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Anno Domini High Definition [CD]

Riverside Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (12 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002QEISMA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Hyperactive [Explicit] 5:450.79  Buy MP3 
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsung but brilliant 4 July 2009
By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Riverside

Best yet? I love this band. The Polish Progsters tick all the right boxes and everything from King Crimson, ELP, Yes, Pink Floyd etc, etc can be seen as influences here. So the danger is obviously that Riverside may be seen as derivative and offer nothing new. Wrong! Just as the old style prog groups drew on classical influences and brought them up to date, Riverside do the same with old time prog and then some. I know they are likely to get lumped in with Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree but these two groups are just the better known end of this genre and Riverside do many things differently and dare I say it better. I don't know if it's a deliberate ploy but this album's 5 tracks, get successively longer as the album progresses and each track tends to start quietly and finish with everything including the kitchen sink being thrown at it. This is an old trick but is used to great effect here and there is so much going on that the album rewards repeated listens
BTW, this album has been available at a well known record store (think dogs and loudspeakers) for a couple of weeks.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 9 July 2009
By R. W.
Format:Audio CD
Either Prog is getting more metal (Pendragon Pure), or metal is getting more Prog (Opeth)

Either way, this offerring by Riverside sits firmly in the middle of both camps.

This is not an album to draw conclusions from on first listen. For a start the first track is on first listening extremely heavy, and may well set a tone in the listeners ear that will either put them right off or create the wrong expectation for the rest of the album.

However, back to track 1 later.

It is also true to say that if you approach this album expecting a Floyd album, then think again. Floyd influenced yes, but not a floyd album by any means.

If you have not already listened to this album, for a more realistic appraisal I'd recommend starting with track 3, them 4, then 5, then 2, the back to 1.

After listening to the entire album about four times now I feel I can review it with more of a general overview.

To me it is closer to Opeth / Porcupine Tree / Pink Floyd than Dream Theater.

By Floydish I mean "Animals" period floyd. The keyboards are very floydy (organs / piercing synths / trancy sounds)

The guitar work reminds me of floyd influenced Opeth mixed in with Metal (complete with squeaky acoustic).

The drum and bass sound is deep as the deepest ocean and utterly brilliant.

Musically it's tinged with Eastern sounding scales, with very proggy influences, and a LOT of metal sounding riffing, but not exclusively so. Think Careful With That Axe Eugene, but metal style explosions.

Vocally it sounds a bit like Proc Tree, and the singer sounds like he has been getting English elocution lessons from Sophie Ellis Bexter.

In short, don't be put off by that first track. On 4th listening, although metal, it is very prog.

My one criticism is that it feels like track 6 is missing.

Brilliant. More please.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Technical progressive: Anno Domini 27 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
Many reviewers tend to compare Riverside to bands such as Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree, this, to my humble opinion, is not a very accurate comparison. Riverside, on this album at least, has more similarities to Symphony X and especially Dream Theater, a band whom they thank in their 'Thank you-note'. In other words, if you like bands such as Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree, you might not automatically like this album. On the other hand, if you bands like Symphony X and Dream Theater you really should give this a try.

Anno Domini is a heavy, metal influenced listen. The rhythms are challenging, the melody lines complexly crafted: different musical sections interweave, spin out and return later in the song with the vocal section as its guiding line. This is not music to be easily put up as back ground music, 44 minutes, 44 seconds and 'only' 5 tracks should give a clue to the average length and complexity of the songs.

1) Hyperactive: is the shortest track on the album with 'just' 5 minutes and 40 odd seconds. It is a great song, with a raw aggressive tone and it is a good introduction to the rest of the album.
2) Driven to Destruction: is a long song with and interesting brass section in it. I wasn't expecting this so I was surprised but it must be said that Riverside make it work, it adds a nice touch to a great song and it adds to the progressive genre.
3) Egoist Hedonist: a song that apparently consists of three parts. Somehow I found the lyrics a bit lacking and the three parts do not come across as 'seperate' sections, they seem to form one consistend whole with not variation on its musical theme - at least not unlike the other songs on this album -, but at this point I'm nitpicking.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Floyd or Porcupine Tree 26 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
You can see what I think of it from the title. This is not a great progression from Riverside just a slight one, it is slightly heavier but their music has always had that heavy touch. The keyboards sound great and the guitarist comes up with some wonderful touches but it is the quality of the composition that really does it for me.

All the titles are wonderful but the best is saved for the last two tracks, they are amazing. The more you listen to this album the more you'll want to play it.

What do they sound like, well maybe you could say they are a heavy Pink Floyd with lots of originality. As good as Porcupine Tree if not better but listen with an open mind they are moving forward and like real progressive music, changing. So if your stuck in 1979 you may find this album hard to get into.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ADHD
Purchased following the later 'Songs Of New Generation Slaves' to try some earlier stuff. Good, but taking a bit more listening to get into. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miles Bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition
Anno Domini High Definition is the fourth full-length studio album by the Polish Progressive Metal band Riverside. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by Gentlegiantprog
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album - much more Prog than Metal.
Riverside are probably much more suited for those who come from Progressive Rock background than Metal. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by Say No More 67
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for fans
I just wanna say , This is a must have for all fans of Riverside. The live Dvd is a pure joy to watch and gives a good feeling of the band!!
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by Kim Sindahl
5.0 out of 5 stars why?
Why is this album, band, not on everyone's wish list. They need to get out more, as this band are absolutely brilliant, both live and on their latest offering, which is the dogs... Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2010 by sonofwil
4.0 out of 5 stars A Slow Grower!!
I only heard about this band about a year back and snapped up all of their albums one after the other. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2010 by StevieP
5.0 out of 5 stars Riverside for Progressive Nation 2010!!!
It saddens me to see all of these 2 star reviews from people who claim to have been Riverside fans from the beginning. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2010 by James Murphy
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible! Sorry guys...
I should have taken note of the other 2-star reviews! As someone who discovered this fabulous band only last year, and absolutely loved their first three albums, I was really... Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by Graham Key
4.0 out of 5 stars Poland's finest
Another excellent offering from Poland's finest. I only discovered this band 12 months ago and have purchased their entire back catelogue. I look forward to the next UK tour. Read more
Published on 10 April 2010 by Glenn G. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars another gem of an album!
What does prog music mean? Moving forward with musical ideas within the given style/genre that a band play? Then riverside do this well! Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2010 by timewind
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