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Riverland - Riverland (2013) - Review

Band: Riverland
Album title: Riverland
Release date: 8 February 2013
Label: Secret Entertainment

Tracklisting:
01. Hope In The Air
02. Help!
03. Sounds
04. Pictures
05. 2001 (Love)
06. Clear Water
07. Riverland

This self-titled album is the debut of Finnish duo Riverland, although I don't know if it's appropriate to call it full-lenght album as it contains only twenty minutes of music. Nevertheless, the two, vocalist Mikko Heino (better known from Minutian and Montage) and guitarist Roni Seppänen (also in Montage), crowned their five years long path with this record. We can't forget Aki Väkevä who helped them with programming and made the final mix of the album. The music served by Riverland is nature inspired acoustic progressive rock with huge impact of folk music and some modern pop.

Each track on this album is a tale inspired by the imaginary land of Riverland, where people have learned how to live in harmony and love. It's a concept album with main themes like helping and taking care of each other, love and similar sweet things. Music has a nice flow, mainly based on acoustic guitar and tender, but still somehow cold vocals. There are some electronics, piano touches, deep bass lines and careful, yet gentle percussions, that give more depth and atmosphere, as otherwise everything could remain too bland. Mikko's vocals in some parts remind to some 70s rock ballad singers, but he has the ability to guide the listener through this sweet and very emotional album with elegance and charm. Vocal performance reaches its peak with captivating duet between Mikko and guest female singer Satu Heino in "2001 (Love)". Guitar lines are played very good, though don't expect any technical excesses, but a lot of catchy melodies and atmospheric passages, even some guitar solos are present and played well, like in "Sounds". A lot of melliflous pop elements and typical folkloristic insertions make this music more dynamic as it will be otherwise.

Yeah, I know, Riverlands music is not for those who like dark music or harsher rhytms, but it's a nice time-out between some more demanding music. It offers some relaxing music that can chill you out, especially in those hot summer days. Those who like bands like Leafblade, Gazpacho, Tirill Mohn, acoustic side of Anathema, Rush, Marillion, Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Tom Petty and similar should go for it. It's well produced and after all I must say that it's good that it's so short, because otherwise it could be too strenuos to get some more sweetness.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 7,5/10

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Band: Neurotech
Album title: Stigma
Release date: 7 June 2015
Label: Self-Released

Playing softly with intertwining so many various styles, building on a solid foundation of cyber metal and enhancing with so many different layers, most notable feature of Stigma is its strong cinematic approach. The blasting drums are still present, covered with a dense layer of electronic effects and Wulf's vocoded vocals. But what really makes it so significant and pushes it further, is the grandeur approach and stupendous orchestrations, which flow more in the vein of film score music of Hans Zimmer, than symphonic metal, and are vibrating throughout the entire album. However, what spices up the deal are the numerous, eloquent insertions of so many different stylistic elements into the game. Stigma is yet another album, Wulf can only feel pride and joy of. What from a certain point of view may seem like it's only Infra Versus Ultra part 2, when realizing its potent nature, this album does open up new dimensions in the realms of Neuortech. On one side it is so staggeringly poetic, romantic and thought-provoking, on the other well as nerve striking, energetic and even demonic. If you are one of those Neurotech fans, who still craves and wishes for an Antagonist sequel, leave your hopes behind. But if you are here to follow the further evolution of its music, Stigma is simply an album you must embrace.

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