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Riverside

Formed: 2001
From: Warsaw, Poland
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Riverside were founded in 2001 by friends Mariusz Duda, Piotr Grudzinski, Piotr Kozieradzki and Jacek Melnicki, who shared a love for progressive rock and heavy metal.

Riverside are described as a stylistic blend of atmospheric rock and metal elements, resulting in a sound similar to that of Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Dream Theater, and Tool, while still maintaining an identity of their own.

Latest Riverside News

Below is our complete Riverside news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Mike Portnoy Talks Prog Nation Cruise

While on tour with his American power trio - The Winery Dogs - Mike Portnoy filmed an epic and personalized invite video to his first ever Progressive Nation at Sea Cruise.

Portnoy takes you band by band and leads you through the musical adventure that attendees have to look forward to at this one of a kind, floating prog festival taking place February 2014. Mike Portnoy had this to say:

"I could not be any prouder or any more excited than I am for Progressive Nation At Sea 2014. It is my ultimate dream lineup ranging from legends like Jon Anderson & Adrian Belew to Prog trailblazers like Spock's Beard & the Flower Kings to today's most extreme cutting edge artists like Devin Townsend and Periphery.

"I am also excited to be playing with Bigelf, PSMS & Transatlantic...the final encore of which will see Transatlantic & Jon Anderson joining forces for a one-time only set of Yes classics! This is going to be a historic experience and the Prog event of the Millennium! You will not want to miss out on this!"

The lineup features Adrian Belew's Power Trio, Devin Townsend Project, King's X, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Anathema, Riverside, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, The Safety Fire, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Haken, Jolly, Anneke van Giersbergen, Mark Mikel and Next to None. More...

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Progressive Nation To Become A Cruise Festival

Progressive Nation is hitting the high seas in 2014! The inaugural sailing will occur on February 18th - 22nd 2014 on the luxurious Norwegian Pearl heading from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport, Bahamas. The lineup includes:

Transatlantic, Portnoy Sheehan Macalpine Sherinian, Jon Anderson, Adrian Belew's Power Trio, Devin Townsend, King's X, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Riverside, Animals As Leaders, The Safety Fire, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Haken, Jolly And Next To None

Progressive Nation founder Mike Portnoy elaborates:

"In 2008 & 2009, I created a touring package called 'Progressive Nation' and with Dream Theater headlining, we did three full tours (two in North America and one in Europe) that showcased a variety of bands that embraced the spirit and musicality of progressive music.

"Well after a 5 year hiatus, I have decided to resurrect Progressive Nation and this time we are taking it to the seas! But rather than a 4 band bill like previous Progressive Nation tours, we have expanded the bill to OVER A DOZEN of today's greatest progressive bands, musicians and artists! (and there may be one or two more still to be confirmed)

"Myself and my former DT bandmate Derek Sherinian have teamed up with Sixthman (who have done incredibly successful cruises with Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the annual Kiss Cruise to name a few) as well as our friends at InsideOut Music and look forward to a very successful inaugural launch of Progressive Nation at Sea Feb 18th thru 22nd 2014. More...

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Riverside Posts "Celebrity Touch" Video

Poland's progressive rockers Riverside have released a music video for "Celebrity Touch," the first single off their fifth studio album "Shrine of New Generation Slaves."

"'Celebrity Touch' reflects the times we live in," says Riverside's Mariusz Duda. "I think everyone has a deep need to feel important somehow, but unfortunately, this need is rarely satisfied. Of course some people do get the chance, mostly people connected with the so-called celebrity world. This is a story about someone who satisfied this feeling a bit too much and about the band that chose to play away from the galleries with shitty works."

Directed by Mateusz Winkiel of Mania Studio, the video can be seen in the YouTube player available below. "Shrine of New Generation Slaves" will be available in North America on February 5th, 2013 via InsideOut Music.

In support of the album, following a full European tour, Riverside will be playing a handful of shows in North America with label-mates Jolly. A full list of dates can be seen after the jump. More...

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Riverside Reveals Album Artwork, Trailer

Poland's progressive rockers Riverside have released the first look into their upcoming release, "Shrine of New Generation Slaves." Set for a North American release date of February 5th, 2013, this will be Riverside's fifth studio album. The album artwork and track list for "Shrine of New Generation Slaves" can be seen below, along with an official album trailer.

Riverside comments, "The lyrics on the new album deal with different situations we face in our modern times and how we sometimes become enslaved by them and by the style of life they dictate. For instance, we are dominated and bombarded by increasingly stupefying media. The media, in turn, is dominated by more and more people who are known for their well-knownness... Celebrities, the modern representatives of a need which lies deep within us all and is rarely satisfied - the feeling of importance. This feeling, and some of the dilemmas and complications connected with it, is the subject of our newest single - 'Celebrity Touch.' Musically, we still try to extend the bridge to connect the new music to the old. In this track we achieved some kind of original mixture and I hope you will enjoy this piece of new album."

