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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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Eye Of The SoundscapeEye Of The Soundscape
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4.19 | 1000 ratings
Out Of Myself
4.26 | 1461 ratings
Second Life Syndrome
3.76 | 751 ratings
Rapid Eye Movement
4.20 | 1126 ratings
Anno Domini High Definition
4.07 | 886 ratings
Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
4.05 | 542 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine

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

4.10 | 151 ratings
Reality Dream

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

4.13 | 120 ratings
Reality Dream

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

4.79 | 61 ratings
Reality Dream Trilogy (6CD)
4.57 | 7 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine (Special 5.1 Mix)
4.05 | 19 ratings
Eye of the Soundscape

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

4.34 | 41 ratings
3.68 | 41 ratings
Loose Heart
3.63 | 194 ratings
Voices In My Head
2.63 | 65 ratings
Conceiving You
3.75 | 101 ratings
02 Panic Room
3.51 | 65 ratings
Schizophrenic Prayer
4.13 | 8 ratings
Reality Dream Tour 2008
4.00 | 9 ratings
Forgotten Land
4.05 | 259 ratings
Memories In My Head
3.55 | 65 ratings
Celebrity Touch


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 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.05 | 542 ratings

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"...'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.

 Shrine Of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.07 | 886 ratings

Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Riverside continues to distinguish itself as one of the most consistent and complete prog-metal bands of the last decade and beyond with Shrine to a New Generation of Slaves . This album uses the band's palette of dark, moody, bottom-heavy, and many textured sounds to create excellently crafted songs and a mature listening experience.

The thing Riverside does exceptionally well is reach inside the listener to touch emotional nerves that many bands strive for, but never quite arrive at. Duda's vocals are key to this; they're masculine, gently accented, and in this album, often sung in his more mellow tone. He's emotional without being contrived, and his thoughtful phrasing adds a high level of polish.

The aggressive moments of Shrine to a New Generation of Slaves are mostly instrumental, carried by Duda's huge bass lines and walls of keyboards by Lapaj. Unlike many bands in the genre, guitars are somewhat understated and melodic. Grudzinksi doesn't have any shredding guitar solos or moments that tie the listener up in knots (such as Petrucci or others); instead, he adds to the riffing or hooks or melodies as needed. This restraint may be the secret sauce that helps give Riverside a unique sound when compared to other prog-metal groups. Like Tool, it's the experience that is important, not the individual moments of a single instrumentalist.

Shrine to a New Generation of Slaves is a top-shelf prog-metal release, and worthy addition to the band's library. It's easy to approach and enjoy. For me, their debut is sets the milestone that hasn't yet been met, but with a band that is so consistently good, it's only a matter of time. Why not 5 stars? For me, the subject matter doesn't hit home. Lyrically this album is basically an indictment of pop-culture, which seems to be a required theme for modern prog bands. I don't disagree but it feels like an easy target and the result doesn't take me on much of a journey. That's a quibble for sure though; this is a great album!

Note the limited edition features a second disk with 20 minutes of moody instrumentals with a cool electronic vibe. Very cool bonus!

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

 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.05 | 542 ratings

Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

5 stars You won't hear me complaining about the direction RIVERSIDE is going musically these days. It seems to me they are following in Steven Wilson's footsteps with these melodic, more mainstreamed songs. But they are amazing songs! The lyrics and music on this album have moved me many times over the last couple of weeks. So we get an hour of meaningful music bringing to mind THE CURE, Steven Wilson and ANATHEMA.

It's impossible to pick my top three songs here but I could do a top six. "Lost(Why Should Be Frightened Of A Hat?)" is a top six. The organ floats as the bass and vocals join in. It stays laid back until just before 2 1/2 minutes when it kicks into gear. Some nice sounding guitar a minute later, along with the chunky bass. "Come, follow me, we'll go down where the river flows". So uplifting! "Under The Pillow" opens with picked guitar and atmosphere as reserved vocals join in. I like the spacey synths and prominent bass before 1 1/2 minutes. Nice guitar/ organ section after 4 minutes. "How long can you hold your breath under the pillow".

