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Founded 2001 in Warsaw, Poland -

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

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

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

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

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

4.19 | 1248 ratings
Out of Myself
2003
4.24 | 1803 ratings
Second Life Syndrome
2005
3.80 | 929 ratings
Rapid Eye Movement
2007
4.21 | 1368 ratings
Anno Domini High Definition
2009
4.07 | 1101 ratings
Shrine of New Generation Slaves
2013
4.07 | 812 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine
2015
3.99 | 501 ratings
Wasteland
2018

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

4.17 | 189 ratings
Reality Dream
2008
4.34 | 83 ratings
Lost 'n' Found: Live in Tilburg
2017
4.53 | 17 ratings
Wasteland Tour 2018-2020
2020

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

4.24 | 151 ratings
Reality Dream
2009

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

4.81 | 89 ratings
Reality Dream Trilogy (6CD)
2011
4.42 | 31 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine (Special 5.1 Mix)
2016
3.96 | 149 ratings
Eye of the Soundscape
2016
4.33 | 15 ratings
Riverside 20: The Shorts & The Longs
2021

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

4.32 | 53 ratings
Riverside
2003
3.82 | 53 ratings
Loose Heart
2003
3.60 | 251 ratings
Voices in My Head
2005
2.74 | 81 ratings
Conceiving You
2005
3.77 | 125 ratings
02 Panic Room
2007
3.66 | 85 ratings
Schizophrenic Prayer
2008
4.47 | 15 ratings
Reality Dream Tour 2008
2008
4.50 | 4 ratings
Live In Canada (Official Bootleg)
2009
4.06 | 16 ratings
Forgotten Land
2011
4.12 | 318 ratings
Memories In My Head
2011
3.59 | 74 ratings
Celebrity Touch
2012
3.80 | 10 ratings
# addicted
2015
4.36 | 11 ratings
Time Travellers
2016
3.71 | 7 ratings
Shine
2016
4.05 | 22 ratings
River Down Below
2018
4.39 | 23 ratings
Lament
2018
4.07 | 27 ratings
Vale of Tears
2018
3.36 | 14 ratings
Acoustic Session
2019
2.50 | 2 ratings
Live Acoustic
2021

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 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.07 | 812 ratings

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Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by ElChanclas

4 stars LFATTM is the 6th studio album by polish #heavyprog and #crossoverprog band Riverside and was my point of entry to the band's catalog, which is pretty solid and varied. Even though I've already listened to all their outputs (EPs included) and knowing for a fact that there's even more grandiose tracks and moments in almost all of their album, I always find myself going back to this one, I just find it perfect.

The opener track "Lost (why should I be frightened by a Hat?)" already gives a lot of snippets that will come back somehow throughout the rest of the album and tells the listener to "sit down, pay attention and pump up the volume!", I think is a perfect opener.

Things get even better with the dark and lovely melodies of Under The Pillow and #Addicted which dig deeper into thoughts and feelings both in the music and lyrics, superb! The first being guitar-keys driven and the second one bringing Duda's heavy bass playing upfront leading Piotr's guitar soloing into greatness.

The same intense feeling persists with Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire, another slowly built rocker that finds itself hypnotically balanced thanks to the great vocal harmonies and the atmospheric playing by Michal Lapaj.

Another exquisite song trio jumps in starting with the profound galloping of Saturate Me, a track that somehow feels like the chaotic scene from the movie but not for long, the dreamiest, saddest and most memorable of melodies to accompany an impressive rhythmic section! Afloat breaks the tipping point and brings the mood to a mellow and almost passive precious acoustic ballad-like ambient, it sounds truthful and heartfelt. Discard your Fear lifts all again supported by a heavy The Cure style fat bass and gives birth to one of the best moments of the album, heavy, profound and melodic. Discard your fear of the unknown?

