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Second Life Syndrome [CD]

Riverside Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (12 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Conceiving You [Explicit] 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Second Life Syndrome [Explicit]15:4012.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. I Turned You Down [Explicit] 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Reality Dream III [Explicit] 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Before [Explicit] 5:230.99  Buy MP3 

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh & Inventive Prog Metal 3 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
To call this prog metal seems slightly wrong, if it wasn't for the occasional slightly angry vocal delivery this would be considered prog rock, of the Pink Floyd/Porcupine Tree nature. After reading plenty of rave reviews saying how wonderfully creative the band are, how they draw influences from many bands I like (Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Tool, Pain of Salvation) and how good 'Out Of Myself' was, when this album came out I was eager to give it a try. The sheer beauty of the album, and most notably in Markus Duda's wonderful voice, absolutely floored me first time.

The band knows how to balance an album for one thing, the structure is perfect, flowing effortlessly. For those looking for the heavier side of progressive rock, with some metal moments, the thunderous 'Volte-Face' will certainly please. The chorus roars of 'how far is the light?' are executed perfectly and never become over-the-top. 'Still Conceiving You' is a touching piece, Duda's voice is soft and gentle, emphasised by the previous attack of 'Volte-Face'. `Second Life Syndrome' and 'Dance With The Shadow' the two epic pieces in the album, clocking in at 27 minutes when combined, are both absolutely stunning, both contain rich and beautiful melodies mixed perfectly with climatical heavier sections. 'I Turned You Down' is another fine ballad, once again the music is touching but never cliched, something this band can certainly pride themselves on. There are other fine moments I have not mentioned, simply the whole album is good, and these are just my personal highlights.

If you're a fan of progressive music in any form this is for you, the music retains the qualities of old prog but with a modern sound and sometimes a metal edge. Looking forward to their next album.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Heaven Syndrome 4 Aug 2006
By Andy H
Format:Audio CD
I have had this CD for a few months now, I was impressed with it from the very first listen and time has not changed my opinion. For me, this is probably the best album from any Progressive Band for the last 10 years, the only recent albums that come close are Arena's Peppers Ghost and The Visitor. In a better world where quality music was the measure by which bands were judged this would be destined to become a classic along albums such as DSOTM and Close to the Edge, sadly in these days of commercial pap it will only be enjoyed by a minority. There is not a wasted note or lyric on this album and there are no stand-out tracks - THEY ARE ALL BRILLIANT. This band deserve to make it big...only wish they would play in the UK !
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than worthy follow up to impressive debut 13 Jan 2006
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This Polish band made quite a splash with their debut album, “Out Of Myself”. This second album follows on thematically from that and seems to be part of a proposed trilogy of linked albums. Now signed to InsideOut, this second album is much heavier and complex than their debut, but none the less impressive.
The title track itself is a sprawling 15 minute epic, where the band use the space to fully explore the style developed on their debut. That is, atmospherically charged contemporary rock with a solid prog metal element to it. On the surface these guys are from a similar stable as Porcupine Tree, RPWL, Opeth and Anathema and will appeal to fans of those bands.
The key instrument is the guitar of Piotr Grudzinski which is sharp and sustained. Singer Mariusz Duda is moody and sad. His bass playing is pretty impressive too, really to the fore on certain tracks. But for me the standout musician is drummer Piotr Kozieradzki. As this music is heavy you would expect the drumming to be pounding, but it’s not. It’s loose, restrained, detailed and thoughtful. Really gives the group an unusual depth to their sound.
Standout tracks are “Volte-Face” which is a real tour-de-force, the aforementioned epic title track with it’s Floydy opening guitar intro and the very catchy “Conceiving You”. Heck, the whole album is impressive!
The superlatives that have been bandied about for their debut and now this second album are very well deserved. This is modern, dynamic rock music of the very best and without doubt Riverside are destined for much bigger things in the future.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe-inspiring Polish prog metal. 28 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
Riverside are a band that may not appeal to the taste-buds of some heavy metal connoisseurs, as they so aptly fit into the mould of `thinking mans metal'. A number of years back the metal community would have dismissed the suggestion of an up and coming progressive metal band hailing from Poland. We have always envisaged the central focal point of progressive metal to be from Western Europe or the United States, not Eastern Europe.

Riverside has injected an element of freshness into their music, having a very original sound compared to the oversaturated and inert progressive metal market that has developed over recent times.

So what do we get for our money you ask; a band encompassing well-schooled musicians, incredible song writing skills with the aptitude to weave different moods, textures and time-passages into each song. There are of course a few influences from some noteworthy bands like Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Genesis and Anathema, but overall this is not a detraction from the mood of the album.

The vocals are sung cleanly with Mariusz Duda (vocals/bass) possessing a very graceful and well controlled voice with no hint of an accent, however some tracks have a slight, and only a slight, gruff vocal edge in places (dare I say tinges of death metal perhaps?) that only compliments the smooth flow of the music adding depth and warmth. The guitar work of Piotr Grudzinski is outstanding (no major shredding here!) choosing at times to take a more subtle approach to proceedings with David Gilmour being a major influence here.

The overall style of Riverside's music is very gentle, but has a tendency to pick up in places with some heavy guitar before things drop back and calm down again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dance With The Shadow
Riverside have become one of the greatest hopes and realities in the European progressive movement for the last years. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lord Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars Continued brilliance
This is a great follow up to their excellent first album Out of Myself. If you like Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, Tool etc then you'll love these guys.
Published 8 months ago by DaftMule
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Life Syndrome
Fantastic album from a fantastic band. When you like Floyd or Porcupine Tree well worth checking out
What more can I say except buy it now and enjoy :-)
Published 12 months ago by M Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Riverside - Second Life Syndrome
Second Life Syndrome is the second full-length studio album from the Polish Progressive band Riverside. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gentlegiantprog
5.0 out of 5 stars Riverside - Second Life Syndrome
For the best part of a decade Riverside have consistently conceived material of an incredible calibre, systematically acquiring a reputation as one of modern progs more outstanding... Read more
Published on 9 April 2012 by M.M.McNutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 21st century Prog with some very gentle touches of Metal
Classifying Riverside as Prog metal may put off potential PROG listeners that can very hardly digest (like me) METAL elements such as growling and very aggressive guitars , but... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2012 by Say No More 67
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Band!
Bought this album on strenth of reviews and I have not been dissapointed. The songs and musicianship are of a high quality and Mariusz Duda has a wonderful emotional voice. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2011 by Nick Shepherd
4.0 out of 5 stars This is progression
If there is any justice in the musical firmament, Mariusz Duda is going to be much better known to the world soon. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2008 by Michael Ashton
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality bites
Another good album from Riverside but I can't help feeling that it lacks some of the originality of their debut album Out of Myself. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2008 by Norbert Strongler
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A short and sweet review, i'm not gonna wax lyrical, if you love great music performed by great musicians then buy this album. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2008 by Vim Fuego
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