Here’s the first surprise album for me this year.  Riviere released their debut album, entitled Heal, on January 20 of this year.  I had never heard of these guys until stumbling upon a sample song and was slightly intrigued by what I heard.  I decided to give the album a chance and was extremely happy that I did.

This French quartet has crafted a solid and inspiring slab of progressive post-metal that is in the mold of a mellower Intronaut.  Every song on this album is a standout and this is easily my favorite release of the new year so far.  The songs are crafted with multiple layers of instrumentation and vocal stylings.  This album is just a dense wall of sound all the way through.  It has just made a mark on me and I haven’t been able to stop playing these songs over and over in my head.  I hope to hear more things out of these guys in the future.

4.5 flip flops out of 5

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