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Progressive Metal • Poland


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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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Memories In My HeadMemories In My Head
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RIVERSIDE discography


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

4.20 | 1041 ratings
Out Of Myself
2003
4.26 | 1538 ratings
Second Life Syndrome
2005
3.77 | 787 ratings
Rapid Eye Movement
2007
4.21 | 1163 ratings
Anno Domini High Definition
2009
4.07 | 924 ratings
Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
2013
4.10 | 602 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine
2015

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

4.11 | 160 ratings
Reality Dream
2008
4.74 | 18 ratings
Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg
2017

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

4.13 | 126 ratings
Reality Dream
2009

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

4.79 | 68 ratings
Reality Dream Trilogy (6CD)
2011
4.36 | 14 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine (Special 5.1 Mix)
2016
4.06 | 78 ratings
Eye of the Soundscape
2016

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

4.30 | 44 ratings
Riverside
2003
3.67 | 43 ratings
Loose Heart
2003
3.58 | 204 ratings
Voices In My Head
2005
2.64 | 67 ratings
Conceiving You
2005
3.75 | 104 ratings
02 Panic Room
2007
3.54 | 68 ratings
Schizophrenic Prayer
2008
4.22 | 9 ratings
Reality Dream Tour 2008
2008
3.89 | 9 ratings
Forgotten Land
2011
4.06 | 269 ratings
Memories In My Head
2011
3.56 | 67 ratings
Celebrity Touch
2012

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 Rapid Eye Movement by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.77 | 787 ratings

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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
3.58 | 204 ratings

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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
4.74 | 18 ratings

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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
3.58 | 204 ratings

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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 | 1538 ratings

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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!

 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.10 | 602 ratings

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Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl & Neo Teams

5 stars Let's start saying that for me this is a masterpiece. I quite like Riverside even without having been a strong fan of the band. I know that somebody considers this album a change in the band's style: less metal and more symphonic prog. Possible, but I can't hear very big differences in style with albums like Second Life Syndrome.

Also, even if I'm not a fan of Steven Wilson, and you can be sure that his hands upon the console are clearly perceived, he has been able to give the band a consistent sound throughout the album without making them sound exactly like Porcupine Tree.

I can't deny that one of the reasons why I'm really impressed by the album is in the lyrics of "Toward The Blue Horizon". This is the title of a Sci_fi novel by Frederik Pohl, but they sound amazingly prophetic; knowing that Piotr Grudzinski is suddenly passed away few weeks after the album's release. Add to this that Mariusz Duda has now in my opinion the most beautiful prog voice after the passing away of Greg Lake.

That song is not the whole album, of course. "Time Travelers" is another intense song which would be enough to make this album worth a purchase, and one which touches me in some strange part of my sub-conscious. So we can say that this is more progressive than metal, but I don't think that Riverside have betrayed their usual public. There are clean vocals only, no screams or growls, but this is not what makes a metal album. It's just a style that this time was not fitting in the songs' economies.

I can't find more words. Surely, listening to it with the awareness that it has been the last album played by Grudzinski, adds some melancholy to an album which can be considered "sad". It's one of the albums I still listen to very often and one of the absolute best of the last three years.

 Out Of Myself by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.20 | 1041 ratings

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Out Of Myself
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Insin

5 stars Riverside really isn't all of that special. They're more or less a standard prog rock band that isn't doing anything very new for the genre, let alone are they progressive in the true sense of the word. Let's face it, they basically sound like Porcupine Tree, which raises the question of why they're even considered a metal band. I would agree with one of the previous reviewers in saying that about 20% of Out of Myself is actually metal.

In spite of this lack of metal-ness, or even all of that much advancement of progressive music, Riverside manages to craft a spectacularly beautiful debut, an album that despite following the general prog rock formula, has a few quirks and factors that set it apart and then set it above the heap of similar releases.

It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what elevates Out of Myself so, but it has a unique atmosphere, brought about by the flowing background soundscapes of the keyboards and aided by the reverb-drenched production. This isn't the type of atmosphere present in, say, Agalloch or classic Darkthrone, that'll make you want to go out to the forest, but it creates an entire second set of music, an ambient song that flows behind the main music. It makes Riverside's sound so much fuller, deeper, and transcendental, a definite point of differentiation and superiority.

The guitar leads are magical, gorgeous and also steeped in reverb. These are played clean and like most of the album, not in a metal style. Throughout Out of Myself, the solos are moments where the guitar seems to break loose into the forefront, not just as an obligatory solo section from another prog band but as something that in fact adds to the music. All of the leads are great without being overused, and a few specific instances come to mind ? the riff at four minutes into Reality Dream Part 1 is the prettiest moment of the album and maybe of any song I've heard. The beginning of The Curtain Falls, where the careful soloing of the guitar coupled with the dreamy ambience of the keyboards produces a strong image of a peaceful pool or stream dappled by sunlight. RIP Piotr Grudzinski.

