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PATIENCE OF HOPE

Roz Vitalis

RIO/Avant-Prog


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kev rowland
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4 stars This is the first time I have come across Roz Vitalis, although it was conceived by St. Petersburg composer and multi instrumentalist Ivan Rozmainsky more than ten years ago. Since the inception of his keyboard-dominated studio project, he has produced an recordings which combine elements of solo instrumental, sacred music, experimental, and modern folk with art- rock and avant-prog. The more I played this the more I felt that we were listening to music that had a great depth not only in the styles that were being portrayed but also in the amount of atmosphere that was being created. At some times I felt it was reminiscent of Gentle Giant, others Gryphon, Anekdoten and even Cardiacs or Mike Oldfield!

Musically it is all over the shop, both in the instrumentation being deployed (come on, how many times have you heard a flugelhorn?) and in the types of music. Some of this is in keeping with the work of Richard Wileman in Karda Estra with a heavy cinematic focus and complex classical interplay. It is a stunning album in so many ways, but if you want to hear more before you invest then why not visit their site at raig.ru/rozvitalis.asp where you will be able to download some free music. For the more adventurous this is indispensible

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Posted Wednesday, November 07, 2012 | Review Permalink
Windhawk
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4 stars Russian ensemble ROZ VITALIS started out as the creative vehicle of Ivan Rozmainsky back in 2001, and have since then established themselves as a productive live and studio project actively exploring music of the kind that exists outside of common genre conventions and expectations. "Patience of Hope" is their seventh full length studio production, and was released by MALS Records in the late fall of 2012.

Roz Vitalis appears to be a vital and creative unit these days. "Patience of Hope" is one of those albums that will leave genre nerds scratching their heads in frustration while aficionados of artists that opt to follow the philosophy of "the only rule is that there is no rule" will find plenty to enjoy. Especially those among them fond of rock music that uses, utilizes and incorporates elements from classical and folk music in arrangements and movements unexpected and unpredictable. A highly recommended album.

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Posted Sunday, April 07, 2013 | Review Permalink
4 stars Yeah! Hope.

Under the abstract and diverse RiO/AV sub tagging or "Karma", this work could easily be forgotten by the lack of exposure that usually non USA musicians get here in this category. In all, it limits possible prog audiences that will surely get also their kicks with this kind of ECLECTIC, CROSSOVER, Avant Garde prog and with hope the Symphonic prog followers who like the darker and not the always and never ending sweet flavors in their plates.

"Patience of Hope" Roz Vitalis 2012 project is so uniquely diverse but always focused, that each passage no matter how small or important, beholds an unobtrusive creativity that everything blends into place. Weaving different rooting but never ceasing to sound original, the constructions or songs, contain in themselves different moods, never setting on one in particular, which more than being the kind of RiO planned disturbing interruptions, Roz Vitalis bets on the movemernt of styles within each single song.

Perfectly song written designed, all sounds flow in a constant an ever changing combination of styles' atmospheres. The intrumentation ranges from clavecin like baroque figures to the poignant use of the electrics, both bass and guitar. From classic piano moments to frantic but friendly Jazz up-beat and off beat environments. From dark symphonic passages to strongly percussive lands, that in all truth, I can bet, any King Crimson early fan will feel at home again with, but in an alternate reality one of course! (Please do not mistake reference for imitation! Also no vocalist on this effort)

So, not all that not glitters is not worthwhile, this extraordinary and well rated, yet underrated album (16 ratings, come on!) is sheer proof of this!

****4.5 "Closer to 5 than 4, essential goodie) PA stars.

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