"#Addicted" is my favourite tune. There's an eighties vibe here, especially THE CURE. "So hashtag me and go cause i'm addicted to your love." Just some killer bass work along with those incredible vocals that are so pure. I like the almost one minute closing section of acoustic guitar and melancholic synths that don't even seem like it's the same song, but man it works so well. "Caterpillar And The Barbed Wire" is a top six. This sounds so good early on with those vocals, bass and atmosphere. A classy guitar solo before 4 minutes, and I love the final minute of this song. "Saturate Me" another top six. A fairly powerful start to this one with the organ and guitar standing out. Riffs come and go then we get a change after 2 minutes as it calms right down with electronics and spacey vocals. "I don't want to feel like i'm no one anymore, in my invisible "oh" life". So good!

"Afloat" is sad with reflective vocals and picked guitar. It reminds me of the "Judgement" era of ANATHEMA. Some atmosphere a minute in and the organ floats in as well. Melancholic lyrics to this one as well. "Discard Your Fear" is a top six. I like how this builds and it reminds me of THE SMITHS early on. The vocals are higher pitched than usual. Love the bass and spacey synths. It turns so uplifting 2 1/2 minutes in as well as at 4 minutes and 6 minutes. Nice! It's heavy with some ripping guitar 5 minutes in. "Towards The Blue Horizon" is the final top six. Acoustic guitar melodies to start as releaxed vocals join in. The lyrics are so good, so moving. This is a song about missing a past love. "We just lived our lives". It turns intense before 3 1/2 minutes and we get some MAIDEN-like lead guitar 4 minutes in followed by organ then riffs. There's a beautiful section 6 minutes in. "I just miss those days wish I could be strong when darkness comes".

"Time Travelers" is a song about regret and it opens with strummed guitar and vocals. This one is my least favourite but it's still quite good. "Found(The Unexpected Flaw Of Searching)" really reminds me of Wilson's "Perfect Life" on the chorus at least. This one is very emotional and probably deserves to be in my top six but then this simply shows how solid this album is. It's so moving the way it starts and it turns fuller after a minutes. "Oooh, it's a lovely life". I also like the line "In my yearning for daylight I find you in my soul."

This was a huge surprise after reading about how mainstream it was, but this is simply great music no matter how you look at it.

 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.05 | 542 ratings

Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars The Incident: So here is Steve Wilson sitting in a boardroom (a bored room?), informing his esteemed Porcupine Tree colleagues that time has come to 'erase the hand' and 'move on' (just like 'she' did), putting the mercurial band on hold, for who knows how long . Bassist Colin Edwin just smirks and smiles like he always does, the perennial Mr.Chill, while Richard Barbieri mumbles an 'Alright then!' and moves to Japan. Drummer extraordinaire Gavin Harrison turns Crimson and the King barely shrugs as he never has experienced unemployment anyway. 'My perfect life would be to go solo and do my own thing, lads but not to worry, I found the right band to continue our style. These Polish dudes Riverside have always copied us, well, they are free to do so now'. Wilson leaves the room with 'Bonnie the Cat', 'Even Less' irritated than when he had ordered a 'Lightbulb Sun', earlier in the day. Oh well'..

