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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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Eye Of The SoundscapeEye Of The Soundscape
Inside Out Music 2016
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Love, Fear and the Time Machine - Hi-Res Stereo and 5.1 Surround MixLove, Fear and the Time Machine - Hi-Res Stereo and 5.1 Surround Mix
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RIVERSIDE discography


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

4.19 | 1025 ratings
Out Of Myself
2003
4.26 | 1510 ratings
Second Life Syndrome
2005
3.77 | 775 ratings
Rapid Eye Movement
2007
4.21 | 1147 ratings
Anno Domini High Definition
2009
4.07 | 913 ratings
Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
2013
4.03 | 584 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine
2015

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

4.10 | 155 ratings
Reality Dream
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg
2017

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

4.13 | 123 ratings
Reality Dream
2009

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

4.80 | 66 ratings
Reality Dream Trilogy (6CD)
2011
4.30 | 10 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine (Special 5.1 Mix)
2016
4.08 | 68 ratings
Eye of the Soundscape
2016

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

4.33 | 43 ratings
Riverside
2003
3.69 | 42 ratings
Loose Heart
2003
3.63 | 198 ratings
Voices In My Head
2005
2.64 | 66 ratings
Conceiving You
2005
3.75 | 102 ratings
02 Panic Room
2007
3.54 | 67 ratings
Schizophrenic Prayer
2008
4.13 | 8 ratings
Reality Dream Tour 2008
2008
3.89 | 9 ratings
Forgotten Land
2011
4.06 | 267 ratings
Memories In My Head
2011
3.55 | 65 ratings
Celebrity Touch
2012

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 Eye of the Soundscape by RIVERSIDE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
4.08 | 68 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

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 Eye of the Soundscape by RIVERSIDE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
4.08 | 68 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.

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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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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

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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.

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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

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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