RIVERSIDE – Release new single/video “Friend or Foe? (Single Edit)” off upcoming album “ID.Entity”;

Poland’s pioneering and leading Progressive Rock band RIVERSIDE will soon release their new studio album “ID.Entity” via InsideOutMusic on January 20th, 2023. Today, RIVERSIDE are pleased to reveal a new single and video in promotion of the upcoming album.

Check out the album’s opening track “Friend or Foe?” in its ‘Single Edit’ and with a video clip animated and directed by Thomas Hicks / http://www.thomashicks.co.uk here: 

RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment about the new single:

"’Friend or Foe?’ is one of the key songs on the new RIVERSIDE album. Not only is it the opening track but, musically, it is possibly also the most courageous and intriguing one. 

One of its strong points is the lyrics which talk about how we're perceived by others, especially these days, when pretending to be someone you're not on social media has become the norm. Can we still be ourselves or do we have to keep adapting to the requirements of new algorithms? Perhaps we've already lost our identities and we're only waiting for instructions from a Siri or Alexa? 

"Who do you pretend to be?" are the first words of the song and the listener has already started searching for that 80s band it reminds them of. Is this a mere inspiration or is it provocation? Is the writer of the song pretending to be someone else or is this who he really is? Who is behind it all? The artist himself or a producer churning out music for many other artists? Is what I'm writing now a reflection of what I'm feeling or am I writing it because I want to put the song on a higher recommended playlist? And if we apply it to politics, who are the candidates? Are they credible? Trustworthy? Will they keep their promises? And finally, will we be able to trust each other one day, hear each other out and understand, or will we still keep our distance and suspicions?

Perhaps there is a chance to build a better world, but how to recognise who is a friend and who is a foe?”

“ID.Entity”, the group’s 8th studio album was recorded and mixed in two studios - The Boogie Town Studio in Otwock with Paweł Marciniak and in Serakos studio in Warsaw with Magda and Robert Srzedniccy -, mastered by Robert Szydło and produced by RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda himself. The “ID.Entity” artwork was created by Polish artist Jarek Kubicki.

Previously released singles/videos off “ID.Entity” can still be checked out here:

"I’m Done With You"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q6XJfKxKb4

“Self-Aware (Single Edit)”: https://youtu.be/Weuo4hgVHyY


RIVERSIDE have also launched a “Riverside Heavy” playlist featuring "I’m Done With You" as well as many other heavier tracks from the band’s comprehensive catalogue, which you can check out here:


Here is the standard track-listing for the album: 

RIVERSIDE - “ID.Entity” (53:11)


1. Friend or Foe? (07:29)

2. Landmine Blast (04:50)

3. Big Tech Brother (07:24)

4. Post-Truth (05:37)

5. The Place Where I Belong (13:16)

6. I'm Done With You (05:52)

7. Self-Aware (8:43)

The bonus material appearing on “ID.Entity” includes the instrumental tracks “Age of Anger” (11:56) and “Together Again” (06:29) as well as “Friend or Foe? (Single Edit)” (05:59) and “Self-Aware (Single Edit)” (05:29).

“ID.Entity” will be available in the following formats:

-        Ltd. Deluxe 2CD+Blu-ray Artbook 
(Disc 1: Album, Disc 2: All 4 bonus tracks, Blu-ray: All main 9 album tracks in Dolby Atmos, 5.1 and 24bit HighRes Audio mix versions) 
-> Pictured above!

-        Ltd. 2CD Mediabook (Disc 1: Album, Disc 2: All 4 bonus tracks)
-> Pictured above!

-        CD Jewelcase

-        Deluxe Digital Album (Including all 4 bonus tracks)

-        Digital album

The album’s vinyl version comes as Gatefold 2LP (With the bonus tracks “Age of Anger” and “Together Again” on Side D) in the following variants:
- Black vinyl: All outlets
- Orange vinyl: All outlets

- White vinyl: 500x copies via JPC & Burning Shed
- Yellow vinyl: 500x copies via EMP & Just For Kicks
- Sky Blue vinyl: 600x copies via Laser's Edge & CM Distro/Webshop Europe

The pre-order for “ID.Entity” in its various formats is available here:

Or here:


“ID.Entity”, an album that extends and expands RIVERSIDE’s characteristic sound, but all in a revamped and more dynamic formula, follows 2018’s widely acclaimed ‘Wasteland’ album, which entered the charts in Germany at # 13, The Netherlands at # 28, Switzerland at # 23, Austria at # 39, UK at # 83, Finland at # 30, France at # 97, Czech Republic at # 59 and Poland at # 1.

Next to their return to North America in February/March, RIVERSIDE have recently also announced their “Spring Edition” European Tour, a first of three European touring legs across this year. Check out the band’s upcoming confirmed live-dates here:

RIVERSIDE – “ID.Entity” – Live 2023:


North American Tour:
17.02.2023 Tampa, FL - The Orpheum

18.02.2023 Orlando, FL - The Abbey

19.02.2023 Atlanta, GA - Hell At The Masquerade

21.02.2023 Dallas, TX - Amplified Live

22.02.2023 Austin, TX - Come And Take It Live

24.02.2023 Mesa, AZ - The Nile Theater

25.02.2023 Pomona, CA - The Glass House

26.02.2023 Berkeley, CA - Cornerstone

28.02.2023 Vancouver, BC - The Rickshaw Theatre

01.03.2023 Seattle, WA - Neumos

03.03.2023 Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room

04.03.2023 Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre

07.03.2023 St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam Bar And Hall

08.03.2023 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge

10.03.2023 Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace

11.03.2023 Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre

12.03.2023 Quebec City, QC - Imperial Bell

14.03.2023 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

16.03.2023 New York, NY - Sony Hall

17.03.2023 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts

18.03.2023 Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Music Hall

19.03.2023 Washington, DC - Black Cat

21.03.2023 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle

European Tour – Spring Edition:

16.04.2023 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) - Effenaar / Prognosis Festival
18.04.2023 Dublin (Ireland) - Button Factory
20.04.2023 Glasgow (UK) - Garage
21.04.2023 Birmingham (UK) - O2 Institute 2
22.04.2023 Manchester (UK) - Academy 2
23.04.2023 London (UK) - Indigo O2 / Prognosis Festival

25.04.2023 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Amager Bio
26.04.2023 Gothenburg (Sweden) - Pustervik
27.04.2023 Oslo (Norway) - Cosmopolite
28.04.2023 Stockholm (Sweden) - Lilla Cirkus
30.04.2023 Tampere (Finland) - Olympia
01.05.2023 Helsinki (Finland) - Tavastia

Ticket info: https://riversideband.pl/en/gigs

And more dates coming soon...

More RIVERSIDE news coming soon…

RIVERSIDE line-up:
Mariusz Duda - vocal, bass
Maciej Meller - guitar
Michał Łapaj - keyboards and Hammond Organ
Piotr Kozieradzki - drums








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