Many doubts were dispelled on "Second Life Syndrome". Riverside proved that they aren't a one-record band – they managed to handle the pressure easily and recorded an album very different from their debut, yet equally good. On "Second Life Syndrome" the band is even braver and more self-confident in what they do.
While listening to this album one can witness two opposite poles of the band's style. Delicacy, melody and subtle solos on the one hand ("Conceiving You", "I Turned You Down"), and aggression, darkness and a truly metal heaviness on the other ("Artificial Smile", "Dance With The Shadow"). The band, however, reached their height when the musicians managed to find an ideal balance between those opposites in the title track. It is this over 15-minute track that defines Riverside's style and it is hard to say whether it is still art-rock or already prog-metal.
It was this long suite that contained most characteristic features of the band. We have beautiful guitar and keyboard melodies, we have aggression, delicacy, subtlety, long solo passages, a great and melodic chorus as well as the concluding instrumental part. Is it even possible to join all those things? Well, for Riverside it is. (riversideband. pl)