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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 on 2004 the band had its first gig outside Poland in the Progpower festival in the Dutch city of Baarlo. The crowd's response was so good th...
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Shrine of New Generation SlavesShrine of New Generation Slaves
Box set
Inside Out U.S. 2013
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Anno Domini High DefinitionAnno Domini High Definition
Inside Out Music 2009
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Out of MyselfOut of Myself
Laser's Edge 2004
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Rapid Eye MovementRapid Eye Movement
Inside Out Music 2007
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Second Life SyndromeSecond Life Syndrome
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Memories In My HeadMemories In My Head
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RiversideRiverside
Green Leaf Records 2014
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RIVERSIDE shows & tickets


  • Be Prog! My Friend on 11 Jul 2015
  • Riverside on 14 Jul 2015
  • Night of the Prog X on 17 Jul 2015
  • Riverside at Music Hall Worpswede, Worpswede on 23 Jul 2015
  • Riverside at Boerderij, Zoetermeer on 24 Jul 2015
  • Ramblin' Man Fair on 25 Jul 2015
  • Olsztynskie Lato Artystyczne - Koncert Oblicza Rocka on 29 Aug 2015
  • Overload Music Fest on 5 Sep 2015
  • Riverside at Teatro Cariola, Santiago on 7 Sep 2015
  • Riverside at Lunario del Auditorio Nacional, Distrito Federal on 10 Sep 2015
  • ProgPower USA XVI on 11 Sep 2015
  • Riverside + In The Presence of Wolves + The Sixxis + more at Bull Shooters Saloon, Philadelphia on 15 Sep 2015
  • Riverside + The Sixxis at Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ on 16 Sep 2015
  • Riverside + The Sixxis at Crossroads Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ on 16 Sep 2015
  • Riverside + The Sixxis at La Tulipe, Montréal on 19 Sep 2015
  • Love, Fear and the Time Machine Tour on 15 Oct 2015
  • Love, Fear and the Time Machine Tour on 16 Oct 2015
  • Love, Fear and the Time Machine Tour on 17 Oct 2015
  • Love, Fear and the Time Machine Tour on 18 Oct 2015
  • Riverside + The Sixxis + LION SHEPHERD at Islington Assembly Hall, London on 20 Oct 2015
  • Riverside + The Sixxis + LION SHEPHERD at The Ritz, Manchester on 22 Oct 2015
  • Love, Fear and the Time Machine Tour on 23 Oct 2015
  • Riverside at Roadmender, Northampton on 24 Oct 2015
  • Riverside + The Sixxis + LION SHEPHERD at The 1865, Southampton on 26 Oct 2015
  • Love, Fear and the Time Machine Tour on 27 Oct 2015
  • Love, Fear and the Time Machine Tour on 30 Oct 2015
  • Love, Fear and the Time Machine Tour on 31 Oct 2015
  • Be Prog! The Madness Day on 1 Nov 2015
  • Riverside + The Sixxis + LION SHEPHERD at Le Marché Gare, Lyon on 2 Nov 2015
  • Love, Fear and the Time Machine Tour on 4 Nov 2015

RIVERSIDE discography


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RIVERSIDE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.19 | 889 ratings
Out Of Myself
2003
4.26 | 1306 ratings
Second Life Syndrome
2005
3.76 | 656 ratings
Rapid Eye Movement
2007
4.20 | 1009 ratings
Anno Domini High Definition
2009
4.06 | 752 ratings
Shrine of New Generation Slaves
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine
2015

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

4.03 | 132 ratings
Reality Dream
2008

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

4.09 | 107 ratings
Reality Dream
2009

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

4.69 | 49 ratings
Reality Dream Trilogy (6CD)
2011

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

4.36 | 33 ratings
Riverside
2003
3.56 | 34 ratings
Loose Heart
2003
3.63 | 179 ratings
Voices In My Head
2005
2.56 | 58 ratings
Conceiving You
2005
3.75 | 91 ratings
02 Panic Room
2007
3.50 | 61 ratings
Schizophrenic Prayer
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Reality Dream Tour 2008
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Forgotten Land
2011
4.03 | 235 ratings
Memories In My Head
2011
3.44 | 58 ratings
Celebrity Touch
2012

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 Anno Domini High Definition by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.20 | 1009 ratings

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Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Anno Domini High Definition is a solid piece of dark prog metal that continues Riverside's winning streak. While it doesn't quite grab hold of the listener as strongly as their earlier work, which had a more emotive and personal resonance, Anno Domini HD is undeniably excellent. After many listens I found myself being consciously aware that it wasn't having a strong impact on me, but nonetheless loving the heavy crunching, complex rhythms, and layers of electronic textures.

