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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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Second Life SyndromeSecond Life Syndrome
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Green Leaf Records 2017
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RIVERSIDE discography

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

4.20 | 1064 ratings
Out Of Myself
4.26 | 1571 ratings
Second Life Syndrome
3.77 | 805 ratings
Rapid Eye Movement
4.21 | 1186 ratings
Anno Domini High Definition
4.07 | 948 ratings
Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
4.10 | 636 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine

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

4.12 | 163 ratings
Reality Dream
4.35 | 32 ratings
Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg

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

4.17 | 130 ratings
Reality Dream

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

4.79 | 70 ratings
Reality Dream Trilogy (6CD)
4.41 | 17 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine (Special 5.1 Mix)
4.05 | 91 ratings
Eye of the Soundscape

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

4.31 | 45 ratings
3.72 | 45 ratings
Loose Heart
3.59 | 212 ratings
Voices In My Head
2.66 | 69 ratings
Conceiving You
3.73 | 108 ratings
02 Panic Room
3.56 | 72 ratings
Schizophrenic Prayer
4.27 | 11 ratings
Reality Dream Tour 2008
4.00 | 12 ratings
Forgotten Land
4.08 | 277 ratings
Memories In My Head
3.58 | 69 ratings
Celebrity Touch


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 Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg by RIVERSIDE album cover Live, 2017
4.35 | 32 ratings

Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. If your a RIVERSIDE fan this is a must. This was recorded live in Tilburg, Holland on October 18, 2016. There are 100% no overdubs, so what you hear is what the audience heard. My fear is that this is the last live album we'll hear from this band although I hope they have lots of live material in the vault. After Piotr's passing I'm just afraid this band is done. I hope I'm wrong as this is a band I have a lot of history with and I also feel that their very best albums were their most recent studio recordings. They just keep getting better. We get 13 songs over about 105 minutes of music in this double disc affair. Every one of the six studio albums they have released is represented here with at least one track. Pretty cool.

One of the things that does impress me about this concert is that the band decided to change the songs up some, usually during the intro but not always there. Funny but I've complained about ballads since I was in my late teens over so many bands that had to throw in a sappy ballad because the record label wanted it or they thought it would be a hit. Well this band RIVERSIDE just hit me where it hurts with these ballads I'll tell you. The emotion I have felt this week listening to this, lots of wiping of the eyes. Interesting that this is the big appeal for me with this this live album while FATES WARNING's 2017 live release "Awaken The Guardian Live" was more about passion and head-banging. I surprisingly prefer the RIVERSIDE album.

My top five would include the opener "Lost" which for some reason reminds me of IONA when I hear it. Also "Conceiving You" which might be my favourite ballad of all time. I adore this track. They change the intro up here but when that piano arrives and Duda starts to sing I can't even tell you how I feel. "Saturate Me" just makes my top five but when the chorus arrives before 2 1/2 minutes it's pure emotion for me. "We Got Used To Us" hits a little to close to home for me. You know as I write these words for these songs I have them playing and it's hard to write if you know what I mean. I just can't get over how this music moves me. Piotr impresses me 4 1/2 minutes here. Check out Duda and the piano that follows. Gulp. "Found" is my final top five. Guitar leads instead of piano here during this ballad. Duda's warm vocals would melt the hardest heart. Check out the emotion as he almost quivers with that last word.

Thanks Piotr I will not forget what your guitar playing has meant to me over the years. I can't say goodbye though, just not there yet.

 Voices In My Head by RIVERSIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
3.59 | 212 ratings

Voices In My Head
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by daFigz

4 stars The more I listen to Riverside the more I become enthralled with their incredible brand of Neo-Progressive Rock. On the EP, 'Voices in My Head' which was quickly deleted by the band [Or, by the label?] for reasons I do not understand. So far, as I build my collection of this band's output, it has become one or two songs scattered throughout the entire catalog that bother me. The bother is I'm not a fan of Metal growling [Track 7, 'Loose Heart'] or speed drumming. But, these cats keep that well under control and to a minimum' Which is to say, even I manage to find a context for the growl and decide it belongs to and/or is well-suited for the song it embellishes. However, I still object to speed drumming. With 'Voices'' Duda's vocals are sublime. Lyrically the storyline is intelligent. The production values are superb. Piotr Grudziński's guitar is incredible along with Piotr Kozieradzki's powerful drumming and lastly the gorgeous keyboard & piano accompaniment of Michał Łapaj found throughout the LP adds an additional degree of sophistication to an already highly sophisticated band. Track 3, 'Dna Ts. Rednum Or F. Raf' [Translated means, Far from understand] with its powerful instrumental bridge richly colored electronics and further demonstration of Grudziński's terrific guitar playing is my fav. With three live tracks and a video included, it is a truly welcome addition to my library. Here's my suggestion: A major discovery for me in 2017, this band gets repeat listens nearly every day. This EP is no exception. Seek this gem out and add it to your collection. Cheers!
 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.10 | 636 ratings

Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars Riverside have produced one awesome album after another and this, their latest, takes a new direction but is no less lacking in excellence. "Love, Fear And The Time Machine" has a sound more akin to Steven Wilson's solo albums but this is not a bad thing, and there are still heavy passages of guitar and that glistening vibrating Hammond sound is prevalent. It would be the last album for guitarist Piotr Grudziński may he rest in peace. He had been attending a Winery Dogs concert in Warsaw the night before but died on the 4th of March from a sudden cardiac arrest. Riverside cancelled the tour dates, released a compilation of ambient and instrumental pieces, titled Eye of the Soundscape, and held off replacing Piotr Grudziński, instead becoming a trio. Mariusz Duda played guitar on the albums, and session members played live. On February 22, 2017 Riverside announced that guitar player Maciej Meller will join the band as a touring member. So "Love, Fear And The Time Machine" acts as a tribute to Piotr and the last studio album since 2015.

Opening with Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?) the listener will be greeted by the clean vocals of Mariusz Duda and wonderful reflective lyrics; "I dropped down again, From a star, On a desert island, Full of skies, And I saw a boy, Looking up, Dreaming of his future, From my past, Soon I drew an ocean, Tamed the sun, And I plunged my feet Into the sand, Bit by bit I came To understand, How I miss this freedom, And the swoosh of waves." The musical interlude is delightful with proggish guitar licks and Lapaj's Hammond gloriously pervading over.

Under The Pillow has a cool guitar motif and lyrics that implore the protagonist to stop hiding under the pillow and face the consequences of their actions. There are some very atmospheric moments with keyboards and guitars trading off well and an energetic rhythm section. This is enhanced by the addition of a great lead break and shimmering keyboards overlayed. The bass heartbeat at the end is fabulous as the guitar soars over; a simply stunning track on the album.

‪#Addicted is adorned by a massive bassline, and very infectious guitar hooks. It is a clean sound and very accessible music overall. It has a Deep Purple feel at times, and this is really an outstanding track due to the melody that ingrains itself into your brain and Mariusz Duda's vocals that are superb. Caterpillar And The Barbed Wire is remarkable for its lyric content such as; "I want to fly, I want to flap my wings, And cause a hurricane in your heart, Butterflies Better lies than hate, But I can't pretend anymore, I'm tired of suppressing all of my needs, I want to belong to the cloudless sky, Not to the shaded ground." The atmosphere is darkened by distorted guitar riffs and some haunting keyboards, and the rhythm is fractured.

Saturate Me has killer guitar licks and some beautiful keyboards backed by a strong rhythm foundation. The lyrics are more supressed, not as many but I love how it is sung with an ethereal reverberation; very trippy and spacey with a psychedelic edge. As the time sig locks into 3/4 a glorious lead guitar break takes over; one of the best moments of the album.

Afloat is a soft gentle approach from the band more akin to Steven Wilson in most respects. Duda's vocals are second to none, sparkling clear and haunting. Piotr's guitar is mesmirising, as is the keyboard work of Lapaj.

Discard Your Fear has a melody that immediately appealed to my senses. The bass is relentless and it is the guitar lick that grabs me along with those incredible keyboard flourishes. There are some heavy percussion fills on this, and a simply stunning instrumental break; it really is a great track.

Towards The Blue Horizon has wonderful melodies and guitar riffs that hook into the brain. Time Travellers opens on an acoustic layer with the strong vocals about travelling across lands far away, "We survived, To believe that this is not the end, This is not the time, Moving unseen beyond, The shadows, Waiting for, The birth of a star we can follow."

Found (The Unexpected Flaw Of Searching) continues the theme of searching and longing for peace in a world of chaos. A soaring lead break augments the track, emotionally played by the late Piotr. So the album ends on a melancholy note.

Overall this Riverside album is excellent throughout and even though it is a much more softer approach, it does not detract from the musicianship that is always brilliant. The vocals, the lyrics, the themes all make up for a very emotional listening experience and one that Riverside fans should enjoy from end to end.

