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Founded 2001 in Warsaw, Poland -

Despite not being the biggest progressive rock powerhouse of Europe, Poland have certainly sprouted great and interesting progressive bands since the heyday of progressive rock, being the biggest examples of that the singer and multi-instrumentalist Czeslaw Niemen and the supergroup SBB. After the fall of the communist regime, during the 90's and 2000's, more bands begun to form and release their material, strengthening the country's own progressive rock scene, such as the neo prog bands Abraxas and Collage, and Riverside is, quite possibly, the biggest and best known band to come out from that scene.

Riverside was formed almost by accident, when two of its members, the guitarist Piotr Grudziński and the drummer Piotr Kozieradzki, listened to Marillion in Kozieradzki's car back in 2001. Both played in heavy metal bands at the time, but had the common interest for progressive rock, so they decided to join with their mutual friend, Jacek Melnicki, who owned a studio, and started to experiment with progressive rock. Mariousz Duda, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from the band XANADU , joined the trio later that year for rehearsals and the results and reactions from those meetings were extremely positive. After some more rehearsals, and the completion of some compositions by the band, Mariousz started to take the role as both the band's vocalist and bass player.

In late 2002, about one year after the band's formation, Riverside's was already playing gigs in Warsaw with material that would later be their debut album, Out of Myself, and, after distributing 500 copies of their demos around the town, the band played in a small club in Warsaw by the end of the year.

In 2003, shortly after the recording of Out of Myself, Riverside's founding member and keyboard player Jacek Melnicki decided to leave the band to focus on his own studio, so the rest of the band continued to mix and produce the album, as well as to search for a replacement for Jacek, which would be the band's current keyboardist Michal Lapaj.

Upon its release, in late 2003, Out of Myself had an unexpected success in Poland, and such success led to the album's rerelease in September 2004 by the American record label Laser's Edge, which led to even bigger media coverage and even more praises and attention towards the band. Still o...
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RIVERSIDE discography

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RIVERSIDE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.21 | 1142 ratings
Out Of Myself
4.25 | 1667 ratings
Second Life Syndrome
3.78 | 851 ratings
Rapid Eye Movement
4.21 | 1264 ratings
Anno Domini High Definition
4.06 | 1010 ratings
Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
4.08 | 718 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine
3.99 | 359 ratings

RIVERSIDE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.14 | 173 ratings
Reality Dream
4.30 | 51 ratings
Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg

RIVERSIDE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.20 | 141 ratings
Reality Dream

RIVERSIDE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.79 | 80 ratings
Reality Dream Trilogy (6CD)
4.32 | 25 ratings
Love, Fear And The Time Machine (Special 5.1 Mix)
4.00 | 114 ratings
Eye of the Soundscape

RIVERSIDE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.31 | 49 ratings
3.77 | 48 ratings
Loose Heart
3.58 | 226 ratings
Voices In My Head
2.70 | 73 ratings
Conceiving You
3.76 | 117 ratings
02 Panic Room
3.59 | 76 ratings
Schizophrenic Prayer
4.42 | 12 ratings
Reality Dream Tour 2008
4.33 | 3 ratings
Live In Canada (Official Bootleg)
4.21 | 14 ratings
Forgotten Land
4.13 | 290 ratings
Memories In My Head
3.60 | 72 ratings
Celebrity Touch
3.67 | 6 ratings
# addicted
4.33 | 6 ratings
Time Travellers
3.60 | 5 ratings
4.13 | 16 ratings
River Down Below
4.33 | 18 ratings
4.05 | 22 ratings
Vale of Tears


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 Second Life Syndrome by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.25 | 1667 ratings

Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars I think one of the best characteristics of prog music is that usually very good albums can flow seamlessly from the beginning to the end, and even when there are huge differences between different tracks or sometimes inside the same track, they are just part of a whole.

This second album of the Polish Riverside belongs to this category. It contains some scream, some very heavy distorted guitar, but there's also an Emersonian piano, moments Pink Floyd like and an obvous connection with Porcupine Tree. It's not a coincidence if the last albums of this band have been engineered by Steven WILSON.

For my nature I prefer the Floydian moments, but I absolutely don't dislike the heavier parts. Mariusz Duda has a great voice in both clean and screaming, as well as the missed Piotr Grudzinski can do what he wants with his guitar. Possibly one of the most talented rock guitarists of the current century. Not that Lapaj And Kodzieradki are less skilled, of course.

