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Riverside - ID.Entity



8.4 | 148 votes |
Release date: 20 January 2023
Style: Progressive metal

Owners:

36 have it
36 want it


Disc I
01. Friend Or Foe?
02. Landmine Blast
03. Big Tech Brother
04. Post-Truth
05. The Place Where I Belong
06. I'm Done With You
07. Self-Aware

Disc II [Limited Edition]
01. Age Of Anger
02. Together Again
03. Friend Or Foe? [single version]
04. Self-Aware [single version]

Top 20 albums of 2023: 1

Line-up
Mariusz Duda - vocals, bass, guitars
Michał Łapaj - keyboards
Maciej Meller - guitars
Piotr Kozieradzki - drums

Additional info
Recorded at the Boogie Town Studio in Otwock, Poland and Serakos Studio in Warsaw, Poland.
Mixed at the Boogie Town Studio.

Staff review by
musclassia
Rating:
8.3
Among prog fans, few groups hold such pride of place as Riverside; within a genre that many of its detractors criticize for emphasizing style and technicality over substance, the Polish group have consistently produced music teeming with powerful emotion. A recent history beset by tragedy and setbacks has given good reason to further explore emotion and identity, which Riverside have very much done on ID.Entity, a record that looks both back towards their roots and also ever onward.

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published 22.01.2023 | Comments (7)

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Comments: 23   Visited by: 407 users
21.10.2022 - 18:43
Paz
777
The first single is up:

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21.10.2022 - 19:13
Rating: 9
Metal Rambo

The single sounds great, maybe little too safe and probably meant to get the old fans hyped by being more like their earlier stuff, but sounds good to me. Can't wait for the full album to come out.
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You've got a lot of guts. Let's see what they look like!
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10.01.2023 - 13:17
Rating: 9
UruzTyr

Written by Metal Rambo on 21.10.2022 at 19:13

The single sounds great, maybe little too safe and probably meant to get the old fans hyped by being more like their earlier stuff, but sounds good to me. Can't wait for the full album to come out.
We all though they where playing safe... then they released the other two singles "Self-Aware" and "friend or Foe". Really loving the new direction, lets see what the rest of the album brings to the table.
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13.01.2023 - 11:58
Dylan 1974

One week to go until this one lands. I thought the single was decent - looking forward to hearing the full versions of 'friend or foe' and 'self aware'.
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13.01.2023 - 21:50
Chidder

Written by Dylan 1974 on 13.01.2023 at 11:58

One week to go until this one lands. I thought the single was decent - looking forward to hearing the full versions of 'friend or foe' and 'self aware'.


I am just after listening. It's a pleasant, light-hearted album. I'd say in few songs it's a bit like progressive pop-rock. A nice change, a breath of fresh air. And yeah, "Self-Aware" is my favourite.
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15.01.2023 - 11:53
Dylan 1974

Written by Chidder on 13.01.2023 at 21:50

I am just after listening. It's a pleasant, light-hearted album. I'd say in few songs it's a bit like progressive pop-rock. A nice change, a breath of fresh air. And yeah, "Self-Aware" is my favourite.


Good to hear mate. Top band and really looking forward to checking the LP out.
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20.01.2023 - 13:02
Rating: 8
Anghellic67

Progressive metal without any death or black tends to be boring for me usually but this wasn't for sure. Though even this is not really my thing, I can appreciate how diverse these songs are and I like the lyrics even though they sound a bit cliché in some parts. I enjoyed it but probably won't listen it again.
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20.01.2023 - 15:25
Rating: 8
Vellichor

Great release as I expected! Not metal in the slightest but still a good album. Really liked Friend or Foe and Self Aware.
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20.01.2023 - 16:18
Rating: 8
musclassia

Their best since at least Shrine Of New Generation Slaves, if not even better than that one; I wasn't sure what to expect from this but am very pleasantly surprised
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20.01.2023 - 19:09
Rating: 9
forkintheass

Is the "landmine blast" some sort of self-quote? I definitely heard that on one of the albums, but I don't remember on which one.
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20.01.2023 - 19:15
Rating: 9
Metal Rambo

Hell frigging yeah this is so good.
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You've got a lot of guts. Let's see what they look like!
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21.01.2023 - 09:06
Rating: 9
Mehdi Taba
Mehdi Taba
Another masterpiece from the beloved Riverside.
Everything is strong about this great prog album, so fresh and eclectic with crystal production.
Singles aren't the best tracks, it's the exact opposite!
8.6/10
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21.01.2023 - 10:57
Rating: 10
Kais

The singles didn't prepare us for what this album really has in store. This is, unexpectadly, one of their best albums to date. Might even be their best. What a rare band they are.
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"Er is geen weg naar vrede, vrede is de weg."
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21.01.2023 - 13:22
Tom Muller

A bit too soft fot me, otherwise a strong album
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The return of the messiah
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22.01.2023 - 17:20
Rating: 6
terroriser

Ney. Not my cup of tea. Boring and, as most prog albums, I heard it all before.
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24.01.2023 - 06:18
Rating: 9
Oracles

This album feels short to me...

Like all the songs are great, but it sort of feels incomplete or they decided to add a couple of songs together for a long song or something (just feels weird, but not in a bad way). The deluxe edition adds some depth, but not really enough. I love all the 80s "New Wave" sound on this album, adds a really unique blend with their traditional prog sound.
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25.01.2023 - 08:28
Rating: 9
JoHn DoE

Impressive, very enjoyable, with a great flow.
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I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
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26.01.2023 - 12:13
Rating: 8
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Yes it's safe, clean, and a wee bit soft but it's also impressively constructed, well thought through, and has some pretty neat songwriting. They're still releasing some of the finest progressive metal/rock around whereas Dream Theater seem to be heading in the opposite direction.
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26.01.2023 - 12:29
Rating: 9
JoHn DoE

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 26.01.2023 at 12:13

Yes it's safe, clean, and a wee bit soft but it's also impressively constructed, well thought through, and has some pretty neat songwriting. They're still releasing some of the finest progressive metal/rock around whereas Dream Theater seem to be heading in the opposite direction.


Dream Theater have become predictable whereas Riverside have not.
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I thought the two primary purposes for the internet were cat memes and overreactions.
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27.01.2023 - 07:55
24emd

Respectfully disagree with the last two comments

As for this album, I did really enjoy it, nothing amazing imo put definitely one of the best of the month.
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"Perception and fact, all the same: the truth's what you feel..."

Unpopular opinions is my middle name.
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27.01.2023 - 12:27
Rating: 9
They've gone full rock on this one. I never felt Riverside as a metal band, but always got the sense of the genre in some of their discs, which is not the case here. It's a great record, I'd rate it a 10, however, I'm quite saturated with groups going from an extreme sonority to a proggy vibe among many ones I listen to. Obviously, it's not the case with Riverside, as they've been progressive since their very beginning, I only think that, though being the "old new thing" in the rock/metal scene, very little has been added to the "progressive" label (whether rock or metal), and Riverside also did nothing about it in this new album, which is on my repeat mode since its release.
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27.01.2023 - 21:32
Rating: 10
Samot

They managed to maintain the quality and expectation that was high after a great album like wasteland.... Great Album strong AOTY for me and we are just in January!
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Um, Dois, Três, Quatro! Yeah! PORRA!!!
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29.01.2023 - 20:03
Rating: 6
AndreMarcos

Good first half, but the second half i quite weaker
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