Second Life Syndrome
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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.Read more ›
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
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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... well...you 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 Amazon.com, 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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've listened to this album about 50 times in just a couple of months, and I still enjoy it just as much as the first listening. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rehu
When I first ordered this album almost nine years ago, I absolutely hated it because of the very depressing lyrics. I bought it based upon all of the rave reviews posted here. Read morePublished 15 months ago by VITSOL
I've only heard about Riverside a few years ago, from a fellow fan at Dream Theater concert. His words were "If you like DT, you gotta check out Riverside". So I did. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Their second release but my fifth to be purchased, I just had to have them all. They are great listening, great fun.Published on December 27, 2013 by Dukatamus
Yes, you read that right, I put three adjectives together to describe this album you would not expect to go together in one phrase. Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by P. Zeller
Riverside is by far the best "unknown" band in music today. Excellent musicianship, outstanding, meaningful lyrics, great production. Mariuz's vocals are incredible. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Soundman
Second Life Syndrome is the second full-length studio album from the Polish Progressive band Riverside. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Kingcrimsonprog
Probably the best progressive concept album released since Clutching at Straws by Marillion. Not too heavy, but enough of an edge to make sure you know this is far from what you... Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by Shaun A Howard