Mar 25

Riverside – Shrine of New Generation Slaves (2013)



Shrine of New Generation Slaves is the newest album by Poland’s own Riverside. Formed in 2001 Riverside over the years fast became one of the leading acts in progressive metal in their native Poland and eventually Europe. With each release they have continued to fine tune their sound and now with Shrine of New Generation Slaves Riverside have released what may be their finest album to date.

One of the most interesting things about Shrine of New Generation Slaves is the inclusion of more rock than metal. Whereas in past releases Riverside was more akin to acts such as Dream Theater (even going on tour with them), in this new release the metal aspect is for the most part subdued. Instead Riverside has opted for the more atmospheric approach of Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree and even Tool. Whether or not this is the right direction really is up to the listener but it can be said that Riverside has come into their own and matured with Shrine of New Generation Slaves. Frontman Mariusz Duda, who mans both vocals and bass, is one of the central pieces in Riverside’s sound. Mariusz’s smooth vocal delivery at time recalls Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree and Maynard James Keenan of Tool but at the same time has his own voice. Instrumentally they are top-notch progressive rock with each member giving each other their moment to shine, but still creating a collective effort by not straying too much from the central song idea. The music of Riverside however is not vastly complex and makes it quite assessable to prog and non-prog fans. The single Celebrity Touch is probably their most assessable song to date with it’s rocking blues groove and Mariusz’s vocal delivery. We Got Used to It we see the vocals shine like no other with it’s heavy use of piano and occasional guitar melody reminiscent of Pink Floyd while Feels Like Falling is probably their most Rush sounding song off the album. With Escalator Shrine, you have the album epic clocking at almost 13 minutes with its bluesy bass line and Hammond organs and encompasses all that Riverside can do.

Riverside’s Shrine of New Generation Slaves is a fantastic release by a band carving their notch in the progressive rock world. It will be interesting to see what they will have in store in the future. This is one band to look out for fans of progressive rock.

1. New Generation Slave
2. The Depth of Self-Delusion
3. Celebrity Touch
4. We Got Used To Us
5. Feel Like Falling
6. Deprived [Irretrievably Lost Imagination]
7. Escalator Shrine

Genre: Progressive Rock/Metal

Label: InsideOut Music

Playing Time: 51 minutes


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