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ROZ VITALIS

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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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3.15 | 9 ratings
L'Ascensione
2002
2.52 | 9 ratings
Lazarus
2003
4.13 | 7 ratings
Das Licht Der Menschen
2004
2.68 | 12 ratings
Enigmarden
2005
3.64 | 14 ratings
Compassionizer
2007
3.91 | 20 ratings
Revelator
2011
3.95 | 28 ratings
Patience of Hope
2012
3.70 | 9 ratings
Overcoming-Up
2014
3.87 | 64 ratings
Lavoro D'Amore
2015

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

5.00 | 4 ratings
Live Autumn '05 In The Ad Lucem Studio
2005
4.13 | 5 ratings
Live At Mezzo Forte, Moscow, September'09
2009

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4.33 | 6 ratings
Lazarus Abridged
2009
3.00 | 3 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
5.00 | 2 ratings
Live 2013-08-31 + Bonus
2014
4.00 | 3 ratings
Live 14-11-14
2015

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 Lavoro D'Amore by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.87 | 64 ratings

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by LearsFool
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

5 stars Ivan Rozmainsky's band Roz Vitalis has been churning out great albums of prog folk, chamber rock, and symph prog with amazing regularity since its forming in 2001 as a one man project, but now the band has gotten around to releasing something exceptionally marvelous. Built around a cascade of beautiful chamber minded prog folk driven by pretty flutes and piano, the album works its way through lush soundscapes towards sections of energetic symphonic rock that hold up the centre of the work. In an unexpected turn, it is the rock tracks that are the real treat of the record, being powerful and gripping affairs with penultimate track and consensus favourite "What Are You Thinking About?" sounding like a live cut by Pink Floyd or '70's era King Crimson. The folk sections, though, maintain a brilliance and enjoyability that held my attention from note one. Altogether, it's a very beautiful and eclectic work from beginning to end.

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 Patience of Hope by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.95 | 28 ratings

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Patience of Hope
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Having been impressed with 'Revelator' i'm going directly to the followup and seventh album by ROZ VITALIS - PATIENCE OF HOPE which continues the symphonic take on classical music hooks turned avant-prog. This is another beautiful mix of different styles of Ivan Rozmainsky's classical keyboard hooks, folk styles and instrumentations and this one unlike other albums has a healthy dose of rock elements such as lead guitar solos and more substantial percussion at times. Once again this is an all instrumental album with no vocals to be heard.

This album is just filled with beautiful melodies that weave around each other creating a pleasant progressive tapestry of sound. While the keyboard hooks are the main element on many ROZ VITALIS albums that i've heard this one has a much more eclectic mix of sounds. On board is the usual rock instrumentation of guitars, keyboards, bass and drums however there is an army of guest musicians and instruments on board. On PATIENCE OF HOPE we get cellos, clarinets, bassoon, trumpet, flugelhorn, sax, flutes, harp, metallophone, accordion and sounds from one of the oldest Russian instruments known, the gusli which is a multi-stringed plucked instrument derived from the ancient lyre.

With all these sounds on board you would think there to be too many chefs in the kitchen and that it would all collapse by the sheer weight of the players but all these sounds are scattered randomly throughout the album. The focus of a main melody takes flight from usually one or two of the aforementioned instruments and other instruments slowly weave into the sound providing harmony, counterpoint and symphonic effects. The composition style is still very firmly rooted in Western Classical tradition but the style often points more to symphonic prog, progressive folk of the Slavic traditions and avant-prog with the odd timings and Rock In Oppisition elements that pop in from time to time. There are also jazz-fusion interludes adding even more complexity at times. All tracks are logical and free flowing providing atmosphere with subtle technical workouts being common place but never the focal point.

This one took more listens than the others i've heard as it is more complex with many more elements woven together to create a satisfying experience that becomes more apparent upon each new listen. I am happy to be giving another album by ROZ VITALIS a very well-deserved 4 stars for i have yet not been disappointed by a single release of theirs although this is only the fourth album i've heard. It certainly will not be the last. This band is one of those under-the-radar bands for me that has unfurled its magic and now i've fully caught the bug. Great stuff. Highly recommended.

