9 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Riverside’s moody Wasteland is rife with violent sounds and moments of vulnerability. On “Acid Rain”, the band pours out heavy riffs; a stirring, poignant quality defines “The Day After”, while a gentle spirit floats through “Guardian Angel”. Having lost guitarist and founder Piotr Grudziński in 2016, the Polish prog leaders let rip with a heavy heart on the evocative “Lament” and instrumental centrepiece “The Struggle for Survival”. This is an album about grief, acceptance and closure. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Riverside’s moody Wasteland is rife with violent sounds and moments of vulnerability. On “Acid Rain”, the band pours out heavy riffs; a stirring, poignant quality defines “The Day After”, while a gentle spirit floats through “Guardian Angel”. Having lost guitarist and founder Piotr Grudziński in 2016, the Polish prog leaders let rip with a heavy heart on the evocative “Lament” and instrumental centrepiece “The Struggle for Survival”. This is an album about grief, acceptance and closure. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

syddon ,

Stunning and unique

This band is like a lighter version of Amorphis, always a little different but recognizable nonetheless on each album. Atmospheric, heavy at times, dreamy at others.

H20Maid ,

Riverside Still Going Strong

I only discovered Riverside a few years ago. I loved their last album and just bought "Wasteland". These guys have become my favorite band! Wasteland is a wonderful comeback after the band went through the sadness and turmoil surrounding the loss of their lead guitarist and founding member, Piotr. I hope for many more years of their music. If you like Porcupine Tree, I think you'll really love these guys.

Boy Cott ,

Without You

Just a comment to another reviewer...Yes this is very Lunatic Soul leaning. The main reason is that with the loss of lead guitarist Piotr Grudziński, they lost a big part of their sound. There was no one like him. He put more soul into his playing than almost any musician I have ever heard. Mariusz Duda IS Lunatic Soul and like Piotr and the other members as well, he puts all of his soul into his music. This album is a merge of ideas and what is going on inside each of the remaining members and Piotr cannot be replaced. They made the brave decision to go on after he passed and do a phenomenal job with Wasteland.

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