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4 stars Riverside ? Anno Domini High Definition 4 stars

The beginning of a new trilogy.

Riverside not only moves onto a new trilogy, but a new sound as well. The new sound features a more traditional prog-metal sound. First and foremost, a lot of the soft acoustic or spacey section is really scarce on this record. While that seems like the soul of this band may be gone, listening to this record all the way through denied the accusation. The classic Riverside sound is still there but they started to really let go on their instruments. Even the opening number can show even some Meshuggah influences.

What is fascinating about the record is that there are only 5 songs, but when you listen to the album, you can never tell when the songs change. Each song really takes a life of their own and is constantly moving into new areas, a really diverging album, in other words, lacking repetition. The only songs that can remotely relation to the Reality Dream series are the song 'Egoist Hedonist'.

While moving to a genre that is infested with a lot of Dream Theater style bands, Riverside ventures into this territory giving their own take on it, and I was impressed. They can certainly stand out in that genre; think along the lines of Pain of Salvation. For fans of the softer Riverside stuff might want to shift onto Mariusz Duda's solo project Lunatic Soul which I liked more than this and highly recommend. This album was a welcome change of pace before the first trilogy could get a little tiring, which what Rapid Eye Movement was?just to an extent though. Solid addition.

ProgBagel | 4/5 |


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