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 Revelator by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.91 | 20 ratings

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Revelator
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Moving on to the sixth album by ROZ VITALIS after really digging "Compassionizer" and "Lavoro D'Amore". REVELATOR finds the band continuing to utilize their own unique style of using classically inspired keyboard music while adding all kinds of interesting additional layers of percussion, woodwind instruments, progressive electronic, strings and horns as the icings on the cake. As with the other albums i've heard REVELATOR is in the same vein however this band is very masterful in keeping a different feel for each album as not to sound like they're just repeating things and going through the motions.

REVELATOR seems to rely a bit less on the classical elements and has more of a folky flavor all the while adding the touches of avant- prog quirkiness to the mix. It is all instrumental like the other albums i've heard. The music has a kind of tug-of-war effect between an enthusiastic happy feeling and a dark somber depressant. Once the melodies hook you and reel you in then starts all the stranger elements. As with the other albums this is one that ratchets up the differences and never slaps you in the face. Once the hooks are in place then comes the slight time sig changes, electronic embellishments, occasional flute and horn runs and shuffling of expected roles in instrumental behavior.

It's always hard to convey unique music in linear written language, especially music that is as eclectic as this. Suffice it to say this qualifies as a form of avant-prog for its quirkiness but it is also very symphonic in its sound as Ivan Rozmainsky's keyboards dominate the overall sound pretty much for the entire run while other instruments which include cello, flute, shakuhachi, viola, bassoon, trumpet and flugelhorn interpolate their respective timbres intermittently into the nooks and crannies of the melodic procession that hops from one track to the next. The tracks are all fairly distinct and the keyboard parts sometimes completely drop out to let in segments that sound very avant-garde but no matter how weird things get they are always resolved as to make a pleasant listen that isn't too out there for the listener.

What can i say? ROZ VITALIS may be one of the biggest surprises for me of the last year. It's rather innocuous to take in upon first listen but just quirky enough to take you on a wild ride in ways that seem logical yet totally unexpected and keeping me wanting to hear more, so without further ado i will check out yet another album. Very cool stuff.

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 Compassionizer by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.64 | 14 ratings

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Compassionizer
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars After having fallen for the ninth album of ROZ VITALIS "Lavoro D'Amore" and their unique style of progressive rock that combines classical music hooks with experimental sound structures and Slavic folk, i was very eager to delve into the band's discography to see if any of their other albums keep my interest like that one did. I'm happy to say that i have accumulated another three earlier albums of this band and am happy to report that they are indeed as entertaining. Diving in randomly i ended up with their 5th album COMPASSIONIZER first.

What i love about Russian prog bands such as ROZ VITALIS is they more often than not have a firm grasp of classical music as well as Eastern Europeon folk and find the cleverest ways to incorporate those styles together in their music. Such was the case with "Lavoro D'Amore" and so too it is with COMPASSIONIZER. What i love about main man Ivan Rozmainsky is how in his song structure developments uses catchy hooks in the Western classical music tradition to draw the listener in and then use a whole arsenal of sounds ranging from bells, wind instruments such as clarinets, flutes and recorders and other sound effects to create a smorgasbord of interesting layers of sound.

On the very first track "Tragic Fate" we get some nice keyboard runs that meld with bells and other percussive sounds and builds layers until we get to a progressive frenzy with time sig changes at the speed of light. After it reaches it's peak it drops back to the beautiful piano hooks, so in effect the journey is somewhat logical in its delivery but the scenery on the way is most unexpected and woven together in most unorthodox ways.

While this music is generally placed in the avant-prog category it is unlike most music you would expect in that musical world. While most RIO and avant-prog is dissonant and other worldly in its song structure, ROZ VITALIS seems to prefer that a strong melodic theme dominates their stomp through the musical pasture upon which they gallop freely. This is what makes their music quite accessible from the first listen but the fundamentals of the avant-prog world still remain here albeit scattered about in a different manner than most and what i would call a rather avant-symphonic veneer to their overall sound. In other words the melodic keyboards are the anchor into the melodic world that allow the electronic, percussion and wind instruments to go wild around, therefore i could equally qualify this music as being space rock as well as symphonic prog and in the long run would call melodic eclectic prog.