Riverside's style takes the best elements of modern prog from the past 15 years and turns it into something distinct and entertaining despite sounding somewhat derivative. On Anno Domini HD, the group focuses on intensity and instrumental virtuosity. There are few open sections within, or between songs, which was a trademark of earlier work. Here we've got an almost constant up beat tempo and interplay between instruments, with bassist Duda and keyboardist Lapaj standing out to me as the strongest contributors. Lapaj especially is experimenting with new sounds that give the album that sort of "high tech" feel, which is a theme prevalent in the lyrics. As a whole, the band plays very tight, very intense, and very metal (in Riverside's distinct, bass-heavy and almost mellow way).

The songwriting is good, though suffers from the album's focus on intensity. Giving more space for us to enjoy the journey would have been nice, rather than focusing on instrumental virtuosity that is the standard for the genre; at least we can appreciate it being something different for Riverside. The lyrics are, conventionally, dark. Duda's dynamic voice is smooth throughout, another nice trademark that distinguishes Riverside from most metal bands, singing lyrics about the struggle for individuality in modern life and addiction to stress/electronics (with a bit of Plato's "The Cave" thrown in). They're poetic, cynical, and well sung.

All in all another great album from one of the best modern prog acts around, though not their best.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: 4 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

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 Shrine of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 752 ratings

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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. RIVERSIDE in my opinion are at their best when they play in that atmospheric style with the addition of Duda's warm vocals. Well, we get that style in spades here on "Shrine Of New Generation Slaves". I would go as far as to say this is their most beautiful album, and if it wasn't for the first track i'd be giving this 5 stars.

Not that "New Generation Slave" is a bad tune, in fact I do like it somewhat but right from the first spin of this album i've felt it always gets this recording off on the wrong foot. Lots of tension with vocals early on until it's released after 2 minutes. This is good. "No I don't have a stomach ache, it's just my face." An instrumental workout follows with lots of organ late. "The Depth Of Self-Delusion" is more like the RIVERSIDE I love. A beautiful instrumental section though brief begins after 3 minutes as the vocals return quickly with strings. Another great instrumental passage before 4 1/2 minutes and I love the mellow ending. Excellent track! "Celebrity Touch" hits the ground running and the vocals are passionate here as well as we get some good organ runs. It turns atmospheric before 2 1/2 minutes with warm vocals. Love it! It then kicks back in but contrasts will continue. A nice guitar solo after 4 1/2 minutes with chunky bass lines. Such beauty in this one at times like old school PORCUPINE TREE. "We Got Used To Us" is a top three with those multi-vocals to start that are replaced by Duda alone. How emotional is this song? Thankyou God! "We never talk when we fall apart". Man this is too close to home lyrically. A gorgeous track and so emotional.

"Feel Like Falling" is an interesting song with Duda's at times higher pitched vocals along with some vocal harmonies. Another feel-good tune for me. "Deprived(Irretrievably Lost Imagination)" is another top three tune. A warm atmosphere with intricate sounds as Duda's warm and reserved vocals join in. So beautiful, especially just before 2 minutes. A very cool atmospheric section 4 1/2 minutes in that builds somewhat slowly to a full sound. Nice. "Escalator Shrine" is an over 12 1/2 minute ride. Starting out slowly we get almost spoken vocals before 2 minutes. Both vocals and instruments turn more passionate slowly. It then kicks into a higher gear with organ out front 5 minutes in. Synths then lead before it turns heavier before 6 1/2 minutes. Themes are repeated. It's absolutely gorgeous 10 minutes in and the vocal melodies late to end it with that atmosphere is fantastic. "Coda" is a short piece with picked guitar, atmosphere and laid back vocals. Beautiful to say the least. Now my other top three is the two part track on the bonus disc called "Night Session" worth over 22 minutes and is worth the price of admission alone. An instrumental highlight that is full of atmosphere and beauty.