Mariusz Duda is no dummy, savvy enough to know that chess is quite popular in Central and Eastern Europe, so every move has a counter move, no? 'Don't Hate Me' he is heard humming smartly, he will play his tune regardless, being a Lunatic Soul. After a deluge of soft albums followed by hard ones, looks like Riverside has gone 'Hatesong' with their latest offering 'Love, Fear and the Time Machine', a sideway sashay that will please some fans and enrage others. The harsh guitar metal onslaught is nowhere to be heard, the growling silliness is completely erased and the mood is way more melodic (read: accessible) than ever before. The songs are also way shorter, more succinct and to the point, the instrumental fat trimmed off completely. Disappointing? Not really and let me explain why. The melodies are magnificent and the delivery is simply first class. It must be said that this sounds more like Duda's solo work (Lunatic Soul) at times but with a little less contemplation and way more approachability. Also it's perhaps more feminine and less masculine than , say 'Anno Domini', for sure. There is very little doubt that a gemstone song like 'Time Travellers' could and should be a hit by any existing standard, armed as it is with the deadliest of melodies. The heartfelt chorus is utterly genial and the entire experience is one of classic prog perfection. 'Let's go back to the world that was 30 years ago and let's believe this is our time' repeated often enough to be seared into the brain, a pastoral and jazzy backdrop, gently rippling organ rolling in the grooves. Timeless indeed.

Funny that the first song is entitled 'Lost' and the final one, 'Found', definitely proof of their detail-oriented shrewdness, a band that has reached maturity. 'Lost' is a vaporous lullaby, swirls of mood that again wink at Porcupine Tree's 'Lazarus' when the following lyric parallels the latter ( 'Come, follow me down where the river flows'), a coincidence ? No, just an 'Incident'! One is a valley, the other a river, how quaint'.The guitar solo is wavy, bright and suave, a simple glide down the neck and thrills galore.

The brooding 'Under the Pillow' opens the proceedings with a convincing rant that offers clanging guitar and Mariusz' defiantly soft voice, a sinewy atmosphere that sounds closer to old REM or the Church, slashed by a buzzing axe furrow and an insistent chorus that repeats the title. Yeah, 'watching too much daytime TV' can kill you indeed! This also has a definite PTree stylistic feel, mostly due to the voice that does sound quite similar to Mr. Wilson's. A churning Hammond blast gives this a lovely sheen what with Duda's thick bass scouring the lower ledge with authority. Great song, must be said. Another winner is '#Addicted' , pumped along with a bopping bassline that only serves to elevate the thrilling melody, a musical universe where fragility and despair coalesce, throwing in some harsher guitar notes, relentless drumming and Duda's seductive croon ruling the waves. Great song again.

The mysteriously muted 'Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire' begins generously minimalistic with bass and voice leading the charge, later joined by binary drum fills and a rattling guitar adornment. The organ does provide some brooding melancholy, a perfect foil for the otherwise gloomy trust lyrics. The restrained and crystalline axe solo is simple and yet effective. The finale is suitably grandiose and aggressive but more like insistent then say, noisy. Great stuff, really.

The pieces that are closest to classic Riverside are the longer ones like the moody 'Saturate Me' and the cyclically vaporous 'Towards the Blue Horizons', both extremely evocative with a sizeable amount of instrumental preponderance, giving guitarist Grudzinski and ivory man Lapaj (who truly shines throughout this release) room to roam and 'dream on'. These will please the fans without any hesitation, a cool duo of stalwart music that hits the spot. Both are killer!

The big surprise is the thrilling 'Discard Your Fear' , a lament that fits more into the Steve Wilson mode, bopping bass leading the charge, massive mood changes (Lapaj again) and convincing delivery by all. At times brooding, greasy and urban, they aggress nicely towards a Killing Joke 'Love like Blood' riff before going 'Insurgentes'. The axe rages loudly and resonates wildly, a very impressive display by Mr Grudzinski, indeed! Duda's fragile vocals are intuitive and breathless. Amazing!

The finale is 'Found' and it succeeds as a glorious wave goodbye, until the next time, whichever the Riverside wind may blow. The mood is climactic, 'Oooh It's a lovely life'' pointing towards some future bliss. Some hard-core fans will be disappointed but I say just raise the volume to louder, as the production and sound is clearly top notch and let the caress begin.

