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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome, 27 Sep 2007
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R. Savory "rhsav" (UK) - See all my reviews
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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.

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.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome, 27 Sep 2007
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R. Savory "rhsav" (UK) - See all my reviews
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Correct Information for this release, 11 Jun 2011
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Just to let people know that CD does not come with a DVD instead this is the 2 disc special edition and the track list is as follows...

ASIN: B002QR5XMA

Rapid Eye.. -CD+DVD-

Disk: 1
1. Beyond the eyelids

2. Rainbow box

3. 02 panic room

4. Schizophrenic prayer

5. Parasomnia

6. Through the other side

7. Embryonic

8. Cybernetic pillow

9. Ultimate trip

Disk: 2
1. Behind the eyelids

2. Lucid dream IV

3. 02 panic room (Remix)

4. Back to the river

5. Rapid eye movement
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goosebumps, 14 Dec 2009
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I cannot believe tht this only has one review, that's insane!
This is such an amazing album, from the first opening seconds of the first track, I was hooked, Mariusz' voice is so well harmonized and sounds incredible. The music itself is also very slick and versatile. True to the prog-rock genre, their music is experimental and evolves and changes into different tempos and styles within the same songs, as well as across the whole album. The lyrics are lovely too, this album, and indeed their other albums, are prime examples of brilliant pieces of music. These guys clearly know what they are doing, and love music with a passion, I don't even listen to rock or metal normally, but Riverside just have something special that can be appreciated from any music lover. If you are not listening to this, then you need to pull your finger out and check these guys out, you won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riverside - Rapid Eye Movement, 8 Jan 2013
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Gentlegiantprog "Kingcrimsonprog" (England) - See all my reviews
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2007's Rapid Eye Movement was the third full-length studio album by the Polish Progressive band Riverside, and served as the story conclusion to their concept-trilogy "Reality Dream."

Musically, Riverside play a mixture of 1970s influenced Progressive Rock sounds, a little touch of Neo-prog and a lot of more modern Prog Metal sounds. If you've heard them before you can hear touches of things like Tool, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Pain of Salvation etc as well as the obvious Pink Floyd influence, but crucially all delivered in a fresh and original way. There's a distinctive Riverside sound all of its own, that more evokes the spirit of those acts than sounds like a rip-off or a medley of covers.

In terms of quality, the band are absolutely top notch and a coming out with some of the most enjoyable music available right now. This album is a fantastic addition to anybody's collection. It's the kind of grower that you keep getting more and more out of on repeat listens and should more than satisfy anyone who's curious about the band.

Admittedly, stylistically a few people may be disappointed by the album, but equally many fans will be pleased. You see, the band experimented with adding a bit more of a Metal influence on their previous album "Second Life Syndrome" and "Rapid Eye Movement" takes that idea even further, which may scare off some of the fans who absolutely hate all things Metal, but equally will please fans with a more Metal background.

As well as incorporating Metal, the band try their hand at a few shorter and more succinct songs, such as `O2 Panic Room,' `Rainbow Box' and `Cybernetic Pillow' which on the one hand sound like they may have felt out of place on the band's debut, but absolutely fit within the context of this record. You still have Marisusz's superb melancholic vocal stylings, songs still feel intriguing and atmospheric and there's still plenty of Hammond and Keys so it all feels firmly anchored in the Riverside tradition.

Regardless of style however, the production job, performances, lyrical content and overall levels of creativity and power are up to the same remarkable standard of the band's excellent back catalogue and as long as you don't hate Metal outright, or only want 12 minute Floyd-influenced tracks (although don't worry they're still here too, check out `Ultimate Trip') and nothing else, then this should really grow on you. If you hear anything negative about the album, its probably more to do with people's personal tolerance-levels of Metal or expectations of another "Out Of Myself" than to do with the quality of the record.

Overall; the album is probably the heaviest, and most succinct of any of Riverside's output to date but still fits in perfectly with their overall sound. Its well made, well written and masterfully performed, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the band or the style of music in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One lucid dream of an album. Exquisite and aethereal., 1 Feb 2008
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Andrew C. Madden "Mad Andy" (London UK) - See all my reviews
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Riverside's Album Rapid Eye Movement - the two cd version complete with four new songs and a remix (of the excellent O2 Panic Room song), is an absolute must for any fan of rock music. Melodic, heavy and moody it continues in the vein of previous Riverside albums (and features the Lucid Dream IV song as part of an ongoing suite of songs), but is it their best album? Well thats a matter of taste, it is certainly ranking up there with their other albums. Once I had listened to the album cds a few times it became a favourite for me. May be because I have played the others to death and the novelty is still there for me. The cd packaging is fabulous, digipak with booklet containing lyrics and photos and beautiful atmospheric surreal artwork. A very nice package for an album.

