by steveprudhomme USER (4 Reviews)
January 3rd, 2019 | 0 replies

Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The album is well worked, but repetitive. Often the pieces are tasteless and lack personality.

Review in English:

Wasteland by the Riverside Band. This 2018 album contains 9 tracks for a total of 50:46. According to Google Music it is categorized as Rock, so it is a progressive rock album. We feel several similarities or influences with their contemporaries that is to say Opeth, Beardfish, Steven Wilson especially with regard to the acoustic guitar and strumming that accompany a Lake-like voice as well as instrumental parts with organs in the 70s, but quite dark, as well as other bands like Pink Floyd, especially David Guilmore solo guitar sound and feel, King Crimson for some RIFFS and some guitar techniques, such as ambience that mimic animals such as whales or gulls. We also feel the influence of Tool for certain rhythms as well as Muse for some keyboard RIFFS. In the trackÂ*n.8 we feel Ennio Morricone influences and even trip hop influences. I must say, despite the fact that the group is classified rock, I would have liked more heaviness with regard to the guitar. We feel that there is a work on the sound level. We try here to be minimalist, but to use effective sounds and it is successful. We think of the keyboard descent of the first track. At the reverse feedback on the 3rd track. At the bell sound in the 5th track. There is not much instrumentation but everything is in its place. The mix is excellent. The use of the electric violin throughout the album is a strength. I love the singer’s low voice in pieceÂ*4.8, and 9 which reminds me of Leonard Cohen. In trackÂ*6, I love the only long keyboard solo of the album and I appreciate the fact that the keyboard sound is not a sound to borrow from another keyboardist of the same genre, too often Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater. One element to improve is the Ah, Ah of trackÂ*5 and 6 similar to LeProu … this is too often used. The album is well worked, but repetitive. Often the pieces are tasteless and lack personality.

Review in French:

Wasteland par le groupe Riverside. Cet album de 2018 contient 9 titres et 50:46. Selon Google Music il est catégorisé comme Rock, donc il s’agit d’un album de rock progressif. On sent plusieurs similarités ou influences avec leurs contemporains c’est-Ã*-dire Opeth, Beardfish, Steven Wilson surtout en ce qui concerne les bouts de guitare acoustique et de strumming accompagner d’une voix Ã* la Lake ainsi que des parties instrumentales avec orgues très annéeÂ*70, mais assez sombre ainsi qu’avec d’autres groupes comme Pink Floyd, surtout en ce qui concerne la guitare solo Ã* la David Guilmore, avec King Crimson sur certains RIFFS et certaines techniques de guitares, par exemple les sons d’ambiance qui imitent les animaux comme la baleine ou les goélands. On sent aussi l’influence de Tool au niveau de certains rythmes ainsi que de Muse en ce qui concerne certains RIFFS de claviers. Dans la pièceÂ*n.8 on sent des influences d’Ennio Morricone et même des influences trip hop. Je dois dire, malgré le fait que le groupe soit classé rock, j’aurais aimé plus de lourdeur en ce qui concerne la guitare. On sent qu’il y a un travail au niveau sonore. On essaie ici d’être minimaliste, mais d’utiliser des sons efficaces et c’est réussi. On pense Ã* la descente de clavier de la première pièce. Au reverse feedback dans la 3e pièce. Au son de cloche dans la 5e pièce. Il n’y a pas beaucoup d’instrumentation par contre tout est Ã* sa place. Le mix est excellent. L’usage du violon électrique tout au long de l’album est une force. J’adore la voix grave du chanteur dans pièceÂ*4,8, et 9 qui me rappe Léonard Cohen. Dans la pièceÂ*6 j’adore le seul long solo de clavier de l’album et j’apprécie le fait que le son de clavier n’est pas un son emprunter Ã* un autre claviériste du même genre, trop souvent Jordan Rudess de Dream Theater. Un élément a améliorer ce sont les Ah de la pièceÂ*5 et 6 Ã* la LeProu... cela est trop souvent utilisé. L’album est bien travaillé, mais répétitif. Souvent les pièces sont insipides et manquent de personnalité.

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