While the music can get wild at times it for the most part remains steady and calculative with sounds slowly creeping in and gaining strength before usurping control for a brief moment. The ratcheting up effect is subtle and effective and there is rarely anything that just jumps out of the woodwork and slaps you in the face. Probably the most avant-garde of the lot is the odd drumming styles that add counterpoints to the melodies. While some artists are simply happy to keep the beat, ROZ VITALIS excels at keeping the percussion a major part of the dynamics that change it up frequently to add an additional zesty layer of rhythm and syncopation.

I've definitely fallen for this band's sound. It is utterly unique in the musical universe, at least the parts i've yet explored. I'm very happy to have found a band that satisfies different musical aspects such as the avant tendencies i gravitate towards all the while dishing out some of the tastiest melodic developments that accompany all the tones and rhythms that seem to be placed perfectly together for the proper effect. Great stuff.

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 Patience of Hope by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.95 | 28 ratings

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Patience of Hope
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Naida Regent

5 stars I hear a voice from a beautiful Canterbury far-away... It plunged me into memories of seemingly unlike each other things - 1) of course, the bands of "Canterbury periods", and 2) music of the Soviet time - for films, tales, etc. Now then - it would seem evident - Russia and England are similar in spontaneously natural musical feeling. This is even so. I hope that this experience will not be lost, and we will hear its numerous incarnations further - everywhere. The album abounds in "natural", that is, sounds-of-nature-imitating instruments. There are not only classical "multi-orchestral" opuses, but also sounds of raindrops, knock of twigs on roof, and other spontaneously planetary sonorities. As well as we can hear typical for this group "entries" into the other countries, for example, Japan (tracks 3 and 4), England (tracks 7 - 9), Spain, etc. And that is good! Requests - I would like to hear more depth and precision of each instrument's sound. In all other respects, Patience of Hope (my nickname Naida almost implies Hope in Russian) has been satisfied. I rate 5, first of all, for "primary nature" of the stuff.

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 Lavoro D'Amore by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.87 | 64 ratings

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Naida Regent

4 stars Gather harvest from fertile cornfield! Let do flutes and trumpets sound! The album suggests just these ideas. On the cornfields of progressive rock - so far - there is an abundance of both yield gathered from past harvests and new richly ear-forming implantations. There are comparisons with both Steven Wilson and Van Der Graaf Generator, but, if they would be Slavic tribes and meet bright Yarilo-sunrise. The first part of the album - including 5th track - reflects it with all moods of joys and sorrows in days of old. Starting with 6th composition Christian outlook prevails over. Thinking about the meaning of life - listen to track 10 - is the very explicit validation of it. The brief description of songs according to their mood: Track 1: urge towards the cognizance of the world. Track 2: rest from vain world. Track 3: pure psychedelia. Tracks 4-6: medieval epos. Track 7: Renaissance era. Track 8: thoughtful Russian field. Tracks 9-11: the conclusion is that you have cognized the world nevertheless - to the ingratiating sounds of hearts of every instrument sounding here. It is not enough nevertheless. To be continued...

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 Lavoro D'Amore by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.87 | 64 ratings

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars ROZ VITALIS is a band i've never heard before their ninth album LAVORO D'AMORE (Work Of Love). Despite the Italian album title, this is a Russian band that is from St. Petersburg. Although this band's music is placed in the avant-prog section, this particular album doesn't seem like it belongs there at all. This is some kind of classical composition music that merges with art rock, art folk and symphonic prog. The result of this hybrid style is very pleasant and well composed music that has its main focus on the melodies that instantly hook you and sink their teeth into your ears. I was surprised when i put this on just how melodic it is and how much i love listening to it again and again.

