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ROZ VITALIS

RIO/Avant-Prog • Russia


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ROZ VITALIS was created by composer and keyboardist Ivan Rozmainsky in 2001. Primarily it was one-man band. In 2003 ROZ VITALIS had become trio and included also Nadezhda Regentova (keyboards, voices) and Vladimir Polyakov (keyboards). In 2005 line-up experiences expansion. Now the band includes also Klara Metelkova (flutes, harmonica, vocals) and Yuri Verba (clarinet). Style of ROZ VITALIS is RIO/Avant-Prog/Symphonic Prog/Psychedelic/Space Rock. The main influences are LE ORME, GENTLE GIANT, KING CRIMSON, YES, ELP, SUPERSISTER, JETHRO TULL, DEPECHE MODE, AFTER CRYING. Music of the band was compared by prog-reviewers with GENTLE GIANT, UNIVERS ZERO, BRIAN HIRSCH, KING CRIMSON, TRIUMVIRAT, KRAFTWERK etc. In short, music of ROZ VITALIS can remind KING CRIMSON and GENTLE GIANT, but is keyboard-based, with rare female voices and electronic drums. It is "chamber electronic prog" rather than "rockish music".

The best recordings are the following. "Lazarus" (2003) - RIO with ethno and electronic elements. see reviews at www.progressiveears.com & www.proglands.com ; "Das Licht Der Menschen" (2004) - concept album including three 20-28-minute epics devoted to the "theological idea of Trinity". It is very polyphonic album, difficult for listening. "Enigmarden" (2005) - almost instrumental prog-music with flutes and clarinet solos. EP-albums "Painsadist" (2003) and "The Threesunny Light Power" (2004) also can be recommended. More early albums are characterized by low quality of recording. All albums are self-released ones.


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Lavoro D'AmoreLavoro D'Amore
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Patience Of HopePatience Of Hope
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CompassionizerCompassionizer
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ROZ VITALIS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.13 | 15 ratings
L'Ascensione
2002
3.00 | 12 ratings
Lazarus
2003
3.97 | 10 ratings
Das Licht Der Menschen
2004
2.74 | 15 ratings
Enigmarden
2005
3.49 | 18 ratings
Compassionizer
2007
3.70 | 25 ratings
Revelator
2011
3.94 | 34 ratings
Patience of Hope
2012
3.59 | 13 ratings
Overcoming-Up
2014
3.83 | 73 ratings
Lavoro D'Amore
2015

ROZ VITALIS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.40 | 5 ratings
Live Autumn '05 In The Ad Lucem Studio
2005
4.12 | 6 ratings
Live At Mezzo Forte, Moscow, September'09
2009
5.00 | 2 ratings
Live 2013-08-31 + Bonus
2014
4.00 | 5 ratings
Live in Kirishi
2016
4.00 | 6 ratings
At Last. Live
2017

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ROZ VITALIS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.33 | 6 ratings
Lazarus Abridged
2009
2.13 | 4 ratings
The Selected Of Enigmarden
2015

ROZ VITALIS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Excerpts from Early Demo Recordings 2001
2001
3.18 | 2 ratings
Painsadist
2003
3.09 | 2 ratings
The Threesunny Light Power
2004
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live At ESG-21, February 13th 2010
2010
5.00 | 2 ratings
Beyond the Limits of Spring. Live at Kitayskiy Letchik Jao Da, May 10th 2011
2011
5.00 | 2 ratings
Live Summer 2012
2012
4.09 | 3 ratings
Live At Saint Peter Prog Fest #5
2013
4.00 | 3 ratings
Live 14-11-14
2015
3.43 | 16 ratings
Psalm 6
2016

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 Psalm 6 by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.43 | 16 ratings

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Psalm 6
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by 302

3 stars Actually 3,5.

The best part of the EP is the contrast that is created between instruments especially in songs "Psalm 6" and "Prophet". Musicianship is excellent. I warmly recommend this album to those who like surprises and complexity in the music.

Album reminds me about the book The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) by Joseph Campbell, which tells universal story of the hero's travels.

EP starts with song "Psalm 6" a quite nice and rythmic start with bass and drums, then the trumpets set in. Trumpet seems to play totally different song. Nice contrast. After the start it almost turns to church music with organs. It reminded me what it was to sit in the church and listen psalms. Then the music flows quite melodically with fluit, keyboard and guitars leading the music to the end.

