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Memories In My Head EP
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Though some have claimed that it is a return to the sounds of their debut, I beg to differ. While many fans will agree that the three songs here (at nearly 33 minutes) revisit the moodier and spacier side of their first disc, the songs involve more of the songwriting aesthetic that bridged their second and third albums, especially the latter. This is primarily because of keyboardist Michael Lapaj who has a totally different approach to composition than the original keyboardist. Lapaj's melodies develop more thoroughly, and he covers a broader spectrum of sound colours in his playing. From his use of quiet synth bleeps that evoke Porcupine Tree to denser explorations that tread the delicate line between vintage analog synths and more modern vibes, Lapaj achieves atmospheres like no other keyboard player in the genre. He leaves his sonic imprint on all three songs, recalling the more mood-intensive passages on Rapid Eye Movement with his frequent use of 'vertical' melody injections. At one point, he even exchanges a great unison solo spot with Piotr Grudzinski on "Living in the Past" which is not only the best track on this EP but also one of the finest in their entire catalog.Read more ›
This teaser of an EP doesn't take me back to their earliest days as some industry touts have promised, it has me looking forward to the full scale album that is sure to come! Though the whole album is excellent, I especially like the prog-metal extravaganza Living In the Past. If you are a fan of Riverside on any level, don't pass this one up.
The CD comes packaged in a standard jewel box and is accompanied by a booklet featuring all pertinent album info, the lyrics, and a nice two-page photo of the band. Enjoy!
With all of that said, my favorite track is Living in the Past. I love the melodic guitars and the beautiful voice-work. However, Forgotten Land is a close second because it is completely unique and wonderfully written. As you can probably tell, I am really anticipating their next album, especially if it is anything like this amazing EP!
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No surpise...this is great from a really great band. I find this short recording as the point where Riverside transition from their find progmetal sound to something even more... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Moerne
2011's Memories In My Head EP by the Polish Progressive band Riverside is a three-track installment of new material released to commemorate the band's ten-year anniversary. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Kingcrimsonprog
2011 marked the 10th year of existence for the Polish progressive metal outfit Riverside, and they celebrated with a "Jubilee year" tour of Europe, the release of the 6-cd Trilogy... Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Deb McKay
Ill start out by saying I love this group. They possess a sound unlike other bands, much to the fact the main elements circle around a bass guitar! Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by J
"Memories In My Head" EP
This is the moment I so longed to come. After A.D.H.D. Read more
Well, you know that usually I don't like the metal-prog music genre, even though there are some interesting features inside the present EP, in spite of the uneven structure of the... Read morePublished on August 5, 2011 by Lethe
This EP takes us back to the more melancholic side of Riverside seen in their earlier records with some new influences. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by SpitfireMKII
Riverside is one of the best prog bands out there today with each of its full length albums being phenomenal and showing increasing maturity and depth with each release. Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by Ian Cartwright