 Memories In My Head by RIVERSIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
4.08 | 277 ratings

Memories In My Head
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by javajeff

5 stars It is hard to believe that Memories In My Head is an EP since the quality of music is so top-notch. It is over the 30 minute mark, and I have seen albums around the same length. Punk Rock can turn in a 15 track album in 30 minutes and call it a day. Regardless, it is three stellar atmospheric tracks of progressive rock with shades of progressive metal. While all three tracks are excellent, Forgotten Land is quite possibly their best track on any album they have...and that includes Volte - Face, the first song I heard from the band. A new Lunatic Soul album is the perfect time to go through my catalog of music with Mariusz Duda on vocals. When listening to any Riverside album, it is evident that there is a great emphasis on creating vibes with layers of piano and mellow passages to set up the heavier moments. This is a formula that works well for them and has created a loyal following over the years. Memories In My Head is no different, and I place it up there with their best albums Second Life Syndrome and Anno Domini High Definition. Riverside always has excellent lyrics, and the vocal performance is one of the main draws to the band. Stellar musicianship, superior vocals, and the excellent compositions make Memories In My Head a must have for Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal fans.
 Reality Dream by RIVERSIDE album cover DVD/Video, 2009
4.17 | 130 ratings

Reality Dream
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by petrica

5 stars I'm not a big fan of some of their latest entries in their catalog but I have to admit that I enjoy a lot the first and the second release. This live video is no exception. For me one of the best live releases I know. Not a lot of interaction with the public or improvisation but it simply flows from the notes of "The same river" to the amazing final song "The curtain falls". I'm listening and watching it a third time already in the last 3 days. In the last couple of years I didn't write to many reviews but I felt the need to say a few words about this. I find their music having a high degree of melancholy and I think they did a great job choosing the track list in just the right order. It's such a shame that Piotr Grudziński died last year. I guess it will be hard for them to continue but I hope they can continue and maybe find the power and inspiration to release another one matching their first record.
 Rapid Eye Movement by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.77 | 805 ratings

Rapid Eye Movement
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Compared to other Riverside albums Rapid Eye Movement is just average. But it's miles away over the average of prog-rock releases from the last decade!

Riverside tried to become a bit more accessible in this one, sacrificing their most progressive side in some tracks while maintaining their trademark of strong bass lines, atmospheric keyboards, detailed drumming, great riffs and solos, alongside with tortured lyrics. It was a bit shocking for the fans of the band back in 2007 and considered as a step back, but ten years after the release of the album we can appreciate the tremendous quality of the songs without prejudice and look at this record as the unique and especial step further in the career of the band that undoubtedly is.

Beyond the Eyelids, nevertheless, follows the path of Second Life Syndrome with an intricate and strong beginning, very progressive and even darker as their previous compositions. The chorus is great and so is the final atmospheric solo. Rainbow Box has a brutal initial bass which opens a song which talks about metal illness and the effects of its treatment. Intense, good and why not, with some Porcupine Tree influences.

02 Panic Room has some electronic basis in the vein of the EP Voices in my Head. The great chorus and the incredible final part polish one of the hits of the alum, with lyrics based on the splendid videogame Silent Hill 4: The Room. This two tracks are more direct, not so progressive and they brought a not very welcomed new style for Riverside. But I find both songs just awesome!

But for the fans of Second Life Syndrome, Schizophrenic Prayer brings the mood of this album back, with its insidious vocal melodies at the beginning. The rhythmic base is original and unique, and the ending of the song is a bit more conventional, but very good nevertheless. And also fantastic is Parasomnia, which contains the darkest lyrics of the album and one of the most progressive instrumental developments. I specially love the section after "Drugged from sleep?" Pure Riverside magic!

Through the Other side is a fine acoustic song in the vein of Us from Voices in My Head (this EP totally introduced the style of Rapid Eye Movements) which is a welcomed changed of intensity in the album. Sadly, Embryonic is another acoustic track but not so good this time, giving the impression that the album lost a bit direction at this point, despite the good guitar solo towards the end of the song.

Cybernetic Pillow tries to get the album back on track, but it's not as good as the first five song. The Tool-based riffs are just fine, and after the chorus we can hear a typical Riverside melody. Just Ok. But luckily Ultimate Trip saves the album from disaster, because is one of the best song included here, and also the most uplifting one. It has an outstanding instrumental work, even with some classic hard rock influences and another incredible final section, which contains the best guitars of the album and a very good bass line.

I had the luck to enjoy Riverside playing this song with my beloved wife in Madrid, back in 2011, and it was just unforgettable! Since then, I like Ultimate Trip even more.

