RIVERSIDE — Rapid Eye Movement (review)

RIVERSIDE — Rapid Eye Movement album cover Album · 2007 · Metal Related Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Another amazing album from the crazy Poles. Yea, I bought 2 Riverside albums on the same day, and this was the other one (I badly need to get the rest, cause this is one interesting band.

This album is a bit different to Second Life Syndrome, in that it is a lot more experimental and expands many genres, where Second Life Syndrome was the perfect "prog" album for them, Rapid Eye Movement was lot more experimental, and has a very raw sound, showing how much of perfect unity they are.

I still favour Second Life Syndrome a little bit more, but to be honest, in many ways, they are very equal, but very different at the same time, which is the true meaning of prog after all, well at least I believe.

This album is sadly the last in the trilogy of albums about

1. Beyond The Eyelids - Wow, what an intro. No seriously, this has to be one of the greatest intros to a song I have ever heard. Very dark & heavy. Very nice chorus. This is probably one of Riversides heaviest moments.

2. Rainbow Box -I love the use of weird percussion, it resembles the broken bottle sound in Bjork's Venus As A Boy. This song also has a very weird Creed vibe to it.

3. 02 Panic Room - Another Bjork sounding moment (Army Of Me). Very industrial, kind of like Rammstein. This also has a very gritty Porcupine Tree vibe to it. The chorus is amazing. I love how the song stops abruptly before it goes into the second part of the song. The second part is amazing with some nice with some cool experimental instrumentation.

4. Schizophrenic Prayer - Very eerie and laidback I love the vocals in this song.

5. Parasomnia - I love how the vocals come in unaccompanied. The riff in this song is kick ass. Obvious Porcupine Tree influence. Very schizophrenic. The organ use in this song is amazing.

6. Through The Other Side - A nice eerie folky song with very breathy vocals which add to the eerie atmosphere. Amazing use of sound effects.

7. Embryonic - Another amazing acoustic song. The ambient use of synths add to the sombre mood. Very soundtrack like and would be perfect in a movie, in fact, if I was ever to make one, I would definitely use this song (I'm not, I'm not that mental). Amazing guitar solo.

8. Cybernetic Pillow - Back to the metal side of the album. Very melodic song behind all the gritty stuff. Some great instrumental work.

9. Ultimate Trip -Very kick ass. This song truly shows what an amazing band these guys are. Very dramatic. This song is so spacey. It does take you on an "ultimate trip." I love the spoken word part near the end, very effective.

CONCLSUION: I recommend any album of these guys, they truly are an example of what a modern band can make.
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