Poland’s Progressive Rock shooting stars RIVERSIDE have undergone a highly interesting and purposeful progression throughout their musical career so far.
Commencing with densely atmospheric and partly dark Metal soundscapes on their early steps back in 2001, this quartet effortlessly struck a nerve with the changing prospects of the new Prog Metal generation that embraced acts like Tool, Porcupine Tree or Opeth for their instrumentally technical, yet deeply emotional and still always powerful, fresh take on the style. RIVERSIDE quickly morphed into one of the leading acts within the new European Prog Metal movement with the release of their “Reality Dream” trilogy, which encompasses the band’s much acclaimed first three releases, “Out Of Myself” (2003), “Second Life Syndrome” (2005) and most remarkably “Rapid Eye Movement” (2007).
Having toured in support of scene-icons Dream Theater as well as playing several headlining runs all across Europe finally fully established RIVERSIDE both in the Metal and the Prog-Rock realms and their latest album release, “Anno Domini High Definition”, entered the sales charts in Poland at # 1 (Gold album status by now!), Germany at # 94 and The Netherlands on # 58 upon its release in 2009 to solidify the band’s ever-blooming momentum within their growing fanbase. In 2011, RIVERSIDE followed up by releasing a special EP entitled “Memories In My Head” in order to celebrate the band’s 10th anniversary of existence and once again toured restlessly all across the world, with one of many highlights being their appearance on the main stage of Poland’s gigantic Woodstock festival in July of 2011, a spectacular event attended by more than half a million (!) people.
Their latest release in 2013, “Shrine Of New Generation Slaves” (or “SONGS” for easier referencing) offered more than 50 minutes of high-class RIVERSIDE music divided into 8 songs, which don’t just clearly reflect a further developed, modern take on the band’s charismatic trademark elements, but also effectively adds further vibes of the Classic Rock segment as well as jazzy art-rock bits to the ever-challenging mix that RIVERSIDE has always stood for, maybe just less standard metallic and also less complex, without meaning less progressive.
SONGS became their most successful album to date. Hitting album charts highly in several countries. At the prestigious Classic Rock UK Prog Awards, Riverside was nominated for the award of “Breakthrough Artist of 2013″.
The band played a massive amount of shows during the last 10 years with a bigger following every year. Especially the 3 SONGS tour legs in 2013 and 2014 became a huge success. During this immense tour, the band played over 100 shows, visiting almost 30 countries, leaving the audiences mesmerized everywhere.
In 2015 a new chapter will start. The new album Love, Fear and the Time Machine will be released at the beginning of September on InsideOut/Century Media. During the summer the band will play festivals and headline shows, followed by a big tour in the autumn in the South and North America and Europe.
Mariusz Duda – vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar
Piotr Grudziński – guitars
Piotr Kozieradzki – drums
Michał Łapaj – keyboard