4.5 polished Poles

 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.05 | 542 ratings

Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by FabioAudisio

4 stars I think this album means they've returned to their roots, where melody succeeded over powerchords and heavy riffs. I actually like this album a lot, although I have to admit it had to grow on me for a while. The opener LOST and the last track FOUND belong to eachother and I really like those songs a lot. DISCARD YOUR FEAR sounds a lot like a Porcupine Tree song to me, but it's done very nice. The only bad track on the album is AFLOAT, which is dull and boring. All in all good songs and a lot to enjoy on this record. I hope they continue following this musical road.
 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.05 | 542 ratings

Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars What has quickly become the most divisive album in Riverside's catalogue, 2015's `Love, Fear and the Time Machine' sees the Polish band take a big side-step away from their usual metal/heavier style to move their music in a far more streamlined, accessible direction than ever before. It shares similarities to the recent Anathema albums, Steve Hogarth's Marillion era and Steve Wilson's solo works, and in some spots almost comes across as a solo album for main-man Mariusz Duda. Needless to say, some of their metal fans are already throwing around terms like `sell-out'! But despite being less complex and placing more importance on actual tunes over instrumental show-boating, there is still much to instantly identify the band as Riverside here. Duda's voice is still full of emotion and his thick upfront bass is dominating and given many opportunities to stand out, with Piotr Kozieradski's drumming furious and busy, Piotr Grudzinki's guitars vibrant and varied, and Michal Lapaj's synths, piano and Hammond organ plentiful. Even though some pieces do push the five minute mark, you can mostly forget lengthy, more expected prog-rock workouts this time around ' the song, vocals and lovely group harmonies are what's most important, with the more progressive instrumental parts mostly restricted to short bursts in the middle of tracks, or perhaps an extended intro or outro here and there.

Looking at a few highlights, chiming guitars, gently whirring synths and a hopeful, reflective chorus welcome the listener on opener `Lost', surely destined to be a rallying favourite for fans when performed live. Plentiful synths and guitar soloing livens up `Under the Pillow', the fragile and melancholic `Afloat' could have fit easily on a recent Anathema album (lovely restrained Hammond throughout that one too), and both `Time Travellers' and album closer `Found' are warm sheltering ballads that could easily have the kind of crossover success that Steven Wilson has enjoyed.

But there's a couple of tracks that prove to be very special that take the album higher. `The Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire' and `Saturate Me' will definitely appeal most to longtime Riverside fans, allowing more opportunity for longer instrumental sections with great interplay between all the musicians, whilst bringing back some of ethereal guitars runs and heavier grunt (and the sparse and lonely repeated refrain of `I don't want to feel like I'm no-one anymore' on the latter is very confronting). Same too for the mysterious verses behind slinking electronic loops and bouncing relentless bass of `Discard your Fear' lifted by a reassuring chorus. The longest track here at just over eight minutes, `Towards the Blue Horizon' brings plenty of light and shade by alternating between dreamy, Hogarth-era Marillion vocal purrs with bursts of heavier intensity and darker groaning drones full of tense brooding unease.

Big respect also goes to the shamelessly up-tempo radio-friendly `#Addicted', a sad commentary on those addicted to social media, with a tune kissed by the gods of great pop music. Driven by Duda's murmuring chunky bass line, his sweetly crooned chorus and careful falsetto vocal would have probably made Eighties romantic synth group A-Ha an absolute fortune back in that day, and he even sounds like their lead singer in a few spots ' yes really, get on Youtube now!

It's refreshing to see the band try a different approach, and many other bands would be envious of how well-written and performed the tunes on offer here are and how slick the production is. But as good as the album always sounds on the surface, stripping back on a lot of the elements that their existing fanbase appreciated about them has also made Riverside a little less interesting here in a few spots, and while many moments are initially instantly exciting from the first spin, repeated plays, despite some distracting and slick vocal arrangements and easy-to-enjoy tunes, reveals not as much in the way of depth to keep the listener coming back, something that all their previous albums offered. Seeing as `Love, Fear and the Time Machine' has already become their biggest seller to date chart-wise in several countries, it's definitely proven to be a valid move for the band, and they should be proud of the achievement. But hopefully this strong crossover album helps them get their foot in the door to a wider audience that some of the above mentioned artists have achieved, that they can then use to really impress with a more wholly challenging and complex album in the future.

