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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)

3.10 | 12 ratings
L'Ascensione
2002
2.97 | 10 ratings
Lazarus
2003
4.03 | 9 ratings
Das Licht Der Menschen
2004
2.75 | 13 ratings
Enigmarden
2005
3.61 | 16 ratings
Compassionizer
2007
3.90 | 21 ratings
Revelator
2011
3.95 | 32 ratings
Patience of Hope
2012
3.42 | 11 ratings
Overcoming-Up
2014
3.83 | 68 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
4.12 | 6 ratings
Live At Mezzo Forte, Moscow, September'09
2009
5.00 | 2 ratings
Live 2013-08-31 + Bonus
2014
4.00 | 5 ratings
Live in Kirishi
2016

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

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

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Excerpts from Early Demo Recordings 2001
2001
3.18 | 2 ratings
Painsadist
2003
3.09 | 2 ratings
The Threesunny Light Power
2004
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live At ESG-21, February 13th 2010
2010
5.00 | 2 ratings
Beyond the Limits of Spring. Live at Kitayskiy Letchik Jao Da, May 10th 2011
2011
5.00 | 2 ratings
Live Summer 2012
2012
4.09 | 3 ratings
Live At Saint Peter Prog Fest #5
2013
4.00 | 3 ratings
Live 14-11-14
2015
3.26 | 12 ratings
Psalm 6
2016

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

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The Selected Of Enigmarden
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

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

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

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

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

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Live in Kirishi
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

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

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

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

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

 Psalm 6 by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.26 | 12 ratings

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Psalm 6
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

3 stars "Psalm 6" is the latest release by Russian outfit Roz Vitalis, and is the first entry of their long and illustrious career to grace my ears. I've gotta say, I'm very impressed by what these guys have done.

Don't be dismayed by the RIO/Avant tag on this release; this music doesn't sound like a set of drums being thrown down a flight of stairs at all! Rather, Roz Vitalis manages to create 30+ minutes of gorgeous, melodic instrumental prog, all of which is very accessible. The title track kicks off all-guns-a-blazin', with heavily distorted guitars and brass exchanging frantic, pounding rhythmic lines. After a hectic start, though, the chaos falls to silence and the EP's most memorable passage takes hold. Roz Vitalis takes their time to allow splendid wind, piano and guitar melodies to take the listener away, off to nostalgic summer pastures. Very beautiful and uplifting stuff these guys do, and it grows gradually to an intense, dynamic finish. Not too bad for an intro!

The rest of the EP follows with a tad more mellow approach. That isn't to say that it gets sterile or complacent, of course, not in the slightest. Each track that follows is still rich in textures, with hints of drama here and there, albeit often presented quite subtly. There's no doubt that Rozmainsky is a fantastic composer, and has a real knack for creating serene, relatable sorts of moods. The folk-ier sounding sections of "Passing Over" in particular sound almost like the sonic equivalent of a lazy summer afternoon.

I'm always overjoyed to hear artists that can manage to produce positive, uplifting music without sounding trite, and Roz Vitalis does a great job at that on "Psalm 6". Having said that, the music here just doesn't seem to demand enough "permanence", so to speak. Indeed, this EP is in fact just a teaser for an upcoming studio album, which I have no doubt will be fantastic if this is any indication of the standard of quality. Of course, I can't get over the sort of temporary quality that the EP presents; the first few plays are fantastic but there just isn't enough going on to warrant a lifetime of enjoyment. So maybe "Psalm 6" isn't an essential piece of prog to be remembered decades from now, but I still recommend giving it a try in the meantime. On the higher end of 3 stars!

 Psalm 6 by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.26 | 12 ratings

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Psalm 6
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars As with almost all releases by the St Petersburg, Russian act ROZ VITALIS, their newest release (in the form of an EP that is both an appetizer as well as a teaser for their upcoming album), this too is a concept album and deals with the human condition and how spiritual growth emerges from periods of extreme stress and upheaval. I say a sneak peak because both the title track and "Passing Over" will be re-released with new arrangements and additional layers of sound, so this EP can't be viewed in the light of an official full length release but basically serves as what EPs traditionally have been in the past.

