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RAPID EYE MOVEMENT

Riverside

 

Progressive Metal

3.79 | 877 ratings

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Dragon Phoenix
4 stars The third installment in Riverside's trilogy sees the band looking for even less metal sounds than in the first two - excellent - albums. Why this band is listed as prog metal is beyond me, anyway. I have just listened to this album five times in a row, and it's been quite some time since a new album got this treament. It appeals to me no end. Highly melodic, with indeed more than a hint of Porcupine Tree (whom I adore). I can see why some critics would be disappointed and see this as a step back, but all I can say is I like the result. The final detail, ending with a similar radio being tuned as where the first album started, works well too. Best song for me is the album closer (Ultimate trip). A must hear if you liked the other Riverside albums. A must hear if you like Porcupine Tree.
Dragon Phoenix | 4/5 |

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