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Anno Domini High Definition

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  • Upon first listen this CD didn’t impress me as much as Second Life Syndrome and Rapid Eye Movement but, in recent memory, I can’t think of a better example of “That one REALLY grew on me!!” Now it’s tied for 2nd with 2nd life, though I still think REM is their best effort to date. But this CD definitely proves one thing if nothing else, their song writing skills are growing by leaps and bounds.

    And it’s also hard to pick a favorite at this point, I don’t think I’ve NOT listened to the entire thing, even on my MP3 player. Though the last ones, “Left Out” and “Hybrid Times” (the long ones), pack a heck of a 1-2 punch!!

    At this point I think it goes without saying to get the version with the bonus DVD. Since spring me & my buddies have been complaining (on message boards and in chat rooms) about the lack of a live DVD, guess they heard us!!! :)

    While the DVD doesn’t have my single favorite song, Cybernetic Pillow, it does have 3 of my top 5: Beyond the Eyelids, 02 Panic Room and Ultimate Trip (Rainbow Box being the fifth) so….how can I lose?!?! And, while it’s only stereo, no 5.1, it sounds just fine, very well produced!

    If you like Riverside there is NO way you’ll be disappointed, especially a month later. And if you like powerprog, progmetal, symphonic metal (whatever they’re calling it this week) and want to check out Riverside, I’d say start with this because of the DVD. I still think REM is their best album… a hair.

    Now…if we could just get them to tour over here, preferably opening for someone like Porcupine Tree or Tool…I’d be a happy man!

    Posted on March 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • It seems like every prog release automatically gets 4-5 stars on Amazon, so it’s difficult to figure out which ones are for real. This one is. This is such a good CD and I’ve come to appreciate it as having three distinct energy levels. First there is the almost constant energy of the bass and percussion that reflect the restlessness and pace described in the lyrics. Then there’s a very nice ebb and flow in each song…I almost feel as though my audio system is going to explode but then it settles back down to a sort of numbness. Finally, the CD builds to the final volley which makes my skin tingle. I think the most obvious comparison is Tool, but there is a much more refined and complex structure to this music. Ok – I love this CD, and recommend it to anyone who appreciates good rock music.

    Posted on March 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • With the resurgence of prog over the last couple of decades, bands are constantly bubbling up from around the world and putting out albums that tantilize you with promise and talent. Riverside’s previous works have all fallen solidly into that catagory. They’ve consistantly delivered and consistantly improved, but with Anno Domini HD, I really feel they’ve put themselves into the A list of prog.
    All the elements of their former efforts are to be found here, Duda’s moving and powerful voice, haunting lyrics and atmosphere, surprising rhythmic touches and rock solid musicianship, but this album has an even greater cohession and drive to it then previous works. They’ve opened up the throttle a bit and turned up the amps just a notch or two.
    The short version is this; If you’ve enjoyed their other albums you’ll love this one. If you’re a fan of modern prog (Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, etc) and haven’t heard them yet, add this one to your shopping list.

    Posted on March 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Riverside was suggested as a band for those who prefer progressive rock and bands like Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree – it was an excellent suggestion! Anno Domini High Definition is the third Riverside album I’ve purchased from Amazon, and it’s another winner! The album deserves repeated listening, and it just keeps getting better each time.

    Posted on March 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Although Riverside bears some similarities to other bands in the progressive genre, they have managed to carve out a place that is unique – distinctly their own. They truly have a signature sound.

    This album pours out the usual ambient, psychedelic, and metal mixtures that capture your attention, and take you on a mental, imaginary journey of musical ecstasy for its brief length of 44 minutes (and 44 seconds).

    If any musician stands out in this album (they are all outstanding) it is the keyboard player who adds flavor after flavor, sound diversity and effects, who paints a musical picture that takes more than a thousand words to describe. The use of the Hammond organ adds a great feel to the songs, a 70’s recollection, yet perfectly new millennium at the same time.

    Passionate vocals with some intentional voice cracking, solid guitar – a cross of Gilmour and Petrucci, energetic drumming, creative basslines, even some horns, and absolutely perfect keyboard sounds/effects all add to a GREAT Riverside album. IMO, their best offering to date.

    I am completely impressed by this band’s consistent excellence. Do yourself a favor, buy this album, give it half a dozen spins (at least), and discover one of the most exciting bands to emerge on the music scene in a long time.

    Posted on March 4, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now