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3 stars Riverside - Rapid Eye Movement 3.75 stars

This is a really good album and a great way to end the trilogy. Riverside has a bit of a change in the overall mood of their music, which is the transition from anger, more to a relaxing state. I'm a sucker for a change in sound.except I usually hate it when bands do it because they do it poorly. Riverside on the other hand did a pretty nice job in their respective change. A major flaw is that there is much more vocal work. Don't get me wrong, I think Mariusz is a pretty good singer but Riverside's music was brought out quite a bit through instrumentation sans vocals. This album as compared to the first two has the most flow and direction. The songs definitely pick up where the last one left off which was pretty cool. The reason why this album didn't reach excellent status is because they got a little lost in the middle and things were becoming a little monotonous.

'Beyond the Eyelids' is your typical core Riverside track, it's really the only song on the album that could be representative of the first two. It is followed by two decent shorter tracks. Of the next four tracks the only one I really liked was 'Parasomnia' and 'Embryonic.' 'Schizophrenic Prayer' and 'Through the Other Side' aren't bad.but not worthy of merit. 'Cybernetic Pillow' works as a smooth transition into the last song, 'Ultimate Trip' which is among one of Riverside's best tracks. It sums up the trilogy quite nicely.

Diehard Riverside fans could be disappointed by this album (and it seems to be that way). At first I hated this and it grew on me, it still can grow further though. It was definitely a step down from the first two, but it would be an incredible feat keep such a high standard. I will still support them heavily in their next release. A very good album.

ProgBagel | 3/5 |


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