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New Riverside in September....

Postby T'ski » Mon May 21, 2018 5:05 pm

per their twitter....

"Well, we're back in the game! We're happy to tell you that our seventh album will be called "Wasteland" and will be released at the end of September this year. More info soon!"

can't wait!

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby outprogged42 » Mon May 21, 2018 9:59 pm

I've been told to expect a dark, somber and VERY heavy album, reflecting the tremendous emotional roller coaster of the past two years in the Riverside camp. Think Covered in Black relative to past Anubis Gate outputs. Even then I doubt they can replicate the perfection of Anno Domini High Definition, but I actually think Wasteland has the best chance of doing so, of anything Riverside might ever put out again (granted, basically their entire catalog is stellar).

The proposed post-apocalyptic lyrical theme of the album, of starting over from nothing in a place of desolation and loss, really hits home with some major life changes and emotions I've experienced this year, from excruciating heartbreak to what will almost certainly result in a change of jobs, maybe even careers. Wasteland has the potential to be AOTY if the emotional content is anything like what the band promises.

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby gazinwales » Tue May 22, 2018 3:28 am

What ever they do I reckon it will be good.
They seem to have a knack for doing different things and pulling it off.
I hated LFatTM when I first heard it but it really grew on me.

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby Chris R » Tue May 22, 2018 6:37 am

I rewlly can't wait for this,even their 95% instrumental electronic disk was incredible,and the lunatic soul disk that came out last year I love as well.

Very confident this will be great
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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby outprogged42 » Tue May 22, 2018 9:44 am

For anyone interested, to get a preview of what you can expect from this album thematically, read this band press release and my response to it.

https://www.facebook.com/andrew.bennett ... 3576873556

I still like even their ambient disc, but it's so long that it requires a very specific mindset for me to appreciate it.

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby pfillion » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:03 am

Riverside debuted a new song at the Night of the Prog Festival. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NpShyzx30w

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby Chris R » Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:53 am

Impressive

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby LarryD » Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:36 pm

I thought that was boring as hell ... it was the same exact riff played over and over again at different speeds........nothing changed thru the entire song except the tempo - once. Did not hit push any buttons here ..........

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby gazinwales » Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:23 pm

Love the new song, apparently it's only an intro or extract from a longer song.

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby Nos » Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:15 pm

LarryD wrote: it was the same exact riff played over and over again at different speeds........nothing changed thru the entire song except the tempo - once. ..........


Maybe that's what makes it progressive? Everyone expects a song to have multiple parts, to build and flow, to be interesting and entertaining, so instead they defy conventions by being as boring as humanly possible. [/sarcasm]

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby zedowns » Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:50 pm

gazinwales wrote:Love the new song, apparently it's only an intro or extract from a longer song.


I was thinking this was the case. Otherwise, there just wasn't really much there. Pretty weak first impression, regardless.

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby Mardoch » Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:45 pm

LarryD wrote:I thought that was boring as hell ... it was the same exact riff played over and over again at different speeds........nothing changed thru the entire song except the tempo - once. Did not hit push any buttons here ..........

Same thing here.

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Re: New Riverside in September....

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby LarryD » Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:56 pm

T'ski wrote:details on the new album...

https://riversideband.pl/en/news/item/r ... se-details


***That sounds pretty bad ass -- I just need it to live up to that sort of hype ..........

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby outprogged42 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:44 pm

gazinwales wrote:Love the new song, apparently it's only an intro or extract from a longer song.


I was there at the festival when they played it. It's actually a full-song version of what will be the album intro that lasts about one minute, so I wouldn't get too upset about this being overlong.

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby gazinwales » Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:16 pm

New song 'Vale Of Tears' is up on Spotify today.
It's dark and heavy, exactly was I was expecting after the last album.
Also very proggy too.

Can't wait for the album in 2 months.

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby T'ski » Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:00 am

On YouTube as well...

https://youtu.be/DueDLMZ6i-s

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby Chris R » Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:06 am

Not bad.
Has a definite ADHD feel to it..
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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby outprogged42 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:39 pm

Pretty different as you'd expect. The heavy section at about 3 minutes in is killer, although the somewhat technical solo is going to be hard to acclimate to. You can definitely feel Grudzien isn't there anymore and time will tell whether the world can overlook that.

