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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 Grudziñski 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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Anno Domini High DefinitionAnno Domini High Definition
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RIVERSIDE shows & tickets


  • Riverside + Retrospective + Xposure at B90, Gdansk on 23 Apr 2014
  • New Generation Tour 2014 on 24 Apr 2014
  • New Generation Tour 2014 on 25 Apr 2014
  • Riverside + Retrospective + Xposure at Progresja Music Zone, Warszawa on 26 Apr 2014
  • Riverside at Muzyczne Studio Polskiego Radia im. Agnieszki Osieckiej, Warsaw on 27 Apr 2014
  • Juwenalia UW on 23 May 2014
  • Ilosaarirock 2014 on 12 Jul 2014
  • German Kultrockfestival V on 16 Aug 2014
  • Carpathian Satisfaction 2014 on 22 Aug 2014
  • Pozegnanie wakacji on 30 Aug 2014

RIVERSIDE discography


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

4.20 | 785 ratings
Out Of Myself
2003
4.27 | 1148 ratings
Second Life Syndrome
2005
3.78 | 599 ratings
Rapid Eye Movement
2007
4.22 | 869 ratings
Anno Domini High Definition
2009
4.07 | 617 ratings
Shrine of New Generation Slaves
2013

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

3.99 | 116 ratings
Reality Dream
2008

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

4.06 | 96 ratings
Reality Dream
2009

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

4.77 | 43 ratings
Reality Dream Trilogy (6CD)
2011

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

4.31 | 30 ratings
Riverside
2003
3.54 | 32 ratings
Loose Heart
2003
3.62 | 173 ratings
Voices In My Head
2005
2.52 | 55 ratings
Conceiving You
2005
3.76 | 88 ratings
02 Panic Room
2007
3.47 | 56 ratings
Schizophrenic Prayer
2008
4.03 | 224 ratings
Memories In My Head
2011
3.45 | 55 ratings
Celebrity Touch
2012

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 Memories In My Head by RIVERSIDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
4.03 | 224 ratings

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Memories In My Head
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

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

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

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 Shrine of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.07 | 617 ratings

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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

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

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

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

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 Shrine of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.07 | 617 ratings

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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

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

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

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

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

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 Shrine of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.07 | 617 ratings

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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Mr. Mustard

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

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

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

7/10

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 Rapid Eye Movement by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.78 | 599 ratings

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Rapid Eye Movement
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Ozymandias

4 stars Their third release and the 3rd part of the Reality Dream Trilogy see Riverside continue their brand of Progressive Metal with great effect. The opener "Before The Eyelids" again makes me think about how good a voice Mariusz has got. Lots of PROG music suffers from poor vocal performances, but definitely not here!

02 Panic Room, what a song! Schizophrenic Prayer, another good one!. This album is constructed and executed in similar style to its predecessors which makes Riverside one of the artists I enjoy most to listen to. These first three albums are equally good and there's not much to choose between them.

The bonus disc features Lucid Dream IV, which I believe, is part of the Reality Dream instrumentals found on the previous 2 albums. I would recommend Riverside to anyone wanting to enjoy good solid Progressive ROCK!

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 Second Life Syndrome by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.27 | 1148 ratings

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Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Ozymandias

4 stars The follow-up to their very successful debut, Second Life Syndrome, starts on a quiet note with the opener "After". Picks up a notch with Volte-Face before we get to the ballad-like "Conceiving You".

The lengthy title track is followed by the rockier "Artificial Smile" before we get to the beautiful "I Turned You Down". Another installment of the instrumental "Reality Dream" piece is found here.

As progressive as their first offering and as enjoyable. Just don't push that many buttons for me I'm afraid, but still a very fine collection of Progressive Goodness. Hoping for bigger things for the band.

Rate this similar to their debut. 4 Stars.

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 Out Of Myself by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.20 | 785 ratings

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Out Of Myself
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Ozymandias

4 stars Guess a good song is constructed with the right amount of ambience, a good drum section, audible bass sequences and electric guitars being played with the right amount of dexterity to draw and captivate the audience.

If you don't know Riverside, then this is the right and best place to start. This, the bands' debut, speaks volumes of Progressiveness and just pure Rockiness! The opening "The Same River" has quite a lengthy instrumental intro before you hear the voice of Mariusz Duda. He has a strong and distinct voice which is a key part of Riverside and their compositions.

The 2 part Reality Dream forms an instrumental piece of note and all the other songs on offer here are very listenable and enjoyable. A fine debut in my opinion. Solid 4 Stars.

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 Shrine of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.07 | 617 ratings

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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Gatot
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4 stars It grew on me ...

The first spin of this album did not really hook me to the music as I expect something similar - in terms of energy and dynamis - wih previous AnnoDomini. But as I repeated the spin over and over finally I reach to the point that this one is really enjoyable and excellent album in all dimensions: music harmonies, complexity, melody, change of tempo as well as structural integrity. Well I would say that the composition is not that complex but it's not simple as well. As for the opening track "New Generation Slave" (4:17) I was almost bored with relatively long opening part. But as more spins I experienced I then could understand why it took that long and it's quite clear to me that it helped set the tone of the music. One thing I love it is that the riffs are really great and become the main characteristic of this opening track.