The last almost 20mins of the album reside in a more hopeful and almost positive vibe, like when you are getting closer to achieve a goal, achieve a perfect record? Maybe?again TC inspired bass chords and sound invade Duda's songwriting and he then adds all of these wonderful musical transitions where calm becomes hectic and melodic becomes intriguing. Towards the Blue Horizon, 8 plus minute of genius. Time Travelers brings back the acoustic guitars and the incredible singing of Mariusz, maybe the poppiest track of them all but still quite good, high quality song writing and execution. Found (the Unexpected Flaw of Searching) does what a good closer does, rounds up the experience with great hooky melodies and the adequate tempo, perfect guitar soloing, narcotic bass playing and the sense of a band waving farewell to their listeners, until the next time?see you soon! Ohh it's a lovely life, you have gone so far don't give it up! Highly recommended.

 Riverside 20: The Shorts & The Longs by RIVERSIDE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2021
4.33 | 15 ratings

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Riverside 20: The Shorts & The Longs
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by axeman

4 stars This is Riverside. Is there anything else needed? 20 years of listenable but not boring music, often with a driving edge and sometimes a pop sensibility, that's not too pop.

They've got Escalator Shrine, Second Life Syndrome, the excellent Egoist Hedonist from Anno Domini, Time Travellers, River Down Below, and two of my favorites from their soft side, Depth of Self-Delusion, We Got Used to Us.

It's got almost everything that I would want in a 33-track playlist of Riverside. I'm pretty sure that Riverside wouldn't have gone to all the trouble of wiping out Piotr Grudzinski's memorable and singular guitar work on all these tracks, though. So, I think the credits need some editing.

 Out of Myself by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.19 | 1248 ratings

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Out of Myself
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

5 stars Over the last 30+ years it has been rare for me to review an album more than once, there must be something special for that to happen, yet here I am once again falling in love with an album which I originally wrote back in 2004. The rationale this time around is because Inside Out Music have now made it available for the first time on their label as a digipak as well as vinyl and has been re-mastered by Dan Swanö (Opeth, Katatonia, Nightingale). These days, Riverside are probably the largest progressive export from Poland, and right from the beginning this album looked like it was going to create a stir as after it had been released independently it was picked up by Sony, while the band then signed to Laser's Edge for a worldwide release. This was big news in the scene, as this was still in the dark days of Prog, when labels and mass media were trying at best to ignore the genre and at worse were trying to kill it, so to be picked up by Sony was huge.

What's it like returning to it after so many years? It's like falling in love all over again. Right from the beginning I knew this was special and was so thankful for being allowed to hear so much great music from Poland thanks to my friendship with Polish Prog DJ and writer Artur Chachlowski. Back then I described the album as being one of those prog albums that goes into the head and stays there: think Porcupine Tree, Radiohead, Pink Floyd and darker bands such as Anathema, and for once I think I got it right as I still feel that today all these years later. The quartet of Mariusz Duda (vocals, bass), Piotr Grudzinski (guitar (R.I.P.)), Piotr Kozieradzki (drums) and Jacek Melnicki (keyboards) created something very special indeed which still stands up to scrutiny all these years later.

It is not prog metal, but when the guitars come in they kick really hard. With the lyrics in English this is an album that is accessible yet at the same time is darkly complex: there is a passion and presence that is sadly missing from many prog bands. This is not music that has been created to be listened to in a sterile environment, this is prog designed to be taken out on the road and performed in front of a sweaty baying audience. It is prog that mixes and melds, never forgetting that rock is a key element of what they are doing. Yes, there is room for acoustic guitars, but there is also room for Marshalls turned up to twelve, but even when this is happening it is not about bludgeoning the audience into submission, but rather using it as part of another dramatic effect. The remastering allows the definition and separation of the instruments to really shine through.

In 2004 I said it was one of the finest progressive rock albums I had ever heard come out of Poland, and in 2021 I still feel exactly the same way.

 Lost 'n' Found: Live in Tilburg by RIVERSIDE album cover Live, 2017
4.34 | 83 ratings

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

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars Over the last 30 years I have been fortunate to have been introduced to a great deal of Polish progressive rock, a country which surely punches well above its weight in that genre. For some reason few bands have really gained the recognition internationally which they deserve, but Riverside flung the door open with their debut 'Out of Myself' in 2003 and since then they have become the most recognized Polish group around. This set was recorded on October 18th, 2015, at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands, finding the guys at the end of their 'Love, Fear and the Time Machine' album and documents the group's last tour with original guitarist and founding member Piotr Grudzinski who died the following year from a pulmonary embolism.

