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3 stars Well, you know that usually I don't like the metal-prog music genre, even though there are some interesting features inside the present EP, in spite of the uneven structure of the songs and their continuous melancholic mood, which also characterized the earlier albums by Riverside.

In fact at the end I can appreciate their effort as a Polish Prog Band singing in English and trying to be a bit distant from the typical clichè of this genre, regarding in particular the good vocalism by Mariusz Duda.

Probably They cannot give up incorporating the elements of a kind of New Progressive Wave in the vein of Marillion and alredy used by another Polish Band, Collage; but it could be a minor defect after all, even though the sense of melody- belonging to the keyboardplayer and also the sound colour, seem to be their secure music imprinting. The unique defect consists of a few melodies that probably have been chosen as a filler- or perhaps being recovered from some unreleased previous issues- and moreover the sound mix is not at the top...I don't understand the title of track#2 "Living in the Past", which is not a tribute to Jethro Tull, but the arrangement is good and the vocal work as well.

In general I think of the performance at the guitar (especially inside the first suite) by Piotr Grudziński, finding a perfect complementary instrument into a quite delightful violin section, which can be so sweet...and even though I can't get crazy for the simplistic drum work and the vibes from the synth (always according to the style of the seventies), the intelligent lyrics within the last track and their fascinating imagination regarding the presence of Gods (from the Ancient Cretans of the Greek Civilization to the Maya Era, too much earlier vanishing as for a traumatic event or whatever else), let me change idea about the "taste" of the band!

Not essential EP (for the diehard fans only, I think) but it's not bad, after all!

lor68 | 3/5 |


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