This ‘Riverside’ article was written by Jack Press, a GIGsoup contributor
We often get lost in the monotony that feels as if it takes over our lives, the necessity of doing certain things to survive in today’s society; a monotony that causes us to forego the magical moments that we should be cherishing. Poland’s Riverside revisit some of their darkest and brightest memories in their very own time machine on their sixth studio outing ‘Love, Fear and the Time Machine’. Through their exploration of the miniscule in their own lives, Riverside encourage listeners to acknowledge the smaller things in life such as power and influence of love and fear. ‘Love, Fear And The Time Machine’ is a ten-track tour de force of progressive rock – complete with keyboard solos, stories within stories, and soundscapes that’ll blow your mind like Woodstock did.
With the release of ‘Love, Fear And The Time Machine’, Riverside are showing the world that they should be considered the pinnacle of the progressive-rock genre. The release surpasses the works of similar bands; the 2015 releases of peers Dream Theater and Opeth don’t reach the levels Riverside do.
Riverside tell a conceptual story of an individual’s journey, creating a soundscape so mysterious and magical you’ll be able to listen to ‘Love, Fear and the Time Machine’ repeatedly, each time discovering new aspects of the aural world Riverside can create. The musical landscape of ‘Love, Fear And The Time Machine’ is influenced by both the heavier prog-tinged black metal of the 90’s to the more 80’s tinged prog-rock that Rush became famous for. Despite the significant contribution of these influences to the record, it’s the lyricism on display that sets ‘Love, Fear and the Time Machine’ apart.
Riverside have always wielded their lyrics like weaponry – a source of power that’ll leave their opposition lying painfully in their wake – and they do not disappoint on their latest release. Offering a commentary on the power of social media in contemporary society, Mariusz Duda sings “Hashtag me and go, I’m addicted to your love” on ‘#Addicted’; ‘Time Travellers’ reminds the listener that all that is wonderful can be lost in a matter of moments. Singing from the perspective of thirty years from now Duda croons “Let’s go back to the world that was thirty years ago and let’s believe that this is our time”, a lamentation for time lost, a warning to those who are still to lose those years.
Riverside have crafted an album in which each and every song feels like you’re undergoing some sort of transformation. The melancholy, melodious music guides you through the album, seemingly aware that it’s a lot easier to appreciate things with another and offering to be the ‘other’ for you. If you can take a little time out of your life to appreciate one of the many beautiful things Riverside attempt to show us through this record, then listening to ‘Love, Fear And The Time Machine’ has done what it sets out to do. It has helped you appreciate something that was unappreciated before.
‘Love, Fear and the Time Traveller’ is out now via Inside Out Music & Mystic Production.