Riverside
Love, Fear and the Time Machine


4.0
excellent

Review

by smaugman USER (18 Reviews)
September 4th, 2015 | 79 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In old, but new boots.

Polish prog act Riverside have been around since 2003 and have released six records and several EPs. From first album to the second, we heard a major change in musical style. Going from smooth and spine chillling melodies to heavy metal inspired riffs, Riverside proved to easily master different genres. And from the second to third release, they once again moved on from one place to another. And so forth, and so forth... What I'm saying is that Riverside have constantly evolved from one sound to another. I think vocalist/bassist Mariusz and his gang got nostalgic and moved back on old ground.

Atmospheric, dynamic and melancholic are perfect words in describing their newest release Love, Fear and the Time Machine . It's quite similar to their first album, only with a more mature sound, stronger techninal complexity and a wider range of studio techniques and instruments. However, they still retain the classic Riverside sound with a shining, clean guitar and loud Hammond organ. Songs like "Under the Pillow" have the perfect, soothing and modernized sound that they have adopted over the years. It features no fast and heavy riffs, but calming passages and guitar solos, rocking Hammond riffs and overlapping music. On the other hand, you have more radio-orientated songs such as "#Addicted" which is more upbeat and funky, but with twists like when the song is abruptly split up with a one-minute acoustic outro similar to "02 Panic Room" .

Mariusz' voice has also evolved over the years. Instead of becoming abrasive (like many do), his voice has become clearer. He's not half-screaming like he's done ocasionally or singing slightly low, no, it's more prominent and better than ever. His bass guitar got a rounder sound this time around. Unfortunately, it's tuned down just a tad (I love loud bass), but you can still hear it without problems throughout the album. The two Piotrs are also doing fine work. Piotr the guitarist maintains his classical, shrieking sound, but with a more delicate and clear sound. He is perhaps the most featured player here, and his work can always be heard whether electrical or not. Piotr the drummer is more laid-back and less "metal" than before. Despite this, his drumming does not drag down in any way, in fact, all these things work spectacularly well all together when blended into each other.

What's very interesting about Riverside is that they never seem to release anything bad. All of their music has excellent quality. Love, Fear and the Time Machine delivers it all. Just like its album cover, it's atmospheric and ethereal. Just like "Afloat", it's floating and flowing through a pleasant stream of chill music. I would describe this album as a mix of 70s Pink Floyd, and strangely enough, Steven Wilson's Hand. Cannot. Erase. . Almost all tracks seem to be placed neatly and carefully, and the music very rarely gets tiresome. The longest song "Towards the Blue Horizon" manages to bring out everything that's nice with Riverside. Go and buy this album, get lost, get trapped.



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ksoflas
September 4th 2015


1277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review man, pos'd.

Can' t wait to hear it!

Mythodea
September 4th 2015


4281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, mate. Album kills. I'm going to submit my review this day or another. Two things



Mariusz's voicE, you have a spare ''c'' there.

Songs like ''Under the Pillow'' haVE

...''Towards the Horizon'' manages To

Digging: Conjurer and Pijn - Curse These Metal Hands

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2015


8457 Comments


Good review, pos.


Some corrections/suggestions:

voicec

voice


Unfortunelately

Unfortunately


Instead of becoming abrasive over the years (like many do),

erase the "over the years" segment

Digging: Dead Shed Jokers - All The Seasons

smaugman
September 4th 2015


5056 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks



and thanks

OmairSh
September 4th 2015


14906 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Looks like you won :P

smaugman
September 4th 2015


5056 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just liked the idea of being the first, and I knew you would probably be interested in reviewing it too. Have you heard it yet?

eaglefan1998
September 4th 2015


152 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review, and riverside is as pleasing as always

smaugman
September 4th 2015


5056 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah I love their evolving sound

Mongi123
September 4th 2015


20565 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet didn't know there was a new one coming out!

ksoflas
September 4th 2015


1277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Top band.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
September 4th 2015


18821 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?

Digging: We Lost the Sea - Triumph and Disaster

smaugman
September 4th 2015


5056 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think that's a really silly title for a song

Mythodea
September 4th 2015


4281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think the song title is either an inside joke or a personal reference

smaugman
September 4th 2015


5056 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, 'cos taken out of context, it's very strange

OmairSh
September 4th 2015


14906 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Duda's coming up with some pretty dumb titles nowadays. Deprived (Irretrievably lost imagination), Found (The Unexpected Flaw of Searching), why don't we add a couple more words while we're using parentheses?



@smaug: No, haven't heard it yet, probably will today. And good review, btw there's a typo in the last line "bring out everything that's nice wiht Riverside"

smaugman
September 4th 2015


5056 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, some titles are a bit cringeworthy tbh



nice catch btw

Asdfp277
September 4th 2015


21536 Comments


fuck this dropped?!

Underflow
September 4th 2015


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really impressed with this album. They've dropped most of the cringe-worthy Dream Theater bits and really focused on their emotive abilities and the atmosphere. Those two things have always been their best aspects.

smaugman
September 4th 2015


5056 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I hope one of these tracks will impress me like their other epics such as Escalator Shrine. That song is so good

porcupinetheater
September 4th 2015


2689 Comments


Nobody else can vote on this and mess up that beautifully symmetrical chart.



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