The first and most apparent aspect of this release unlike any other release of their discography is that this immediately begins the title track with a bombastic guitar staccato assault that gradually weaves in additional instrumentation such as trumpets and additional guitars. My other first impression is that it's a tad more accessible, even commercial sounding compared to their previous angular rhythmic escapades down prog alley. This one sounds like it's well on its way to jumping into full prog metal but then after a couple of minutes it takes a 180 and transmogrifies into a super mellow almost folky approach that seems utterly divorced from the initial turbulence thus evolving into a folky space rock sort of melody that is highly accessible which is quite the change from previous offerings that always excelled in super progified doses of Rock In Opposition meets avant-prog.

"Trattamento 1" follows suit and becomes a very melodic space rock type of tune that continues the accessibility factor. It's almost as if the band has created an advertising campaign that is intended to entice new followers into the club. The magic in this one isn't in it's proggier-than-thou approach but rather in the tones and timbres that alternate along with some nice keyboard workouts within the context of the melody. As "The Prophet" slowly chimes in with its mellow keyboard parts, it's obvious that ROZ VITALIS is going for a much more subdued and easily listening (by prog standards) approach. After a career of frenetic prog workouts, PSALM 6 delivers a relaxed parade of melodies that are easily digested yet quite complex in how the instrumentation weaves in and out of timbres and musical textures tin their creation. It sounds a little too tame upon first listen but becomes more interesting as the listener focuses on the intricacies.

"Denial Of Access" delivers more of an expected melodic vs. complex approach that reminds me of past endeavors with different key parts sliding up, over and across each other like a pit of writhing snakes never knowing which slender serpentine torso is which. An amazing leapfrogging of key parts where one passes the torch to the next without fading out of the picture. "Passing Over" only continues all of these aspects but with some unexpected time sig changes but generally keeps it mild and mellow and never ruffles any feathers. This one might be a little long for what it offers but at least it's a pleasant ride. "Trattmento 2" ends the album with a predominantly keyboard only type of trade off of sounds.

This is definitely the most accessible release by ROZ VITALIS and if anyone needs to be coaxed into the club then this one will surely create an easy passageway into their more complex releases but personally i prefer the more sophisticated and daring releases. Despite that fact, i have to admit that these are extremely pleasant and melodious concoctions that take the same approach as Pink Floyd or Porcupine Tree in that there is a very definite approachability to the music but the complexity comes in through the subtleties of the production and arrangements and on those grounds this delivers quite well. I do indeed hope that PSALM 6 becomes the gateway drug for some into the deeper ROZ VITALIS universe because this is a band of extraordinary talent and originality that never simply repeats the same exact ideas on any particular release. This may be less prog oriented and more crossover but still quite the spectacular little EP of music but it is not quite the best the band has to offer. It's a nice little interlude between albums and all but i'm finding it a bit too tame and subdued for my tastes. Prog light is fine and dandy but i'd rather listen to pop if it's not prog with a little gusto :)

3.5 rounded down

 Psalm 6 by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.26 | 12 ratings

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Psalm 6
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars ROZ VITALIS from St. Petersburg is an instrumental prog act led by composer and keyboardist Ivan Rozmainsky. I had the pleasure of getting and reviewing their latest album Lavoro d'Amore (2015), which I considered to be one of my favourite prog releases of that year. Now I was asked to review this 33-minute EP. It's said to be a sort of a preview of the upcoming full-length album. Sadly so, from my point of view. I could accept the shortness per se, but I don't like the idea of dealing with something that will lose some its value of usage when the finished product comes along. I try to take this music as it is, though.

The lengthy opening title track starts with rather metallic rock attitude and a heavy guitar riff that goes on for two minutes. Trumpets nevertheless make it clear that there's more to it. And indeed, the track continues beautifully as a flute-centred, melodic instrumental prog in a retroish manner. Electric guitar solo is lovely too, but the odd, distorted sound after that (a metallophone?) feels unnecessary to me. Synth-oriented 'Trattamento 1' starts with a New Agey atmosphere, but again the arrangement and mood go through some changes midway. This band never fails to be bravely progressive and find new sonic paths, while always offering familiar enough elements for an advanced prog-listener to feel comfortable.

'The Prophet' contains a lot of emotional contradictions represented by delicate piano, dystopically low bass playing and mysterious trumpet wailings, not forgetting the organ that makes me think of the Italian classic band GOBLIN. 'Denial of Access' is my least fave track here, it feels like a little odd excercise. 'Passing Over' returns to the more emotional, retro instrumental-prog approach, and the EP closes with a piano-oriented, melancholic 'Trattamento 2'.