Tilburg has long been renowned as a progressive hotspot, and quite a few bands have recorded live albums there. However, this album was originally designed to be something different so even though the performance that night was very special indeed, this was originally only available as a limited self-released fanclub/tour-edition. It was only three years after the original release, and 5 years after the recording, that this became available through Inside Out who have made it available in multiple formats. That an album of this strength and passion has only been available to a select few is nothing short of a travesty, as here we find the quartet on absolute top form.

Riverside's strength has always been their ability to combine wonderful vocals, in a manner which is reminiscent at times of Greg Lake or John Wetton, with great songs and superb musicianship. When they need to rock, then they really do, but there are also times when they are far more reflective. This means we can get wonderful piano-led numbers like "Conceiving You" where Michał Łapaj provides a rippling undercurrent for Mariusz Duda to place his vocals against, adding his bass when the time is right, drummer Piotr Kozieradzki doesn't play at all at the beginning, and then adds the nuances one expects, while of course we also have Piotr Grudziński. Piotr was a wonderfully fluid guitarist who was able to switch from driving power chords to delicate solos, and the four of them combined to create music which was always full of proper songs.

If I were to introduce someone to Riverside, this would be a great place to start, as the band are on fire, the crowd respectful, and it is such a great set. Dada says, "It was a remarkable concert. During the "Love, Fear and the Time Machine Tour 2015", the band were in excellent shape, and although we were promoting our more "song-oriented side", we played such compositions as "Hyperactive" or "Egoist Hedonist". On top of that, there is a 20-minute version of "Escalator Shrine" and a special, unique version of "The Same River" with a modified intro. The fact that it was one of the last concerts with Piotr Grudziński makes it even more emotional and memorable. Riverside have always tasted best live. On this release, their music has an exceptional, unique flavour."

I agree.

 Shrine of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.07 | 1101 ratings

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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by ElChanclas

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

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

 Out of Myself by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.19 | 1248 ratings

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Out of Myself
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by King Brimstone

1 stars - Review #10 -

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

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

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

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

 Second Life Syndrome by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.24 | 1803 ratings

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Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by King Brimstone

3 stars - Review #9 -

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

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

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

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

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

 Lost 'n' Found: Live in Tilburg by RIVERSIDE album cover Live, 2017
4.34 | 83 ratings

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

Review by Prog Is Not Dead

5 stars A five star rating is a rarity in my reviews. This re-issue of 'Lost'n'Found - Live in Tilburg' has been on my wanted list for some considerable time. As a live band 'Riverside' present a thoroughly professional and polished performance with total aplomb. The DVD is the way to listen and watch for the whole experience. Front-of-house did the band proud too - with no overdubs - what you see is what the paying audience saw and heard on the night. It opens with 'Lost' and closes with 'Found'. Does not take a genius to work out how the title came about. Riverside have always been a consummate studio band releasing quality material with the majority of their work but this live performance is amazing. It is billed as 'Love, Fear and the Time Machine Tour 2015' and comes in audio-book form with a series of concert photographs. There is just enough information but the most poignant note is that it is dedicated to 'Piotr Grudzinski' who, sadly, died of pulmonary embolism early in the 2016 at the age of 40. It would take almost four years for 'Riverside' to officially welcome a new guitarist. The two CDs both come in around the fifty minute mark - by today's standards fairly short and for that reason I recommend the DVD for uninterrupted enjoyment. The highlights are subjective but for me they include; Under the Pillow, Saturate Me and the epic track Escalator Shrine. An album which took longer to reach me than I would have liked but the wait made it all the more special.
 Anno Domini High Definition by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.21 | 1368 ratings

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Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by ProfGrognon

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Anno Domini High Definition by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.21 | 1368 ratings

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Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Isaac Peretz

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

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

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

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

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

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