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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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3.11 | 7 ratings
L'Ascensione
2002
3.67 | 6 ratings
Lazarus
2003
4.08 | 4 ratings
Das Licht Der Menschen
2004
2.62 | 10 ratings
Enigmarden
2005
3.56 | 7 ratings
Compassionizer
2007
4.06 | 13 ratings
Revelator
2011
4.00 | 17 ratings
Patience of Hope
2012
3.67 | 6 ratings
Overcoming-Up
2014

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

5.00 | 2 ratings
Live Autumn '05 In The Ad Lucem Studio
2005
4.09 | 3 ratings
Live At Mezzo Forte, Moscow, September'09
2009

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4.25 | 4 ratings
Lazarus Abridged
2009

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

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 | 1 ratings
Beyond the Limits of Spring. Live at Kitayskiy Letchik Jao Da, May 10th 2011
2011
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live Summer 2012
2012
4.09 | 3 ratings
Live At Saint Peter Prog Fest #5
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live 2013-08-31 + Bonus
2014

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 Overcoming-Up by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.67 | 6 ratings

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Overcoming-Up
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars What a wonderful world the world of prog is. So many records have no real similarities to others that you could find such rare things as Roz Vitalis. It's a Russian band that started as Ivan Rozmainsky's solo pproject but the band hos grown bigger through the years even if this record features a little band again. Since 2002 Roz Vitalis has made eight studio albums of which their last one, 2012's "Patience of Hope" has got most ratings(17). "Overcoming-Up" from 2014 was actually recorded some years ago 2007-2008 so the music isn't totally new even if we have to call it modern. The minimalistic black and white cover covers an album of seven quite even songs and the musicians are Ivan Rozmainsky(keyboards, percussion, samples, tenor recorder), Vladimir Enorgoslon Semenov Tyam Shansky(bass), Sydius(Igor Pokatilov)(guitar,samples) and Vladiskav Korotkikh(flute).

I don't think I have ever heard anything like this. Earlier this autumn I reviewed the symphonic band "Glass"s latest record which was felt sacral and the echoing empty sacral feeling is heard hear too. Roz Vitalis music is well composed and totally instrumental. The music is crazy sometimes but all the time melodic and special. It feels they want to make us feel we are in an empty church and improvising their soulfull songs. The music is varied and experimental and it is very different from what we use to call rock music. There are classical influences and influences of pure electronic music here. Perhaps are they showing their best abilities on the long "Claws of winter"(6/10) or at the starting title track "Overcoming-up"(7/10). But the record is what I wrote even and almost everything has something of interest in it.

The problem for me to fully appreciate this music is the lack of coherence within the compositions. That is also what's making this cool, but it's not my taste really. I will give the record three stars. Best song: "Overcoming-Up"

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 Patience of Hope by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 17 ratings

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Patience of Hope
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by admireArt

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 usual kind of RiO´s pre-planned sudden and disturbing interruptions, Roz Vitalis bets on the eventual transformation and 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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 Overcoming-Up by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.67 | 6 ratings

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Overcoming-Up
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by XPEHOPE3KA

4 stars This is a keyboards dominated avant-prog album with complex programmed drums. I heard Ivan even saying it's hard to find a drummer in Saint-Petersburg to rerecord most of Roz Vitalis output live :) And I can assure you the drums don't sound weak at all! Next goes my collection of impressions by track.

3* Overcoming-Up 4:21 This is a slow-mid tempo composition with bass, percussions and IMO the most complex programmed drums on this album. Keyboards mood interchanges all the time from light and mellow to slightly robotic. But nothing special.

4* Madrigal 4:35 This starts with mellow keyboards, very inspiring, it somehow really finds the key to my heart. Some flute added to the mood 2 minutes in, then switch to guitar, all with merry spring lofty feel, especially when all instruments are playing. Close to being a masterpiece! 4* only for some lack of instrumentation and mood variation.

3* Journey of possible forgiver 6:47 Keyboards are supported by some percussion, bass and guitar. Everything is in slow-mid tempo. Becomes guitar-centric in the middle, rougher psychedelic edge. Then the tempo drops to slow, music starts to resemble environmental sounds, quite boring for the last 2,5 minutes. But the start is interesting enough.

3* Serene light 4:11 This starts with a slow soundscape with flute, bright-colored and mellow. Then there's a very pleasant piano part, augmented with other keyboards and bells. Coda is just a tad bit darker, gives a moody contrast. This composition might grow on me in the future...

4* Thorns of forgiving 7:23 It starts with synths + complex programmed drums, mid-tempo. Tense mood, "thorns" feel real! Then it develops into less demonic, intricate, robotic sound, likely to illustrate a forever working Rube Goldberg machine. There are some mood changes later on, until guitar effects take the lead at 5,5 minutes, leading to a slow keyboards coda. Also falls short of 5*.