This music is highly intelligent and full of surprises without losing emotional aspects either. There's no doubt that Roz Vitalis is among the finest prog acts in Eastern Europe today. But the nature of this release makes me stick with three stars only.

 Psalm 6 by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.26 | 12 ratings

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Psalm 6
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Igorex

3 stars Another one good piece of news came from Russian prog band called Roz Vitalis some weeks ago: new EP Psalm 6 had been released 11th september of 2016. It's always interesting to hear new Roz Vitalis works for me because they bring something new every time. This release isn't an exception. This isn't a full-lenght album, just 33 minutes of music, but at least two tracks of it will be included [with some changes] in following LP. To tell the truth, I'm awaiting the result of this Roz Vitalis composing iteration (they played some material and posted live recordings here and there in the web) to see if they can exceed the peak they reached in previous Lavoro d'Amore album which is quite good record in all aspects, technically and structurally, and, as I think is the most interesting and complete work of the band at the time.

But, ok... Let's turn on our stereo system and listen to the recent EP. The first track entitled Psalm 6 is very strong progressive-rock composition with precisely elaborated structure (which definitly interprets christian text musically), good melodies and not typical for Roz Vitalis beginning of the track. Excellent solos are passing through the track also. Wonderful piece of music! It needs to mention The Prophet and Denial of Access which continues The Prophet and uses its musical theme: two tracks are in close conceptual relationship. The first one is based on national russian poet and writer A. Pushkin's poem called "The Prophet", and the second one is the band's musical interpretation of possible continuation of the first. The idea will be clear if you read the poem. But in my opinion those tracks in triade leaded by first Trattamento make the rest of the record sooo sleepy. (Need to say "Denial of Access" passed me away when I listened to the album at first time... because of zzzzzz... so soon after I decided to play the "Prophet and Denial" pair again but separately from other tracks. Excellent! These two tracks are actually that "something new" I wrote earlier about!) At least this slow triade will be followed with strong dynamic piece to wake the listener up, but it seems "Passing Over" with its perfect begin and end parts can not take this role in EP because of unattractive and primitive (not minimalistic, but primitive!) part from 1:55 to 3:22 which can not resolve the sleepy tension of previous triplet. And... I wanted to change/improve something there in that part when listened to it. Maybe it needs to oversound that noizy few-chorded organ sound with anything else which is more interesting technically?

I also advisely don't like to compare band's music with music of any other well-known bands because of Roz Vitalis own style which can be heard stronger and stronger in time through various musical styles of band's albums. I realized this when was listening to Lavoro d'Amore again and again, and Psalm 6 EP actually confirms my previous statement. So it is certanly very good as preview EP, and, of course, I'm looking forward to hear band's forthcoming full-length album.

 Psalm 6 by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.26 | 12 ratings

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Psalm 6
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

3 stars This is the latest release from this Russian group, a half-hour EP that is somewhat of a preview of their next full-length album. All instrumental as the music of Roz Vitalis usually is, this continues with their symph prog-meets-avant-prog sound (with a little bit of jazziness thrown in). One interesting thing I noticed was how the music sometimes stops and then starts again with completely different music; if you were not paying attention you would think a new track started. The title track starts off with rocking symphonic prog. Nice riff on guitar/bass/drums which gets overlaid with overdubbed trumpets which sound great. What follows is some mellower moods featuring passages for organ, flute, acoustic guitar and piano. Later on some nice electric guitar soloing; I like the changing rhythm during this part. At the end is a weird sounding organ(?) solo, the flow of the other instruments compliments this solo. One brief reprise of the opening riff to end it.

There are two keyboard-based tracks entitled "Trattamento" - the first begins with a minute of symphonic synths. Another section is more electric piano oriented. The second part is a longer version of the first part which ends the EP. Here the two sections are reversed. "The Prophet" almost sounds like classic 1970s Klaus Schulze at the beginning. Later some nice echoed bass, churchy organ and jazzy trumpet. "Denial Of Access" is modern classical. There is a synth part here which sounds like a really warped Mellotron. "Passing Over" is probably the highlight and is one of the tracks planned to be reworked for the next full-length album. It opens with a nice mix of piano, acoustic guitar and cymbals. The drumming is rather jazzy compared to the other pieces on the EP.