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby Chris R » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:03 pm

outprogged42 wrote:Pretty different as you'd expect. The heavy section at about 3 minutes in is killer, although the somewhat technical solo is going to be hard to acclimate to. You can definitely feel Grudzien isn't there anymore and time will tell whether the world can overlook that.

Pretty much my exact thoughts as well,going to really miss the Gilmour/Rothery style soaring leads.Tge songwriting is still unmistakable Riverside as I loved the previous Lunatic Soul and thought it sounded a lot like Riverside stripped down.
It will be like for me after Vivian Campbell was replaced by Goldie.While still Dio sounding the overall vibe sounded a bit different as Goldie brought elements of an older Rainbow feel to the guitars and playing..

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby Packgrog » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:46 am

I hadn't really warmed to the past several releases previously. Then I threw the whole discography on my phone for some recent long trips and have been very much enjoying the newer stuff on shuffle with everything else.

The loss of Piotr (whose soloing was a big part of my love for the band) is still going to be tough, but it seems from that live clip that they've tried to keep close to that sound, so it might be OK. So yeah, I'm looking forward to this.

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby Mardoch » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:26 pm

T'ski wrote:On YouTube as well...

https://youtu.be/DueDLMZ6i-s

It's ok. Has a lot of electronic fuzz, which doesn't do it for me. We'll see what else the disc holds.

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby pfillion » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:26 pm

More details about the new album:

"RIVERSIDE are back in the game. The band who have been around since 2001, who have so far released six long-players, a compilation, two mini-albums and two live albums, and who have played numerous tours across the world. That band is coming back this year with their seventh studio album called "Wasteland", recorded as a trio: Mariusz Duda – vocals, guitars and basses, Piotr Kozieradzki –drums, Michał Łapaj – keyboards and Hammond organ.

"I remember the moment when we officially announced that we would continue as a trio," says Mariusz Duda, the vocalist and main composer in the band. "We were doing a photoshoot at the Polish seaside. I said to the guys, 'Let's remember that this is just the beginning. Many of our fans can't imagine an album without Grudzień and for some of them the band ceased to exist when he died. Wehave to prove that we are able to survive not only by playing concerts but, most of all, by recording a new album.'"

The tragedy that befell in February 2016 called into question the very existence of RIVERSIDE. The co-founder and guitarist of the band, Piotr Grudziński, died suddenly just before his 41st birthday.RIVERSIDE cancelled all the concerts planned for that year and dedicated the album "Eye of the Soundscape", released in September 2016, to their late friend.

"'Eye of the Soundscape' is a compilation of old and new things," says Duda, "but it's not a successor to 'Love, Fear and the Time Machine'. It is not yet a new music chapter. The new chapter begins now, this year."

Earlier, in the spring of 2017, RIVERSIDE resumed playing live. During the "Towards the Blue Horizon" tour the band were joined on stage by Maciej Meller who officially joined RIVERSIDE as their live guitarist. Why has he not become the official fourth member of the band?

"It's not so simple," Duda explains, "To catch up with 15 years takes time. I love Maciej but everything has to have its place and time. For now we are a quartet only live."

Back then, Duda had already had an idea for another release. To begin a new chapter of RIVERSIDE, they would have to record an album from the point of view of someone bereft, someone who has survived a tragedy. The fact that the album would be recorded without their guitarist might result in having to experiment musically a little more than usual but, most of all, it might translate into deeper symbolism and carry a more profound meaning. "I had a feeling we would be alright and we could make something beautiful and exceptional," he recalls.

The band entered the recording studio in December 2017 and Mariusz Duda assumed the duties of the band's guitarist. "Since I play different instruments and compose mostly on the acoustic guitar, we decided that we would do everything just like we had done before, but this time I would play the electric guitar as well. I also wanted to use my newly acquired piccolo bass, which at times sounds like an electric guitar. We recorded a demo. It turned out alright and we had come to the conclusion that I would manage to play all the rhythmic parts, all the melodies and some of the solos. Naturally, to enhance the sound of the album, we left some space for guests."