5* Claws of winter (Blizzard paths) 20:54 Well, this is the main reason to buy this album :) Heavy synths + complex programmed drums, mid-up tempo, right as I like it! Then a turn to slow-mid keyboards+percussion, adding bass and then developing up to mid-up tempo the main theme, increasingly darker with guitar roaring support! I was clawing my way onto the ceiling! Another theme takes place with the same support, with a musically justified change to a low tempo space soundscapes, like "time to rest". In my case - time to fall off the ceiling!

Then the trick is performed with another keyboards theme: starts as slow-mid tempo bright piano+synths, then darker and with percussion. Not as dark (candy this time) as the previously, but still very cool! And again a change to a slow tempo, this time to guitar and synths effects + rythm section. And again slowly developing into heavy mid-up-tempo darkish keyboards, like two times before. But not for that long this time. Again a change to a synths effects which develop into a several minutes of tense piano soloing arriving at the main theme repetition and a noisy finish later on. By far this is the best epic Roz Vitalis have produced! Overall I have the feeling those sections might have been devoted to three winter months and piano soloing - for the start of the spring. Also I didn't hear the flute here, though a flautist is listed...

2* Overcome by uplift 4:41 Starts with synths effects and a flute, then guitar effects pick up the mood, then a solemn keyboards part, then just like what was in the start. All slow tempo and mellow. Might work for some mood, but after such an epic I found myself bored.

Time-weighted score 3.93

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 Live At Saint Peter Prog Fest #5 by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.09 | 3 ratings

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Live At Saint Peter Prog Fest #5
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars I received an email telling me that this album had been made available through Bandcamp, but what intrigued me was the line "Like any Roz Vitalis stuff, the style is the "Unclassifiable Branch of Prog Rock", and music is about The Ineffable and The Unfathomable, in particular, about human aspiration for The Unapproachable Light." I mean, with a comment like that how on earth can you go wrong? I only have one of their previous albums, 2012's 'Patience of Hope', but I gave that 4 *'s, so I was looking forward to this, and I wasn't disappointed. Just eight songs, and a smidgin under 40 minutes in length, here we have instrumental progressive rock that has much in common with orchestral sounds of Karda Estra as well as bringing in elements of Gryphon, Jethro Tull, and a little pronk here and there. Five of the songs were recorded on one night, and three the next with a line-up comprising band leader Ivan Rozmainsky (keyboards), Vladimir Efimov (electric guitar), Vladimir 'Energoslon' Semenov-Tyan-Shansky (electric guitar) (although the band doesn't sound nearly as heavy as one might expect from two guitarists, Vladislav Korotkikh (flute and low whistle), Ruslan Kirillov (bass guitar), Philip 'Phill' Semenov (drums and percussion) and Yury Khomonenko (percussion on the first five songs).

This is complex music, highly arranged and layered, with just no room for a singer as the different musicians take their turn at lead or combine together to provide the perfect support. At times laid back, and at others very much in your face with some power chords, this is modern progressive classical music that works incredibly well with a fresh and inviting sound. I find that this is an album that I can become immersed in, and certainly doesn't sound like a live recording as there is so much structure within the sound. Ivan provides a lot of piano on this album, and the clarity of that instrument provides a great deal of cut through against the picked guitar and the dirty bass, while the percussion also plays a huge part.

All in all this is an exciting invigorating album that is over far too quickly, and somehow doesn't feel over-engineered or over-played, with everyone understating their part and that this is a group of musicians combining together as opposed to all having egos that need to be fed. Go to the website at www.rozvitalis.bandcamp.com and support them by downloading this for whatever value you wish to place on it.

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 Enigmarden by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.62 | 10 ratings

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Enigmarden
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by XPEHOPE3KA

3 stars What's good in ROZ VITALIS is that they keep changing their musical style with each album. Sometimes just a little and sometimes the change is for worse. This album is quite a mix and is more diverse than any of their previous works. Gone are the high spirits of their previous album, the mood here is shamanic, often meditative and mysterious. Instrumentation-wise the bells and harpsichord are replaced by clarinets, recorders and flutes. Not that the sound is much richer in comparison to their previous albums, but it's getting there.

What's unfortunate is that they've returned to composing more or less boring pieces like 'Heartcrying' or 'Humilitas', and by boring I mean dominated by one mood/instrument (woodwinds instead of soundscaping of their previous work) or slow-paced with few events. However lots of compositions have interesting clarinet/keyboards interplays or have typical drive of their fast- paced horror keyboards+programmed drums output.

The highlights include 'Lovechoes' - a really diverse composition with lots of changes and lovely sad keyboards passages, unfortunately the composition is spoiled with some synth keyboard irritating noise in the louder parts. 'Precautionary motive' has wonderful clarinet/keyboards interplay with memorable melodies, but again spoiled with the same noise a little. The title track also gives an extreme sense of everlasting change. What a pity these three highlights alternate with too monotonous compositions between them. The first 5 tracks were quite good to set my expectations high, but then the album flow broke.

