This, Polish band Riverside's third studio album, "Rapid Eye Movement" doesn't disappoint. The album is progressive, complex, sometimes haunting & challenging, and clearly Riverside.
The album starts dramatically with a sound that could easily fill an arena, and immediately informs the listener of what they are about to experience is something special.
"Beyond the Eyelids", the first track is an intricate eight minutes containing some catchy hooks, searing guitar solos, and a thumping chuggy rhythm to boot, and sets the mood that continues throughout the whole album.
High moments include "Panic Room" (the single), "Ultimate Trip" (the final track) and particularly "Parasomnia", and are likely to be fan favourites. While "Through the Other Side" and "Embryonic" are far more mellow contributions which offer a respite and a chance to reflect on what surely could end up being a strong contender for Progressive Metal album of the year.
The Limited edition has the inclusion of a second disk, that is a welcome addition that although wouldn't justify that much to the collection if you were asked to pay double the price, as of the five tracks, two are more tranquil versions of the main album titles.
Track two "Lucid Dream IV" is very proggy and perhaps over compensates for the more mellow tracks 1 and 3, with plenty of twiddly keyboards and guitar solos.
Back to the River, the fourth track, is more than a gentle nod to Pink Floyd's "Shine On You, Crazy Diamond" as it even has an excerpt from the original - but is a nice addition that could almost sit on Floyd's original and not be an ashamed clone, but an additional track.
However Rapid eye movement is a 12 minute instrumental opus that has a hint of the floydian to it, that should have found its way onto the main album, and quite frankly is reason enough to get the limited edition.
If you have enjoyed any of Riverside's other work, this will please. If not, give them a try, as this is possibly the most accessible album to date.