And so on the new RIVERSIDE album, you can hear a few guitar solos by Maciej Meller, as well as one by Mateusz Owczarek, a young, talented guitarist, who played with the band during their Warsawmemorial concert for Piotr Grudziński. For the first time in their music, there are also violins played by Michał Jelonek.

"'Wasteland' is undoubtedly one of the musically heavier and more emotional albums in our discography", says Michał Łapaj, the keyboard player of the band. "In a way, it reaches the beginnings of our playing, there are lots of guitar riffs, darker elements and space. It's all combined with a new, raw sound that we had never had before, which makes the album quite an explosive mix. We're literally going through a second life syndrome and when we were recording this album, we consciously added some elements referring to our second studio release, which sort of makes 'Wasteland' a second part of 'SLS'".

While writing lyrics for the new album, Mariusz decided on an idea for the titles of the first and the last tracks, which makes a very clear reference to "Second Life Syndrome". The album begins with "The Day After" and finishes with "The Night Before". Additionally, "Wasteland" begins with a-cappella vocals, just like the band's second release and both albums comprise nine compositions.

The main theme of "Wasteland" is attempting to survive in a world after the Apocalypse, which is referred to in a few lyrics and song titles ("The Day After" is also the title of a post-apocalyptic film from 1983). On social media, Duda clearly admitted to being inspired by Cormac McCarthy's book, "The Road" as well as games from the "Fallout" series. However, the symbolism of the album refers not only to the post-apocalyptic visions of the world, but also to the death of Piotr Grudziński, to the band'sattempt to find themselves in new circumstances, and, in general, to the current situation of the increasingly turbulent world full of new divisions and conflicts.

"'Wasteland' is a big album," says Robert Srzednicki, the sound engineer and co-producer of the album. "It's emotional and full of contrasts. Serious and, for what it's worth, heavy, but at the same time extremely melodious and even potentially 'hit' in a way. The core sound is made by 'live' instruments. Sometimes spacious and soft, at other times raw and harsh. Starting from the incredibly extended drum kit through a very wide range of basses, acoustic and electric guitars, Hammond organs and analog synthesizers, to the whole spectrum of vocals."

"I had never thought that after 17 years of RIVERSIDE, after 6 studio albums and a whole lot of different releases, I will feel again as if I was about to release the first album," says Piotr Kozieradzki, the drummer of RIVERSIDE. "It feels to me like we're doing a 'second debut‘. A very important debut, almost as important as 'Out of Myself'. The album itself carries a lot of emotions which reflect everything that has been happening to the band for the past few years. It's a much heavier and darker face of RIVERSIDE."

There are a few key elements that make the new release a very original one. First: the characteristic and rather unusual overdriven sound of guitars and basses. Second: the heavy drums. Third: Mariusz Duda singing lower more often than ever before. And fourth: elements referring to soundtracks of... western movies.

"RIVERSIDE have found their style for good," says Duda, "and widened their horizons. It's a quirky mix of contrasts, western movies, road movies and slavic melodies. All that, together with incredibly emotional fragments, creates an exceptional and original combination. It has very little to do with the music of the bands we used to be compared to."

This time, the characteristic RIVERSIDE guitar solos are played by three musicians. Duda, Owczarek and Meller make the album very rich in this respect. The majority of guitar solo fragments are played by Maciej Meller who guests on four tracks. Here is what he has to say about the new RIVERSIDE album:

"Perhaps it is easier for me to evaluate this release because I'm a little more on the outside," he says. "For me, 'Wasteland' is a synthesis of those elements from the entire history of RIVERSIDE that I like most. But there's also a lot of new things! There is the emotional weight of 'SLS' but also the space of 'OOM', there is the twisted guitar blow of 'ADHD' and the melodiousness of 'LFATTM'. And then there's a new kind of storytelling, something I haven't heard before. It's very epic and cinematic, these are music pictures. An empty road, dust, burnt soil and the main character tormented by sad experiences. The end but perhaps also a beginning? These are the things I see. And however silly it sounds, at the moment for me it's the best and the most coherent RIVERSIDE album."

