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Founded 2001 in Warsaw, Poland -

Despite not being the biggest progressive rock powerhouse of Europe, Poland have certainly sprouted great and interesting progressive bands since the heyday of progressive rock, being the biggest examples of that the singer and multi-instrumentalist Czeslaw Niemen and the supergroup SBB. After the fall of the communist regime, during the 90's and 2000's, more bands begun to form and release their material, strengthening the country's own progressive rock scene, such as the neo prog bands Abraxas and Collage, and Riverside is, quite possibly, the biggest and best known band to come out from that scene.

Riverside was formed almost by accident, when two of its members, the guitarist Piotr Grudziński and the drummer Piotr Kozieradzki, listened to Marillion in Kozieradzki's car back in 2001. Both played in heavy metal bands at the time, but had the common interest for progressive rock, so they decided to join with their mutual friend, Jacek Melnicki, who owned a studio, and started to experiment with progressive rock. Mariousz Duda, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from the band XANADU , joined the trio later that year for rehearsals and the results and reactions from those meetings were extremely positive. After some more rehearsals, and the completion of some compositions by the band, Mariousz started to take the role as both the band's vocalist and bass player.

In late 2002, about one year after the band's formation, Riverside's was already playing gigs in Warsaw with material that would later be their debut album, Out of Myself, and, after distributing 500 copies of their demos around the town, the band played in a small club in Warsaw by the end of the year.

In 2003, shortly after the recording of Out of Myself, Riverside's founding member and keyboard player Jacek Melnicki decided to leave the band to focus on his own studio, so the rest of the band continued to mix and produce the album, as well as to search for a replacement for Jacek, which would be the band's current keyboardist Michal Lapaj.

Upon its release, in late 2003, Out of Myself had an unexpected success in Poland, and such success led to the album's rerelease in September 2004 by the American record label Laser's Edge, which led to even bigger media coverage and even more praises and attention towards the band. Still o...
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RIVERSIDE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.19 | 1225 ratings
Out of Myself
2003
4.23 | 1774 ratings
Second Life Syndrome
2005
3.79 | 908 ratings
Rapid Eye Movement
2007
4.21 | 1346 ratings
Anno Domini High Definition
2009
4.06 | 1079 ratings
Shrine of New Generation Slaves
2013
4.07 | 786 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine
2015
3.98 | 473 ratings
Wasteland
2018

RIVERSIDE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.16 | 183 ratings
Reality Dream
2008
4.35 | 71 ratings
Lost 'n' Found: Live in Tilburg
2017
4.38 | 8 ratings
Wasteland Tour 2018-2020
2020

RIVERSIDE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.23 | 147 ratings
Reality Dream
2009

RIVERSIDE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.80 | 82 ratings
Reality Dream Trilogy (6CD)
2011
4.38 | 26 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine (Special 5.1 Mix)
2016
3.97 | 137 ratings
Eye of the Soundscape
2016

RIVERSIDE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.33 | 51 ratings
Riverside
2003
3.82 | 51 ratings
Loose Heart
2003
3.59 | 243 ratings
Voices in My Head
2005
2.74 | 78 ratings
Conceiving You
2005
3.77 | 122 ratings
02 Panic Room
2007
3.65 | 83 ratings
Schizophrenic Prayer
2008
4.47 | 15 ratings
Reality Dream Tour 2008
2008
4.50 | 4 ratings
Live In Canada (Official Bootleg)
2009
4.07 | 14 ratings
Forgotten Land
2011
4.12 | 309 ratings
Memories In My Head
2011
3.59 | 74 ratings
Celebrity Touch
2012
3.71 | 7 ratings
# addicted
2015
4.56 | 9 ratings
Time Travellers
2016
3.71 | 7 ratings
Shine
2016
4.05 | 20 ratings
River Down Below
2018
4.43 | 21 ratings
Lament
2018
4.08 | 25 ratings
Vale of Tears
2018
3.30 | 10 ratings
Acoustic Session
2019