Good melodies on different instruments throughout the piece, some of them reprised. At one point there is a great part with phased organ. Briefly goes into a more free-form section in the middle. Really like the acoustic guitar and drumming towards the end. Keyboardist and leader Ivan Rozmainsky creates some wonderful melodies in the music of Roz Vitalis. They are not too avant to scare some people away but at the same time not sugary sweet and safe. Interesting group. I will give this a 3.5 rounded down to 3 stars. Can't wait to hear what the new album sounds like.

 Lavoro D'Amore by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.83 | 68 ratings

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Russian band ROZ VITALIS started out as the creative outlet of composer and musician Ivan Rozmainsky in 2001, and then developed into a proper band recording a fair amount of studio albums, as well as being an active live band at home as well as abroad. Nine studio albums in total have been released by Roz Vitalis so far. "Lavoro D'Amore", the most recent of those, was released through the Italian label Lizard Records in 2015.

Roz Vitalis continues to be a striking, creative and innovative band. On this occasion perhaps not always as successful as on previous productions, this obviously being a case of personal taste more than anything else, but while not always managing to hit the sweet spots for my personal taste in music, what they do is never uninteresting or without worth. All in all, this is an album to seek out for those who prefer their progressive rock to be eclectic, adventurous, unusual and purely instrumental.

 Overcoming-Up by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.42 | 11 ratings

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Overcoming-Up
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars OVERCOMING-UP is not only a strange but positive title from the St Petersburg, Russia based ROZ VITALIS led by keyboardist Ivan Rozmainsky but is a also an anomaly in how it was released. Although this album officially came out in 2014 it was actually recorded from 2007-08 and musically fits somewhere between "Compassionizer" (2007) and "Revelator" (2011). This was a decision by Mellow Records which remains a mystery but nevertheless is placed in the history books, so who knows what strange strategies lurk in the minds of those who make these decisions. The title and mood of the album is very much about OVERCOMING, unifying and forgiving. Thus a sort of cleansing of the soul, purification and the like to create a more balanced psyche. It was designed to run the gamut of emotional responses to the trials and tribulations of life and once again features a plethora of keyboards but with this one many more experiments with them. It also features Vladislav Korotkikh debuting on the flute as well as Vladimir Semenov-Tyan- Shansky debuting on the bass but later picking up the guitar.

Right off the bat on the first title track, this release sounds more accessible and less avant-garde than previous albums but that's not to say not progressive. The bass starts off almost sort of funky and a straight forward melody gently nudges the listener to join the party. As the track continues though it does indeed start becoming jittery and firing off proggy time signatures galore with instruments starting to whiz around each other and recalcitrantly doing their own thing before finally coming together again towards the end. The same is true of the next couple of tracks that offer a more accessible and less progified approach than many ROZ VITALIS albums.

Despite ticking off the prog check list i don't think this album comes alive until track four "Serene Light" which finally turns the heat up in all departments. The melodic developments become stronger as does the song structure as a whole. The variation of keyboard sounds is unusual for the band as there are many different parades of keyboard tones and timbres bouncing off each other but it's all somehow laid out in a logical way that allows everybody to have a chance to shine for a while! However, even this track seems like a warm up for my absolute favorite track on the album "Thorns Of Forgiving" which obviously delves into the Christ complex of suffering through forgiveness and the like.

"Thorns Of Forgiving" really unleashes the full prog potential of Rozmainsky's virtuosic prowess. This track reminds of a much more caffeinated Happy The Man with a frenetic key riff opening up and then all hell breaking loose with a slow melodic bass register keyboard line keeping the melody while other keyboard riffs with different tones, timbres and timings offering a bizarre tapestry of realities. The track meanders into different moods while keeping a melodic underpinning to the whole thing. This one is progressive as hell with Bach inspired Baroque classical sounds as well as classic 70s prog outbursts. One of my favorite ROZ VITALIS tracks ever actually.

