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. Anno Domini High Definition also represents a major change of direction for the band: from the mellow and introverted mix of progressive rock and progressive metal they did until Rapid Eye Movement to full blast energetic, fresh and surprisingly original progressive metal. Best Tracks: Acid Rain, Veil of Tears, Lament, River Down Below. I just don't know, because the Piotr Kozieradzki's drumming is awesome in other records from the band. 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. .
Best tracks: all of them! 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. 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. 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. But apart from the production, the musical quality of the album is also a bit irregular.
I hope that in the Wasteland tour that they will start after summer they retrieve one or two of this wonderful songs for their performances, because they are a must for every fan of modern progressive rock and should be never forgotten. Because one of the first facts that we can clearly hear in Wasteland is that a true guitarist is missing. But in comparison to works like Second Life Syndrome and Anno Domini High Definition, Wasteland just pales. 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. Baker's boyish pop-styled singing voice is an acquired taste, but perhaps oddly appealing as a 1950s iconic symbol of a time long gone.
This is all about confidence, poise, and a much more reflective and emotional take on progressive music. Just listen The Thing or Escape from New York. 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. They showed here the most luminous and happy? This time the intensity flows into the following vocals and the build continues until it erupts into a surprisingly dramatic and heavy ending. The guitars on the album were mostly handled by current touring guitarist Maciej Meller. You don't have to read between the lines of Keepnews' carefully chosen words to realize that he and the unreliable Baker weren't exactly the best of chums, and that only the passage of time allowed Keepnews to reach some kind of objectivity about their sessions. The second half of the album feels somewhat weaker than the first, with some excellent songs, but nothing that particularly amazes me as much.
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. However, a more satisfying level of assessing Monk's indelible marks of extemporaneous perfection can be heard within his prankster-like sense of timing or innate penchant for sophisticated arrangements. 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. 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. Riverside was formed almost by accident, when two of its members, the guitarist Piotr Grudziñski and the drummer Piotr Kozieradzki, listened to Marillion in Kozieradzki's car back in 2001. 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. The sessions are presented in chronological order, accurately charting the progression and diversions of one of the most genuinely enigmatic figures in popular music.
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. 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. 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 is the last original studio track. Marillion played an important part in Riverside's history: the band was one important element in their very formation and Riverside's first three albums, their debut foremost and their second and third albums in a minor degree, are hugely influenced by Marillion, specifically the Fish-era Marillion. What I got instead was something far more interesting, a more emotional, atmospheric, and especially dark sounding band. Sadly, this was the last album that Piotr Grudzinski recorded with the band.
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. 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. We have no association with Riverside Records or any of its related labels. The three songs included here count among the best that the band ever recorded and should be played live in every concert they make. Mariusz Duda's warm vocals would melt the hardest heart. A masterpiece of music in general and an absolute must for every prog lover! Vocals deliver a mellow first verse after which a full band joins in while the piano continues.
The Complete Riverside Recordings explores Monk's genius with a certain degree of real-time analysis that simply listening to each of the individual albums from this era lacks. 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! I'd recommend it to those who enjoy this sort of music, despite me finding this album very mixed. 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. Users who ignore this rule will be banned from the site. It is reminiscent of Porcupine Tree.
Posted Thursday, April 4, 2019 Review 2171172 '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. The track remains sinister throughout and stays interesting all the way through. I just can't get over how this music moves me. 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. Orrin Keepnews, the co-head of the Riverside operation, selects the material and writes the notes, working in chronological order.
Mariusz Duda said, that after 2015's 'Love, Fear and the Time Machine' which had a more mellow approach, not that I'm complaining , they are going heavier again on this new album, largely due to the emotions unleashed by a tragedy like that. 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. Has it Leaked is not a download site. 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. It shows the incredibly good instrumental side of the band which links Riverside to the Mariusz Duda solo project called Lunatic Soul.