I have to say that "Conceiving me" is the first RIVERSIDE song I've ever listened to, and I was stunned by the title track immediately following it on the album, a 15 minutes epic which crosses the whole prog.metal subgenre.

I have mentioned Grudzinski. His guitar playing is closer to John PETRUCCI or than to GILMOUR, but it has a FLoydian mood in choosing the right notes, without putting too much stuff in a solo and supporting the band when his guitar is not the leading instrument.

The last track, "Before" can be taken as example. All the four create a soundscape in which there's not a prevalent instrument. All do their parts and the result is excellent. There also a bit of GENESIS influence on this track in my opinion.

Anyway this is very close to be a prog masterpiece, and honestly even if I'm not much into prog-metal as subgenre I have to say that RiVERSIDE has become one of my favorite bands, and this is the album from which I have discovered them.

 Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg by RIVERSIDE album cover Live, 2017
4.30 | 51 ratings

Lost 'N' Found: Live In Tilburg
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by thesimilitudeofprog

4 stars This album is going to be emotional on so many levels and affecting people in different ways. The album was recorded in the autumn of 2015 and features Piotr Grudzinski who is no longer with us. Not a subject I intend to dwell on and this should be seen as a glorious celebration of the man's talent as well as the band being at the top of there game.The double CD was only available on the "Towards the Blue Horizon Tour". There are 100% no overdubs, so what you hear is what the audience heard.

We get 13 songs over about 105 minutes of music in this double disc affair. Every one of the six studio albums they have released is represented here with at least one track. A nice capture of the Riverside we came to love. A bit rougher, heavier than the studio incarnation, but it still works flawlessly. I just can't get over how this music moves me. "Found" is my overall favorite Riverside song, its how I came to know the group. Mariusz Duda's warm vocals would melt the hardest heart. Check out the emotion as he almost quivers with that last word.

 Second Life Syndrome by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.25 | 1667 ratings

Second Life Syndrome
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Kempokid
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars 'Riverside's' second album manages to rectify the issues that their debut, 'Out of Myself' had, balancing between the heavier and softer moments much more effectively, and also not wearing their influences from bands such as 'Anathema' and 'Pink Floyd' quite as much on their sleeves. Their sound in general is a much darker one, with more emphasis on the metal aspect of their sound, rather than their soft, beautiful ballads. Despite many changes that I find positive, especially the better establishment of their sound and identity, I do have some issues with this album, particularly in terms of certain songs not quite leaving any kind of impact.

'After' already shows how this album will have a darker sound to it, beginning with whispering before leading into a really nice, and simultaneously eerie chant nicely utilising vocal layering. This segues into one of the better songs on the album, 'Volte Face', a great, heavy piece of music with some great riffs with a Middle-Eastern sound to them. I like the way the song slowly progresses as it goes on, starting off with the chorus ending in regular, clean vocals, and then having every time it appears be more intense, until harsh vocals are used, which sounds excellent in this, and really displays how 'Riverside' are trying to make a heavier album with less focus on their softer moments. Speaking of softer moments, the next song, 'Conceiving You' is the first weak point on the album. I find this to have nothing of much merit, with it being fairly unmemorable, and not even having the beauty or impact that's usually associated such ballads. I honestly find this slightly perplexing how a band who on their previous album made songs such as 'OK' and 'The Same River' could miss the mark with something beautiful quite as much as they did here. I think the main issue with it lies in the highly unsatisfying vocal melody, particularly the chorus. The title track, despite having some pacing issues and sounding far too much like 3 songs stitched together, manages to be quite good, as each section works very nicely. It's full of great instrumentals and solos, is quite dynamic, and has some absolutely incredible vocal melodies, most notably the chorus, which is nicely implemented in the second section, getting slower before transitioning into the third section. While I wouldn't put it among the various amazing epics, it's still a good song in general, despite some flaws in terms of pacing and the last section definitely dragging a bit. 'Artificial Smile' kicks things back up after the lull from the end of the title track, being another great metal track with heavy riffs and a lot of energy. Despite this being one of the more simple tracks, and Mariusz Duda's thick Polish accent making some inflections sound off, it's nonetheless an excellent song and one of the higher points on the album.

