Riverside Release New Single/Video ‘Friend Or Foe?’

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

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:


  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).

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).

The album will be available in the following formats:

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

–  Ltd. 2CD Mediabook (Disc 1: Album, Disc 2: All 4 bonus tracks)

–  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

he pre-order for “ID.Entity” in its various formats is available 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.

RIVERSIDE have recently also announced their return to North American stages in February/March 2023 in promotion of “ID.Entity”. Check out the band’s upcoming confirmed live-dates here:

RIVERSIDE – Live 2023:

North American Tour:
February 17th 2023 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum

February 18th 2023 Orlando, FL – The Abbey

February 19th 2023 Atlanta, GA – Hell At The Masquerade

February 21st 2023 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live

February 22nd 2023 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live

February 24th 2023 Mesa, AZ – The Nile Theater

February 25th 2023 Pomona, CA – The Glass House

February 26th 2023 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone

February 28th 2023 Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre

March 1st 2023 Seattle, WA – Neumos

March 3rd 2023 Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room

March 4th 2023 Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre

March 7th 2023 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar And Hall

March 8th 2023 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

March 10th 2023 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace

March 11th 2023 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre

March 12th 2023 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell

March 14th 2023 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall

March 16th 2023 New York, NY – Sony Hall

March 17th 2023 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts

March 18th 2023 Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Music Hall

March 19th 2023 Washington, DC – Black Cat

March 21st 2023 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle


April 15th – 16th 2023 Eindhoven (The Netherlands) – Prognosis Festival
April 22nd – 23rd 2023 London (UK) – Prognosis Festival

More Riverside live show announcements and further details about ‘ID.Entity’ coming soon…

Michał Łapaj – keyboards and Hammond Organ
Mariusz Duda – vocal, bass
Maciej Meller – guitar
Piotr Kozieradzki – drums

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