The tragedy that befell in February 2016 called into question the very existence of RIVERSIDE. The co-founder and guitarist of the band, Piotr Grudziński, died suddenly just before his 41st birthday. RIVERSIDE cancelled all the concerts planned for that year and dedicated the album "Eye of the Soundscape", released in September 2016, to their late friend.
In the spring of 2017, RIVERSIDE resumed playing live. During the "Towards the Blue Horizon" tour the band were joined by Maciej Meller who officially joined as their live guitarist.
The band entered the recording studio in December 2017 and Mariusz Duda assumed the duties of the band's guitarist. On the new album, you can hear a few guitar solos by Maciej Meller, as well as one by Mateusz Owczarek and Mateusz Śmierzchalski. For the first time in their music, there are also violins played by Michał Jelonek.
"'Wasteland' is undoubtedly the most musically dark and emotional album in their discography.