Three stars as a progressive rock album, but add an extra star if you're happy with simply a damn fine rock album.

 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.05 | 542 ratings

Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by BobVanguard

5 stars I've enjoyed Riverside for quite some time now. They've been right on the edge of being in with my favorite bands. Each album has been worthy of several plays, and I would go back to them on occasion. But now. Now that has changed. With this album, LOVE, FEAR AND THE TIME MACHINE, they have moved into my inner circle. Each song is really, really good.

They've created a heavy prog sound that revolves around the amazing talent of Mariusz Duda. It's his amazingly melodic vocals that are the centerpiece of the music and most of the songs are driven by his bass guitar. This is no ordinary bassist - he plays that thing like a concert violinist. The guitar of Piotr Grudziński remind me of DAVID GILMOUR in that it is high on expression and emotion. The drums of Piotr Kozieradzki are precise and not cumbersome and the keys provided by Michał Łapaj create the atmosphere behind it all.

Duda said that he allowed himself to be influenced b the 80s for this album, and it shows - this album is what some bands like TEARS FOR FEARS, THE CURE, and PETER GABRIEL might have sounded like in the wake of the influence of PORCUPINE TREE, OPETH, and DREAM THEATER. But they most remind me of 80s PINK FLOYD. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the highest praise of all.

And the lyrics. For a person who admits that English is not his fluent language (Riverside is from Poland), these songs pack an amazing punch emotionally. Duda puts his feelings out there and I'm glad for it. Five Stars.

 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.05 | 542 ratings

Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by crashandridemusic

4 stars Before the album was released, the only information I heard was universal: this album is soft. Allow me stand besides those critics and confirm that, yes, 'Love, Fear, and the Time Machine' is indeed softer. With each listen of the album, though, I started to not only understand why the band chose this direction, but began to appreciate their decision. Their last album 'Shrine of New Generation Slaves' was my least favorite album of theirs, considering the overly dark nature of the album. Although the sound was an homage to classic progressive rock techniques used by bands like Yes and Genesis, the album was very depressing, dark for the sake of being dark. Instead being a fan of their first three albums (classified as the 'Reality Dream Trilogy'), I particularly enjoyed the lighter approach to a darker theme in those albums. The softer synth and acoustic guitar in 'I Believe,' the Pink Floydian nature of 'Second Life Syndrome,' and the beautiful guitar arrangements in 'Ultimate Trip'; I've been waiting for another album like this. I believe 'Love, Fear, and the Time Machine' perfectly cures that itch.

A more refined sound, Riverside's newest album is softer and more approachable. Take the opening track 'Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By A Hat?),' which is arguably one of my favorite tracks on the album. The delicate synths by Michal Lapaj are spotlighted in this song, an especially catchy tune that follows Mariusz Duda on vocals. The complementary notes in the chorus ('Come / Follow me / We'll go down where the river flows') is absolutely beautiful, and perfectly sets up the rest of the album.

Speaking of the delicateness of the album, 'Love, Fear, and the Time Machine' also contains some of the most uplifting subject matter in their discography. The second song 'Under the Pillow' is an urge to get out of bed and do something, while 'Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching)' shines a light on self-reflection. But it wouldn't be Riverside without some downer moments, especially '#Addicted' and their commentary on contemporary life, and 'Towards the Blue Horizon' with the loss of a friend. The themes touch upon all aspects of life, and are the most relatable than on any album they've released.

As for the instrumentals themselves, Piotr Grudzinski on the guitar takes more of a backseat on this album than any other. As he is spotlighted in previous Riverside albums (especially the 'Reality Dream Trilogy'), the guitar arrangements don't seem to stand out as much to me. Don't get me wrong, each song contains that Riverside-esque rhythm and the slower but artsy lead solos. But overall, I feel Grudzinski is delegated to rhythm guitar most of the album, letting others in the band shine. It's undeniable that Duda is spotlighted the most in this album, considering his vocals and bass guitar are more present in this album than any other. I feel the bass grooves are louder than any other instrument, whether I'm listening through headphones or through speakers. Duda's higher register voice matches wonderfully with the lighter nature of the album, and is a great opposite to the deep bass he provides. Lapaj's presence seems greater on this album than prior albums, with all the classic sounding keyboards and synthesizers. I thoroughly enjoyed the contemporary approach to modern progressive rock that has been happening lately, and consider 'Love, Fear, and the Time Machine' another great addition.