The second half of the album feels somewhat weaker than the first, with some excellent songs, but nothing that particularly amazes me as much. 'I Turned You Down' is mostly unimpressive, but then has some absolutely exquisite guitar work thrown in that elevates it quite a bit, making it a good listen all around, with the keyboards also adding some good atmosphere. 'Reality Dream III' isn't on the same level as the first 2 in my opinion, but is still a good, heavy instrumental with plenty of great riffs and a really fun piano section, which plays nicely off the bass and guitar. 'Dance With The Shadows' is the biggest weak spot on this album, being very overlong without having any particular moments in which anything which particularly grabs me, outside of some really cool keyboards at around the halfway point. The big problem is that the almost 12 minute length makes it a much more difficult song to deal with than 'Conceiving You' which at least has the benefit of being very short. After that slog, the album ends well with 'Before', the one moment on the album which I find truly beautiful, and definitely ends the album on a high note.

Despite the more intriguing sound that 'Riverside' possesses here, I do find this album to be vastly inferior to their first, largely due to many moments on this either feeling overblown, as is the case with parts of the title track and 'Dance With The Shadows' or not explored enough, especially 'Conceiving You'. This definitely is impressive in the sense of how great I find the tone and production of the album, being extremely distinctive and interesting, definitely paving the way for later albums which improved upon some issues. Despite the blatant issues with it, I do find that this album has both enough interesting moments as well as sounding great, that it warrants getting 3 stars despite the almost 20 minutes worth of music I find largely uninteresting.

Best Songs: Volte Face, Artificial Smile, Before

Weakest Songs: Conceiving You, Dance With The Shadows

Verdict: Really dark sounding music with quite a bit of heaviness to it. I'd recommend it to those who enjoy this sort of music, despite me finding this album very mixed. At the very least, I'd give Volte Face a listen, as it's definitely one of the highlights of the album, balancing their heavier, metal aspects, with some prog, providing a great balance.

 Out Of Myself by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.21 | 1142 ratings

Out Of Myself
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by Kempokid
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars When I heard of Riverside initially, they were described as the next big prog metal band to me, so my mind instantly connected them to 'Dream Theater' before I had even heard any of them. What I got instead was something far more interesting, a more emotional, atmospheric, and especially dark sounding band. While I normally associate prog metal with extended solos and jams, Riverside provides a much more concise approach to songwriting, where even the 12 minute track 'The Same River' never feels like it goes off track at all, instead carefully progressing riffs and building up the song, slowly adding more layers to it, creating a truly beautiful song. I like the mixture of light ballads and heavier metal focused tracks, as the general sound, heavily influenced by 'Porcupine Tree' and 'Anathema' makes the ballads truly beautiful, and the heavy moments have a lot of weight behind them.

Despite my enjoyment of how they sound, I do find this album, despite being one of my choices for favourite album by them, to be quite flawed in certain ways. While I believe that the sound present here is very unified and cohesive, I find this to end up being a drawback when many of the ballads end up sounding very similar in the process, along with being unmemorable. Despite how much I enjoy listening through the album, I do find myself not being able to remember elements of most songs, with some that I do remember being fairly mediocre, such as the unimpressive chorus of 'Out of Myself'.

Even though there are a couple of issues like this, the album has enough highlights on it to warrant a fairly high score, along with the fact that other than the title track, which I find lackluster other than the great bassline, there is no major weak point on this album. Songs like 'OK' and 'In Two Minds' are highly emotional, and the 'Reality Dream' songs are both filled with great instrumental work. I was highly surprised by Riverside when I first listened to them, and while they aren't anything truly amazing to me, they definitely are a good band that provides something a bit different in the prog metal scene that I highly recommend, especially to those who enjoy that genre.

Best Songs: The Same River (seriously, even if you check out nothing else by them, I highly recommend this one), Curtain Falls, OK

Weakest Songs: Loose Heart, Out of Myself

Verdict: A great debut album that focuses more on atmosphere and emotion rather than technicality, the compositions are in general very good, and there isn't anything particularly difficult here, recommended for basically anyone interested prog.

 Eye of the Soundscape by RIVERSIDE album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2016
4.00 | 114 ratings

Eye of the Soundscape
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Warning: Eye of the Soundscape is not a regular Riverside album!

