the rest of the album does not equate to this wonderful song. I mean, there extamente bad songs here, just good or medians. I would quote I Dream Reality, In Two Minds and Ok as other highlights, although the other five songs each have their value. It is precisely because of this that I give this album four stars.

Still, it is a powerful debut. Even with a bumpy beginning, Riverside has improved more and more over these ten years of career and established himself as one of the strongest names in metal and progressive rock of recent times.

voliveira | 4/5 |


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