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Rapid Eye Movement

RiversideAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • ASIN: B000TQAF8C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beyond The Eyelids 7:56
2. Rainbow Box 3:37
3. 02 Panic Room 5:29
4. Schizophrenic Prayer 4:21
5. Parasomnia 8:10
6. Through The Other Side 4:06
7. Embryonic 4:10
8. Cybernetic Pillow 4:46
9. Ultimate Trip 13:13

Editorial Reviews

Poland's Riverside are undoubtedly THE buzz band of the current progressive rock scene. Their dark, moody, atmospheric sound - which has been compared to both Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree - is mixed with modern metal elements to create something both unique and authentic. Fans and critics alike warmly embraced their last CD, Second Life Syndrome with gusto and enthusiasm, and tours with bands such as Dream Theater have helped to launch what is certain to be a long and productive career.

The initial version of Rapid Eye Movement will be limited to 4000 units. It will be housed in digipack format and will feature 3 bonus tracks. The band are currently looking at touring possibilities for North America this autumn, stay tuned...

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapid Eye Masterpiece October 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Riverside have completed their amazing trilogy with Rapid Eye Movement, an album that lends itself to the melodious side of the debut and the heavier aspect of the band's second album. It achieves a wonderful balance between its two predecessors, emphasizing atmospheric dynamics more effectively and also showing signs of growth and compositional improvement. Like the first two albums, Rapid Eye Movement also contains nine tracks and encapsulates everything what the Polish band stands for: moody soundscapes, emotive vocals, dense keyboard structures, and a solid rhythm background.

Though there will always be fans who'll consider Out of Myself Riverside's high point, it is a given that vocalist Mariusz Duda's vocals have improved significantly since the debut came out. Now, Duda incorporates all kinds of styles into his vocalizations with great results. His unique chants that open up "Beyond the Eyelids" function as a foreshadowing to the album's emotionally dark aura throughout its course. His voice is always strengthened by mood-intensive synth work and textural guitar voicings, which eventually transform into jam-like sessions with a strong rhythm presence. The instrumentation on the track is underpinned by keyboardist Michal Lapaj's electronic sequencing, which works brilliantly underneath Duda's doubled vocal harmony that occasionally borders on aggressive outbursts.

The band must have been heavily inspired by Porcupine Tree while composing "Rainbow Box", right down to the vocals. Built around an instantly memorable main riff, this is one of the shorter pieces that lends itself to crunchy rhythm variations, around which Piotr Grudzinski's textural guitar lines are woven.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have October 10, 2007
By WillieB
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Riverside's latest release, spacey prog-rock with crunch, is a must have. The songwriting is similar to their previous release, albeit less melodic and there are softer themes, but their musical abilities seem to be progressing. Mariusz's vocals are incredible and have such a beautiful smooth earthy tone and his bass playing is beefy. Piotr's drumming is powerful, Michal's keyboard parts are well thought out and enhance everything, and Piotr's guitar style (not many chords) of constantly accenting the rhythm with a few choice notes and crunching at the right time is very tasty.

The disc is divided into two parts, Fearless (5 songs) and Fearland (4 songs). My disc also came with three "bonus tracks" - "Lucid Dream IV" is a killer instrumental, "Back to the River", another instrumental, pays homage to Pink Floyd with riffs from "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", and the third track is remix of "02 Panic Room". 2007 has provided many great discs and this is right there with the best of them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid ending to the trilogy. October 12, 2007
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Riverside have created an impressive end the the Reality Dream trilogy. While I rate this at just 4 stars in comparison to the two previous 5 star albums I would still highly recommend this to any prog fan. Stand out tracks, for me at least, are 02 Panic Room, Rainbow Box and Parasomnia, although there are no really bad tracks on the entire cd. The only complaint about this effort is that some of the tracks are a little too ambient at times and take a bit long to get to the meat of the song, but this is just personal preference and doesn't reflect at all on the musicianship, which is top notch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polish Power Prog December 6, 2007
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If Riverside had been around in the days when top prog bands were filling arenas and selling albums by the millions, it would have been one of those in prog's top echelon that people would still be speaking about today. Unfortunately, the music business has become highly fragmented while the radio business has become highly concentrated. Most good music has almost no chance of being heard on the radio because the hide-bound suits that control it are afraid to allow anything new that might appeal to someone older than twelve. The twaddle that one hears on top-40 radio today is so vapid that more discerning youth have been driven in ever-increasing numbers to embrace their parents' music. Thankfully, the tech revolution that has been ongoing for more than twenty-five years makes it ever more possible for those who seek quality to find it.
Under the leadership of lead singer and lyricist Mariusz Duda, the Polish power prog group Riverside has become just the kind of quality band that should make a lasting mark on the music history of the early 21st century. Rapid Eye Movement is their third full-length album and establishes Riverside as one of today's best progressive rock groups. The dark atmospheric sound with vocals eerily reminiscent of the Moody Blues and music often compared to Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree, Riverside sounds like its set to bring progressive rock back to its former prominence.
There isn't much that could be said about this CD that the reviewer from Istanbul didn't already say so eloquently, so I will just get into his amen corner. The Special Edition of this CD, which is the edition I recommend, offers the listener just over 70 minutes of great music. It comes with a booklet containing the lyrics and some interesting images that reflect the mood induced by the music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lots of good songs, although a few moments of stilmate somewhere down the middle.
Published 3 months ago by Alex A. Zhukov
4.0 out of 5 stars Prog rock, and they sound good
Nice sound,......... much like Porcupine Tree I liked this cd very much. Nice to hear prog rock is still alive and well
Published 10 months ago by Here Gromit
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Riverside is an outstanding band of talented musicians. Mariuz's vocals are incredible. There's not much more I can say. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Soundman
5.0 out of 5 stars Riverside - Rapid Eye Movement
2007's Rapid Eye Movement was the third full-length studio album by the Polish Progressive band Riverside, and served as the story conclusion to their concept-trilogy "Reality... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gentlegiantprog
4.0 out of 5 stars RAPID EYE MOVEMENT
BOUGHT IT AS A GIFT FOR SOMEONE. THEY REALLY ENJOYED IT. GLAD TO HAVE MADE THERE DAY. HAVE A GOOD ONE
Published 23 months ago by Robert J. La Greca
5.0 out of 5 stars Riverside's take on the Jekyll/Hyde mythos?
Riverside's "Rapid Eye Movement" closes their trilogy of albums and as many others have claimed blends both the more melodious aspects of "Out of Myself" with the heavier aspects... Read more
Published on April 5, 2012 by THowerton
3.0 out of 5 stars Its OK, but too predictable to keep my interest...
Was hoping to "discover" a new (or new to me anyway) source of prog rock. The song writing is good. Has a nice range of style, dynamics, tempo, etc. Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by ProgDrummer
4.0 out of 5 stars 4,5 stars Amazing album
This is definitely one of their best albums and not only. They play in theor unique way tthat they sound like Porcupine Tree with some elements of Pink Floyd. Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by KOURKOULOS NIKOS
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Sanityclaus and the elves love this recording. Every song is richly textured and the musicians demonstrate that they are at the top of their game. Read more
Published on June 6, 2010 by Sanityclaus
5.0 out of 5 stars I will stay by the Riverside...
I am a relative newcomer to the riches to be found in the music of Polish band Riverside, so I am still under the spell of their newness to me. Read more
Published on May 9, 2010 by Judd Collins
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Thanks for the info! I would like that as well, looking forward to the new release.
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