Conclusion: Rapid Eye Movement is not perfect. It suffers from a clear drop after the just fine Through the Other Side because of two lackluster songs, and this gives the false impression that this album is worse than actually is, because it contains six other tracks which can easily be considered true Riverside classics. And taking in consideration the quality of this band that's just awesome.

In addition, the slight musical change to make some songs a bit more accessible was not very well welcomed by fans of the first two albums back in 2007. But after ten years I consider this album even more especial for that reason, despite the initial shock that we had the first time we heard it. And sincerely, it also contains some of the best and darkest lyrics of the band's history.

Best Tracks: the whole Fearless section plus Ultimate Trip.

My Rating: ***1/2, rounded up to four stars.

 Voices In My Head by RIVERSIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
3.59 | 212 ratings

Voices In My Head
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars While lacking the quality of full length releases, Voices in my Head still delivers a unique experience!

Recorded after the release of Out of Myself and prior to the masterpiece Second Life Syndrome, Riverside consolidated its line- up with this EP which has a good production and some very good ideas.

Us follows the melancholic path of Out of Myself, but it contains a surprising acoustic guitars work. Acronyum Love starts with a beautiful piano which introduces a real classic of the band, with wonderful and very elegant guitars (we miss you, Piotr!) and a final accelerated part in the vein of Out of Myself.

Dna Ts. Rednum Or F. Raf, despite its weird title has introduces fine electronic rhythms and beautiful vocal melodies. The long instrumental part together with the electronic sounds is some kind of advance of what the band would do in the future with Rapid Eye Movement.

The time I was Daydreaming is another acoustic song in the vein of Us, but this time with a glimpse of trip-hop in the guitars and rhythm, typical also from Out of Myself with another intense and dramatical ending. Stuck Between has also a bit of trip- hop influence and it has an excellent layer of keyboards and guitars, very good combined, together with a fine bass and very good harmonic voices. These voices are left alone at the end of the track to close this fine collection of new songs in a very good way.

After the new songs we encounter live versions of I Believe, Loose Heart and Out of Myself, very good played and with enough variations to be enjoyed despite being heard a thousand times in Out of Myself.

Conclusion: with this EP, Riverside experimented with more acoustic sections and more trip-hop melodies than in Out of Myself. This was a cult release these days, so they were allowed to do that without receiving the anger of fans. The result is a very interesting disc with four good songs and a true Riverside classic, which is Acronyum Love.

Maybe is not an essential addition for every prog-rock collection, but it's obligated to hear this album if you like Riverside, because it's very important to understand their first years as a band and know their influences.

Best Songs: Us, Acronyum Love, The Time I Was Daydreaming.

My rating: ***1/2, rounded down to three stars.

 Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg by RIVERSIDE album cover Live, 2017
4.35 | 32 ratings

Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Spook76

5 stars I have written but a few reviews here but this album is an absolute masterpiece. Yes, it is almost impossible to find being sold only on Riverside's EU tour. I had to pay the princely sum of $60 to get it from Discogs but it was worth every penny. A slight different take on classic Riverside songs and the flow between the songs is beautiful. There seems a more harder and faster pace than the studio versions. Like their last live album 'Reality Dream' this is almost a concept live album. Beith the last album of irreplaceable, great and unfortunate late Piotr Grudziński, Riverside's guitarist it will stand a tribute to him and maybe Riverside itself.
 Voices In My Head by RIVERSIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
3.59 | 212 ratings

Voices In My Head
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

3 stars After RIVERSIDE released their debut album "Out Of Myself," they were met with unexpected critical acclaim and became the next best thing in the progressive rock world with their Steven Wilson / Porcupine Tree inspired take on emotional atmospheric rock with the extra oomf of metal elements popping in from time to time. The band set out to release what they called the "Reality Dream Trilogy" which would conclude with their second and third albums "Second Life Syndrome" and "Rapid Eye Movement." Tucked in between the first two album though the band decided to slip in a little EP called VOICES IN MY HEAD which is a collection of things to come as well as things that have been. While originally released in 2005 through Mystic Production, the band soon became singed to InsideOut Music where it has been released ever since.

VOICES IN MY HEAD contains five studio tracks and three live tracks from their "Out Of Myself" debut release. The studio tracks are mostly acoustically played with a few electronic and distorted guitar effects added in from time to time making this one a lot mellower of an experience than even the already chilled out debut. The tracks "Us" and "The Time I Was Daydreaming" would be reworked and partially reappear on "Rapid Eye Movement." On later releases there is also a video for the song "Acronym Love." Despite emerging in the middle of the "Reality Dream Trilogy" series, VOICES IN MY HEAD is not officially considered a part of this sequence but instead can merely be deemed a supplemental fan extra for those who can't get enough of this stuff.