"The Depth Of Self-Delusion" (7:39) is basically much slower to tempo than the opening track it reminds me to Pink Floyd nuances as the music moves from one segment to another. It's like a refreshing time after quite dynamics first track. "Celebrity Touch" (6:48) moves the music in different way with powerful riffs at opening followed by rocking vocal line. As the music flows I always enjoy the intertwining nature of riffs, organ work accentuated with raw vocal and drumming. "We Got Used To Us" (4:12) brings back the music to a refreshing nuance with slower tempo using piano and nice vocal work. The guitar solo is nice. In some musical breaks I can see some Floydian style and sounds. "Feel Like Falling" (5:19) starts again with heavy riffs followed with long distance singing vocal style. "Deprived (Irretrievably Lost Imagination)" (8:26) is another psychedelic kind of music. "Escalator Shrine" (12:41) is the longest in terms of duration compared to other. It flows in medium tempo at beginning with some sort of psychedelic nature. It flows then to dynamic and faster tempo with organ solo. It's a nice track, really.

Overall this is a beautifully crafted album combining the psychedelic , spacey as well as ambient style. It flows really nice from one track to another. Four stars. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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 Shrine of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by LakeGlade12

3 stars 3.5 Stars. I've got used to them

I've always had a soft spot for Riverside as they were one of the first modern prog bands that I discovered. They are one of those consistent bands that I could always rely on to produce something to touch the heart and the head. That hasn't changed with SONGS, however I can't help but feel that they are playing it too safe and that the songs here don't bring anything new to the table. It sits somewhere between the reality dream trilogy and ADHD and so offers just about enough variations to be interesting.

The album starts on a low note with "New Generation Slave" which I consider to be one of the worst songs they have ever done. The intro is incredibly annoying with repetitive vocals and on/off musical outbursts that don't go anywhere. The Prog Metal instrumental that does eventually arrive is fairly one dimensional and nowhere near as powerful as those found in ADHD.

"The Depth Of Self-Delusion" is one of Riverside's more emotive songs, but unlike most them the tempo is reasonably quick and there are a few noisy outbursts to be found. The quieter and more delicate moments are quite touching and the Pink Floyd atmosphere adds to the song without taking centre stage. Much better than the opening song.

"Celebrity Touch" is a song of two moods. Most of it is load and noisy hard rock/metal with the tune being incredibly catchy. I'm not surprised at all that this became their single as it does really stick in your head! The other mood is much quieter and atmospheric and feels like a completely different song. The whole songs still works reasonably well as they prevent either mood from being repetitive, but it can take a while to get used to this odd combination.

"We Got Used To Us" is a straight forward emotional ballad with some PF atmosphere added in for good measure. The lyrics are the best thing about this song and it does a good job in making you feel slightly depressed. They have done this kind of song before but its still enjoyable.

"Feel Like Falling" switches between hard rock verses and more relaxed choruses with some cool Prog Metal solos at the end. Its quite similar to Celebrity Touch but not as polarised on either side of the spectrum and also like Celebrity Touch it is a catchy song. It doesn't leave the biggest impression but the striped back version of this song at the end (Coda) does help solve this problem.

Up until this point the album has been lacking in the Prog department. "Deprived (Irretrievably Lost Imagination)" helps solve this problem and is IMO the best song on the album. Its a very emotional song (with heart-breaking lyrics) and it makes We Got Used To Us sound hollow in comparison. The tempo is slow and atmospheric for the most part. They could be accused of overextending the song so that it reaches the "epic" 8 min length, with a bit of trimming it could have been a masterpiece.

"Escalator Shrine" starts with some repetitive vocals, but unlike the opening song there is a build of momentum so it isn't frustrating. The inevitable Prog Metal phase appears which lasts a few minutes. Its good, but it what I've come to expect from Riverside so it doesn't feel very new. The second half of the song is much better, as it manages to be dramatic without using the standard techniques.

There is a bonus disc that contains two 10 min songs. They are both instrumentals that combine ambient, rock and electronic music. The first song has more rock and the second is more laidback. They are both good songs and the only part of the album where the band try something new.

So in summery this is a good album, but struggles to compete with what has come before. This has been a hard review to write as I'm struggling to define exactly what I don't like about the album (apart from the first song). All of the elements are here, but the magic is lacking. It could be that my expectations was too high after ADHD, it could be the lack of Prog in this album or it could be the lack of innovation outside the Night Session bonus tracks. This is still a good album so I have to give it a high 3 stars, almost 4 with the bonus tracks.

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 Shrine of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.07 | 617 ratings

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Shrine of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars Shrine of New Generation Slaves is the fifth studio record by the Polish band Riverside and it was released this year 2013, but in the very beginning. I don't think it sounds like metal. That should be good because I don't like metal very much, but I don't like this very much either. The music lasts little more than 50 minutes and that was a nice lenght and the record features Mariusz Duda on vocals and bass, Piotr Grudzinski on guitars, Michal Lapaj on keyboards and Piotr Kozieradzki. I looke forward to hear this band which has been object for many reviews and they are said to be a strong progressive impulse nowadays. Earlier I have had great experiences with Polish music such as SBB but this was in no comparisons the same.

Riverside plays some form of melancholic stage rock with on the other hand sounds very emotional and honest but in the other hand not original och especially progressive. I can still point out the good things. Riverside plays well, they handle their instruments intelligent and the vocalist has a nice tune and accent. I would have been so happy if they had sung in Polish but it's not Christmas yet. Some tracks are worth discussing. The absolutely best one is the second: "The Depth of Self-Delusion" which I like very much. It has an attractive melody and depth in lyrics and sounds. I also find "New Generation Slave", "Feel like falling" and "Escalator Shrine" enjoyable.

As I can see the qualities I will give this record three (week) stars but I am mostly disappointed. I don't find this record interesting at all. The worst track is "We got used to us" and over all I am not pleased with these listenings. I wanted something Riverside couldn't give me. Perhaps this music has run to far from the old prog band's glorious sound. No that's of course wrong. A progressive artist can never do the same but I think this is boring, I can't help it. My voting will be three stars because it's little better than records I have given two.

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