Second Life Syndrome

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Second Life Syndrome
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Studio album by Riverside
Released November 8, 2005
Recorded June 2005-August 2005
Genre Progressive rock
Progressive metal
Length 63:39
Label Inside Out Music / SPV
Producer Riverside, Magda & Robert Srzedniccy
Riverside chronology
Voices In My Head
Second Life Syndrome
Rapid Eye Movement
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
DPRP 9.2/10[1]

Second Life Syndrome is the second full-length album by progressive rock band Riverside, released on November 8, 2005. This second release garnered quite as much praise as Out of Myself and was released on the large prog rock Label InsideOut. Second Life Syndrome has a noticeably more raw and heavy feel than Out of Myself which in general was much more laid back and mellow. The title track has been said in one radio interview to be one of the best songs to sum up Riverside's sound. The song contains three parts: A slightly aggressive first part, a mellow and quiet second part, and an instrumental third part. This album is the second part of the Reality Dream trilogy which would explain the first and last track's titles; Second Life Syndrome comes after Out of Myself but before Rapid Eye Movement.

As of March 2009, the album is #43 on Metal Storm's Top 100 albums of all-time list.[2] Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy named Second Life Syndrome one of his favourite albums of 2005.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Riverside.

No. Title Length
1. "After" 3:31
2. "Volte-Face" 8:40
3. "Conceiving You" 3:40
4. "Second Life Syndrome" 15:40
5. "Artificial Smile" 5:27
6. "I Turned You Down" 4:34
7. "Reality Dream III" 5:01
8. "Dance with the Shadow" 11:38
9. "Before" 5:23
Total length: 63:39



  • Produced By Riverside, Magda & Robert Srzedniccy
  • Recorded, Engineered & Mixed By Magda & Robert Srzedniccy
  • Mastered By Jacek Gawłowski


Chart (2010) Peak
Polish Albums Chart[4] 22


  1. ^ "Round Table Review - Riverside - Second Life Syndrome". 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Top 200 albums - Metal Storm". Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Mike The Official Website". Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  4. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLIS. 2005-10-24. Retrieved 2012-09-08.