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Progressive Metal

4.26 | 1589 ratings

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4 stars This latest release from this underrated band is great, fun rock. As one reviewer has said, a lot of the music has a very "out of this world" feeling to it. To compare them to a band like Pain of Salvation or Pink Floyd is unfair, even while they may sound similar to such bands. They are very much different and have their own distinguished sound which will make you go, that's Riverside.

To lump this in with other prog metal acts would be an injustice. These guys sound nothing like Symphony X or Dream Theater, the "standards" for prog metal. Some of the moments in in this album are very aggressive sounding, however, a majority of the music is not that way. Most of the stuff here is pretty relaxing I have found, and allows the listener to be introspective. Ambient keys and a thick guitar tone really define this record.

A great build upon their previous work, Second Life Syndrome is a nice album that deserves more recognition than it gets. 4.5 here, not enough for 5 stars but more worthy than some of my other 4 stars.

OpethGuitarist | 4/5 |


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