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 Das Licht Der Menschen by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.08 | 4 ratings

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Das Licht Der Menschen
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by XPEHOPE3KA

4 stars 'Das Licht der Menschen' sounds quite different from the previous ROZ VITALIS output. The instrumentation is almost the same keyboards and programmed drums, but now there are percussions (bells or something) and they play important role. Other differences include more playful quirky sound reminiscent of Gentle Giant, it's more detailed, no soundscaping dominance detected. Also there are more harpsichord and 'flute' sounds and all in all - more meat to the music.

What's even more interesting is that pacewise it's quite a slow album. Each composition has something like one 'usual' dark fast-paced passage, yet the slower parts are dynamic to maintain my focus, all due to bells and more diverse (organ, harpsichord, flute, etc.) short keyboards parts interleaved with each other. The definite highlight is 'Colore pieno di luce' with a colder mid-paced avant-ish start and gorgeous exciting slow-paced organ 8+ minutes part (starts halfway through) with an epic moving coda. Symphonic masterpiece!

Yet I can't call the whole album a masterpiece as there still are some flow-breaking moments when nothing really happens apart from vocals and quiet bells or soundscapes.

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 The Threesunny Light Power by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
3.09 | 2 ratings

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The Threesunny Light Power
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by XPEHOPE3KA

3 stars Composition 'The Threesunny Light Power' is the first ROZ VITALIS epic which does work for me. Although it's still keyboards with programmed drums there's almost no signs of bore: musical events come and go keeping my focus on the smooth mood changes. Also the music is brighter than anything they did before. The darkest parts are several organ chorale passages.

So, it's 20+ minutes of bright mid-paced and complex enough music. Well, it's good, rarely very good and nowhere near exceptional. Also then comes boring soundscape-only 'Astral mule'. Thanks god there's another good long track to restore the album's impression on me. 'Destroying the paradise of smiles' is a darker (in the vein of their previous albums) mid-paced composition with little to no soundscaping to disturb the flow from whipping up darker robotic mood. Close to be very good.

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 Lazarus by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.67 | 6 ratings

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Lazarus
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by XPEHOPE3KA

3 stars This album is quite similar to their debut work, with all its drawbacks like lack of instrumentation, lasting parts with little to no 'events' in them and the longer tracks still fail to be 'whole' pieces IMO. I keep losing focus when listening to the last 22 min track.

Most of this album can be described as some windy synth layer with 1-2 keyboards parts and drums if you are lucky (they are still programmed but good). The fast-paced parts of 'Nepsis' (first half), 'Light of the ice' (mid), 'Transspace express' (end) are very good, but the real highlight is the second, fast-paced half of 'Leopard hunt' with heavy keyboards and harpsichord interleaved with each other and supported by drums. That's where Roz vitalis shines IMO. Ivan Rozmainskiy also shines with colorful moody keyboard soloing, but unfortunately not on this album.

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 Painsadist by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
3.18 | 2 ratings

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Painsadist
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by XPEHOPE3KA

3 stars This EP is stylistically close enough to the band's 2002 album. It's still mostly cold horror keyboards + programmed drums, but now almost without mellow slowly developing parts, what means "less boring" for me. But the recording quality and drums are slightly worse. "Exodus" is mighty and fast-paced, definitely a highlight, very good candidate to be played live, yet I haven't heard it at concerts. "Painsadist" was played numerous times in concert, here it is slower paced (sounds interesting), no-guitar, and three times longer with experimental synthesizer stuff in the middle a mellow ending, which, should you remember the composition name, should probably sound like a horror child-song.

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 L'Ascensione by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.11 | 7 ratings

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L'Ascensione
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by XPEHOPE3KA

3 stars I've been visiting their concerts for two years already and finally I'm able to listen to their early albums. I prepared for something awful since I knew the drums were programmed here. Well, they do sound programmed, less lively, but they are complex enough and provide enough drive when needed. I can even say that's the best drum programming I heard.

This is mostly a keyboards + drums work. The obvious highlights are the first lengthy part of "Repentance" which has enough might and drive to blow people away just like they can do at concerts, and main keyboard solos in "The unpurified substance of a soul" and "Ascension dream" which reward close attention with colorful mood. But there are some downsides here. Not enough instruments, may and will sound monotonous. The longer tracks, neither impresses me as a whole, probably because neither is "whole" enough. Heavy-to-mellow transitions are abrupt, mellow-to-heavy - can't remember any. Mellow parts sometimes develop with too subtle changes to keep me focused, i.e. the second part of "Repentance".

It would be very interesting to see this rerecorded or played live with their current rockier lineup though.

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