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5 stars Great progressive/atmospheric metal band in the vein of Anathema. The music mixes aggressive songs with very heavy riffs, mellow ballads and progressive epics.

Songs on this album are: "After" - a mellow opener, great to set the mood for the following songs, "Volte-Face" - very aggressive, but still keeping music and vocals away from the extreme metal boundaries (a few growls here and there, but just to stress the heaviness of the music when needed), "Conceiving You" - an amazing ballad (piano and frail vocals accompanying the emotional guitar on this Opeth/Damnation inspired song), "Second Life Syndrome" - long epic starting in the vein of Anathema's "Emotional Winter" with a break around the 10 minute mark and a "mantra" like ending very reminiscent of Tool, "Artificial Smile" - frantic song with powerful riffs and vocals, "I Turned You Down" - another less metallic song (even commercial I would say), "Reality Dream III" - a heavy yet spacy instrumental - "Dance With The Shadow" - a longer song that blends all the sides of Riverside's music (slow and dark intro, heavy instrumental part, frail and harsh vocals, extended use of keyboards over very heavy riffs), "Before" - mirroring "After" as an outro to the album, a song that starts very mellow and then grows until the unleashed fury close to the end.

Rating: 91/100 (excellent)

zaxx | 5/5 |


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