Is a compilation of long improvisations and some shorter instrumental tracks from different sessions released as bonus tracks in special editions through the years, specially the Rapid Eye Movement, Shrine of New Generation Slaves and Love, Fear and The Time Machine ones, in addition of a pair of unreleased tracks.

Nevertheless, if you are a fan of the band you will be delighted to recognize some melodies and rhythms from the main albums, and if you are new to Riverside you will find the most ambient, psychedelic and instrumental side of the band, with influences which move between Pink Floyd, Eloy, Porcupine Tree and Tangerine Dream.

The result is a very stimulating album perfect to be used as background music, but also splendid as a careful and dedicated listening!

Best Tracks: I especially like the first CD, but the shorter tracks of the second are also very interesting.

Conclusion: Eye of The Soundscape is a wonderful compilation of special edition bonus tracks and some unreleased songs but with a coherent and unique identity. It shows the incredibly good instrumental side of the band which links Riverside to the Mariusz Duda solo project called Lunatic Soul.

It was also a posthumous homage to the sadly disappeared guitarist Piotr Grudzinski and in will delight the fans of the band, but also psychedelic-space-ambiental prog lovers. Strongly recommended!

My rating: ****

 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.08 | 718 ratings

Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Many, many years ago, I was introduced to Artur Chachlowski by Stu Nicholson, and that friendship has continued to the present day. Artur not only runs the amazing website, but also has his own radio show and has been for me a constant source of amazing music coming out of Poland. He introduced me to the likes of Collage and Quidam, and then one day all he wanted to talk about was this new band who were making huge waves in their own country, Riverside. It is probably safe to say that in the fifteen years since their debut album they have become the most well-known Polish progressive rock band of recent years, and have continued to release albums of great depth and quality.

This 2015 album was always going to create a great deal of intrigue and discussion, as gone were the more metallic forays, as instead they had taken their love of Porcupine Tree and combined it with some very U2-style guitar to produce something that was quite a step away from what they had been doing before. True, there are the odd riffs and menace here and there, but in many ways this is quite different as they take a leaf from the book of Anathema. This is all about confidence, poise, and a much more reflective and emotional take on progressive music. There are times when the guitar production almost makes one think of Steve Hackett, soft and gentle, but whereas Marillion turned gentler yet somehow managed to remove all emotion from their songs, here we have a band that is moving forward in strength. Instantly accessible, it has a way of hanging onto the listener, refusing to let them go and compelling them to listen all the way to the end. I was playing their second album again the other day, 2005's 'Second Life Syndrome', and the same quartet have produced something ten years later that in many ways is quite different, yet is a very logical progression from where they were before. I can listen to this on constant repeat and never tire of it, as there is just so much here to discover and enjoy within the space and layers. Superb.

 Wasteland by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.99 | 359 ratings

Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After the sad passing of the guitarist Piotr Grudzinski, I'm sure that Wasteland was not an easy album to make.

For this reason, I consider this record a transition one while they let another guitarist to take part (hopefully) on their next record and bring some new ideas and sound. Because one of the first facts that we can clearly hear in Wasteland is that a true guitarist is missing. It's obvious that Mariusz Duda is not a professional guitar player, and because of that in almost all the songs the complex guitar work of previous albums is sadly gone, and the pedals used are also not the most adequate, making the guitar riffs sounds hollow and cheap.

And curiously the same can be said for the drums, which sounds too high pitched, lacking the deep and strength that the heavier parts of the album so desperately need! Why? I just don't know, because the Piotr Kozieradzki's drumming is awesome in other records from the band.

But apart from the production, the musical quality of the album is also a bit irregular. Some outstanding songs like Acid Rain, Veil of Tears and River Down Below are mixed with other average tracks like the not so exciting Guardian Angel, the repetitive The Struggle for Survival and the risky but not really successful Wasteland (I love the western influences though!)

This irregular songwriting makes the hearing of the album on its integrity a bit dull sometimes, and that's the first time that I feel something similar with a Riverside record. Is not a drama, but talking about one of the best prog-rock acts of the last decades, is some kind of a letdown.

Best Tracks: Acid Rain, Veil of Tears, Lament, River Down Below.

Conclusion: I must admit that the band has managed to overcome the death of their guitarist with a good album, which shows both the heaviest and mellowest sides of the band while maintaining the spirit of innovation that this musicians always had, diplaying some very good new ideas like the gothic and obscure Lament and the cinematic but flawed title track.

