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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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3.15 | 9 ratings
L'Ascensione
2002
2.49 | 8 ratings
Lazarus
2003
4.13 | 7 ratings
Das Licht Der Menschen
2004
2.68 | 12 ratings
Enigmarden
2005
3.51 | 12 ratings
Compassionizer
2007
4.11 | 17 ratings
Revelator
2011
3.84 | 28 ratings
Patience of Hope
2012
3.70 | 9 ratings
Overcoming-Up
2014
3.81 | 43 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

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 | 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
5.00 | 2 ratings
Live 14-11-14
2015

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 Compassionizer by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.51 | 12 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
3.81 | 43 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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3.81 | 43 ratings

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars As other reviewers in Prog Archives, I was asked to listen to this Russian band in their Bandcamp website. In fact, i think that this is the first time that I listen to a Prog Rock band from Russia. As the information says, the band is led by keyboard player Ivan Rozmainsky but the music in this all instrumental album was composed and arranged by the band as a whole. But there are some specific "conception" credits for the creation of each song.

Despite being an all-instrumental music album, it seems that there is a implicit concept described by the title of the album ("Lavoro DŽAmore", that means "Labor of Love" in the English language), being explained by the band (in a few words) as "... a metaphor of a person's spiritual way. It is like a path from superficial knowledge to deepest insight. " They say that their music is difficult to classify under just one musical category. I agree with them. In fact, I listened to the album three times to write a review about it.

Well. I found some musical influences in their very elaborated music. It obviously is very Progressive, but even with some Folk-Rock , Classical Music and Jazz-Rock music influences. The use of the flute brought me memories from JETHRO TULL, PFM and FOCUS. I also found some influences from BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO (particularly from the use of the trumpet in their "Di Terra" album) and in the heaviest parts in the album from KING CRIMSON (from the seventies `s line-ups only, in the last case). But despite all these influences they have their own musical style. One could expect that the keyboards could take a central role in this album. Well. This is true in most parts of the album. But they also give space to other musical instruments like guitars, trumpet and flute, giving some variety to the musical arrangements.

The music in this album is very interesting and varied, with a lot of melodies and rhythm changes. They also used some vintage keyboards, sometimes giving to the album a "seventies" sound. The recording and mixing is very good, and I also like the cover art.

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3.81 | 43 ratings

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars I was also approached by the Russian band to look over their most recent release, truth is that I was not in any way sonically familiar with the group though I recognize the name. The benefit of such a situation is that I have absolutely no preconceived judgment or bias one way or another and therefore I can enter with open mind and open ears. First of all, the cover is quite appealing, a sort of Split Enz-like take on non-obvious weirdness, a dark haired beauty in drab farm clothing in a seemingly wheat laden field , contrasting with azure skies above, a strange anchor in the lower left-hand corner that must convey something odd, but what? This is all instrumental music composed by keyboardist Ivan Rozmainsky, set in a traditional romantic mode with occasional romps into slight dissonance and experimentation, staying away from any prog by number attitudes that may plague instrumental works from time to time. Bassist Ruslan Kirilov likes to be heard and his prosperous rumble is there to behold , well supported by a couple of athletic drummers , while additional soloing is provided by some delectable and dependable flute, somber trumpet phases and finally, some jazz- influenced electric guitar playing by Vladimir Efimov. Just like with the Gourishankar, another talented Russian band that is due for another release we hope, the unknown instrumentalists are first-rate and highly talented. Nothing of epic proportions, most tracks are in the 3 to 6 minute range, save the eighth track that is a tad longer, clocking in at 8 minutes and change. An overt Italian romanticism influence is startling on a couple of pieces that have Italian titles, a rather innocuous nod at fellow romantics that populate the 'boot', with flowing piano leading the charge. 'Il Vento Ritorna' and the title track make this impression quite clear, sounding more RPI than anything else, as the flute takes the center stage and ushers in the delicate breeze that caresses the soul, adding some piano, bass and harpsichord support. The romantic Russian style of melancholic artistry is their most appealing trait and it's in abundance here.