The track listing is:

01. New Generation Slave (4:17)
02. The Depth of Self-Delusion (7:39)
03. Celebrity Touch (6:48)
04. We Got Used To Us (4:12)
05. Feel Like Falling (5:17)
06. Deprived [Irretrievably Lost Imagination] (8:26)
07. Escalator Shrine (12:41)
08. Coda (1:39)

"Shrine of New Generation Slaves" was recorded at Serakos Studio in Warsaw, Poland, where Reality Dream Trilogy was also tracked. Recorded with Magda Srzednicka and Robert Srzednicki, the album offers nearly an hour of classic Riverside music. More...

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Riverside Reveals New Album Details

Poland's progressive rockers Riverside have just completed their fifth studio album, "Shrine Of New Generation Slaves," and are proud to announce the effort will see a North American release on February 5th, 2013. Out on longtime record label InsideOut Music, the album will also be available in Europe on January 21st, 2013.

"Shrine Of New Generation Slaves" was recorded at Serakos Studio in Warsaw, Poland, where Reality Dream Trilogy was also tracked. Recorded with Magda Srzednicka and Robert Srzednicki, the album offers nearly an hour of classic Riverside music.

Vocalist Mariusz explains, "In 2012 we've been focusing on the work on the new album, and trying to prove, mostly to ourselves, that we can still surprise with something, and what's most important - create an album that would become our showpiece, music-wise and lyrics-wise. The title might sound a bit intricate, but the acronym will definitely explain what we did with our music this time."

A video interview that was conducted with Riverside directly from the studio can be seen below. "Shrine Of New Generation Slaves" is the follow-up to the band's 2009 release, "Anno Domini High Definition," which entered the Poland charts at #1 and has since hit gold album status. In 2011, Riverside also released an EP titled "Memories In My Head" to celebrate the band's 10th anniversary. More...

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Riverside Signs With InsideOut Music

Poland's progressive rock stars Riverside have signed a new worldwide deal with InsideOut Music, and the band is currently working on a new studio album for release in early 2013. The upcoming album is the full-length follow-up to 2009's "Anno Domini High Definition," which entered the charts at No. 1 in Poland and attained Gold status in the band's home country.

Riverside has this to say about the new deal:

"We're very pleased that we'll keep collaborating with InsideOut/Century Media. We've overcome many difficulties together and we hope that the new contract, signed at the moment when we start another decade as a band, will help us to grow more, and will make us able to reach a larger number of listeners with our music. The new album is on the way. I believe it will be a new beginning for Riverside."

Thomas Waber, founder and label manager of InsideOut Music, adds: "Riverside is one of the most important bands on InsideOutMusic and in the current Progressive Rock scene. Therefore I am extremely pleased to be able to renew and continue the relationship with our friends from Poland!"

You can follow the band's recording process of the new album by visiting the Riverside online blog here. An in-studio video interview with the band directly can be seen below. More...

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Riverside Posts New Song Online

Polish progressive hard rock act Riverside has posted a new song online taken from its forthcoming new EP. The track, titled "Forgotten Land," is available for streaming in the player below. The band has also signed on with The Laser’s Edge Records for the North American release of the new EP, titled "The Memories In My Head", which is being released in celebration of the band’s 10th anniversary on June 28, 2011. The track listing can be viewed below.

1. Goodbye Sweet Innocence
2. Living In The Past
3. Forgotten Land

Forgotten Land (edit) by Riverside

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Riverside Signs To The Laser's Edge

Riverside has signed with The Laser’s Edge Records for the North American release of the band's upcoming mini-album "The Memories In My Head", which is being released in celebration of the band’s 10th anniversary. The track listing and cover artwork can be viewed below.

1. Goodbye Sweet Innocence
2. Living In The Past
3. Forgotten Land

The Laser’s Edge will release "Memories In My Head" onto North American soil on June 28th, 2011.

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Riverside Reveals New Album Details

Polish progressive metal act Riverside has revealed details for its upcoming new album/EP titled "Memories In My Head." The three track, 33-minute, album is to be made available through the band at all forthcoming tour dates. Riverside frontman and bassist Mariusz Duda commented on the album by saying:

"This new material, concerning (for obvious reasons) the themes of the passing time, will be a pleasant surprise for those who have missed the specific kind of melodies and space known from the bands early releases. We have consciously gone back to our beginnings to create a certain kind of a circle. This mini-album will contain three longer compositions most resembling those from our first two albums.

"The result is a quite interesting, spacious, film-soundtrackish, nostalgic, and most of all rock mixture, summing up our career's first decade quite well. 'Memories In My Head' is an album which appears out of nowhere, without much promotion; we hope, though, that its content can defend itself and that it will evoke a lot of positive emotions. It does that to us, and we will prove it soon, playing those songs live at our upcoming gigs."