Four of the tracks are in a mellow acoustic mode with clear inspiration from Porcupine Tree with progressive rock melodies and those tricky vocal counterpoints with the instruments. Mariusz Duda while sounding distinct in his own right nails the Steven Wilson stylistic approach as does his guitar combo effect with Piotr Grudzinski who at any given moment could easily slip any of these tracks on any Steven Wilson solo offering and no one would blink an eye. The track i find most interesting is the downtempo a la Massive Attack's "Mezzanine" album sound as heard on "Dna ts. Redum or F.Raf" which means who knows what but has a cool chilled interplay between the hypnotic groove, strong guitar riffs and Duda's rollercoaster ride of emotional vocalizations.

The live tracks show how easily RIVERSIDE connected with audiences and that their charisma wasn't limited to the studio. All those vocal harmonies and syncopated progginess were just as powerful in a live setting. The title track to "Out Of Myself" is by far the strongest track of this lot with that infamous stellar bass groove and strong melodic hooks that give RIVERSIDE their own sound if only for a while and should rightfully be called "Out Of Porcupine Tree" territory. Personally i find this music beautifully performed with a superior production job that allows every little swish and swirl to be heard in a crystal clear haze. My main gripe with VOICES IN MY HEAD is that it unfortunately prognosticates the fairly early burnout of creativity with the band and points to the day when they would slowly remove the heavier elements and fall completely within the derivative sounds of Steven Wilson, which is completely admirable in how well they accomplish that no small feat, but just not want i want to hear another band pulling off. One Porcupine Tree is fine, thank you. Overall a decent EP but i really only find their first two albums essential and then they lose my attention.

 Second Life Syndrome by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.26 | 1571 ratings

Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

5 stars After the splendid Out of Myself, Riverside achieved to do even better witch Second Life Syndrome!

Not just the production is better, also the playing of all the members of the band improved since their debut, raising the level of complexity and deep to previous unknown limits for this band. The general style of the album is a bit less jazzy than in the band's first release. So, if you are a diehard fan of Out of Myself, maybe you'll miss the most trip-hop atmospheric sections.

But the band gained tons of skills in songwriting, achieving a collection of songs which is far superior. I honestly think that the band's peak is here. In Anno Domini High Definition they almost achieved the great quality of Second Life Syndrome, but it's a step under nevertheless. Let's discover what made this record so good!

The album starts with After, a very dramatic and appropriate intro with splendid vocals and the rest of the band sounding just perfect. This song is like an introduction of what Mariusz Duda would make in its parallel project Lunatic Soul, ethnic influences included. Then Volte-Face comes like a punch in your face with its strong riffs, passionate singing and oriental melodies. Stronger, very stronger than Out of Myself.

But then Conceiving You brings back this most intimate side of the band, much in the style of In Two Minds of the previous release. The lyrics are also perfect, making a milestone in the band's career, just like the title track... An authentic progressive tour de force in three acts with perfect songwriting, marvelous lyrics and an epic guitar solo towards the end. Outstanding!

And the guys of Riverside wanted not to bring the party down, so after Second Life Syndrome they included Artificial Smile, another great and rocky song, very prog and perfect to be played live. But if you think that the thigs could not be better, then listen to I Turned You Down... The best song of the album and one of the best of the band's whole career. I can't even describe what this song means to me... And my wife. I just LOVE it.

Reality Dream III is a superb instrumental track with protagonism for Lapaj and the solos of the very missed Grudzinski. Better than the Reality Dreams of Out of Myself in my opinion. And what's to say about Dance with the Shadows? It starts in a very soft way, with a very catchy vocal melody from Duda, and it soon evolves to a very dynamic and complete progressive metal song, with the typical Riverside's more atmospheric and dramatic sections in the middle. The lyrics talk about loss and craziness, introducing the main theme of the next album Rapid Eye Movement. Great riff after the minute 9!

And Before ends the album in the same way that OK did in Out of Myself... Another precious lyric from Duda for a track with trip hop influences.

Summary: Second Life Syndrome is not perfect, but every song included is just great. If you like melancholic crossover prog with strong lyrics, great playing, a very personal approach to instrumental sections and a unique voice this is the best place to start. This is still in my opinion the Riverside's best album to date.

An outstanding masterpiece and one of the best progressive rock albums from the last decade.

Best Tracks: all of them.

My Rating: *****

This review is dedicated to the great and very missed guitarist Piotr Grudzinski. Rest in peace wherever you are, brother!

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