Second song "Trattamento 2" is melodic keyboard driven peace.

Third song "Prophet" starts again with keyboards quite serenely but when bass comes along it starts to feel more threteaning, again contrast between different instruments is quite apparent. And towards end the whole song seems to get quite disturbed. You can easily create a story in your head about the travels of a prophet.

Fourth song "Denial of access". Once more the instruments are playing different songs creating interesting tensions inside the piece.

Fifth song "Passing over". The music gets more light and cheerful here. Keyboards are leading the music forward. I find the bass playing in the background nice.

Sixth song "Trattamento 3" ends the EP. This is again keyboard leaded music.

 At Last. Live by ROZ VITALIS album cover Live, 2017
4.00 | 6 ratings

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At Last. Live
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars

So, Roz Vitalis are back with another live album, which is taken from two different performances in St. Petersburg in December of 2016. What we are presented with here is the full live line-up of the band, which includes trumpet, flute and low whistle, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, bass and drums. Here is a band where the arrangements are crucial, and some of the instruments are only used sparingly, which mean that from one song to the next the band can be quite different in their sound and approach. But, band leader Ivan Rozmainsky knows exactly what is needed for each piece, and maintains a continuity throughout. Much of the material being performed has yet to appear on an album, while others are older yet have also never been released in that format.

Musically the band they have most in common with, at least to my ears, is Karda Estra, as they bring together classical music and progressive rock so that a style is created that will appeal to fans of both areas. The largest difference between the two is that Ivan is firstly a pianist, and many of the songs rely on his delicate touch, while another significant difference is the use of trumpet. This is played as if it is being directed by an orchestral conductor as opposed to someone from the jazz scene, and the result is long notes that hit hard and pure, no sliding or strange stylings. Alexey Gorshkov has great breath control, and there is little sense of vibrato or strain, just clear sounds that take the music in a different direction. This brass feel is quite at odds with the flute and low whistle of Vladislav Korotkikh which is much warmer and friendly.

I have long been a fan of this Russian band, and each release cements that even more. I look forward to the next studio album to see what they do with some of the songs included here, and highly recommend this to anyone into the more orchestral style of progressive rock. As this is on Bandcamp, it is also possible to give this a listen before purchase, so why not give them a try?

 At Last. Live by ROZ VITALIS album cover Live, 2017
4.00 | 6 ratings

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At Last. Live
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

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

4 stars This new live album by Roz Vitalis has first of all a very good sound quality. Of course not exactly the same as in studio, listen to both the versions of "Lavoro D'Amore" and you'll notice some differences, but this is one of those bands able to play live almost the same way they do in studio. The other important element is that since when they added the first flute on their 2012 album "Patience of Hope", their music has taken a very original and personal direction.

The trumpet, present in almost all the tracks, brings in some sadness but in the same time on the most folky passages it can remind to Ennio Morricone's western movie soundtracks.

The trumpet that makes it sound similar to another very good band from the same city: the Yojo, but the kind of melodies and the structure of the tracks is quite different.

I don't know the whole discography of this band, so I'm not able to say whether there are unreleased tracks or not. I didn't know "The Hidden Man Of The Heart", which is my favorite track together with the pair "Passing Over"/"Passing Interlude".

In particular, the bass on "Passing Over" is remarkable. The track has a structure that could remind to CAMEL (trumpet apart), specifically, to The Snow Goose. It may be me, of course. In the Camel's masterpiece there's not an Avantgarde section as at about minute 4. After that, the acoustic guitar which starts the reprise of the main team could come from In The Court Of Crimson King, just to mention some references.

Anyway, the album is on Bandcamp as "name your price", so hoping that some bucks will be spared to help the band continue to release their excellent music, I'd better suggest to give it a listen without wasting your time with my quotes.

An excellent selection of tracks very well recorded in what seems to be a club: almost no noise out of the applauses and a mood that I usually find in the chamber music of Claude Debussy. Perfect for a rainy day.