While many fans seem to be put-off by this recording, it suits my tastes to a tee. I'm repeating myself here but man this album is full of gorgeous melodies and sounds.

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 Out Of Myself by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.19 | 889 ratings

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Out Of Myself
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by petrica

5 stars Incredible debut album and performance. You can count on the fingers on one hands such a devastating debut. After listening to this tens of times I could say that is one of the landmarks of the new wave of progressive rock. Aggressive parts, slow parts, beautifully crafted interludes, inspired guitar and keyboards solos all over the place. The album from the right beginning creates a dreamy atmosphere. The radio tuning from the first song makes me think of somebody waking up in the morning and continue to have lucid dreaming through music. I will not go through a song by song review because I would like to think about this as a whole and there isn't any weak part.

If we are going to talk about influences one can feel a large spectrum of styles and bands but don't think about any kind of bad copy or something. They managed to take all the good from various areas of progressive music and add an important amount of originality. I could say that Riverside managed to have their own distinguishable sound from the very start. And that's something not easy to accomplish.

When I'm writing this review this album has 10 years already. I believe they managed to pass the test of time also and their next release is at least at the same level if not even greater. I'm glad I've discovered this band and to enjoy their accomplishments in the last years. Highly recommended.

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4.06 | 752 ratings

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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by FragileKings
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4 stars For a band that became labelled progressive metal, Riverside have progressed a lot in a direction away from that subgenre. This album still features the heavier guitar sounds of a metal band but less than on "Second Life Syndrome", the first album of theirs that I purchased. For "Shrine of New Generation Slaves", Riverside has made plenty of room for subtlety, melody, mood, and very effective use of all instruments present, including wonderful vocals that move from whispers to barks and shouts but mostly roam the realms of emotive clean singing.

The album jewel must be "Escalator Shrine" for all its variety in groove, from melodic and slow to loud and fast and several paces in between. But there are other highlights like "We Got Used to Us" with its piano, bass, drums, and sensitive vocals or "Deprived (Irretrievably Lost Imagination)" which also makes good use of non-bombast and good clear instrumentation and great atmosphere. And "Feel Like Falling", though short, nicely includes pop synthesizer in some parts and heavy guitars in others.

Because so much of the album is not heavy, the heavy parts are treats to hear, but as well the less sonically aggressive parts capture the sounds and notes of the instruments so well that its a great joy to play the album from beginning to end. Still, I can't help but pull off individual tracks for playlists, and that makes this album for me a great one.

This is one of my picks for a post 2010 "gateway to prog" album. To understand "gateways to prog" check out Stephen Lambe's book "Citizens of Hope and Glory: the Story of Progressive Rock". Riverside receives only a brief mention; however, this album would look good in any future edition of the book. Four and a half stars!

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 Reality Dream by RIVERSIDE album cover Live, 2008
4.03 | 132 ratings

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Reality Dream
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars for this live recording featuring material from their first three studio albums. Man this is so close to being 5 stars because of the peaks they hit for prolonged periods of time. The sound quality is excellent and for the most part they keep true to the original studio versions. I just love their sound though, the way they can bring so much atmosphere and depth contrasted with those heavy passages. This is a two disc affair with 14 tracks.

Disc one begins with "The Same River" which opens with the sound of applause and atmosphere as the guitar starts to cry out. It's building until we get heavy riffing after 3 1/2 minutes. Love the guitar and organ that follows. It's almost 6 minutes in before the main theme kicks in, vocals follow. Check out the guitar 10 1/2 minutes in, great track! "Out Of Myself" like the opening song come from the debut of course and how good is this one 1 1/2 minutes in, very powerful and I love the contrasts. "Volte-Face" has a very good heavy sound to it with prominant bass, vocals 3 minutes in. "Rainbow Box" is another kick-ass tune before "02 Panic Room" kicks in with that incredible groove to it, so good. Love the depth and atmosphere, and how good is this 3 1/2 minutes in as it relaxes some. Fantastic! "I Turned You Down" opens with piano before a full sound kicks in with vocals. Such a feel good song for me. "Reality Dream III" kicks in heavily before 2 minutes with synths over top. It settles back as the guitar solos over top. Contrasts continue. "The Curtain Falls" is the third and final song from the debut. Love the guitar early on, so relaxing. Warm vocals join in and it really is the guitar and vocals that make this such a good track.

