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2 stars Definitely WRONG.

Riverside proved everybody that they are a very creative group of musicians with the first two records. Unfortunately, Rapid Eye Movement denies that. The album features the same depressive psychedelic metal with no new additions and not overtaking Second Life Syndrome. The songs are lame, simple but well recorded, which is in fact the only strong point of the disc.

Pathology is becoming obsessive for the Polish band, and quite frankly, since this album is less valuable than the other two, I find it unhealthy listening to it due to the extremely depressive atmosphere that can discredit the band because after releasing three albums in a row with the same structure, substance, style and genre you don't know whether the artist is sincere or is just in catatonic state of existence. But, yet again, if the music reflects the composer's thoughts and feelings I cannot help wondering how come he hasn't committed suicide until now?

One of the most annoying aspects of Rapid Eye Movement is it's total lack of diversity between songs. In other words, it's so boring. The drums are horrible, the guitar doesn't impress me at all, although songs like 02 Panic Room or Schizophrenic Prayer seem to put up to my expectations. The best track, however, is Beyond The Eyelids. Due to it's intensity and the ability to surprise the listener, not to mention the vocals that have always been OK, I can only regret the fact that instead of the entire album they had released a 4 song EP including this track.

If the band considers of continuing this way I hope they break up soon.

Zarec | 2/5 |


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