Mariusz Duda: "I've been listening recently to the whole discography of RIVERSIDE, to the way our music has changed. There are a lot of production flaws on the early releases but there is also innocence and the non-repeatable, specific kind of emotions, depth, the 'inner scream', which was later lost. It resurfaced for a moment on the black album of my solo project, Lunatic Soul, but got lost somewhere as well. I don't know if it's a good thing or not, but these kind of emotions, this depth is back on 'Wasteland' and it's back with a vengeance. I honestly can't remember listening to new RIVERSIDE music with tears in my eyes, and there are such moments here. The music very often grabs you by the throat. I have recently released two solo albums, 'Fractured' and 'Under the Fragmented Sky', both talking about coming to terms with a loss, but those were the stories told by someone who had already made the decision to get up from their knees and start a new life. 'Wasteland' grabs you and says, 'wait, tell me more about what had happened before, tell me how you felt at the beginning, tell me what you haven't told me yet'. And so I go back. I go back to the darkest moment. And it turns out that I had saved the 'inner scream' for last. It looks like I had to finally deal with it in RIVERSIDE."

"Wasteland" is an exceptional release which clearly underlines the most important elements of RIVERSIDE music. The incredibly emotional nature of each of the tracks has a huge potential to move every listener. The seventh album of the band marks a new chapter, a new hand, a new beginning. We will find out whether RIVERSIDE together with their guests stood up to the pressure and the formidable task on September 28th."

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby pfillion » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:19 am

New single

https://youtu.be/ZS1crIkpnwc

Speaking about the song, Riverside vocalist and bassist Mariusz Duda says: “River Down Below is another song we've written with ‘river’ in the title, the fourth one, if I'm not mistaken.

“In our case, river symbolises memory and that's the case here as well. The lyrics tell the story of a wanderer, who accidentally finds the grave of one of those who didn't manage to survive the apocalypse. He hears a voice, ‘Take me from here, take me to the river, that's where I belong.’

“’If the band continue to exist, the memory of Grudzień will survive,’ said one of my friends when I thought it was the end of Riverside. So there had to be a track on the new album that would refer to it. Not literally. It's still a story about the world in an alternative future, but you can find that reference between the lines.”

Duda adds: “It's a very simple, delicate, and at the same time incredibly powerful song – one of the most beautiful Riverside melodies I have managed to write, with a brilliant solo by one of our guests, Maciej Meller.

“We have always subscribed to the idea that there's great power in simplicity. River Down Below showcases the essence of our music and gives an idea of the emotions which can be found on our upcoming new release.”

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Re: New Riverside in September....

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Another excellent review of the new album

http://www.lordsofmetal.nl/en/reviews/view/id/37709

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby Man Of Much Metal » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:16 pm

I feel the need to add my review to the list mentioned in previous posts, seeing as it was shamefully overlooked :wink: :wink:

https://manofmuchmetal.com/2018/09/12/r ... um-review/

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby Mardoch » Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:30 am

I want to like this, but there's just no fire there for me. It's not bad by any means, but it's nothing like the first 4 albums, which is what I'm really craving from Riverside.

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby Chris R » Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:17 am

Its downloaded and waiting to be listened to.
I'm really hoping the rest of the disk is unlike the 3 songs I have heard because to me they are missing the one thing that i loved about this band through all their changes,whether it was the early stuff,the heavy as hell ADHD through the electronic double disk,the atmospheric and at times electronic keys.
What I heard so far is boring as hell,and it's not the loss of Piotr because I heard the "Riverside sound" enough on the last Lunatic Soul disks to make me think his songwriting wouldn't be badly missed(his leads are what's missing,very few can capture his feel)

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby LarryD » Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:58 pm

Mardoch wrote:I want to like this, but there's just no fire there for me. It's not bad by any means, but it's nothing like the first 4 albums, which is what I'm really craving from Riverside.


^^^^ THIS +1

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby gazinwales » Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:43 am

Chris your going to be massively disappointed, as I was.
It's lacking everything that I had previously loved about the band, but most of all the input of a guitarist during writing/arranging the songs.

The songwriting is nowhere near that of the last Lunatic Soul proper album, 'Fractured'.

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Re: New Riverside in September....

Postby Chris R » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:11 am

Took a first listen

Sadly its everything I feared ....... :(
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