ALBUM REVIEW: Riverside – Out Of Myself

OK, make a note, put this in your diary, tie a knot in your handkerchief, or whatever you do to remember something, do it now…

Polish prog rock band RIVERSIDE are re-releasing their 2003 album Out Of Myself on 12th February. Remastered by Dan Swanö/Unisound and with new artwork by Travis Smith.

If you’re already a fan, then you will not need me to tell you that you don’t want to miss this. If, however, this band is new to you, then you have a treat coming.

RIVERSIDE are a band with a huge following. Their latest studio album in 2018, Wasteland, faired well in many countries across Europe, peaking in their native Poland where they reached number 1 in the album charts.

Formed in 2001, these are not new kids on the block. A lot has happened to this group since this album was initially released, with the sad, unexpected death of guitarist Piotr Grudzinski in 2016 being the most significant. By re-releasing this album they keep his memory, and his work, alive. The show must, and certainly does, go on.

This is one of those albums, that although originally brought out in 2003, it could have been written yesterday. It is completely timeless. It can also be said that this will appeal to anyone that enjoys rock music of all types, regardless of age, or anything else for that matter. Out Of Myself is a creation of true quality. The more familiar I become with this band, the more I expect nothing less. One minute this album has you chilling out in the same way as Dark Side Of The Moon by PINK FLOYD, the next you are rocking out to a much heavier beat. From slick guitar licks to hard hitting riffs, it really is the best of both, yet still manages to flow seamlessly.

It’s hard to fault this very well polished group of musicians. The 2003 line up being, Mariusz Duda on vocals and bass, the late Piotr Grudzinski on guitar, Piotr Kozieradzki on drums and Jacek Melnicki (no longer with the band) on keyboards. It’s important to add that newer members Maciej Meller on guitar and Mical Lapaj on keyboard, do not weaken the band in any way.

Even through some dark times, RIVERSIDE have managed to dust themselves down and go again. And just seem to keep growing, both through new material and re-working some of their earlier stuff. Long may it continue.

So remember, 12th February (it’s not far away), is the day you can get your hands on this little gem.

Out Of Myself will be available as Special Edition Digipack with Sticker, Vinyl and CD. Whatever your preference, whichever way you choose to listen to this great album, you will enjoy.

Rating: 9/10

Words: Dave Jones

Out Of Myself will be released 12th February 2021 via InsideOut Music.

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