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ROZMAINSKY & MIKHAYLOV PROJECT

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Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project (RMP for short) is an eclectic progressive rock band based out of St. Petersburg, Russia. Formed in 2017, RMP is a supergroup of sorts; the band's namesake members, keyboardist Ivan Rozmainsky and guitarist/bassist Vladimir Mikhaylov, are alumni of several prominent Russian prog bands. Rozmainsky has established himself in the world of Russian progressive music as the brainchild of Roz Vitalis and was a core member of Total Station, and Mikhaylov played with the groups Enine and Algabas before joining RMP. Rozmainsky and Mikhaylov are joined by clarinetist Leonid Perevalov (Yojo, Pustotsvet) and drummer Yurii Groiser.

The band released their debut album, "For The Light", in October 2017 on the ArtBeat Music label. A primarily instrumental affair, the album spans such styles as symphonic prog, psychedelic and space rock, and even contains some avant-garde influences. A self-described conceptual work, RMP released "For The Light" with the aim "to reveal how to protect peace of mind in the conditions of troubles and stress". With a combination of retro throwbacks and unconventional modern spins, this highly original band should appeal to any admirer of the rapidly growing body of quality Russian progressive rock music.

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4.00 | 16 ratings
For The Light
2017

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 For The Light by ROZMAINSKY & MIKHAYLOV PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 16 ratings

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For The Light
Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars What we have here, in effect, is a Russian supergroup featuring musicians from various prog and prog-related Russian bands including Yojo, Algabas, Enine, Roz Vitalis, KGB etc. Apparently, the fundamental goal of the band and its debut album is to open new musical worlds that cannot be analysed in the rational manner. The applied goal of the band and its debut album is to reveal how to protect peace of mind in the conditions of troubles and stress. So there you go. I have always been a huge fan of Ivan Rozmainsky and Roz Vitalis, so when I was offered the opportunity to hear this I jumped at the chance, and I wasn't disappointed.

Russian bands continue to excite me, as they are producing some of the most interesting music to be coming through the progressive rock scene. Their reference points are quite different to most Western bands, and often it is only King Crimson that could be see to be an influences, and that is again the case here. There is a mix of progressive rock, with an almost classical approach. There is stacks of space within the music so much so that it is almost like another instrument, pushing apart the layers and making its presence felt. The music is often delicate, but also clearly defined, with an almost staccato approach that makes it feel striong and empowered. The avant garde collides with the melodic, to create an album that is constantly inspiring, constantly evolving, and thoroughly enjoyable. This is well worth hearing for any proghead

 For The Light by ROZMAINSKY & MIKHAYLOV PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 16 ratings

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For The Light
Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project Eclectic Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars Like in classic prog albums, there's a central recurring theme which opens and closes what I think can be considered a single instrumental suite, despite being divided into short tracks. There's a lot of Roz Vitalis (Rozmainsky) in the sound, in particular that touch of avant showing some Pink Floyd influence. But also the soundscapes of Enine are present in the guitar playing of Mikhaylov. In particular the subtle melanchloy which permeates the album has a feeling similar to the Enin's "Nosferatu" suite.

I have noticed, if I'm not wrong, that the main theme returns in all the tracks whose title contains the word "light", maybe just a coincidence but only the authors could tell.

The production is very clean, like in all the Roz Vitalis albums.

Said so, the music is great. Melancholic prog of this kind seems to be now a sort of standard in the St.Petersburg area. Bands like Yojo come to mind, and the clarinet which is fundamental in this album sets exactly that mood.

A mention is deserved by the closure track, the only one scoring over 10 minutes in which a chirch organ takes the lead. It comes from a dark Crimsonian intro through a rocking first, then a newagey part until the organ brings it to the closure on the original theme.

Probably it's only my impression, but I think I've heard echoes of Stravinskij here and there, other than a very clear influence of King Crimson.

A complex album, already extremely good and also very promising. It will be very interesting see what happens in case the band goes ahead with follow-ups.

4 solid stars for another jewel coming from near the Ladogan Lake.