This album starts out very folky with a beautiful flute line that begins 'The Acknowledgement Day'. Not exactly Ian Anderson but more like a Focus inspired Thijs van Leer sound but not a mere copycat or anything, simply in the mood producing department. The sound jumps into a more aggressive one with guitars and a heavy rockin' groove. The second track which is the title track is a more subdued affair. It is a beautiful melodic slow burner that is guitar oriented and melodically pleasing (as are all of them!) This is an album of subtle differences. Basically the main focus is on pleasing melodic compositions which basically every track succeeds in. There is a light to occasionally heavy rock approach but the flute, trumpet, ukelele and various keyboard effects really add some eclecticness to the whole thing. BTW this is an entirely instrumental album that will surely appeal to retro proggers who long for that good old melodic type of prog from the 70s but will find there is plenty to bring this into the modern day.

Personally i'm not really sure why other reviewers are so against the production and mixing of this album. It's those qualities that give this album a unique sound and i actually really love the production and mixing effects here. It totally adds a layer on the sound effects that the instruments can't achieve on their own. Maybe i'm just a warped individual who loves brashness and daring bold new experimental procedures but i'm not afraid to call an experiment a failure if the final result warrants such critique. In the case of LAVORO D'AMORE i find i really, really dig the whole enchilada: the musical compositions, the production, the delivery etc. Why not 5 stars? Towards the end the album seems to sag. Not that the tracks are bad but because the formula seems to run out of gas. Still though, i really have been enjoying this album on multiple listens and once i put it on i have to let it run its entirety. Not a bad thing for a music addict!

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 Revelator by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.91 | 20 ratings

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Revelator
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by XPEHOPE3KA

3 stars This is a mostly midtempo avantish sympho prog album, with keyboards as main instrumentation, partly human, partly programmed (tracks 3, 6, 8, 9) drums and bass, different kinds of flutes, some occasional guitars (just one electric guitar solo), other instruments are even scarcer. The album features a song (Warm Tuesday) with NOT Ivan Rozmainsky as the main composer. So, technically it's a group effort, but it doesn't usually show here: keyboards rarely play supportive role, bot still more often than on previous albums. Instrumentation diversity from track to track also shows it's more of a track compilation than an album. Track by track thoughts with ratings follow.

4* Revelator 5:15

Flute and synths intro, then quirky synths and human rhythm section start. A robotic dance of lovely avant prog, this is wwhat ROZ VITALIS should have sounded like earlier, with better sounding drums! Then goes mellow slow interlude with flute, synths, soundscapes, quite for long. Abrupt change to again quirky synths, drums and bass with some flute passages, growing into the opening theme. Flute just "happens", no tension builts, also it's as robotic (!), not pastoral as in later albums.

3* Warm Tuesday 3:59

This is a 3 section composition with no lengthy transitions. It starts with acoustic guitar theme, electric guitar pinches, bass, hand drums, some keyboards on background, then abrupt change to a faster upbeat section, switch to drumkit, keyboards more to front, electric guitar present slightly more, good keyboard part in the end, then agin abrupt change to a piano section with cello joining in later, all melancholy. Although compositionally and instrumentation-wise uncommon to ROZ VITALIS these are just 3 pieces glued together.

3* Deadlock of the deceiver 4:10

Flute, sonorous bells and synths, all add to atmospheric start, then darker avantish synths at length with scarce percussion, Ivan shines here, all slow to mid tempo, more playful synths in the end, then soundscapes and solemn ending. Interesting and sounds like a leftover from previous almost solo albums.

5* Painsadist (Hit version) 3:27

This is another all time concert hit. Although the concert versions have more pronounced guitars. Here we have keyboards, human rhythm section, some electric guitar inserts, interchange between mid and fast tempo, main parts are keyboards and drums. I literally walk the ceiling every time I listen to it, it's so full of drama and intricacy and energy! Concerts usually feature a thematic animation video with climatic moments synced to music! Well, really a hit version. This track alone makes the album worthy.

3* Underfrog 7:12

This dark tune starts with gurgling (froggy) keyboards, then a slightly oriental flute kicks in, after that a sudden switch to just bass (froggy again) with occasional drums and different effects from guitar and synthesizers. Then more gurgling with keyboards and drums, tension builts with keyboards and bassoon (?, anyway, froggy again :) ), only to an abrupt change to drums and soundscapes. The motif develops to moody ethereal keyboards part, again, now even darker, but more electronic dramatic tension builts, again just to a soundscape ending, what a waste! Composition ends with trumpet psychedelic sounds on top of soundscapes. Trumpet is used much better on their "Lavore d'amore" album.

