The Riven – The Riven

Spread the metal:

Reviewed: March 2019
Released: 2019, The Sign Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Courtney Solloway

This album is chock full of classic rock. It’s quite evident from the very beginning that the band draw a lot of inspiration from the greats like Rush and Led Zeppelin. The classic rock tunes have subtle twists of blues, psychedelic rock and progressive rock strewn throughout the album. In fact, the more you listen, the more you can picture this band walking right out the 70s and early 80s rock scenes. This isn’t to say they don’t have anything new about them though. Whilst it is indeed a pleasant throwback, there are even more subtle hints of artists such as Alanis Morrisette and Skunk Anansie that vocalist Totta may have drawn her inspiration from.

There are some really good tracks here. Fortune Teller was one that stood out in particular for me. The breaks, the solo, the psychedelic nature – just a number of things that drew me in on this track. Other tracks like Finnish Woods and I Remember start really quietly. Actually, Finnish Woods started too quietly. There are things in this track that are inaudible, which is a shame, as having it on full blast I picked up little hints of something really great. I Remember is a stand out for a totally different reason. This one wholeheartedly focuses on the blues aspect of rock and plays out very beautifully. The solo, the huskiness in the vocals, it’s a gorgeous track that left an imprint on the album.

It doesn’t take long for the album to kick back into its upbeat tracks again. As a matter of fact, the next track, Leap Of Faith, takes on a new lease of life by almost entering the punk realm. The album ends back on its classic rock roots with Sweet Child.

Overall, I enjoyed this album and it comes highly recommended from me.



01 The Serpent 3:31
02 Far Beyond 4:48
03 Edge of Time 3:28
04 Shadow Man 3:59
05 Finnish Woods 5:29
06 Fortune Teller 4:51
07 I Remember 5:10
08 Leap of Faith 3:14
09 Sweet Child 5:54

Band Line-up:

Totta Ekebergh – Vocals
Arnau Diaz – Guitar
Max Ternebring – Bass Guitar
Olof Axegärd – Drums