...and an excellent addition, naturally

 Psalm 6 by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.43 | 16 ratings

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Psalm 6
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars This is so completely different from 'Overcoming-Up' that one would expect this to be by a totally different line-up, but although there have been some changes Ivan is still very much at the helm on grand Bluthner piano, electric keyboards and metallophone, while Vladislav still provides flute and Vladimir has moved to guitars from bass. They now have a drummer in Philip "Phill" Semenov, a new bassist in Ruslan Kirillov, a second guitarist in Vladimir Efimov with Alexey Gorshkov on trumpets and acoustic guitar, plus some guests providing percussion and bass clarinet. Apparently this thirty-three minutes long EP is about spiritual quest and the emotional upheaval of a human being in a situation of strong stress. Mind you, given that this totally instrumental as with all their work, it's a little hard to get all that without any lyrics.

I think this is the third or fourth release I've heard from this Russian outfit, and this is easily the most varied. There are times when I think I'm listening to Mike Oldfield, at others there are hints of early Barclay James Harvest and at others King Crimson. All this from a band that are supposed to be RIO/Avant. Ivan is always at the heart of everything that is going on, as would be expected, but this is very much a band as opposed to a project. His piano doesn't seem to be as far to the fore as in other releases, and certainly the guitarists and trumpets start the album off with such a bang that I wasn't even sure I was playing the right album! With hints of jazz, loads of melody, and a stronger move to the mainstream progressive field than many might expect, this is an album that will certainly intrigue many listeners who may not have wanted to listen to Roz Vitalis in the past. There is still plenty of space and tone within their music, and given that this is on Bandcamp why not wander over and give it a try?

 Overcoming-Up by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.59 | 13 ratings

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Overcoming-Up
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars This release is something of a strange one, as it was recorded and mixed between April 2007 and September 2008 and had been completed long before the 'Revelator' and 'Patience of Hope' albums from 2011 and 2012 respectively, yet was only released in 2014. To add to my confusion Ivan Rozmainsky (keyboards, percussion, samples, tenor recorder) sent it to me at the beginning of this year to review, although to be fair he did try to send it to me back in 2014 and I said I was too busy back then. The line-up of this instrumental outfit is completed by Vladimir 'Energoslon' Semenov-Tyan-Shansky (bass), Sydius (aka Igor Pokatilov) (guitar, samples) and Vladislav Korotkikh (flute), Yes, here is a band that has no use for drums.

Listed on PA as RIO/Avant, that is definitely the right sub-genre for them to be included in, yet this music is surprisingly melodic and incredibly easy to follow. It all makes musical sense, with the different instruments and sounds melding together in a fashion that has far more in common with modern classical, yet with an emptiness and bleakness that is incredibly powerful. Not everyone needs to be playing at the same time, and there is no need for anyone to show off their skills, this is all about playing the right notes, in the right manner, at the right time. Ivan has a wonderful touch on piano, and this combined with the flute along are the driving force of the band. They have even the temerity to include a song that is more than twenty minutes long, which works incredibly well. Their music is peaceful and restrained for the most part, but the introduction of "Thorns of Forgiving" could almost be from a different band altogether, as it is strident and more mainstream progressive, and the repeated melody on an organ provides a far warmer feel. I don't know why it took so long to release this album, but I'm happy it has finally seen the light of day as it is yet another strong album from these guys.

 Psalm 6 by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.43 | 16 ratings

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Psalm 6
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Last year I got a message here on PA asking for a review for this EP. I had some problems with my internet and it took several months before I could listen to this Roz Vitalis release. I must say I was not eager to do it, since RIO/avant guard is not really my cup of tea. I´m much more into melodic "traditional" part of prog, if there is such thing. But, out of curiosity, I decided to listen to this record since they were so nice to ask. And I was quite surprised. Their music was not what I expected. It was much more accessible than I thought. Sure enough, there are numerous weird landscapes and dissonance, but what really caught my attention was their flair for the nice melody too. So I decided to spin it for a few more times and that confirmed my first impression.

The only band I can think of to compare Roz Vitalis approach towards music is King Crimson. Ok, they do not sound like KC al all, but RV is the only band I know that balances RIO/Avant Guard with melodic themes in such powerful manner. Like KC, Roz Vitalis mix in equal doses weirdness and familiarity, complicated passages with simple ones, the dissonance and the melody. The result is one of the most interesting instrumental albums I have heard in a long time, full of surprises. Sometimes Psalm 6 sound like a soundtrack album from a thriller movie (The Prophet), in others there are jazzy brass passages followed by a wailing, melodic lead solo backed by acoustic guitars (the title track).And all is very well performed. I must say that even in their most freakish and non-melodic moments their music still sounds interesting and genuinely creative, they seem to be adept of the philosophy of "less is more". not an exercise on pointless weirdness, like I heard so many times. The excellent production also help matters much. the songwriting is high point in here, as well as their clever arrangements: All tracks are very good and varied. Listening to this CD is quite a ride.