Disc two begins with a top three song for me called "Parasomnia" from "Rapid Eye Movement". All my top three songs are on disc two by the way. This song opens with vocals only then a bass led section takes over as the vocals become more passionate. They are killing it 1 1/2 minutes in. I like when the calm returns before 4 minutes. Nice. The drum work and atmosphere standout 6 1/2 minutes in. Amazing tune. Another top three for me is "Second Life Syndrome" where we get plenty of atmosphere to start as the guitar comes in tastefully to appause. It kicks in after 1 1/2 minutes and the crowd loves it. FLOYD-like guitar a minute later and vocals follow. So intense, then the bass throbs 4 minutes in. My God! A dark calm after 6 minutes then it become gorgeous again before 8 minutes. It's building before 11 minutes as the crowd claps along. Pure joy 13 1/2 minutes in as this emotion stays to the end. "Back To The River" has so much atmosphere to begin with in this nod to PINK FLOYD. A beautiful instrumental where the guitar and bass are outstanding. Piano late as the melody for the next song "Conceiving You" comes in early. This is my other top three song. I'm not into ballads but this song kills me, it really does. Gulp. "Before" is a relaxed melancholic tune before we get some passion after 3 minutes. "Ultimate Trip" ends it, and it's drum led to start as Duda speaks to the audience in Polish. It's around 2 minutes when the main theme kicks in, vocals follow. Love the heaviness but also the atmospheric passages.

What can I say, this truly is a must for RIVERSIDE fans without a doubt. The emotion I enjoyed listening to this recording is what music is all about.

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 Out Of Myself by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.19 | 889 ratings

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Out Of Myself
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Obsidian Pigeon

3 stars Riverside is a band that I've known for quite a while now, and listened to first several years ago, starting with this album.

The Same River, the opening track, is certainly the highlight of this album, flaunting its Pink Floyd-influence while still being entirely original. The track is one of my favorite more space-rock moments of recent history. However, I find the rest of the album to fare much less favorably than the first track, which gave me such high expectations. Songs such as Reality Dream and the title track just don't do much at all for me.

As much as I tried to love this album, and even this band, I just couldn't. I recognize their talent, and I do believe that they've earned whatever recognition that they have attained, but it's not quite my kind of music, although The Same River is quite an outstanding track.

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 Memories In My Head by RIVERSIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
4.03 | 235 ratings

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Memories In My Head
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Riverside's Memories in my head in only an EP with three songs totaling little more than 30 minutes. But it feels like a complete album. A wholesome artistic statement, what to me is a definition of an album, as opposed to, you know, a bunch of songs. Here Riverside show their atmospheric side. Songs feature lots of feedback, fade-outs, hypnotic bass lines and melancholic singing. But songs also have a rocking core, usually around 4-5 minutes, quite hummable, too.

If you are a fan of their more metallic previous album, ADHD, you might think that Riverside has gone the opposite direction. But don't despair, their follow-up, Shrine of New Generation Slaves, is a balance between the two approaches.

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 Shrine of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 752 ratings

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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Shrine of New Generation Slaves" is the 5th full-length studio album by Polish progressive rock/ metal act Riverside. The album was released through InsideOut Music in January 2013. It's the follow up to "Anno Domini High Definition" from 2009. Although Riverside have released a couple of minor releases in their intermediate years, it's the longest time between album releases yet in the band's discography.

