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Rapid Eye Movement

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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...

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Special ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • ASIN: B000TQAF8C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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By WillieB on October 10, 2007
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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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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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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 of "Second Life Syndrome" to create another satisfying and fairly unique album and sound. "Rapid Eye Movement" takes us through a vertigo-induced swirl of what may be a dream or what may be a split Jekyll-Hyde personality play with Dr. Jekyll trying to find his way back out. Showcasing a lot of textured sounds by all of the musicians it is a delight to hear what they are moving into within the movements of the individual songs as well as between the songs themselves. Once again there's a lot going on so for people who like to be able to hear or really focus on different musical aspects of a song upon each listen or for those who love being pleasantly surprised at being really familiar with a song only to hear something different on the 25th listen then know that this is your album. Enjoy!

1) Beyond the Eyelids: The opener brings in the rock quick and boasts some great percussion work. It soon fills out and offers itself, really, as a sample of what you will hear throughout the album with differentiating synth and guitar interplays and Duda's soothing vocals becoming strained at the end of musical moments. "If I were myself I would be someone else"
2) Rainbow Box: The bass guitar provides the musical motif for this song and dominates all throughout making the song feel, at once, very simple though it distracts from the playful and more complex keyboard parts.
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