High lights are O2 Panic Room (excellent bass line), Parasomnia, Rainbow Box, the superb Schizophrenic Prayer ( a song that has an ethnic feel, one that is repeated thoughtout the album, due to the Muslim influenced backing vocals) and the epic at the end of cd1 Ultimate Trip. Cd 2 high lights are the brilliant O2 Panic Room remix and the other epic song Rapid Eye Movement weighing in at 12 minutes and 39 seconds. A real corker to end on.

The writing style is sophisticated and the songs excellently crafted written as usual by Mariusz Duda the vocalist and bass player. The band's last two albums, "Out Of Myself" and "Second Life Syndrome" form the first 2 parts of the "Reality Dream Trilogy", the story about a lonely man in a quest to discover his own real "self". In "Out Of Myself" he tried to build a relationship with another person but, everything fell apart, because of his attitude, a fault in many of us. Somehow he manages to find inner peace, something many of us strive to do and rarely achieve. In the second part, Second Life Syndrome, he decides to become strong, and clear his mind of all that has prevented him from functioning normally - what is normality anyway? But he still feels lonely. He still asks questions. We all need to ask questions and keep on asking.

The third part of the trilogy is this album Rapid Eye Movement. It is at least as inventive as the first two albums,the guitars range from acoustic to heavy bass, powerful and very atmospheric. Riverside sound a little like Porcupine Tree in their guitar sound and lush layering of sounds, harmonies and song structure. They do have their own unique style. I guess one of the most obvious comparisons is Rush, thanks in the main to Duda's bass style. However Duda's vocals are quite distinct.
The album cleverly splits into two halves rather like an old vinyl album. Part 1, "Fearless" (tracks 1-5) and part 2, "Fearland" (tracks 6-9) slightly heavier in music style. The story is told throughout both parts of Rapid Eye Movement, it also stands as a great piece of work in its own right (you don't need to have heard the previous albums to enjoy what Riverside have produced but it does help). The album is like a dark musical journey from start to finish - a trip that offers something new every time you listen. After countless plays it still keeps on revealing more and more of its hidden and disturbing qualities.

Rapid Eye Movement is one of the most diverse and original records I've listened to this year. A very decent follow up to 2005's Second Life Syndrome (another must hear album), many bands fall at their third album but here Riverside clearly excel themselves. If you are a fan of well played, well crafted music for your brain (unlike the drivel that is the main stay of the charts these days), and you like the bands mentioned above in the review ....then this is a must have CD -make sure its the double disc version. This album should push Riverside a step or two up the career ladder to prog rock greatness, or hopefully just greatness.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riverside's trilogy ends in black & white, 10 Nov 2007
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Riverside are a progressive rock band from Poland who have come to attention in recent years for successfully developing an exciting sound from influences such as Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree. Their latest album "Rapid Eye Movement" is the last in an ambitious concept trilogy called "Reality Dream".

Unfortunately, whether it's because the concept has run out of steam or for some other reason, this last musical episode is not as successful as the previous two: 2003's "Out of Myself" and 2005's "Second Life Syndrome", both of which are excellent. I would rate this as "very good" only.

Musically, it is not as inventive, either in terms of composition or arrangements, as its predecessors and feels slightly jaded. For instance, whereas "Second Life Syndrome" managed both melody and beauty in its heaviest passages, on "Rapid Eye Movement" the band seem to have opted for heaviness for its own sake and the passages lack sparkle.

An analogy might be to think about watching a good film in black & white and in colour. You'll still enjoy watching it in black & white, but seeing it in colour will bring an extra dimension. Another might be the difference between listening to good music in mono or in stereo. "Rapid Eye Movement" is that good film, that good music...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Top prog, 1 Dec 2013
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Gary Atkins (Derbyshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Though not my favourite album by Riverside, they are a class act. Very polished instrumentally, some good songwriting and real atmosphere builds on all their albums. The second CD always makes it good value, too (and my favourite tracks are on this, the shorter, disc).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive polish Rockers, 6 Oct 2013
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Came to this band late in 2012 and have now bought most of their albums the latest Shrine of the New Generation Slaves being right up there with this offering and theis earlier offerings.Distinctive vocals and great guitar This suits me
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5.0 out of 5 stars It just keeps on coming!, 30 Mar 2008
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Michael Ashton "An OLD fan" (England) - See all my reviews
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Third time round and the final (?) piece in Mariusz Duda's epic trilogy. Now - if the words Epic or Trilogy turn you off, I'm sorry, but you need greater stamina. This record cements in place Duda's credentials as a leading light in 21st Century schizoid rock (sorry, couldn't help myself).
The two takes on "02 Panic Room" aren't commercial swizzery, but a good example of what can be done with arrangements to achieve different ends. Choose which you prefer - I like both. This is not boys' music, these men are mature and the music is considered and highly competent.
I think I hear Eastern European influences here - maybe even the Middle East. Poland and points East have much to offer the open mind, all wrapped up in a very familiar package. Ignore this music to your cost!
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