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3.79 | 877 ratings

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3 stars No more in the lion's den.

I don't know if it's me, or Riverside did some anger management therapy? Their new album presents more mellow moments and songs, aiming closer and closer to the late Pink Floyd period and even flirting with Depeche Mode for short moments. I was surprised at first listen, the high aggressivety of Second Life Syndrome is long gone. Surely the edgy guitars, catchy bass lines and occasionnal grunting can still be heard, but in general the album can disappoint brutality seekers. But that's not all, very can still hear Riverside's calling cards: hypnotic musical segments, David Gilmour guitar style and wispering vocals.

Riverside did shock me with that tame approach and short songs, but on the other side we see where they wanted to go: Riverside is one of the 5 hottest bands around but the metal side can repel many fans. And now, more people can potentially like the band and be new fans without all that rage, making it more accessible...well, this is how I see it.

Riverside was doing well in the 'very heavy' category. Let's see how they're doing in the 'simply heavy' bin.

Listen before buying.

Read 3 1/2 stars.

Menswear | 3/5 |


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