But in comparison to works like Second Life Syndrome and Anno Domini High Definition, Wasteland just pales.

My rating: ***

 Love, Fear And The Time Machine by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.08 | 718 ratings

Love, Fear And The Time Machine
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Love, Fear and the Time Machine is maybe the most personal and controversial album of Riverside.

They showed here the most luminous and happy? side of their music, with some positivism that was not well receive amongst all their fans. But after some hearings most of the songs of this album start to dig deeper in your soul until you discover yourself hearing this record again and again. It's compelling, passionate and very well made. And it also contains some of the best lyrics of the band.

The overall sound of the album is also lighter, with cleaner guitars (lots of acoustics) and drums and not so heavy bass lines from Mariusz, who made his best vocal interpretation to date in my opinion here. Lyrically the title of the album is a good summary of what we can hear throughout the album, which is an exploration about the childhood's world where the origin of feelings like love, fear and friendship resides. Just beautiful!

And just like Shrine of New Generation Slaves was an homage to 70's music, this can be considered the same for 80's music, with even some The Cure gothic-sounding parts like #Addicted.

Best Tracks: Lost, #Addicted, Caterpillar and the Barbed Wire, Saturate Me, Discard your Fear.

Conclusion: if you are prepared to hear a slightly happier version of Riverside with a bit less of melancholy and desperation in their lyrics, then Love, Fear and The Time Machine is for you. Sadly, the overall quality of this album reaches not the level of their best works, but in my opinion was an improvement over (the also excellent) Shrine of New Generation Slaves and opened new and exciting horizons for the band.

Sadly, this was the last album that Piotr Grudzinski recorded with the band... We miss you, mate!!!

My rating: ****

 Shrine Of New Generation Slaves by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.06 | 1010 ratings

Shrine Of New Generation Slaves
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Four years after the outstanding Anno Domini High Definition and with another incredible EP in the middle (Memories in my Head) the best prog rock band from Poland released Shrine of New Generation Slaves.

This album is some kind of return to the origins for the band in songs like The Depth of Self-Delusion and We got Used to Us (much in the vein of the most intimate moments of Out of Myself and Second Life Syndrome) while they also explored some new territories in tracks like New Generation Salve and Escalator Shrine where they made their particular homage to the 70's rock with even some Deep Purple-sounding keyboards.

Sadly, some other tracks like the boring Deprived and the too commercial Celebrity Touch are not so inspired, but the overall quality of the album is high. I would highlight the very missed Piotr Grudzinski's work on this album, maybe his best and most ambiental, and the general lyrical concept of the album where the band shows an acid criticism towards the enslaver work rhythm of modern society, making this album some kind of conceptual sequel to Anno Domini High Definition (not so much musically)

Best Tracks: New Generation Slave, The Depth of Self-Delusion, We Got Used to Us, Escalator Shrine.

Conclusion: Shrine of New Generation Slaves is a conservative and innovative album at the same time, offering some typical Riverside songs while they also dared to explore new territories with strong outcomes, but sadly making a pair of mistakes in the process.

Nevertheless, this is another true excellent album of this incredible band which surely should be in every prog-rock collection.

My rating: ****

 Anno Domini High Definition by RIVERSIDE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.21 | 1264 ratings

Anno Domini High Definition
Riverside Progressive Metal

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

5 stars After the slightly disappointing Rapid Eye Movement, Riverside returned to top form with one of their best albums to date!

Based on a concept which talks about uncommunication and isolation in modern society given by technology, hedonism and egoism, Riverside managed to create five wonderful songs in the vein of Second Life Syndrome (not so dark like Rapid Eye Movement) but even heavier, making this album their hardest to date.

The album is more guitar oriented than their previous three and the keyboards are also rockier, with extensive use of Hammond, making this album sound a bit less symphonic and more straightforward heavy prog. The drumming is also fantastic and so are the incredible bass lines and mellow (and sometiemes really harsh) singing of Mariusz.

Best tracks: all of them! But Left Out is a marvelous melancholic classic.

Conclusion: Anno Domini High Definition is one of the highest peaks in Riverside's career in terms of quality, and it's also their heaviest record. All five tracks are just an outstanding sample of modern prog rock at its best, making this album one of the most prominent of the last decade.

A masterpiece of music in general and an absolute must for every prog lover!

My rating: *****

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