RIVERSIDE Reviews


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 Shrine of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 1079 ratings

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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by ElChanclas

4 stars Love at first sight? just the title they chose for this album is enough both hooky, interesting and inviting, no happy places here. New Generation Slave opens the album "no I don't have a stomach ache, its just my face" sings an angry Duda while driving the wheels of this unstoppable train with his funky and powerful bass lines, while Lapaj keys bring a not so obvious symphonic feeling to the mix and late late Grudziński floods the atmosphere with his exquisite and heavy playing. Somehow they merge into the second song, The Depth of Self-Delusion, a radio-friendly song that delivers the classic Riverside sound and melody combining tight bass and drums, acoustic and electric guitars, and minimal and eclectic sounds like truing to explain to the listener what's happening and what's about to happen ?"I could be foreign forever to your other land, I could be foreign forevermore to your promise land", exquisite. Celebrity Touch follows with a more heavy rock riffing and feeling to it, showcasing both Piotr's guitar riffing and Mariusz deep vocal performance; again the Hammond comes before entering one of those Porcupine Tree-like atmospheric and heavy musical blueprints. Guitars here are hypnotizing, same as the melodies, kind of dark and haunting but beautiful at the same time? how can they accomplish such greatness in melody crafting? We got used to us strikes in like the mellow song from this album, piano and vocals lead the mood to a more poppy rhythm feel but never abandoning the depth and darkness that Riverside applies to even their more romantic (if any) tunes. Guitar licks and riffing are backstage letting the keys and rhythmic section become curators to the amazing lyrics, "silence fallen between, all the doors are locked, all the words unsaid and we are still afraid of time".

Feel like Falling is for sure (or at least must be) one of the highlights of the album for any new and old listener, any new or old Riverside fan, it just sounds like? it sounds like Riverside. The bass lines are simply all over the place same as the vocal harmonies and different guitar layers, a very powerful song with all the ingredients to become a hit single, even though that's not what the band is looking for when they craft their music, but is definitely one of the easy-listeners from this record. What a guitar player Piotr was, so talented and precise? and after being pulled up by the band with their sound, again they manage to bring us down to earth (and below) with the melodic but obscure Deprived, 8 plus minutes of genius, dark and beautiful genius with a Radiohead-like feel at times but always with the same Riverside sound that simply wraps the listener without ever letting go or breaking the spell?basically away from the world, from this world. Escalator shine is this album's epic, with musical textures a little different from the previous band's work, kind of jazzy and classical, with Duda's bass slowly leading the band into the mid-tempo atmosphere filled with tons of guitar and piano, letting every member of the band to have their 15secs of fame, until heaviness strikes back again and the song enters this early 70's Deep Purple like scenario for a moment, and why not some doom with a Sabbath feel, and the back to the deep and melodic Riverside again, and everything happens within only 1 minute or so, fantastic mood change leading into an not so unexpected ending for the song, like a cicle closing itself without any harm or scars left. Coda brings the album to an end, in an acoustic way? beautiful, melodic and somehow brighter than anything that sounded prior to it, like bringing light at the end of the tunnel? pure magic.

 Out of Myself by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.19 | 1225 ratings

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Out of Myself
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by King Brimstone

3 stars - Review #10 -

So, some hours ago I listened to Riverside for the first time, with their second album Second Life Syndrome. I gave it a three star rating, I thought it was good, but not incredible by any means. The thing is that I think my final thought about this album is the exact same. So, yes this is a great album, but not incredible. That obviously makes sense considering it's a debut, and you usually don't find incredible debuts too often.

I can very quickly describe Riverside's sound as a mixture between Dream Theater, Opeth and Porcupine Tree. I must say that, while the tracks under ten minutes are pretty average, the opener is truly outstanding and by far my favorite Riverside song. One of my biggest problems with most Riverside epics is that they feel too cohesive! But The Same River manages to build up in emotion and heaviness and I truly love it. Five star track for sure!