'The Acknowledgement Day' sets the adequate mood from the onset, solid yet brittle, adventurous yet somehow familiar. The pied-piping flute beckons one forward, playfully into some pre-set comfort zone where everything sounds just right but different. Nice guitar phrasings that have a Jukka Tolonen jazzy feel that is most pleasant though not exactly modern. Each track has this rather overt melodic dissonance that is engaging, infusing occasional blasts of trumpet to pack some punch, as well as slick use of the underused harpsichord, an instrument that should be further showcased. The two in question are prominently featured on the delightful 'There Are the Workers of Inequity Fallen' (whatever that means!). There are enough melodies here to keep stubborn classicist like yours truly hooked, lined and sunk. Occasional visits into outright symphonic, careening into dizzying space rock as well as various other forms of edgy progressive , touches of medieval and even jazz (especially the clean 70s styled electric guitar). There are plenty of quirks, twists and turns, occasional harder pieces like 'Need for Someone Else' where the stirring axe riffs really take over the stage, chugging, churning and charming all in one. The space whispered finale is amazing! Seguing nicely into the dark and the murky, the harrowing 'Invisible Animals' seeks out deep space realms, sizzling asteroids nimbly zooming past in synthesized glory and propulsive bass motoring the rhythmic engine. The piano also retains its place of glory, as Ivan Rozmainsky is a truly gifted player, caressing his ivories with infinite taste and style, overtly so on the ornate 'Every Branch That Beareth Fruit', flute following right behind like some obedient disciple. Simple and beautiful.

The highlight piece may just well be the longest track here, the hyper-quirky 'What Are You Thinking About?' which seeks to assemble all these interests into one convenient vessel, the mouthy bass leading the charge with choppy guitars in tow, moody and grandiose , like some MIG fighter doing aerial acrobatics, amid a canopy of symphonic bombast.

Highly original and infusing fresh ideas into a powerful mass is no mean feat and I am mighty impressed. Lot of love went into this work, hence the title!

4 passion crafts

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3.81 | 43 ratings

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars As I write this review i'm listening to the latest from ANEKDOTEN as I drink my Tim Horton's coffee on this beautiful sunny morning. Yeah i'm in a very good mood. This is the latest from Russian band ROZ VITALIS called "Lavoro D'Amore"(Labour Of Love) a 2015 release. Once again Ivan the band's leader gives a very big thanks to THE UNAPPROACHABLE LIGHT. I reviewed an earlier album by this band last weekend called "Patience Of Hope" that I felt was really good, often reminding me of Mike Oldfield. This one is more to my tastes as we get a much more dynamic work that has more of a "Rock" feel to it but it continues in that Eclectic vein with that Avant vibe pretty much non-existent.

"The Acknowledgement Day" is a top three for me. Flute, drums and bass lead the way early on until the flute stops around a minute in as piano, guitar and more replace it. It settles back 2 minutes in with piano leading then it turns fuller. A powerful soundscape before 4 minutes with the guitar lighting it up. Nice. "Lavoro D'Amore" opens with a beautiful guitar melody as other sounds join in including flute and later piano. A gorgeous tune. "Unanticipated" is dark with piano notes and a heavy undercurrent. A horn comes in after a minute. Love the mood here and the trumpet is a nice touch on this one. It turns powerful 4 1/2 minutes in. "Il Vento Ritorna" is a bright and uptempo song with the flute playing over top. Catchy stuff with so much going on. It turns more dynamic at times especially during the second half of this tune. "There Are The Workers Of Iniquity Fallen" is led by harpsichord and trumpet early on then piano and what sounds like vibes standout. The trumpet is back after 2 minutes then the piano leads once again. It changes 3 1/2 minutes in to a bass heavy groove that is so good! I'm reminded of LE ORME here. Fantastic!