Riverside has outdone themselves with 'Love, Fear, and the Time Machine,' being one of my favorite albums they've released since their original trilogy. With a more approachable sound, fans of most types of progressive rock should enjoy this record as well.

Taken from Crash And Ride Music

 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.05 | 542 ratings

Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by AndreaW

3 stars What happened to Riverside? You can only assume a clever change in managment that suggested a mo a more pop-driven approach over the heavy metal influences. Do it like Wilson! He visited and left meta metal and goes for pop. And do look at HIS figures of sales!

Artistically, this is not really a disaster. It is also not very good. I was of course pleased by the me melodies, and that does mean something obviously and should not be washed away. But I felt so ma manipulated by them. I could name their influences for each part on the spot, not least there is a-ha to to be written all over the album. And yes, that is pleasant to hear. And no, I do not think that a-ha are cr crap. But just taking and combining traits from past bands cleverly to please the listener with what he al already knows into a cozy warm feeling that he now likes complicated music (on the cover it says Ri Riverside, not a-ha or Travis) is not what I would call an artistic vision of value.

So: Yes, it is a nice record. But: No, it is not groundbreaking, special, worth having or outstanding at all. Progressive elevator music at worst, autumn evening background for a good book at best. 2.5 points

 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.05 | 542 ratings

Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Insin

4 stars Riverside is supposed to be a progressive metal band. On their latest effort, they are definitely not metal, and even the many of the prog elements have also prominently decreased. It's hard to call any Riverside release purely metal, while contrarily they've always undisputedly been a prog band. Love, Fear, and The Time Machine generally has a stripped back, mellow sound, following the trend set by their previous album, Shrine of New Generation Slaves, though less based in prog. So does this mark the beginning of the end? Are the metallic aspects the first to go, then the prog?

It's always nice when a band continues to evolve their sound while remaining fairly consistent in quality.

LFatTM has two distinct categories into which its songs fall: the prog rock songs are more often found near the beginning, and the ballads are clustered near the end. During the first half, even though this is the heavier end of the LFatTM spectrum, distortion and hard-edged riffs are rare. While these tracks do go into prog-style instrumental breaks, they lack intensity and remain rather laid-back, like everything else about the album. The second half is even more relaxed, with ballads Afloat, Time Travellers, Found, and Towards the Blue Horizon (though the latter still picks up in the middle).

Drums and electric guitars are minimized on these soft songs, with a surprisingly low usage of acoustics as well. Though keyboards stay mainly in the background, they fill a lot of space, used for flourishes. With a retro, seventies sound to them, and sometimes a traditional piano, this does the trick for Riverside. Mauriusz's voice is essentially the album's focal point. He does not get angry (no yelps and screams of early albums are present), instead singing clearly and as beautifully as usual so that you can admire his lyrics about, well, the album title. Numerous bands, by this time in their career, revisit the same lyrical themes time and time again, almost as if it's automatic, but Riverside manages to keep it fresh and it definitely sounds like they're putting plenty of thought into what they sing. Is this metal? No. Is this prog? Yes, though to a lesser extent than their previous albums. Most importantly, is it good? Yes. With its more peaceful, simpler style, it allows Riverside to show off other skills; instead of ten-minute epics, they give us enjoyable, emotion-oriented ballads that focus more on lyrics and vocals. Love, Fear, and the Time Machine isn't a drastic change from Shine of New Generation Slaves, but there are notable differences. It's not Riverside's best, but it's worth owning for fans, or at the very least listening to once or twice.

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