The rest, however, is pretty average. It's highly enjoyable of course, and it's not boring in anyway, but after such opener don't expect anything that tops it off. Plus the ballads all sound very similar, mostly because of how cohesive they are. This makes some of the melodies you hear quite forgettable after doing a full listen.

So, this is a very good debut. Not excellent, but enjoyable and very listenable. Three Stars.

 Second Life Syndrome by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.23 | 1774 ratings

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Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by King Brimstone

3 stars - Review #9 -

I must say I was incredibly hyped to check this album. When I recently discovered this site, I noticed there was many prog sub- genres with their own rankings, so I instantly went to the progressive metal section. It made me happy to see that the top two are Dream Theater albums! But what caught my attention the most was the third place. It was an album I had never heard of before made by a band I had never heard of before. I pretty much instantly proposed myself to listening it, after all, it was rated almost as high as Metropolis Pt. II and Images & Words. That's quite the statement.

Second Life Syndrome is Riverside's second album, which is impressive since it usually takes bands a couple of albums before they start showing their claws. It was released some time after their apparently very-respect debut 'Out Of Myself' which I will probably listen to very soon. Bands from Poland aren't very common not only in prog, but in music in general. So it's good to see some bands from there are getting recognition!

So, was it masterpiece? Unfortunately, I can't say it was one. But it was still a very good album! This album sounds like a mixture between Dream Theater, Opeth (There's short growl sections here and there) and Porcupine Tree. Those are very good bands to get your trademark sound from. And while I can say that the mixture does work, and has some outstanding moments, it's not spectacular. I actually really wish most tracks (specially the ones exceeding the eight minute mark) were a little more dynamic. By that I mean that I wish they had a more elaborate structure, like including build-ups or instrumental sections that aren't just a melancholic guitar solo.

Despite those tracks mentioned before being a little too iteration-based, they still have amazing and soulful melodies behind them, and instrumentation is flawless all-along the album. I must say that if you like Porcupine Tree or Dream Theater, you will probably really like this album, so you should give it a try of course. I can understand why it has such a high rating, but it really didn't make me jump from my seat to be honest.

Three Stars. Definitely good, but I wouldn't call it essential.

 Lost 'n' Found: Live in Tilburg by RIVERSIDE album cover Live, 2017
4.35 | 71 ratings

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Lost 'n' Found: Live in Tilburg
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Prog Is Not Dead

5 stars A five star rating is a rarity in my reviews. This re-issue of 'Lost'n'Found - Live in Tilburg' has been on my wanted list for some considerable time. As a live band 'Riverside' present a thoroughly professional and polished performance with total aplomb. The DVD is the way to listen and watch for the whole experience. Front-of-house did the band proud too - with no overdubs - what you see is what the paying audience saw and heard on the night. It opens with 'Lost' and closes with 'Found'. Does not take a genius to work out how the title came about. Riverside have always been a consummate studio band releasing quality material with the majority of their work but this live performance is amazing. It is billed as 'Love, Fear and the Time Machine Tour 2015' and comes in audio-book form with a series of concert photographs. There is just enough information but the most poignant note is that it is dedicated to 'Piotr Grudzinski' who, sadly, died of pulmonary embolism early in the 2016 at the age of 40. It would take almost four years for 'Riverside' to officially welcome a new guitarist. The two CDs both come in around the fifty minute mark - by today's standards fairly short and for that reason I recommend the DVD for uninterrupted enjoyment. The highlights are subjective but for me they include; Under the Pillow, Saturate Me and the epic track Escalator Shrine. An album which took longer to reach me than I would have liked but the wait made it all the more special.
 Anno Domini High Definition by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.21 | 1346 ratings

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Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by ProfGrognon

5 stars "Anno Domini High Definition" : a concept album that takes Riverside to the firmament of prog... 5 stars!

What has not already been written about Riverside, these four boys from the East as brilliant as being uneasy to categorize? Actually, it is fortunate that this fourth opus, "Anno Domini High Definition", is not their first album, because we would have been then quite embarrassed to know in which variety of prog this band would be classified.