In the end I was captivated by this group led by keyboardist Ivan Rozmainsky. I found Psalm 6 to be a very fine CD and I´m looking forward to listen to their other works too. Russia is definitely delivering some of the best prog music around nowadays. If you, like me, is not really into Avant Guard music but has an open mind for new sounds, you should try this one. On the other hand, if you are a RIO fan but does not mind for some nice, discernible melodies in prog music once in a while, this record is recommended too.

A nice surprise.

Rating: 4 strong stars.

 Revelator by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.70 | 25 ratings

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Revelator
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The early, more experimental-oriented stuff of the instrumental Russian act Roz Vitalis really isn't for me. And once again, after reviewing Compassionzer (2007), I'm a bit disappointed for this album not to resemble more notably the excellent, finely produced Lavoro d'Amore (2015). I can repeat my thoughts on slightly hollow sound, playful but rather nonsense keyboard-centred compositions and the overall direction for the better. First, the list of five musicians looks better than how the album actually sounds. This is to say that keyboard player and main composer Ivan Rozmainsky keeps the spotlight too much on himself, ie. the arrangements still leave guitars, flutes and rhythm section way too much in the background. Or is it just amateurish production that makes the sound somewhat cold?

The opening title track is a typical slice of RV: lots of changes in tempo without the certain flow. The music feels like a backing for an avantgardish silent film of slapstick. 'Warm Tuesday' starts as a pretty, moody tune in which acoustic and electric guitars play softly, and wanders into the more eclectic direction. The Finnish album Ultramarine (2000) by GROOVECTOR comes to my mind, but Roz Vitalis's music lacks the similar symphonically structured, natural flow. The next track is nothing but that hollow-sounding organ quirkiness. 'Painsadist (Hit Version)' has a humorous title but although the rest of the band is well involved, the track gives nothing to me. 'Underfrog': flute and bass have their nice supporting roles in this cold, swampy silliness. Delicate 'Midwinter Tulips' starring piano and acoustic guitar is a highlight and a breath of fresh air, and it's short enough not to suddenly shift into the typical RV style.

Perhaps the album gets better towards the end and slightly increases the emotional substance in melodies, but for my taste there's still too much of that slapstick flavour around. The closing track 'Silver Melting' is another ambience-oriented moody highlight. For the most part this album remains quite meaningless to me, but I can recommend it to avant-minded listeners who are less emotionally oriented than me.

 Compassionizer by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.49 | 18 ratings

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Compassionizer
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After very positive listening experiences with the recent recordings (I'm especially fond of Lavvoro d'Amore) and rather negative ones with the earlier stuff, I don't know what to expect from this in-between album by mr. Ivan Rozmainsky and his project Roz Vitalis. This time the keyboardist-composer is accompanied by guitarist Sydius and clarinetist Yuri Verba. Hmmm... sad to say, but the overall sound is still hollow and cold to my ears, the same way as in the earlier RV music I've reviewed, though not quite as badly.

But the gradual progress of musical maturity (I'm talking of production and the compositions) is to be witnessed. The pieces are getting some emotional depth instead of just sounding like introvert experimenting in the studio. 'Elusive Goodness' is a nice (and in the Roz Vitalis scale, pretty sensitive) track in which I hear some Pekka Pohjola -reminding modal structures. 'Wakatte Kudasai' is said to develop some ideas of the cool &sweet 80's King Crimson track 'Matte Kudasai'. Well, definitely not among my favourites here... actually I find it hard to hear any familiarities in this sharp and steely piece. The first seconds of 'Annihilator of Moral Hazard' make me feel already tired of the album's noisy and cold soundscape, and the interesting dynamic changes -- such as more delicate moments centred around recorders -- are not enough to save the track.

Here and there the compositions contain some warm breaths of melodicism, but all in all this album won't enter into my player very often. The sonic hollowness is too noticeable, it's difficult for me to be carried away by the intelligent musical ideas that certainly exist. The synth-centred, complex music has mock-orchestral versatility comparable to THE ENID, only with a terribly bad production. A pity!

