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Second Life Syndrome

4.6 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

It is with no small amount of pride that Inside Out Music has the unique opportunity to announce its very first signing from a former communist country: Poland’s Riverside. Behind the Iron Curtain, over the past years, and especially in Poland, progressive music has very quietly (but surely) been growing in popularity and establishing itself as a real scene. As a result, some very interesting and promising bands have begun to see the proverbial light-of-day. Enter Riverside, with their hyper-creative compositional and instrumental skills, they create very intense compact soundscapes that could remind one of Pink Floyd from the days-of-old. Their debut CD received rave reviews from the progressive rock community with many calling it "the album of the year." We expect no less from Second Life Syndrome.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. After
  2. Volte-Face
  3. Conceiving You
  4. Second Life Syndrome
  5. Artificial Smile
  6. I Turned You Down
  7. Reality Dream III
  8. Dance With The Shadow
  9. Before

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I ask you! Have you ever witnessed a band, who after releasing a monumental debut album, that had garnered widespread praise and universal acclimation, actually top that album with their second effort. I'm not saying it hasn't happened but I can't recall if is has, until now. I have listened to Riverside's brand new release Second Life Syndrome for a week now, probably some two dozen spins and I have come up with one inescapable conclusion. Second Life Syndrome not only surpasses their remarkable debut, Out of Myself: [...] but it ranks with the all time giants of progressive metal like, Dream Theater's, Images and Words and Awake, or Green Carnation's, Light of Day, Day of Darkness.

Forget the Opeth, Porcupine Tree, and Anathema comparisons, I made in my review, about their first disc, Out of Myself. Second Life Syndrome not only eclipses it, but it also insinuates a raw new Riverside direction that, shows the band evolving into a shadowy musical realm, while expanding the creative nucleus of their debut album.


What are we talking about here? We're talking about a group of talented Poles, who seem to be creating a new and different style of music and yet it isn't. It's fresh as a spring rain and yet it's dark and morbid: "I can't take anymore, I can't breath, I'm sick of this goddamn darkness, sick of the sadness and the tears. I threw it all up every single day together with last nights dinner"

Take the best from Pink Floyd, Anathema, Porcupine Tree and Pain of Salvation and you almost have something close but not quite. Their music runs the gamut from mellow and subtle to intense and powerful. Most of the album is delivered in a slow to slow medium ethereal tempo but picks up for overpowering crescendos.
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RIVERSIDE - Second Life Syndrome
Fusing the styles of Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, A Perfect Circle and even touches of the legendary King Crimson, Poland's Riverside is an unstoppable progressive tour de force. Though offering nothing entirely `new' to the genre... They have created an album in exceptional beauty and with ample feeling. It is powerful, emotive and moving... I love whenever a bands music is actually `felt' and not just simply `heard'.

I could go into extended lengths about how amazing this CD is... But one listen to any track on this disc and it will sell itself...
Oddly enough my primary diet consists of Metal music but as a Prog lover and fan of Porcupine Tree I was told to check this out, and boy am I glad I did. Once again, I now have to update my Best of 2005...

Favorite Tracks: Second Life Syndrome, Reality Dream III, Conceiving You and I Turned You Down
-4.75 Stars

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Riverside is the best new band I've heard in ten years.

In fact, had I looked for them any earlier, they would have been impossible to find. Not because the band is from Poland. Not because they weren't popular. But because the band started taking critics by surprise when they played live for the first time in just 2002. I must tell you that my standards in a group are very high. Most bands don't cut it with me. When I'm going to invest my time with a group, I choose carefully. And you know that if you choose right, you become a part of the group's message and grow old with them.

Having long been a fan of progressive rock, my groups must be overwhelmingly competent. My definition of an intelligent person's rock band would be Spock's Beard, Dream Theater, Flower Kings, Transatlantic, Yes, early Genesis... get the idea. Nowadays, it's really hard to find exceptional music in the 'progressive' genre to invest in. It's not unlike a 35 year old twice-divorced man who begins dating again. He knows the field and most of the field is not to his liking because he's seen all of the hooks and tricks before.

But Riverside is like a fresh lover. Fresh, naughty, experienced, playfully naive, and ready to teach you.

So one day, while searching for a new lover amongst the cross-listings of NEO-PROGRESSIVE ROCK at, one band stood out. I mean REALLY stood out. People had nothing but heaps and mounds of praise for Riverside. Pretty unusual for a group which never played outside of their home country and were overrun by fans at their first gig. But like computer dating, just because the profile seems be a good match on paper, the truth is meeting your date face-to-face, or in this case 'ear-to-ear'. I want you to listen to Riverside.
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After Riverside's amazing debut album Out of Myself was released, the band's vocalist and bassist Mariusz Duda made the following statement on their website: "We know that we're not discovering new lands in our playing, but we do hope that we're doing it our own way, and, sooner or later, we will work out our own distinctive style.". Well, judging by the music on their new release, also their InsideOut debut, Second Life Syndrome, it should be noted that they have achieved their goal to a great extent. Forget about the ever-present Opeth, Porcupine Tree, and later day Anathema references made regarding their first disc. Second Life Syndrome not only surpasses it, but it also presents a distinct Riverside sound that, despite some subtle influences, shows the band developing into a darker musical realm, while retaining the core stylistics of their debut album.

From a lyrical point of view, Second Life Syndrome expands on the concept started with their first album, forming the middle chapter of the band's trilogy. The overall brooding tone is carried over and is often coterminous with the storyline in that the protagonist refreshes the listener's memory about his inner turmoils and psychological problems. The album begins with cathartic whispers by Duda where he briefly gives us an insight into his state of mind in his "second life". The song very slowly builds as brush drums are heard distantly together with a lucid keyboard line that blankets the whole song delicately before waves of guitar sounds emerge and repeat themselves until the second track "Volte-Face" kicks in. New keyboardist Michal Lapaj's style is rather different than the one who played on Out of Myself. Lapaj opts for a more textural statement, reaching certain atmospheres and mostly underlying the bass and guitar chords.
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