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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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ROZ VITALIS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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
4.03 | 12 ratings
Revelator
2011
4.00 | 14 ratings
Patience of Hope
2012

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

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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live 2013-08-31 + Bonus
2014

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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
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

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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 Patience of Hope by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 14 ratings

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Patience of Hope
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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

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

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 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 apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Roz Vitalis is the creative vehicle of Russian composer Ivan Rozmainsky, hailing from Saint Petersburg.He named his project after the latin express Ros Vitalis (''Living dew''), intentionally remaking it to Roz Vitalis after his surname.The project started in 2001 with the first few demos being one-man attempts, before a first CDR appears under the title ''L'ascensione'' in 2002.Here Rozmainsky collaborates with female keyboardist Nadezhda Regentova, male keyboardist Vladimir Polyakov with Vassily Raskov and Ekaterina Sophronova helping with vocal parts in a couple of tracks.

While compositionally the album shows a potential and a mood for creating innovative and challenging music, the recording process and quality prevent the listener from actually enjoying it.''L'ascensione'' is entirely built on keyboards, pianos and synthesizers, having evident Classical Music, Avant-Garde and Soundtrack influences, that produce a cinematic, haunting and impressive atmosphere, filled with dissonance and grandieur.However the drum programming and sound effects really sound childish and annoying, like created by a computer of the lowest technology.The abscence of any kind of melody does not help either, but on the other hand the music remains constantly atmospheric all the way with marching symphonic moments followed by minimalistic soundscapes.The vocals fit well with the album's atmosphere, delivered in a very dark way, either in wordless or simply singing parts.Still the length of the album combined with the lack of musical diversity make the listening one-dimensional and, as a result, quite monotonous.

''L'ascensione'' shouldn't be regarded as a great first step into the music bussiness for Roz Vitalis due to the low quality of the recording and the less than flexible style.Consider it as a work by an artist with potential and maybe you have a shot to enjoy it, especially if you are really into dark, Horror-like music.

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2.62 | 10 ratings

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Enigmarden
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars In 2005 Ivan Rozmainsky decided to expand the Roz Vitalis line-up heading for a fresh album.He recruited female wind-instrumentalist/composer Klara Metelkova and clarinet player Yuri Verba and, along with keyboardists Nadezhda Regentova and Vladimir Polyakov, he had now a more flexible core to work with.The same year Roz Vitalis released their 4th full-length CD-R ''Enigmarden''.

The album is another hard-to-get-into listening experience through the composing skills of Rozmainsky and his multiple influences.The base remains an organ-driven Classical Music with a monster symphonic sound and plenty of synthesizer moves to make it even more grandiose and almost frightening.This is blended with a fair amount of Ethnic sounds through the use of flutes and clarinets, thus creating a very dark and haunting sound close to Soundtrack Music.Imagine a mix of a more bombastic GOBLIN sound with the archaic stylings of OUGENWEIDE and you'll propably get the picture.The music suddenly shifts from pompous and nervous organ movements to soft and elegant flute and clarinet parts and the album at moments succesfully reaches the aesthetics of a normal orchestra.On the other hand though this whole project becomes too excessive, too cinematic and almost painful along the way, with little diversity to offer, while its running time is too long to easily get through it.

To rate ''Enigmarden'' is very hard.I get a feeling though that a live performance of this kind of music has a lot more chances to be appreciated than simply some spins of a CD-R at home.Recommended only to fans of Classical/Avant-Prog with strong Ethnic orientations.

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