2* Midwinter tulips 2:11

This is a acoustic guitar, piano and other keyboards piece, all mellow and pleasant but nothing to write home about.

3* La combattimento spirituale 6:30

Slow solemn synthesizers start with some bass and acoustic guitar inserts, then some flutes join. After that keyboards shut down for a while to let sonorous bells play with exceptionally warm kind flute. Then same bells with quirkier synths, switching to a lengthy part of _dominating_ bass, human drums, keyboards paint over rhythm, all slow to mid, this goes for long, maintaining pressure, from less to more robotic keyboards, but no climax. Then again sonorous bells but now with church ones also. This is an early prototype of current ROZ VITALIS' psychedelic tracks like "What are you thinking about?" from "Lavore d'amore" album, but still with quite an avantish tint to it. The composition is very good but I feel most of the ideas went underdeveloped to warrant 4*. I also remember nearly falling asleep on the bass-heavy section on concert once...

3* Persecuted 10:17

This is a hugely varied piece. It's all slow, hardly mid tempo, but instrumentation constantly changes: shvi (a kind of flute), different keyboards, acoustic guitar, harpsichord start, electric guitar (with said solo), soundscapes, horn, trumpet, programmed drums, looong piano solo with both pleasantly bright and tense moments - all these team up in very different ways. I believe it takes some talent to compose such tracks, pity is I usually don't favour the slow ones. But if you are into slower tense keyboards/brass music, it's easily a 5*.

2* Silver melting 2:58

For me it's just a psychedelic filler with futuristic slow synths effects, some flutes and soundscapes.

Time-weighted score 3.15

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 Compassionizer by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.64 | 14 ratings

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Compassionizer
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by XPEHOPE3KA

3 stars In the journey to review all the studio albums of ROZ VITALIS I finally came to the last album to look like sole Ivan Rozmainsky project with guests, next ones will be group efforts.

Overall this is almost NOT an avant-garde album, with mostly keyboards, programmed percussion and other effects, guitar and some clarinet action. Almost always slightly slower than mid tempo. Both guitar and clarinet are scarce, psychedelic, often quite quieter than keyboards. After most previous albums going from very avant-garde to very boringly spacey this seems to be MUCH more balanced. Track by track thoughts with ratings follow.

3* Tragic fate 7:05

Has an atmospheric start with synthesizer effects, then some clarinet(?) and guitar come in, tension grows slowly and quite boringly up until 2:50. Then things change completely, somewhat complex drums, energetic keyboards - all what I've come to like about Roz Vitalis, but this time even with frisky or wailing guitar! This is one of the most avant-garde parts of the album. At 4:10 another change, to slow organ and guitar interplay, then at 4:50 again the main theme, building up to just a guitar and drums and percussion. From 6:15 goes some stomach-timbred organ with guitar. This could have been a 5* track with another intro and probably middle part.

3* Autumn of hypocrisy 3:59

This starts with a distinctively Rozmainsky'ish piano solo with some synth effects. Now it's bright, now it's tense! Seems like it shows just what a hypocrite looks like. From 1:40 sawing synths kick instead with some more normal keyboards. This probably should show what a hypocrite feels inside towards what he plays the hypocrite about. After 3:15 goes some psychedelic clarinet part. All happens with no drums. It's an illustrative track with wonderful intro, but the end is boring and sawing is quite uncomfortable.

4* Compassionizer 5:21

This one starts with a playful quirky dissonant piano solo, like from early films, from some scene with an intricate prank. Guitar helps with quiet howling. Complete change at 0:45: now two keyboard parts with scarce drums and murmuring synthesizer effects. Main keyboards parts keep changing while drums are quite the same but complex. Keyboards gradually play darker, drums help to pump more drama. From 4:30 goes sole spent synth part. Overall it's not a 5* just because my expectations were too high from music building up in the middle. Neither the way it was done nor the climax feel like excellent, just very good.

