|.......................................THE BAND AND RECORD OF THE MONTH|
Riverside is a pleasant surprise that comes from Poland, can be considered as a new generation into the actual age of a modern Progressive Rock. The musical performance of this new band is extremely rich, powerful, melodic, symphonic and also heavy, where they create a musical style combining elements of Symphonic Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal and Metal adding some influences of Neo- Progressive. Riverside uses many instrumental variations, full of beautiful melodies and well elaborated compositions, with atmospheric arrangements and extensive instrumental parts. The main highlights on the instrumental are the atmospheric keyboards and the dreamy guitars sounds, where it takes the listener into a musical adventure, about the vocals, at some moments they are aggressive, but in some parts they sound clean, elegant and harmonious, giving the music a special power. To all fans of a Progressive Rock Music Riverside is the perfect mixture of bands such as "Opeth", "Satellite", "Collage", "Eloy", "Pink Floyd" and "Porcupine Tree". Be my guest and listen Riverside and, participate of a new musical experience. Brilliant, fantastic and indispensable work, highly recommendable...
Riverside is a way of expressing reflections, dreams and fantasies through music. It is an idea for exposing emotions, for an escape from the grey or unnaturally overcoloured reality. It is a music inspired by a time, a place, a thought and a word, a figment of their own and other people's imagination. It is joy and sadness, a whisper and a scream.
Before they met at the same time and place, Piotr Grudzinski (Grudzien) was experimenting as a lead guitarist in a metal band "Unnamed", Mariusz Duda was creating progressive sounds as a vocalist, bass and keyboard player in a band "Xanadu" from Wegorzewo, Piotr Kozieradzki (Mittloff) was a drummer in death metal "Hate" and "Domain", and Jacek Melnicki, a sound engineer in his own recording studio, played keyboards as a guest musician on the albums of the artists he promoted. Jacek Melnicki's studio proved to be a good place to start up a musical project on the side, the one Grudzien and Mittloff had been talking about, without any commitments. Jacek agreed to play the keyboards and they only needed a bass player.
They first met at a rehearsal in the autumn of 2001. It clicked. As all of the musicians had played for at least a few years before, the pieces started to grow pretty quickly. But what was most important, they were not just simple "verse, chorus, verse" compositions. Instrumental at the very beginning, their music began to evolve towards songs, when one day Mariusz experimented with singing in some strange language. Much to his surprise, his friends approved of it and thus the band gained a vocalist.
In the meantime, someone suggested the name Riverside. It stayed.
The band started more regular rehearsals. Then came the first positive feedback from the listeners and the first recordings. What was to be only a no-commitment project, became the priority for the members of Riverside and lessened their interest in their mother bands. In October 2002 Riverside presented their music at two concerts in Otwock and "Przestrzen Graffenberga" in Warsaw. The reaction of the majority of the listeners was very enthusiastic, which made the band think seriously about publishing their material. They decided on working in Jacek's studio. In March 2003, the band finished working on the majority of the material for the first studio album. They decided to release a demo first, and they financed it themselves. The release of the demo was,an essential step on the way towards showing thir music to the public and creating an interest in Riverside. They made 300 copies, some of which were sent to radio stations and phonographic companies in Poland and abroad, and 200 of them were given out as a bonus to the ticket for the concert in "Kopalnia" club.
The promo concert in the Warsaw club "Kopalnia" in March 2003, at which the demo containing a large part of the studio material was added to the ticket, attracted full house and went beyond the group's expectations. The interest of the foreign labels in the recorded material, the warm words in the radio programmes during which Riverside was presented, the favourable press reviews and the letters from the listeners - all that left the band no choice but to finish the recording of the album. Unfortunately, the recording process was resumed only at the beginning of June as the musicians found it hard to find the time convenient for all of them to work together. The slow pace of work was also the result of short, two- or three-hour meetings a week. In August, all the recorded pieces were ready for mixing and the title of the first album was set, and the album will be called "Out Of Myself."
"Out Of Myself"
The Same River
Recorded and mixed in DBX Studio between October 2002 and March 2003.
Engineering and mixing: Jacek Melnicki & Riverside. Mastering: Grzegorz Piwkowski. Production: Riverside. Cover Concept: Riverside. Typesetting: Piotr Kozieradzki. Photo: Sylwia Prach.
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