GIG REVIEW: RIVERSIDE Live At The Mod Club, Toronto
Once again, I found myself at the Mod Club in Toronto on Tuesday evening for a wicked show; this time, to see progressive Polish outfit, Riverside. To start the night off, local openers Liminal Divide hyped up the crowd with their lighter approach to prog metal. Aside from the occasional burst of double bass, they could almost get a gig at a lounge, between the more bluesy guitar solos and their drummer’s extremely soft technique. Following that, American band The Sixxis hit the stage. Although all solid musicians, I found that their bassist was the best part of their set, delivering a nice little tapping solo during one of their songs.
Then it was time for Riverside, who started their set with the first song off of the new album, “Lost (Why Should I Be Frightened By A Hat?”. Also making an appearance from ‘Love, Fear, and the Time Machine’ were the tracks “Discard Your Fear”, “Saturate Me”, and “Found (The Unexpected Flaw Of Searching)”, which made for an appropriate closer to the night.
Despite some fans’ fear that the band would primarily play new material (not that it would necessarily be a bad thing), the set list included a healthy variety of Riverside tunes. The highlight for me was experiencing not one, but two tracks from their 2009 album, ‘Anno Domini High Definition’, being part one of “Egoist Hedonist” and “Hyperactive”.
As previously mentioned, Riverside closed the set with the final track off of ‘Love, Fear, and the Time Machine’, “Found”. The four members trickled one by one on to the stage for the encore to explosive applause, and as the first notes of the song hit the air, the room was filled with tiny lights from the phones of nearly everyone in the audience. Regardless of the fact that it made me miss when people held lighters above their heads, it was truly a sight to behold, like star-gazing with the calming sound of Mariusz Duda’s voice taking over and putting you at ease.
The entire band performed very well and put on a fantastic show, although afterward, both guitarist Piotr Grudziński and drummer Piotr Kozieradzki admitted that everyone was exhausted. The sound was decent, the lighting was great, and the crowd was left with a sombre yet contented feeling as they departed. If you get the opportunity to see Riverside, I highly suggest that you take it.