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Anno Domini High Definition

Poland Country of Origin: Poland

Anno Domini High Definition
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Release Date: 2009
Label: Mystic Production / Inside Out
Genre: Progressive, Rock
1. Hyperactive
2. Driven To Destruction
3. Egoist Hedonist
4. Left Out
5. Hybrid Times

Review by JD on March 21, 2010.

It seems that there has been a great deal of buzz for this band known as Riverside, who’s bio says that they set out to do some real good ‘NeoClassical’ music. I put the CD in, pressed play and wait for my own opinion on things to pop out.

Musically well versed, the highly touted Riverside at first seems to be a conglomeration of truly amazing musicians. I hear the NeoClassical thing, as well as a smattering of Progressive styled metal in some aspects - then I was shocked to also be hearing some 80's radio Pop inspirations as well, showing the diversity of the band as a whole. Riverside have this album written well and played even better, but the down side now comes up. Sadly... it lacks one real element: Passion.

As good as the musicians of Riverside are, not to mention how well the album’s songs have been written... there is this unmistakable lack of pure emotions and drive that would honestly give the album a huge amount of life. There is no real fire in any of it, and that reduces it to being very well played but emotionally dead music that is hard to listen to. It makes no real impact, as the music cannot hide that the album is the true meaning of the word ‘flat’. I cannot remember ever hearing a album so well played on, but emotionally void of anything.

If the band had taken the time to not over play it all, the emotion might be there.... but they were trying to create something that was theirs... I got that. Next time, Riverside should pull back on the virtuosity and the creation of some higher musical things, then just let themselves make some music that is both well written and has that emotional angle that connects the band to their listeners.

Categorical Rating Breakdown 

Musicianship: 9 (they are really great musically, but...)
Atmosphere: 6
Production: 5
Originality: 6.5
Overall: 6

Rating: 6.7 out of 10