Even though I first heard of RIVERSIDE way back when I was living in Norway, this will be the first time I see them live.
I am sad that I didn’t get to see them with all the original members, before guitarist Piotr Grudziński sadly passed away in 2016, but I am sure I will feel his presence during the evening in the music he was a big part of creating.
I always have a special feeling when attending prog koncerts, as I feel like I’m part of a huge family getting together, enjoying the musicality and atmosphere that this particular genre creates, and tonight is not an exception.
When the Polish trio + live guitarist Maciej Meller enter the stage, I cannot stop smiling, and the people in the audience around me do the same. The energy they send out to the crowd is amazing.
They start off by playing “Acid Rain” from their latest album Wasteland and I just know now, that this is going to be an amazing show.
The drumbeat in the beginning of “Vale of Tears” makes me remember why I started listening to Riverside in the first place. This song is brilliant because it has everything a good song should have: a solid drum- and bass beat, great guitar riffs, keys perfectly placed and to top it all a melody that sticks like glue.
Singer and bass player Mariusz Duda has a presence that is both dark and melancholic, but when he hits us with jokes between songs, you realise that his seriousness is only regarding his music and not his person as such.
I love the changes in moods Riverside bring during the show, as I find myself singing along and stomping my feet along to songs like “Egoist Hedonist” and “Vale of tears” and then feeling extremely moved with tears in my eyes when hearing “Guardian Angel”
I am also really impressed by the lighting in the venue, and for Riverside, who haves a great light show, it makes this whole experience so much more special when everything syncs.
The only negative thing I can say is that the sound is a bit too low for my taste at this venue, but I guess that could be due to rules for the decibel level, and also the setlist could have been a little bit shortened.
All in all, this was a great evening and show, and for those of you who haven’t seen Riverside live yet – or want to see them again – I can highly recommend to catch a show – you will not regret it!
Vale of Tears
Reality Dream I
Saturate Me (Instrumental intro only)
Out of Myself
Second Life Syndrome (first part only)
Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By a Hat?)
The Struggle for Survival
River Down Below
Mariusz Duda - vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar
Piotr Kozieradzki - drums
Michał Łapaj - keyboards
Maciej Meller - guitar