Progressive metal? So little, as the powerful and fast rhythms of Dream Theater or other Queensr˙che are missing. Something in the sound, at most... Heavy prog? Maybe, even if it is very difficult to find so much lyricism in the representative bands of this style.

In fact, when I listen again and again to this magic album, I have more the impression to discover a new album of the Pink Floyd of the great time, something which could be situated between "Meddle" and "Wish you Were Here". Everything is there: from the very first bars of "Hyperactive", Michał Łapaj's piano plunges us into a soaring atmosphere a thousand leagues away from the aggressive riffs of metal; the use of repetitive, even heady motifs, the superposition of effects, abundant but always relevant, Piotr Grudziński's inspired solos, the choices of harmonic progressions, the analogical tones of the keyboards...

In fact, it is enough to attend a Riverside concert once to see that the extreme diversity of their audience, which ranges from seven to seventy-seven years old, makes them a universal band that transcends the usual divides between metalheads and supporters of the classic prog of the 70s.

"Anno Domini High Definition" is the kind of album for which one regrets not being able to go beyond five stars. In my opinion, it deserves to be in the top 100 of the best progressive albums of all time. These five tracks are a pure masterpiece that I can't get enough of.

 Anno Domini High Definition by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.21 | 1346 ratings

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Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Isaac Peretz

1 stars Sometimes I truly wonder if I should be reviewing this band. I don't like them at all, so why even bother listening their albums and making reviews for them?

... But then I remember that the point of this site is to gather multiple points of perspective and create an average opinion, or star rating, for the album. And that's why I'm making this review. I might despise this band, but I need to give an explanation to my opinion.

Anyways this album is more or less the same generic progressive metal Riverside has been doing since the beginning of their careers. No surprises, no major turns in their sound, no innovation, just like when they started.

If you're a fan of Riverside: You'll probably like this album! It features the same elements from previous albums such as mellow melodies, forced distorted guitars so that they can call themselves "metal", and an overall lack of innovation.

I just simply don't understand the love for this band. There's nothing wrong if you like them, but to me? They're just disappointing. Not special in any way. Simply generic. One star.

 Out of Myself by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.19 | 1225 ratings

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Out of Myself
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Isaac Peretz

1 stars Here, I present to you one of the most generic prog metal bands I have ever heard in my life. I actually knew about this album from around eight years ago, and listened it twice. But I just didn't like it, and I decided to forget about this band. I discovered this site and after remembering this bands existence again, I decided to check their album "Second Life Syndrome". I also didn't like it. Here I found out that I probably was just not going to like this band, but I still wanted them to click on me.

So I thought I had a bad impression about this album, so I decided to check it again. I thought it was going to be great considering it's rated higher than Dream Theater's masterful Awake and Queensryche's iconic Operation Mindcrime, but on the other hand I had a bad feeling: There was probably a reason why I didn't like at all this album the first two times I listened it.

So is it better than Awake and Operation Mindcrime?

Anyways, it's not. By a landslide. There's something that I never really liked about Riverside and it's how they have such an unrecognizable sound. This album could've easily been made by Porcupine Tree in their Prog Metal era or by Opeth in their new Era. There's nothing unique about it.

The songs follow this typical "mellow melody with acoustic guitar then guitar riff kicks in with odd time signature" type of song structure. Either that or a ballad, but the ballads were truly boring and uninspired. I guess the standout would be the opener, mostly because it's a little more experimental instead of the formulaic prog metal seen in the rest of the album.

Unfortunately, The Same River gets overshadowed by the boring, generic tracks that overflow the album. One star.

 Second Life Syndrome by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.23 | 1774 ratings

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Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Isaac Peretz

1 stars This album, just like the rest of Riverside's discography, is ridiculously overrated. The thing is that I actually discovered Riverside before discovering this site, one of my friends mentioned them and said they were a mixture between Dream Theater, Opeth and Porcupine Tree.

