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SECOND LIFE SYNDROME

Riverside

 

Progressive Metal

4.25 | 1682 ratings

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FranMuzak
5 stars IīM NOT AFRAID !!

No, iīm not, of being the 268 reviewer of this MASTERPIECE, and iīm not afraid neither of call it like that, even though a lot of proggers will say that word is reserved for the big and older names, i think this Polish guys have really earned it. Being just their second release, they have achieved what others havenīt in triple or quadruple as long.

Maybe if we were to create a new sub-genre, i will call this Neo Prog Metal (i think somebody said that already, but iīm not sure), but what i mean is that some of the Prog Metal fans will find this a little softer than the classic bands of the genre, and Neo Prog ones will find it a bit heavy. Anyhow iīm not saying they wonīt enjoy it, actually most of the reviews are positive, but for the few that feel the way i described before, i just suggest to put your minds on a half- switched metal rank and the same for Neo lovers, and iīm sure youīll join the rest of 200 something SLS addicts, like myself.

Ok, about the disc, i know i always say the same, but thatīs true, thereīs not much else i can add. Anyway what i will say is that i feel this release a bit darker and heavier than the 1st and off course you can hear how mature they are already. The departure of their original keyboardist Jacek Melnicki didnīt affect at all, i can say Michal Lapaj is at the same level or even better. The voice of Mariusz is more educated, as a lot of us know he didnīt started as a singer. His changing singing style a la Akerfeldt is becoming more pleasant.

What i do feel afraid of is that they gave already everything in this 2 fantastic albums and then start to run out of ideas and creativity, but something inside of me says that it wonīt happen and that we are facing one of the future legends of Prog. But as i said before, only time will tell.

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 5/5 |

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