Riverside – Shrine Of New Generation Slaves (2013)
If you know me, and we talk about music, and you know Riverside, then I am severely disappointed at you for not having told me about them before!
Riverside are a Polish progressive rock band, formed in 2001 in the light of mutual love of prog rock and metal, and Shrine Of New Generation Slaves is their fifth album, though I had never heard of them until today.
New Generation Slave opens the album, and it immediately takes you off guard, a lone voice over a sparse keyboard delivers the first line, then *boom, boom* massive guitar with Black Sabbath-esque riff, back to solo voice, then *boom, boom*, etc. Yes, it’s a bit pompous, but in a good way, the pre-storm tension builds, until it finally breaks. Clutch-style riffs take over and we are moving, groovy riffs moves us onwards to the next track. The Depth Of Self-Delusion reminds me a little of Tool, the kind of post-rock paced intensity combined with prog rock riffs, with a incessant building of tension throughout.
This mode persists throughout; big riffs and big building tension. The album is grandiose and sounds great.
Favourite tracks: Celebrity Touch, Feels Like Falling, New Generation Slave
Spotify link: Riverside – Shrine Of New Generation Slaves