 For The Light by ROZMAINSKY & MIKHAYLOV PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 16 ratings

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For The Light
Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project Eclectic Prog

Review by nikitasv777

4 stars Surprisingly good. "For the light" is the debut album by "RMProject" which was released in October 2017. RMP is a supergroup of sorts. Keyboardist Ivan Rozmainsky and guitarist Vladimir Mikhaylov, are alumni of several prominent Russian prog bands - Roz Vitalis and Enine. I must say that the production of the album sounds professional. In fact this music is not for passive ears. This is music for heart and mind. It takes a certain amount of discipline to understand this record, and it takes several listens to fully comprehend. All of the tracks are good, but particular standouts include the rousing For The Light (The closing track gives the album its title).
 For The Light by ROZMAINSKY & MIKHAYLOV PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.00 | 16 ratings

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For The Light
Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project Eclectic Prog

Review by mitarai_panda

4 stars The Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project is an eclectic former rock band project from St. Petersburg, Russia. Founded in 2017, the keyboard player is Ivan Rozmainsky and the guitar and bass player is Vladimir Mikhaylov. Rozmainsky is the keyboard player of the famous Russian experimental avant-garde Roz Vitalis. It is worth mentioning that Roz Vitalis has just released a new album. I think it will be one of the best of the year. Mikhaylov is active in the Enine and Algabas combination. The band members also boast Leonid Perevalov and drummer Yurii Groiser. It is a combination of super musicians. This super combo's first album was last year's "For The Light." This is mainly for instrumental music. Its style spans symphony, psychedelic, space rock, and pioneering areas. The concept of the album is "How to maintain peace of mind under trouble and pressure", and I have to say that the albums in front of what is really in the field are all ah! The music is retro and modern, but highly original. This is similar to Roz Vitalis's style, but it is more beautiful and simple. Although there are some dark and discordant parts of the atmosphere, after all, the main purpose is to seek the peace of the soul, the overall melody. Still happy. In spite of this, I still think that there are some KC's dark atmosphere that are lingering, but the clarinet's addition makes the color of the songs richer and seems to dispel this feeling of destruction. In addition to some symphonic and psychedelic elements, the album also presented avant-garde side, as Roz Vitalis had done before, strange beats and architectural arrangements flooded, and in some places there was even a mechanical sense of electronic music. It was clear It is not committed to revive those classic shakes of the 1970s, but is exploring its own modernization and even post modernization. The previous 10 songs are like anti-rock pieces that combine classical and classical elements. The last 10-minute theme song can be said to have been made by Dacheng. The opening is composed of a combination of dark clarinet and organ keyboard. Illusions, coupled with the heavy drums behind them, seem to be related to the troubles and pressures associated with the theme. This trend evolved into the middle segment when the smart organ occupies a dominant position, and the clarinet sounds become moderate, as if in the corresponding theme. In the heart of peace, there was finally a humorous melody and a good theme song that fully demonstrated the musicians' skill and figurative ability. This last album deserves a four-star rating!
 For The Light by ROZMAINSKY & MIKHAYLOV PROJECT album cover Studio Album, 2017
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For The Light
Rozmainsky & Mikhaylov Project Eclectic Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Metal / Heavy / RPI / Symph Prog Team

4 stars This album is made by different members of Russian prog bands and the band's name come from the 2 main composers, keyboard player Ivan Rozmainsky and guitar player Vladimir Mikhaylov. The eclectic style of the music makes this album something intriguing. When you think the band is delivering some beautiful and simple melodies, it can switch to something darker with more discordant parts. Those who enjoy avant-garde music will be familiar with this kind of music. The music seems to start from improvised jams but instead of extending this jams into long instrumental parts, the music cut short with songs that are short in duration. The overall atmosphere is quite enjoyable and is not heavy but more into the symphonic style with songs that have some melodies developed in a rather slow pace most of the times. The addition of the clarinet to the keyboards and the guitar give more textures to the overall sound. This is an album that requires some concentration and time to enjoy because of the nature of the music who is adventurous and because the musicians don't try to impress their audience with big guitar solos, but instead rely on subtle arrangements and by putting you in an atmosphere where light meets dark.
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