Here is the "Memories In My Head" track listing:

1. Goodbye Sweet Innocence
2. Living In The Past
3. Forgotten Land

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Threshold To Play Night Of The Prog

Threshold has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Night of the Prog festival in July:

"Threshold will perform at the 2011 edition of Night Of The Prog Festival in Germany on 8-9 July. Other bands include Dream Theater, Anathema, IQ, RPWL, Eloy, Riverside and more."

You can check out Threshold's full touring itinerary at this location. Additional details on Germany's Night of the Prog festival can be found here.

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Dream Theater To Headline "Night Of The Prog"

American progressive metal act Dream Theater has been announced as the headline act at the forthcoming "Night of the Prog" festival in Germany. "Night of the Prog" 2011 is set to take place on July 8-9, 2011 in Loreley, Germany. Other acts that have been announced include Riverside, Anathema, Eloy and IQ. A festival press release states:

"It took this festival only a few editions to raise to one of the leading progressive rock festivals in Europe - or probably even the world.

"Next to the music and bands that have taken part at the festival editions, the main reason for the success is simply the location! The UNESCO world heritage Loreley is one of the most outstanding open air amphitheaters in Europe. High above the river Rhine, the visitors are overwhelmed by the beautiful surrounding area.

"By this outstanding [ambient] we continue to establish the festival as the "[Mecca] of Progressive Rock.' The hightlights of the past 3 years have been for sure the appearances of Fish, ASIA, Jethro Tull, Roger Hodgson, Steve Hackett, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Marillion - to name a few.

"The tradition to supply a stage for young and emerging artists is one of our major tasks. To give them the chance to play in front of thousands of people will definitely help to create a career."

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Riverside Announces European Headline Tour

Polish progressive metal act Riverside has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. The band is taking time away from the recording of its forthcoming full length album to reach seven cities across Europe. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

May 15, 2011 - The Picturedrome - Northampton-Midlands, Great Britian
May 16, 2011 - Scala - London, England
May 17, 2011 - Muziekcentrum Trix - Antwerpen, Belgium
May 18, 2011 - Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
May 19, 2011 - Die Kantine - Köln, Germany
May 20, 2011 - Metropool (main hall) - Hengelo, Netherlands
May 21, 2011 - De Boerderij - Zoetemeer, Netherlands

Riverside frontman Mariusz Duda commented on the band's forthcoming releases by saying:

"We've begun working on the new album, or actually two albums. Because except for the usual long album we'd also like to release a mini-album. Why? Well, the band was formed in 2001 so next year it's our tenth birthday. We'd like to celebrate and highlight this anniversary in some way. So next year we're planning to go on anniversary tour not only with invited guests but also something more--a release specially prepared for this occasion, only available at the concerts. So now we're working both on the new album and the above mentioned EP. A short break was good for us because now we have really good ideas."

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Riverside Working On Two New Albums

Polish progressive metal act Riverside has issued an update on its future plans through frontman Mariusz Duda. You can read the update below:

"We've begun working on the new album, or actually two albums. Because except for the usual long album we'd also like to release a mini-album. Why? Well, the band was formed in 2001 so next year it's our tenth birthday. We'd like to celebrate and highlight this anniversary in some way. So next year we're planning to go on anniversary tour not only with invited guests but also something more--a release specially prepared for this occasion, only available at the concerts. So now we're working both on the new album and the above mentioned EP. A short break was good for us because now we have really good ideas."

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Riverside Frontman To Release Second Solo Album

Mariusz Duda, vocalist and bassist for Polish progressive metal act Riverside, has released details surrounding his forthcoming solo album. "Lunatic Soul II," also referred to by Duda as "The White Album," is the second solo release from the Riverside frontman and has a release date set for October 25, 2010. Mariusz Duda commented by saying:

"It will again be a story about a journey through a place that exists somewhere in-between, enriched with new motifs and retrospections. A sort of a road movie about a lost soul. Musically speaking perhaps more intense and unsetting than the first part but with the predominance of certain space and lightness that can be, I hope so, associated with the colour white. Hence, the album is a sort of a continuation but certainly not a repetition."

The tracklist of Lunatic Soul's white album:
1. The In-Between Kingdom
2. Otherwhere
3. Suspended In Whiteness
4. Asoulum
5. Limbo
6. Escape from ParadIce
7. Transition
8. Gravestone Hill
9. Wanderings?

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Riverside Announces Poland Concerts

Polish progressive metal band Riverside have announced two 2010 concerts in Poland. The first one will take place in Szczytno on Thursday, August 12th on the first day of the Open Mind Festival. Riverside takes the stage right before THE CULT. The second one will take place in Spodek (Katowice) at this year's Metal Hammer Festival. On Friday, August 27th. Riverside will play among such bands as KORN, OPETH and KATATONIA.

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