"Need For Someone Else" is uptempo with intricate sounds coming and going. It's heavier a minute in and they are just killing it. Some angular guitar too around 3 minutes in. It settles with piano out front 5 minutes in, flute too. "Invisible Animals" is another top three for me. It's FLOYD-like to start as we get this heavy atmospheric soundscape before settling back to a calm 4 minutes in. "Every Branch That Beareth Fruit" opens with piano only as cymbals join in. Low whistle and more arrive 2 minutes in but it's still very laid back. Mellotron-like sounds too then trumpet 3 1/2 minutes in. "Ascension Dream(Peak Version)" starts out with flute and piano as it begins to build some. It picks up 1 1/2 minutes in with trumpet and piano taking turns leading. It's more powerful late. "What Are You Thinking About?" is my final top three and the longest song at 8 1/2 minutes. Atmosphere early on with guitar expressions and drums that come and go. What a great intro! It starts to pick up after 2 minutes then it settles into a groove at 3 minutes. It sounds like electronics that are added before the guitar starts to solo over top before 6 minutes. "Ending" features trumpet a minute in with acoustic guitar and an urgent rhythm. Harpsichord before 2 minutes then keyboards and flute.

For my tastes this is a definite improvement over their earlier albums and this instrumental recording is well worth a solid 4 stars.

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Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by VOTOMS

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Roz Vitalis - Lavoro D'amore

A consistent, solid piece of symphonic and ecletic prog, not so avant-garde, but yes, it can be labeled like that sometimes. Shaking a bonanza hot crazy juice of things as acoustic folk and heavy rockin' passages, this multi-layered intriguing album deserves attention if you're looking for the real word "progressive rock" and how could it be nowadays. Fully instrumental, it carries a King Crimson touch in melodic organization format and sound. Very well worked, many instruments rising full of energy and skill to show up in neverending sequences of creative musical dreamscapes. The keys are the highlight of the album. Oh wait, everything sounds good. In fact, the album was based on keyboard compositions by Ivan Rozmainsky, the man behind Roz Vitalis curtains. The arrangement is pretty clever. Also, there's a trumpet which add a jazz feel sometimes for your listening pleasure. The album is already on their bandcamp, check it out!

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3.84 | 28 ratings

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Patience of Hope
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. ROZ VITALIS are a band out of St. Petersburg, Russia led by keyboardist extraordinaire Ivan Rozmainsky. At this point they are a seven piece band with seven guests helping out. We get instruments like harpsichord, flute, cello, jews harp, accordion, clarinet, trumpet, flugelhorn, sax, metallophone, bassoon and gusli along with the usual instruments. Ivan thanks "The Unapproachable Light" in the liner notes. The music to my ears is in the Eclectic style but maybe they are listed under Avant because of previous releases. Mike Oldfield came to mind several times.

"Patience Of Hope" opens with harpsichord as flute joins in then a full sound before a minute. The tempo picks up then back to that earlier sound as themes are repeated. Guitar before 4 minutes as it changes again although it will continue this way until almost the end where it becomes spacey. An enjoyable and pleasant track. "The Unfading Sun(The Loved Version)" reminds me of "Yellow Hedgerow Dreamscape" to start before the piano and horns dominate. "To Stir Up Your Pure Minds" opens with cello as clarinet and more come in, this continues throughout. "Seeds Fall Among Thorns" opens with what sounds like vibes as flute, drums and more join in. Lots of intricate sounds here in this pleasant sounding piece including percussion bringing to mind Mike Oldfield. A change before 3 minutes as it darkens with horns and marching styled drums. Back to that earlier theme late. "The Forgiven Monday" opens with gentle flute as it builds some with sparse sounds. This is more melancholic than usual for this recording.

"Gorgeous Cliff" features guitar and atmosphere, gorgeous indeed. Piano, bass and flute stand out on "Mother Of All Rain" to start in this mellow beginning. Some laid back guitar joins in then it turns fuller before 3 minutes. I like this one. "Confidence" opens with piano melodies that last for almost 2 minutes then drums and more take over. A change before 4 minutes with some interesting sounds that come and go. "Dove Il Sole E Meraviglia" sounds really good when the tempo picks up before a minute. Again, so many intricate sounds coming and going, strings too. "Touching Upon The Mystery" opens with harpsichord then piano and drums take over. A cool sound 3 1/2 minutes in with keyboards, organ, drums and more leading the way. Percussion only 8 minutes in then it builds quickly with guitar. "The Unfading Sun(The Loving Version)" sounds like Chamber music throughout.

