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RIVERYMAN

Neo-Prog • Finland


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RIVERYMAN is the moniker chosen by Finnish multi-instrumentalist Tony Riveryman for his progressive rock excursions. He has studied pop and jazz at the academy and have been and is a member of bands exploring a wide variety of musical genres - from the metal band Throes of Dawn to dance pop orchestra Dreams - and it is as a guitar player he makes a living.

Riveryman started getting interested in progressive rock in the late 90's; and started composing material in this style after this. In 2009 his debut album as a progressive artist, Magic World, was issued by French label Musea Records.

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2.42 | 8 ratings
Magic World
2009
3.08 | 5 ratings
Views, Fears & Stories
2018

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 Views, Fears & Stories by RIVERYMAN album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.08 | 5 ratings

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Views, Fears & Stories
Riveryman Neo-Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Riveryman is a Finnish band of multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer Toni Jokinen, a.k.a. Tony Riveryman. He plays everything else than drums, ie. guitars, bass and keyboards. Now for the sad part: as it reads straight away on the album cover (in the form of dedication), drummer Mika Korkeamäki died in December 2015. The album however features his drumming, which indicates that this has been a long recording project. The first release since the debut album Magic World (2009), Views, Fears & Stories came out late last year via the French prog-oriented label Musea and it's graced by the fine cover & inside art of Ed Unitsky, familiar from albums by bands such as Unitopia and The Samurai Of Prog.

The 51-minute album is an ambitious work, and to some degree the big ambitions turn against the overall impression. The opening piece 'Passing the Chamber of Insanity' sets the expectations pretty high as it proceeds from the careful intro to power-chorded instrumental neo prog with gorgeously soaring electric guitar. The pretentious spoken narrative that comes in the latter half is fortunately quite brief, but it is all the more central in the next short piano/synth track 'View to a Forthcoming', in which Tony deals with the eternal questions of life and death. From the third track onwards the listener most likely starts questioning the solutions in production/mixing. I mean the vocals in particular, the same thing that also on the debut was seen as the weakest link. Not only that the singing is very mediocre, almost monotonous, but the playing is already so thick and intense (whether it's the electric guitar or organ on top of everything -- or both) that the sung tracks would sound much better as instrumentals. 9-minute 'Messenger of God' is the most striking example of such overblown approach.

Fortunately the latter half of the album features several instrumentals with lighter arrangements to save the balance. Synth-oriented 'Figurine of 10 Mysteries' is dedicated to Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, and is followed by 'Generation of Corruption Corruption' "written in the spirit of ELP". Again, way too much vocals. It doesn't actually sound more ELPish than other tracks ( (surely not an easy task with vocals so different from Greg Lake's anyway), except for guest musician Alex Argento's keyboard solo. 'Flower of the Future' and the closing piece are beautiful acoustic guitar solos, deeply needed breaths of fresh air. The longest track 'Concealed Universe' (10:46) is the best of sung tracks here, due to vocal-free passages and inspired melodies with a fusion flavour. This album is a very respectable and skilled effort, undoubtedly made with deep passion. With better vocals -- and/or less of them -- four stars would be deserved.

 Magic World by RIVERYMAN album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.42 | 8 ratings

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Magic World
Riveryman Neo-Prog

Review by merid1en

2 stars Although Neo-Prog is not directly in my wheelhouse, I have been exploring the genre more as of late. Here we have a more straight ahead prog rock piece that takes very few chances.Some moments of reasonably well fashioned guitar riffs combined with solid drum work. However, there is no getting around the horrendous vocals of front man Tony Riveryman. Any chance that the disc could be enjoyed is put down by the out of tune, laboured vocals. Tony needs to find a vocalist that can compliment the decent guitar work here. For that reason, 2 stars, and here's hoping a voice can be found for further outings
 Magic World by RIVERYMAN album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.42 | 8 ratings

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Magic World
Riveryman Neo-Prog

Review by progrules
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I'm a bit bemused by this new act from Finland called Riveryman. Funny thing is I was quite impressed after first listening attempt for the review although I immediately heard there were things wrong here. One of these things is certainly the vocal performance of Tony Riveryman. I hope this man knows himself he's not a good singer otherwise he has a problem. Riveryman is a two man band with a drummer named Pikkis being the other guy. Tony does the other instruments all by himself so I don't think we will see him live very often.

Anyway my being bemused is mainly caused by the following thought: how can a band or person execute so sloppy as is happening here and on the other hand write such interesting songs and invent such nice guitar solos ? I mean if these compositions would be executed by class act bands like Pendrgaon or Skeem for instance we could have had a near masterpiece here. But as it is it's just not good enough. Besides the vocals the guitarplay is albeit not terrible far from flawless and so this is turning out to be a strange experience.

My first thought was that this is an album easy to review but difficult to rate. And that is how it turns out to be in the end. I did this review in just two minutes or so because it's very obvious what to say about it. But the rating is harder. I can understand why Olav gave this two stars and if you approach it by just judging on what you hear I understand and agree. But in that case you deny and ignore the positive side which is the songwriting. Ok, the songs are not written by a genius but I can't call this a boring effort either. The whole thing reminds me quite strongly of French band Longshot,a band that also write long quite interesting songs but execute them in a sloppy way, at least far from smooth or decent. I gave that album (Asylum) 4 stars rounded up from 3,6. But I can't go that far here. I at least will have to send out some sort of warning to the readers to watch out here. Just in case you're not easily put off by vocals and don't care for perfect execution either you could try Riveryman with this release. But if you're a perfectionist, leave it. I would say three stars will do, rounded up from 2,75 everything considered.

 Magic World by RIVERYMAN album cover Studio Album, 2009
2.42 | 8 ratings

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Magic World
Riveryman Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars This debut from Finnish act Riveryman could have been so much better.

Although not innovative in style, the heavily Genesis-influenced variety of symphonic rock present on this album is charming. Simplistic explorations with a strong focus on moods and atmospheres, lots of guitar soloing of the gentler variety in vocal as well as instrumental passages, and floating keyboard layers in the back of the mix - with the odd use of organ at times. This is pretty vintage-sounding neo progressive rock. Spiced up with some shredding in the soloing department and a few instances of riff patterns with slight metal edges to them, a bit of variety is thown in as well, and the songs are generally charming.

However, the vocals are not good. Flat, lifeless, slightly atonal and accented - and rarely even close to being in tune with the melody. And as most of these compositions are marked by many vocal and few instrumental passages, this pretty much ruins what might have been an enjoyable affair.

Neo fans not concerned about vocal performance should enjoy this one though, others are adviced to check out samples of the album before considering purchasing this venture.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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