Since those are very good bands I actually expected a very unique and special sound because I couldn't think of another band with such characteristics. Then I listened to Out Of Myself and all my hype for this band dropped to the ground. Gave it another try, this time removing my earwax and it was still terribly generic. Anyways, I stopped trying to like that album and forgot about this band entirely. That was eight years ago.

After I recently entered this site and checked the prog metal section, I almost jumped off my seat when I looked at the high ratings of their albums, and I said: Hmm, maybe I should give them another try!

And started with this album, after all, it's their highest rated...

*Sigh* I guess sometimes opinions don't change. This album is just a slightly better Out Of Myself. There's definitely a (very small) evolution from their first record, the problem comes when their music still sounds generic. The whole album isn't special in any, I repeat, any way. Formulaic is the best way to describe them, and not a single melody or memory sticks with you after a full listen.

The title track is pretty much the proof that Riverside has no idea how to make a lengthy song. It's a 7-Minute song overextended to SIXTEEN minutes for no reason at all.

It has a lengthy intro and even though it starts to pick up steam around minute three with the bass line in an odd time signature, it gets shadowed by the upcoming section which is, once again, a boring and lengthy calm section that has no reason to be as long as it is. The song gets slightly interesting with the middle-eastern theme that follows up, but then a boring (and unnecessarily long) guitar solo kicks in, concluding the song.

The rest of the album isn't interesting or special in the slightest, and to this day I still don't understand why this band is respected as much as it is. One star.

 Shrine of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 1079 ratings

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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Hector Enrique

4 stars Shrine of New Generation Slaves, Riverside's fifth album, is an exploration of the human condition and its submission to the relentless demands of modern life. Less aggressive in relation to the masterful Anno Domini High Definition, those led by Mariusz Duda use their melancholic streak to develop a mature and thoughtful work.

The album begins with the pitiful New Generation Slave, a long intro that leads to the excellent ballad The Depth of Self-Delusion, where the acoustic guitars and the halftime of the percussions stand out clearly. Conventional rocker Celebrity Touch gives it a more dynamic touch, then falls into the arms of melancholy with the beautiful and deeply sad ballad We Got Used To Us. The versatility of the Poles comes hand in hand with the electronics and eighties Feel Like Falling.

The calm returns with the serene and very jazzy Deprevid, which I consider to have left over the last 3 minutes. The super progressive Escalator Shrine, where the influences of the most cosmic Pink Floyd are present in much of its almost 13 minutes, is the best of the album, along with We Got Used To Us. The short and naked Coda is the ideal final appendix, where Duda's deep voice is accompanied by heartfelt acoustic guitar.

Although the Shrine of New Generation Slaves is a step below the Anno Domini High Definition, it is still a work of the highest quality, as is the great form of the band, which confirms them as one of the Progressive rock flagship groups of the 2000s.

 Anno Domini High Definition by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.21 | 1346 ratings

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Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Hector Enrique

5 stars Anno Domini High Definition is the confirmation of Riverside as one of the best exponents of progressive rock of the 2000s. With a heavier sound than the previous three albums, the concept, the interpretive quality and the execution, are developed reliably during their almost 42 minutes long.

Including some nods to Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree, Mariusz Duda and his bandmates intertwine 5 songs seamlessly or lows, combining euphoric moments with masterfully constructed laid-back atmospheres. There isn't one song that stands out in particular, simply because they are all at a superlative level, further enhanced by impeccable production work. The main protagonists are the always clean and deep guitar of Piotr Grudziński and the keyboards of Michal Lapai, much more present and active compared to any previous work by Riverside.

From the aggressive Hyperactive, we enjoy a constant and dynamic proposal that stays active with Driven to Destruction, and is further intensified by the powerful and changeable Egoist Hedonism (impeccable keyboards and vocals from Mariusz Duda in the middle of the song). To close the album, two long songs, the superb Left Out of almost 11 minutes (half a calm song and the rest an irrepressible whirlwind) and the super progressive Hybrid Times of 12 minutes (again the keyboards present, decidedly protagonists).

Anno Domini High Definition is one of Riverside's strongest work, and undoubtedly a fundamental work of progressive music of the present century.

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