This is really good instrumental music that is very well played and arranged but it just doesn't have the enjoyment factor for me to bring it up to 4 stars. Well worth checking out though.

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3.81 | 43 ratings

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Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars I had never heard the music of this superb Russian band until I was given their latest (9th!) album. And considering the subgenre that's not an encouraging one for me (and into which I wouldn't have placed them, on ground of this album anyway), things could have stayed that way. So, a big thank you!

All music is instrumental, very rich and variable in sound and mood (you'll hear at least some classical and folk nuances, cinematic music and Post-Rock). 'The Acknowledgement Day' is a gorgeous, energetic opener in which distorted electric guitar, flute and sparkling piano steal the attention in turns. It's followed by the mellower and slower title track. Indeed, there's a classic MIKE OLDFIELD vibe, but never up to the point of sounding copycats. Folk and art music flavour blend really decliciously. On the next track the atmosphere is mysterious and tense. The slightly jazzy trumpet makes its first notable appearance. This almost could be ENNIO MORRICONE at his most sinister, music from some obscure Italian crime film. The more lighthearted 'Il Vento Ritorna' features a fresh flute melody echoed by guitar, but the track gets quite unpredictable too.

The next track doesn't seem as inspired as the album in general this far, and the shift into edgier and rougher sound on 'Need For Someone Else' is for me a little disappointing thing. Gladly the track includes also a delicate end section. 'Invisible Animals' - by the way, my association from the bass line is PINK FLOYD's 'Run Like Hell' - pleases me better even though I'm beginning to miss the folk and classical flavour at this point. And straight away my wish is fulfilled: 'Every Branch...' is the most serene piece starring New Agey keyboards and soft flute. This sort of wide range in dynamics/atmosphere on an album is a very good thing when the coherence doesn't yet suffer at all. You really can't blame this band for sounding the same all the time!

Some more PINK FLOYD reminescence comes on the terrific 10th track 'What Are You Thinking About?' which is also the longest at 8:25. The MORRICONE-ish trumpet is starring on 'Ending', and some flute and harpsichord-like sounds add the classical touch. For the most part I'm quite impressed by this unique album - released by an Italian label - and strongly recommend it to even very demanding friends of Eclectic instrumental prog.

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Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars This is the ninth album from this Russian group. Originally formed in 2001 by composer/keyboardist Ivan Rozmainsky as a one-man-band project. Later other members were added and they became a full band. I have heard some of their music before (including an interesting Yes cover) but this new album is generally more rocking than their previous work. Earlier music was very symphonic and chamber rock oriented; those elements are still here but mixed with prog folk and post-rock. All instrumental and not very derivative of anyone in particular.

"The Acknowledgement Day" opens the album on an upbeat and pleasant folk-rock note. Eventually it gets both more rocking and more classical sounding. The title track is generally folky and classical sounding with no drums and only some soloing on electric guitar towards the end. "Unanticipated" in contrast to the previous track has some jazzy trumpet soloing over a moody foundation. Halfway becomes more uplifting with some classical piano. Gets more menacing sounding with the distorted bass at the end.

"Il Vento Ritorna" has a great flute melody which is sometimes repeated on guitar. An upbeat track for the most part which is equal parts folk, jazz and classical yet all in a 'rock' context. By the time we get to "Need For Someone Else" the album seems to have switched gears. Before the music was mostly in classical/folk/jazz mode...now it's firmly in rock territory. I love the mix of wah-wah guitar and flute which opens this track. Very proggy organ playing later on. Organ and distorted guitar dominate but things mellow down a bit with some piano, flute and delayed guitar.