To my ears the long break has done the band good. Maybe they've had some time to reflect on the direction of their music because "Shrine of New Generation Slaves" is a more mellow and subtle release than "Anno Domini High Definition (2009)" was. It's also a more tasteful release and the full blown progressive metal sections on "Anno Domini High Definition (2009)" are not present on "Shrine of New Generation Slaves". Riverside are still capable of playing more metal oriented sections, but they are typically delivered in a 70s influenced hard rocking style that reminds me of Deep Purple or Rainbow, rather than the more contemporary progressive metal sound on the predecessor. I think it's an important step back to what Riverside really excel in. Paired with their neo progressive Marillion influence and the alternative/progressive rock influence from a band like Porcupine Tree, "Shrine of New Generation Slaves" works really well to my ears. I don't necessarily think, they are the most original sounding band, but they are really successful in making all their influences work together and thereby creating an impactful sound.

One of their greatest strengths is the emotional delivery and strong voice of lead vocalist/bassist Mariusz Duda, but the band are generally very well playing. Add to that a detailed and organic sound production and "Shrine of New Generation Slaves" really comes off as a high quality release. I'd call the whole album one big highlight, but hard pressed I'd chose tracks like "We got used to Us" and the 12:41 minutes long epic track "Escalator Shrine" as some of the standout tracks on the album. I know other people are far more impressed by "Anno Domini High Definition (2009)" than I am, but to my ears "Shrine of New Generation Slaves" is a welcome back to form and all in all a very enjoyable listen. A 4 - 4.5 star (85%) rating is deserved.

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 Shrine of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 752 ratings

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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

2 stars The controversy around this album was one of the reasons that drew me in. Not having studied their last couple of releases (but hearing snippets that confirmed they were still the same band) their single 'Celebrity Touch' came to introduce a new element to SONGS, which did not sound to glue too well with their trademark sound.

In SONGS, Riverside try to mix this retro-bluesy-stoner sound with what they know to do well: creating beautiful melodies, experimenting "reservedly". Granted, creating the same album every 2-3 years is not ideal, but when the new ingredients are not compatible with one another the cake will fail. And I assume this is what happened here, in an album with no real excellent songs from start to finish, just indications of a band that can create great music. The exceptional moments are few and hard to find in compositions that either recycle previous ideas or extend in length without specific direction.

The mellower moments are again the ones to watch out for ('The Depth of Self-Delusion', 'We Got Used to Us', 'Deprived') but even then the melodies are not consistently great and the forced introduction of distorted vocal effects spoils the ambiance. The retro-stoner (call me Spiritual Beggar) riff of the opening track gets recycled, albeit slightly twisted, in the remainder of the album and 'Celebrity Touch', possibly their weakest effort in songwriting.

Fans might enjoy it, but I did not find enough to keep me spinning this, so without exceptional songs this cannot get higher than 2.5 stars. I'd suggest waiting for the next album, this is a bit "confusing" and "awkward".

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 Shrine of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 752 ratings

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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Mr. Mustard

3 stars The evolution of the Riverside sound has been astonishing. With this latest release, the band has returned to the more Pink Floyd dominated atmosphere so prevalent on their first few albums, but retains much of the heaviness that made their previous album so exciting. This time around, their sound seems to have an edge of classic rock, with riffs and organ work reminiscent of Deep Purple. In addition, there are some melodic leanings not seen as much on their earlier works. Nonetheless, this is the same Riverside that graced their past albums, and much of it shouldn't be a surprise.

Most of the songs are great in their own right, and encompass a sort of variety that rivals even some of their earlier albums. Parts of a few songs, 'Celebrity Touch' in particular, have a touch of classic rock, with crushing riffs and great organ support. This is balanced with the melodic touch of songs like 'The Depth of Self-Delusion' and 'We Got Used to Us.' However, I believe the band is at their best when they combine complex, heavy riffs with the Pink Floyd-esqe atmosphere they are so well known for. 'Feel Like Falling' and 'Escalator Shrine' are some of their best in this regard. The former is a deep excursion into the atmospheric side of the band, with a softer, more rhythmic approach, while the latter is right up there with some of their better 10+ minute songs and represents top notch songwriting from the band.

I believe this album cements Riverside a spot as one of the most significant progressive rock/metal bands of the modern era. The consistency of their releases, including this one, is truly remarkable. At this point in the band's continuously growing career, I would say Shine of Generations is an average album, but an average Riverside album is some of the best music you could ask for.

7/10

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