Riverside doesn't stick to only one type of song, either, providing for a good amount of diversity that still does not deviate from their established sound. The Same River is the true highlight of the album, the opening epic that reaches twelve minutes. It gives a good sense of what Out of Myself is all about, and it builds and flows, well, like a river. Mariusz's vocals come in a long way into the track. He can get shriek and angry when he wants to or when the song demands it, but here he sings simple and beautiful lines. I Believe and In Two Minds are the two acoustic ballads of the album, exemplifying the same tender singing and lyricism, but the other ballad that ends the album, OK, takes a darker and jazzier turn. The Reality Dream sequence is more or less what one would expect of prog instrumentals, and the shorter rock songs also hold up, the title track catchy, Loose Heart sweeping and vast, and both desperate.

Out of Myself is a great prog rock album. Although it emulates the sound of many past greats and isn't really original or truly innovative, they make the formula their own and damn near perfect it. Keeping with a variety of song types and the elements of atmosphere, and some truly gorgeous guitar work, Riverside makes their music beautiful.

 Eye of the Soundscape by RIVERSIDE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
4.06 | 78 ratings

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Eye of the Soundscape
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars Two things: Riverside's now legendary 'hard' style has always been made crunchier by the numerous references to psychedelia (hence the initial Floydian tendencies), so it was not all that surprising that they would push out a 'brighter', album with "Love, Fear and the Time Machine". But with all that Lunatic Soul sensation, it was bound to happen, a glorious monolith of pure soundscape as the title likes to imply, that defies words both as a tribute to a fallen camarade who was ecstatic about the idea but also was involved in the various demos and mixes that comprise this stunner. Piotr Grudzinski was a guitar marvel, dying way too young and at a prog concert to boot, an incredibly sad event for family, friends and fans to bear and to even fathom. This release is dedicated to the talent, the friendship and love for music that Piotr relished as a musician.

Second Thing: The Poles have, behind the initial, hard-drinking, proud bluster, a profoundly romantic heart, deeply sensitive and therefore seductive, always exploring sensorial pleasure as a source for inspiration. Maybe that is why Poles and Hungarians get along so well, 'drinking together and fighting together', goes the saying. Not coincidentally, that tradition is still very strong in musical terms, prog has always been quite fertile in both countries. There has always been an underlying sense of feeling in even their early material and all the way through even the crunchier ones, a profound sadness of spirit that may force the mind to become stronger and braver.

Side1: Lets go for a little trip, shall we? From "Where the River flows" , the suave and meditative sounds are definitely led by Michal Lapaj's artistic keyboards, now front and center, though , it must be said again, there is a LOT of incredible guitar playing on every track, laid back one moment and acerbic the next, weaving and contorting as if on a mission. Mariusz Duda has always been an underrated bassist when in fact he is a killer, as displayed throughout this pulsating affair. Two CDs worth and over 102 minutes, this is a whopper, especially when the booming bass comes in to cause some ruckus! He will also sing, actually more like wail, using his voice as another instrument to focus on and etching dreamy thoughts and images into the brain. Trippy! "Shine" starts out more experimental, almost like Yello meeting Tangerine Dream, with some The Cure-like guitar slashes thrown in for good measure. Then the groove becomes bossy yet suave, the seductive side coming out again, the bass burping along like a happily drunken sailor, still in full command of his body and mind. Outright masterpiece up next with epic "Rapid Eye Movement", a remake of a previously published and released piece. Here it gets a much slower retooling, more ambient and obscure at first, winds howling in the background, with patiently gliding sustained guitar licks slipping through the haze. They take their sweet time to bloom this into a full-blown space adventure, bouncy sequencers first, curvy percussives, and then the rapturous bass carves a clear path forward, a cosmic ride of the highest pedigree, a sublime guitar solo crowns this further with regal ceremony. A tremendously exhilarating voyage this is, with amazing interventions by all and an overall cosmic mood that recalls "You"-era Gong! The bubbly synths are very Tim Blake! There is a calming down section that only seeks to reboot the whole symphony of sounds, a clearly Saharan mini-theme, followed by a typical Floydian chugging guitar intro while the bass resumes its dance with even a stellar solo to boot before clamping down on the fever pitch. Binary, propulsive, radiant yet determined, this is sheer panacea, a world class trophy of modern prog! Ghostly and beautiful. For those of you who prefer a more experimental style, especially electronically, the 2 part "Night Session", will provide over 22 minutes of soundscapes that would fit nicely in the TDream, Schulze, and company school of electronic music. Fascinating repeating rhythms, a twangy guitar that recalls some Bond flick, adding pounding drums and an imagined purpose that seduces everyone in a different manner. Part1 is adrenaline-charged, a tempestuous obsession that keeps the effect ongoing, driven and relentless. There is no sense of imminent end, just headlong trippy psychedelia that roams and wanders, more space jam than rigid composition. It's too weird and engaging for background music, so the attention span must be intensified in order to enjoy these explorations to the fullest. Part 2 goes in a completely unexpected realm, handing over the stage to a saxophone player who will let his muse fly, blowing long and furiously.

