Rapid Eye Movement Review

artist: Riverside date: 10/17/2008 category: compact discs
Riverside: Rapid Eye Movement
Released: Sep 28, 2007
Genre: Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal
Label: InsideOut Music
Number Of Tracks: 9
It is the third and final part of the Reality Dream Trilogy which has thus far included Out of Myself and Second Life Syndrome.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8.3
Rapid Eye Movement Reviewed by: thenewblack745, on october 17, 2008
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Sound: Riverside is slowly becoming a more recognizable name. They started out with the release of Out of Myself and then to Second Life Syndrome. Both good albums, but Rapid Eye Movement gains some ground over the previous two. Riverside is Progressive Metal, but it tends to focus on experimentation to the point that the last two albums felt very disjointed and often without a clear focus. Rapid Eye Movement changes that. Every song flows perfectly together. The heavier songs work with the light acoustic ballads and the beginning alone will make you want to buy the album. Keyboard solos, awesome guitar solos and bass grooves to drag you to your knees are throughout. The drummer on the other hand, does very little to impress. Often using very basic beats and overall not adding to the progressive sound Riverside is going for. // 8

Lyrics: Mariuz Duda's lyrics are some of the most confusing I've ever come across. But as far as I can tell, the album tells about a person who has trouble coping with reality and has buried himself in his dreams to escape it. As the album progresses he eventually excepts that he must join back into reality. The vocals work perfect with the music, but that doesn't necessarily they will work for everyone. Duda's vocals are good, but often times (due to his accent) certain syllables sound so god awful that you want to tear your head off. The same thing happens when he tries to do death growls. Duda cannot do Death growls. But otherwise the style of vocal works perfect. // 8

Overall Impression: This is the best Riverside album. Period. As I stated everything flows well, there are no strange pointless breaks and each song feels accessible compared to the 15 minute songs from Second Life Syndrome. The most impressive songs are probably Beyond the Eyelids and Ultimate Trip. As they perfectly begin and end the album. I love how Riverside goes against common pop song structure throughout the album. But near the middle of the album, a couple songs don't really keep your attention so well... namely Embryonic. But otherwise the album is a worthy addition to any Prog fan's library. It's no Opeth. But Riverside has shown they can hold their own. // 9

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