 The Selected Of Enigmarden by ROZ VITALIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
2.13 | 4 ratings

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The Selected Of Enigmarden
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Like the title says, this release is a selection from the album Enigmarden (2005). That one has got relatively reserved criticism here, and for a good reason, I can tell you, especially if this 7-track selection -- made for what purpose exactly? -- from the original 14 is supposed to be any better. I haven't listened to that album, nor any other-than-new music of this band from St. Petersburg (but I just received five discs in mail). It's evident that Roz Vitalis has matured a lot in the last ten years.

What we have here is instrumental and rather experimental music firmly centered around the keyboards of the frontman Ivan Rozmainsky. The keyboard sound is sharp and intense, backed by programmed drums plus some wind Instruments here and there -- and I'm sad to say, that's about all. Most of the time tempo is rather fast, and together with this hollowness of soundscape it is only underlining the unpleasant sense of music made out of mere will of experimenting with instruments. On the other hand, there's hilarious energy and a touch of humour, and despite the melodic / rhythmic complexity the tracks do maintain some intelligence and coherence instead of being plain silly.

The extra ingredients on top of organ-oriented keys and programming increase the surprise factor. These include the female voice (can't tell if she's singing some lyrics with a meaning, or is the voice only used as another instrument) on 'Stress of Tenderness' and a decent variety of wind instruments during the album: recorder, clarinet, harmonica and even a Peruvian native flute (on 'Be Aware of Strangers'). But in the end, the musical style remains rather pointless, lacking deeper emotions, and the soundscape too hollow to avoid headache on the long run. This definitely isn't music I'd like to listen to again and again; my low rating is more subjective than objective. Of course I may also point out that RIO/Avant-Prog has never been among my favourites. If you enjoy the genre and can stand both the crazy side of Keith Emerson and the lack of a real rhythm section, you may find some unique pleasure from this music.

 Live in Kirishi by ROZ VITALIS album cover Live, 2016
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Live in Kirishi
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE & JR/F/Canterbury Teams

4 stars There are bands who can pull things off brilliantly in the studio setting yet cannot pull off a brilliant live performance of their music. Likewise there are bands that are renowned for unleashing stunningly brilliant live events yet somehow fall short on their musical visions on the studio side of the equation. No such dilemmas for St Petersburg symphonic avant-proggers ROZ VITALIS who prove without a doubt on their latest LIVE IN KIRISHI that they more than have the chops to put on one helluva musical spectacle. This short but sweet barely over 30 minute long musical gem includes what the band deems the most "essential" tracks from the "Lavoro D'Amore" studio album with a couple of extra tracks which include "Blurred" which serves as a sneak peak for the next studio album as well one another bonus goodie tagged onto the end appropriately called "Ending."

Not being content to merely perform these tracks as heard on the studio album, ROZ VITALIS goes the extra mile and play their hearts out taking a more driving approach with a greater emphasis of Alexey Gorshkov's trumpet playing skills which at times makes me think they've kidnapped a mariachi band and forced them to play for vodka or something! The band pulls these tracks off with ease offering us hard driving rhythmic developments as heard on the bass and more pronounced rockin' guitar interaction along with lush organ and keyboard runs. The melodic developments are just as tasty and intact as on "Lavoro d'Amore" but the band simply hits a home run with their tight uncompromising prog bombast hypnotizing the audience into musical bliss.

It takes a lot for me to get excited about a live album to be honest. While i love much music, i do not equally love live renditions of many bands who more often than not fail to add any gusto and bravado to the studio versions at hand assuming they don't butcher the whole package entirely. ROZ VITALIS proves to me on this first sampling of their LIVE settings that they are actually MORE enticing as a live act than they are on many of their albums. While i love the majority of their entire discography, it is true that sometimes things can sound a tad clinical in the production department and this LIVE setting offers a totally organic funfair of talented musicians mixing and melding their musical mojo.

The production is crisp and clear and actually sounds like their playing in the same room. While there is a live audience attending, don't expect arena rock here as there is only a small crowd of fans in attendance, but what a treat they experienced to on this day with a performance like this. The familiar tunes with added elements of space rock, occasional funky guitars and the more rocking approach in general with healthy doses of vaunting trumpet add a whole new dimension to the "Lavoro d'Amore" track list and one that sits with me quite well. This is just as recommended as any of the other top notch studio albums in the band's canon. A LIVE album that sits well with its studio counterparts.

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