The whole of Side 2 is pure bliss in prog regalia, each composition blending into the next one, effortlessly. The resplendent "Rainbow Trip" is an obsessive affair that has an obvious "the Bogus Man" (Roxy Music) vibe, what with the vocal 'tchik-tchickah' noises that you can't help grooving tout de suite! The hypnotic arrangement does this style great justice, as it just fumes by like a race car, hands on the wheel. Celestial? Wanna walk on clouds? You won't be obscured by any, because the sheer sonic fluffiness is bewildering. That is the appropriately titled "Heavenland" and basks in a soporific glee. The magnificent "Return" is bitingly ambient again, sliced by long and sustained guitar chords, a pulse and pitter- patter synth pings, a warm breeze back to restful reality, at rest and at peace. Again, one cannot help feeling the emotion of Piotr's unending eloquence, impressively ingrained for evermore. Another key highlight cut is the magnetic "Aether", a nearly 9 minute incursion into seductive but experimental moods, Duda stroking his bass with loopy moves, slowly erecting the sinuous and reptilian groove that takes this composition to shimmering heights, always bubbling and ominous. Boom boom! A lovely TDream flight takes it further into the stratosphere, insistent sequencers flaunting their feverish fire and blazing new horizons. Trippy indeed and refreshingly addictive, as I have listened to this quite a few times, so enthralled was I by the smile it flashed on my face. The improbable "Machines" is like Kraftwerk but in a much more organic style that has, as far as I know, few clones. So originality both in substance and musicality comes bubbling to the fore, illuminating a new but comfortable path , a sonic bath with plenty of math , clicking along like a smooth and efficient TGV bullet, a glittering ride straight into the 'Pleasuredome'. The heart-stopping sweetness of "Promise" adds not only serene respite but also loads of class, a delicately chiseled acoustic whirl into pastoral universes of unreserved beauty. The title track finale has lots of density too, certainly enough to take the slow road to nirvana , ambient beyond ambient, always with a purpose and a need, screwing deeply into the mind, releasing untold images and colours, shapes and sizes, smiles and passion.

A stubborn and demanding eulogy, unmistakably honest and profound, with all the pain that goes with losing a loved one. A labor of adoration, no atomic-sized hint of greed or disdain, so one can state for the record, that Riverside has a triumvirate of reasons for being proud of their career, their life as musicians and humans and this gem of a recording. It has everything that encapsulates the spirit, the vision and the poetry of progressive rock. Riverside has arrived artistically but will they resume their upward spiraling career? No one knows yet. And if it becomes the "John Bonham is dead, goodbye Zep syndrome", oh well. They leave on a perfect note. Strange how tragedy works, you can never predict the outcome, either salvation or despondence. Yes, it's mellow, just like life or impending death, you might as well be happy and enjoy the best that you can, the pleasures of existence. It's such a damn battle for the rest of us, every day. Spectacular and real music. RIP

5 angels

 Eye of the Soundscape by RIVERSIDE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
4.06 | 78 ratings

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Eye of the Soundscape
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars It was about a year ago that vocalist Mariusz Duda had a meeting with the band and presented the idea of doing an Electronic album. Electronic music is nothing new to the band if you've checked out some of the bonus tracks that RIVERSIDE have used over the years. And even Mariusz's solo project LUNATIC SOUL is heavily Electronic at times. Anyway the band's response was nothing but positive towards this idea and the late guitarist Piotr Grudzinski who passed away from natural causes last February texted Mariusz with these words "I really can't wait for this release, I have always had a dream for RIVERSIDE to release such an album". This of course is dedicated to the late guitarist with these words from the band "This is our last journey together so we dedicate this album to you, Brother. In our hearts you will stay forever." And so we have the last performance from this amazing guitarist as he and the band created several new tracks in studio at the beginning of 2016 while also using many of those bonus tracks that date back to 2007. Duda described the experience of recording and composing this album as "We were working with smiles on our faces, genuinely excited, knowing that this time it wasn't just a bonus disc or an addition to something bigger but a fully fledged, independant release with that kind of music, full of space, trance, melodies and electronics".