"Invisible Animals" opens with spacey synths and a delayed bass part which reminds me of the band Maserati. There is a certain compression or reverb which is added to the drums which makes them stand out (they are also played in an interesting way). A synth starts soloing and it just keeps going. "What Are You Thinking About?" starts with slow build up for two minutes before it goes into more delayed guitar playing that reminds me of Maserati. This is certainly the most 'post-rock' sounding track on the album. Later on what sounds like an electric violin. Later still a synth solo.

The appropriately named "Ending" features a trumpet soloing over a folky foundation before everything gets more classical sounding. The trumpet returns. This is a great album from 2015. A nice mix of Symph Prog and Avant-Prog with some Prog Folk and Post Rock touches. Should appeal to many who enjoy the more instrumental forms of prog (specifically chamber prog and symph prog). Highly recommended. 4 stars.

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by presdoug

4 stars It is always fun to discover something completely new, as is the Russian group ROZ VITALIS for me. I was approached recently to review their new album "Lavoro D'Amore", released in March of 2015. ROZ VITALIS was created by Composer/Keyboardist Ivan Rozmainsky in 2001, and there have been several lineup changes over the years. According to the PA bio on the band, they have a whole plethora of influences, from LE ORME and GENTLE GIANT, to KING CRIMSON, ELP, and TRIUMVIRAT, among others. I have broken down my review of Lavoro D'Amore into a track by track analysis.

The Acknowledgement Day-From this beginning composition, right away, I was impressed with the group's very lyrical approach to songwriting and playing, and the resultant broad and expansive approach with their instrumentation-there is power on this track, but the instruments playing are given "room to breathe", which makes things quite nice and accessible.

Lavoro D'Amore-This, the title track, starts with some quite lovely guitar work, and the same can be said for the keys and flute arriving on the scene. Again, this very lyrical playing is a real winning aspect of things, and this is definitely music that I feel I'd love to return to!

Unanticipated- Starting off with some eloquent keys, a chugging bass guitar and drums beat, and some quite effective, atmospheric trumpet sections, this is music that is going places, and immediately draws the listener into it's journey.A very interesting approach on this number; I've never heard anything quite like it, really. Quite refreshing in it's overall effect.

Il Vento Ritorna-An almost PFM like intro highlighted by some absolutely astounding flute playing, then interplay with organ, guitar, bass and drums; this is one of the most complex tracks on Lavoro D'Amore; things are somewhat scattered, instrumentally, but ROS VITALIS never lose track of the "musical thread". Impressive.

There Are The Workers Of Iniquity Fallen-This track kind of reminds me of early 70s Banco (Darwin!, specifically), and it transports the listener into a wonderful sound world, highlighted by the keys playing to great effect, with some chimes. When the drums and bass kick in, you know you are really going places!

Need For Someone Else-The beginning of this track is more modern sounding, and is definitely one of the album's most charging and driven areas. Instrumentally, things are all over the place, but, again, the band have a knack for "reigning things in" just a bit so as not to lose focus. Near the end, though, things slow down, sounding like the soundtrack to a movie of some sort, then fading away at the end.

Invisible Animals- Some great bass runs open things, and both bass and drums get quite adventuresome. Things are tempered, somewhat, by the atmospheric synths in the background. Then, the drums and bass disappear, and the sound becomes more intimate. This kind of brings to mind LE ORME at times.

Every Branch That Beareth Fruit-What a beautiful piano intro, this song is breathtaking in an almost TRIUMVIRAT sort of way! As things gently move on, this track kind of depicts, for me, childhood, and all it's wonder and innocence. Deeply moving.

Ascension Dream (Peak Version)-What a nice piano and flute interplay, at the beginning.Dreamlike, and then the drums, bass, and some trumpet kick in, making for some real "travelling music".

What Are You Thinking About?- Guitar and drums are pretty much to the fore at the beginning of things, building up like a crescendo, then things move on a more even plane with keys, bass and drums all making their presence felt. I think I would prefer a bit less guitar and the keys more up front, on this number. Still, though, quite engaging music.

Ending-Some tight drumming, and beautiful guitar and keys and also trumpet bidding us an instrumental "farewell". Kind of one of those songs you don't want to end, but you know it will.

I give this album a solid 4 stars.

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