3* Elusive goodness 4:24

This is a mellow yet quirky keyboards (piano, synths, effects) composition, same theme delivered with different flavours and some spin off themes. The track title is really telling: melody really hints at goodness all the time, but there's also a slightest hint of tension. Beautiful but slightly repetitive and no other instruments. Easy 4* if sole keyboards are good for you.

3* Wakatte kudasai 7:27

It starts with some psyche clarinet and synth effects, from 1:30 some harpsichord-like synths and clarinet play in turn and together. An oriental (clarinet) and otherwordly (synths) tune follows, very interesting, with infrequent rhythm, tension builds up gradually up until 4:35. Then follows some 'standard' lovely avant-prog for a while, then rhythm changes, guitar starts playing, clarinet shuts down. 5:40 - keyboards are silent for a while, just guitar with drums and percussion, then keyboards and guitar play in turn several times, then blend, but guitar is still leading the way. All in all it's quite an extraordinary composition for Roz Vitalis (with quite a part of supporting, not leading keyboards), but for my taste it's overextended and slightly dull in the middle.

3* Annihilator of moral hazard 6:23

This is their all time concert hit, there are several versions on the live/bootleg CDs. The one prefixed with 'Wooden bear' is a psyched performance with lyrics, played until 2011. Then there's a better version with normal instrumentation, like at 'Live 14-11-14'. It still has quite psychedelic middle, but the main theme has quite some time. Also there were numerous concerts with other arguably rockier versions not available on CDs. The studio version though is very different. It starts with sprightly drums and murmuring keyboards, also there are some flute like sounds, then some tense quiet synth part with percussion. Then these two parts repeat with slight variations. Heavy parts are very good. Then some psych synths with rhythm- synth and guitar which changes at 3:50 to a continuous guitar fingering. Then follows the main theme and then again it's played but by guitar only. Main theme is easily 5* but the quiet/psych parts somewhat spoil the experience for me once again.

3* Dances of lost opportunities 5:38

This is a keyboards + percussion tune. Starts with an almost bright piano solo, track title again is quite telling. Then the heavy synths with percussion continues the melody with no brightness at all. Then a slowed down build-some-tension part which abruptly ends at 2:15 to allow some sole synth part. From 2:50 again a darker avantish part which I like. From 4:25 again just sole synth up to the end.

3* Disruption 3:41

This starts seemingly like a sequel to the previous track, below the average tempo. Then from 1:15 synth effects are supporting sole keyboard part, then sole guitar, then some clarinet with hints of guitar. From 2:32 the first theme again.

4* Train of parting (Compassion version) 7:55

It starts with a piano solo, again reminiscent of the previous track. Then synths and effects, then drums kick in, then guitar. Nice tension built suddenly changes at 3:15 to a quite bright but appropriate insert. Salivating listener from 3:50 hears an avant-prog part like from 'Tragic fate', up-tempo. Then some change to a leading guitar with synths and mid-tempo drums, building up to a 5:25 climax with flickering drums and howling guitar. Silence from 6:20 to 6:50 where just one drum beat happens followed by a closing keyboards-guitar interplay. Better coda would have easily made it a 5*.

Time-weighted score 3.25

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 Lavoro D'Amore by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.87 | 64 ratings

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team

3 stars The brain-child of keyboardist, Ivan Rozmainsky, ROZ VITALIS has produced consistently interesting and eminently listenable music. With Lavoro d'amore the band has turned a little in the direction of bluesy rock music. While I don't dislike this new direction, or the new sounds has decided to bring into focus, I liked the more classical/medieval leanings of Patience of Hope a little better than this rocking affair. It also seems that the song development on Roz Vitalis albums could be more--more layers, more effects, more changes, subtleties and surprises. As with their previous albums, the recording and engineering leaves room for improvement.

Good songs: "Unanticipated" (8/10); the flute-and-organ play of the RPI-infused "Il vento ritorno" (8/10), the harpsichord and rolling bass of "They Are the Workers of Iniquity Fallen" (8/10); the MASERATI-like "Invisible Animals" (8/10) and "What Are You Thinking About" (8/10), and; the medieval Latin-tinged Spaghetti Western instrumental, "Ending" (8/10).

3.5 stars marked down for rough engineering/production.

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