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5 stars Progressive Metal return to 70s hard-rock experimental era and mix together

When I came into Progressive Metal Scene I took care about 'hard' sound, because of my soft ears. Into Riverside Discography I started with 2011 EP Memories in My Head, that was for me a big surprise, "A metal group could be complex" I thought. However, when I heard the single 'Celebrity Touch', I was very disappointed. Simply and direct catchy song with 70s random sound.

But, I was stubborn and I ordered the album. And the whole album was amazing, newly surprising. Yes, with 70's flavour, but fresh sound, it sounds like a S.XXI music. Circle album with hard riffs, catchy melodies, complex structures and very captivating.

Lyrics are great, the concept of the album is very actual. Music is surprising, with a lot of nuances. For me, the SONG of S.O.N.G.S. is 'Deprived', which has all proggy components to catch your mind and to dive yourself into society problems. Saxo part is really fantastic. Musicly, the album has two parts, first rocker one (1-3) and second proggy one (4-8). Many Influences of Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd... and Asia, yes, you see, Asia, I think 'We Got Used to Us' is the dreamed song by Wetton & Howe in an Asia Album, because of his sensibility. I can hear Howe's riffs in that song...

Definitively, one of the albums of the year so far, and one of the best albums of last 25 years. The perfect mixture between Prog, Hard, Metal and catchy Aor melodies.

Don't miss mediabook edition, with cd2 bonus containing 2 night sessions. First One is a progressive electronic dream similar to Tangerine Dream, when we can hear the different ways Riverside could take into the future. The second one is more proggy than first, specially with saxo parts, that are delicious.

Popovych | 5/5 |


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