The other great track on this album is the 20 minute and 54 second prog workout "Claws Of Winter (Blizzard Paths)" which also somehow maintains a rather catchy and uncomplicated melodic flow despite all the detours into prog territory throughout its run. It starts out logically creating a melodic keyboard run but adds all kinds of percussive accompaniments, a trait that i love most about this band and how they somehow incorporate the percussion itself into the melodies. Once again i'm getting a Happy The Man type of vibe from this one but only in the main keyboard riff. Otherwise this is truly the ROZ VITALIS show with all kinds of overlapping instrumental parts that create a vast array of musical textures that flow like separate streams over each other and occasional make a rendezvous to create a cohesive whole but even when at odds are somehow connected despite the tension. This one has the most guitar parts on the album and really the only track that could rightfully be called rock music.

The final track is another decent but not outstanding track with a return to a sort of funk bass and proggy parade of keyboard parts. Unfortunately this album doesn't blow me away frankly. Unlike the majority of ROZ VITALIS albums that flow well from beginning to end, this one only heats up on track four and then has two excellent tracks which do constitute roughly one half of the album and then the remainder just seems a little underwhelming. Granted there is nothing bad on here and everything is perfectly listenable but at the end of the day i've heard too many other great albums by this band that i would much prefer to this one however the two tracks that i really like on here are excellent. This one just seems less cohesive and more like a collection of random tracks thrown together however this is the ROZ VITALIS album that features more variation in keyboard sounds than any other, so others may very well be more impressed with this than i. The title focuses on more positive emotions than other darker albums and it simply reminds me to always look at the bright side of life (Followed by Monty Python whistling! LOL)

 Psalm 6 by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.26 | 12 ratings

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Psalm 6
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is a new release from ROZ VITALIS, a band from Saint- Petersburg, Russia. The band really sounds centered more in the keyboards playing of Ivan Rozmainsky, so I think that it is mainly his musical project. Anyway, the credits for the musical compositions and arrangements are divided among some of the contributors of this E.P.-album for most of the songs.

In their bandcamp web page this E.P. album is described as "the concept EP-album about spiritual quest and emotional upheaval of human being in a situation of strong stress. The title track and "Passing Over" are designed to be in the forthcoming studio full-length album with some adjustments. "The Prophet" is the soundtrack to the very famous opus by poet A. S. Pushkin. This album is "a wholesale artistic statement" rather than "a bunch of songs". 33 minutes of sinking into the spiritual world of human being seeking truth in the times of trouble".

After this description, I really was expecting a very "stressed", "strained" and maybe "very dark" E.P.- album, but fortunately for me this was not the case.

A song by song description from me:

"Psalm 6": a song which starts with distorted guitars, bass and drums, playing a riff in unison, plus some trumpets which play a different melody. It later changes to a quiet part with organ, trumpet and flute melodies, accompanied by some drums, bass, piano and acoustic guitar. Later, there are an electric guitar part and a keyboard solo. Apparently this song also should have included some vocals, because in their bandcamp web page there is a link for some lyrics ("Psalm 6"), which are not sung in the recording. The band plays at the end the same heavy riff that started the song.

"Trattamento 1": a song only played with atmospheric keyboards parts and an electric piano (which sounds like a Fender Rhodes). It has a bit of a New Age music influences.

"The Prophet": another song with atmospheric keyboards, a bit of bass and electric guitar, and a trumpet solo. It sounds to me a bit "reflective" in musical content. Apparently, this song also should have included vocals, because there is another link in their bandcamp web page for them (a poem by Pushkin).

"Denial of Access": it starts with a bit of piano and backing keyboards. A song only played with keyboards with a bit of "musical tension" in some parts.

"Passing Over": it starts with piano and acoustic guitar. It also includes drums, bass, flute and trumpet in other parts of the song.

"Trattamento 2": similar in musical content to "Trattamento 1" but with a different arrangement. Also with atmospheric keyboards, it also includes flute. It ends with a gong and "reflective" keyboards.

This is a very melodic album, full of keyboards parts . An E.P. which sounds to me very introspective in musical content. It maybe sounds to me with some influences from BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO with the use of the trumpet and some arrangements, and also from some New Age music and Classical music influences (with the use of some Church Organ keyboard sounds parts), plus a bit of influences from Jazz-Rock music too. As a whole, it gives to the listener some very good "introspective"and relaxing moments, and the music also shows hope and strength despite having stress in life.

I also think that this E.P. - album sounds very well to me in recording and mixing. But maybe it also sounds a bit more like a "preview" from their next album. It also does not have many instrumentation, and it sounds very well to me anyway.

Thanks to felonafan for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

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