I'm not a huge Electronic fan but I have a deep appreciation for this sub-genre and love listening to soundscape music while driving or biking especially. At first I didn't think there was much guitar on here but there's plenty. Duda does sing but often it sounds like he's in the distance, obviously the emphasis is on the instrumental work here and his voice is like another instrument as he also uses vocal melodies to great affect. We get two discs worth just over a hundred minutes of music. While some of these song titles might be familiar they really have changed these songs completely to the point of not even recognizing them.

Our journey begins with "Where The River Flows" and man the atmosphere is incredible early on. Drums just before 2 minutes then the guitar joins in. An electronic beat arrives before 4 minutes and suddenly this is electronic music all the way. Catchy too. It settles right down 7 1/2 minutes in as the guitar is strummed with little else going on. Some distant vocals after 9 minutes, keys too to the end. "Shine" was the first track to get an official video from the band. Electronics to start then some heaviness before a minute, guitar too. So much going on with all these sounds including drums, lots of depth here. "Rapid Eye Movement" features spacey and drifting music with some experimental sounds that come and go. An electronic beat kicks in after 3 minutes then the guitar starts to cry out. So good! It starts to settle back after 7 1/2 minutes and check out the bass 9 minutes in. It starts to pick back up as the drums join in and we get some vocal melodies before 12 minutes.

"Night Session Part One" sounds really good as we get this melancholic vibe and it's very spacey. Lots of atmosphere and it's sparse sounding until an electronic beat joins in at 2 1/2 minutes then eventually guitar as well. I really like this one. It starts to calm right down after 8 1/2 minutes. "Night Sessions Part Two" is interesting as we get sax on this track changing the flavour somewhat. Percussion too as the sax comes and goes then guitar before 3 minutes. Vocal melodies follow as it slowly builds. The sax is back around 5 1/2 minutes then it's sax only before 7 minutes with lots of atmosphere. Spacey winds a minute later. This is quite ambient.

Disc two begins with "Sleepwalkers" which might be my favourite of the bunch. Sounds echo and ping as almost spoken vocals then guitar join in as it builds, an electronic beat as well. "Rainbow Trip" is spacey with a beat, bass, keys and more. It's building and check out the guitar starting before 5 minutes. "Heavenland" is another killer track which is very spacey with vocal melodies that come and go. So much atmosphere around 2 minutes as the soundscape almost vibrates.

"Return" again is filled with atmosphere as experimental sounds come and go. A beat around 2 minutes followed by guitar but man that atmosphere! It turns louder before 5 1/2 minutes. "Aether" is like the previous two tracks with the atmosphere and I like the bass as cymbals join in. A beat then electronics arrive and eventually they will dominate. Cool track. "Machines" opens with keys before these beats take over. "Promise" features some beautiful acoustic guitar, emotional stuff for me(RIP Piotr) with all that atmosphere too. "Eye Of The Soundscape" ends it and this is one sparse and ambient piece. Very spacey with sparse sounds that will come and go over the 11 1/2 minutes.

Duda has had a rough year with the passing of his great friend and band mate Piotr and he also lost his father who passed away late in the spring this year, plus he was dealing with some other personal stuff. I hope for nothing but positive vibes towards this awesome band. They said they will hire a guitarist as they need one, they will not replace what cannot be replaced. Piotr was one of a kind.

 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.10 | 602 ratings

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Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Love, Fear and the Time Machine" is the 6th full-length studio album by Polish progressive rock act Riverside. The album was released through InsideOut Music in September 2015. It's the successor to "Shrine of New Generation Slaves" from 2013. Riverside slowly evolved over the years from a progressive rock act with some metal leanings to a more fully progressive metal oriented act on their 4th full-length studio album "Anno Domini High Definition (2009)". On "Shrine of New Generation Slaves (2013)" they moved away from the metal influences again though, and that development continues on "Love, Fear and the Time Machine"...

...it's actually their least metal tinged album up until now. There are still some relatively hard rocking sections featured on the album, and even a couple of sections which borders metal, but "Love, Fear and the Time Machine" is generally a very mellow and pleasant sounding release. Artists like Porcupine Tree and Gazpacho often come to mind, but by now Riverside have found their own sound within the world of slightly melancholic and atmospheric progressive rock. Mariusz Duda has a pleasant voice, which helps convey the message of the material well, but the band are generally well playing and deliver their parts with both passion and conviction. Interesting rhythms, melodic guitar/keyboards, and an organic sounding bass, are just some of the features which make up Riverside's sound.

The material on the 10 track, 60:38 minutes long album is well written and quite catchy. While all tracks feature vers/chorus sections, which are easy to hum/sing along to, the tracks contain more than just that. The track structures always go beyond the basic vers/chorus structure, and while I wouldn't characterize the material as complex, it's still relatively adventurous. Add to that a warm and well sounding production, which suits the material perfectly, and we have yet another high quality Riverside release on our hands. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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