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ROZ VITALIS

RIO/Avant-Prog • Russia


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Founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2001

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 | 17 ratings
L'Ascensione
2002
2.97 | 14 ratings
Lazarus
2003
3.90 | 12 ratings
Das Licht Der Menschen
2004
2.73 | 17 ratings
Enigmarden
2005
3.46 | 21 ratings
Compassionizer
2007
3.67 | 30 ratings
Revelator
2011
3.91 | 40 ratings
Patience Of Hope
2012
3.55 | 17 ratings
Overcoming-Up
2014
3.87 | 77 ratings
Lavoro D'Amore
2015
4.31 | 60 ratings
The Hidden Man Of The Heart
2018

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

4.50 | 6 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
4.04 | 11 ratings
At Last. Live
2017

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

3.86 | 7 ratings
Lazarus Abridged
2009
2.08 | 5 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
3.40 | 21 ratings
Psalm 6
2016

ROZ VITALIS Reviews


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 The Hidden Man Of The Heart by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.31 | 60 ratings

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The Hidden Man Of The Heart
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars So, composer and keyboard player Ivan Rozmainsky is back with the same line-up as last time, except here he has extended his musical travelling even further. The album consists of 14 tracks and lasts 63 minutes. Various keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, flute and trumpet are supplemented by exotic kinds of percussion, mandolin, bass clarinet and even a string quartet! Musically Roz Vitalis are often viewed as being part of the RIO and Avant prog movement, but given that I listen to an incredible amount of RIO these days this now seems quite mainstream to me! At the very heart of the music, as always, is Ivan either providing keyboards or adding the complex simplicity of his piano. With the use of strings and brass on this album, there is an additional depth that may have been missing in the past, but given that I have enjoyed every album of theirs that I have heard I am possibly not really fit to judge too much!

That they are one of the finest progressive bands around at the moment is never in doubt, and each time I play this album I find myself getting totally lost inside its majesty. This album, even more so than their others, takes Ivan much more into the realms of being a modern orchestral composer who knows just want to get from each of the instruments at his disposable,. Creating a seamless piece of music that moves from one movement to the next. I love the way that the violins at the commencement of "Wounded By The Lion and Adder" start in perfect harmony and then lose that togetherness as the song progresses, quite deliberately, before moving into a full string quartet. The unusual combination of memorable/hooking melodies and sophisticated compositional structures with complex system of leitmotivs makes for a very impressive album indeed.

 The Hidden Man Of The Heart by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.31 | 60 ratings

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The Hidden Man Of The Heart
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by ElenaRS

5 stars "Viam supervadet vadens", so I want to say about the new creation of the group, Roz Vitalis. This is a breakthrough, finalized and the qualitative fruit of this team. The team presented by the team today can rightly be assessed as one of the most powerful, full-fledged and conceptual works. Each composition is like a graph of emotions, feelings, complex schemes and patterns of interaction with the surrounding world. The opener of the album "Someone Passed Over" revealing the veil of the future line of sound, gives a hint that atmospheric music awaits you, with meaningful musical transitions from gloomy, exciting to light, unconstrained. A clear construction of different-timbral compositions, replacing each other, does not allow us to go into melancholy, but rather creates a special mood. The use of additional instruments (violin, cello, viola, bass clarinet), which are not included in the basic composition, is not a new phenomenon for the group, but fills the album with fresh components, showing different faces of the material presented. Periodic solo strings, wind and key moments fill a certain niche in certain places of the compositions and carefully accent the listener's attention. In the course of the album, the hand of the master, the art director of the collective, makes itself felt, recalling the corporate style of the group. Well, and where without lyrical key moments? "Passing on the Line", "Disturbed by Jungle" deservedly take their place in the middle of the album. It is noted "Jungle Waltz" a kind of exciting flamenco. This decoration design of the album not only softens the heavy notes, but also embellishes it. Especially the composition "Thou Shalt Tread Upon the Lion and Adder" stands out. A holistic and capacitive product. A mixture of interlacing of musical threads connected at the end into a single tangle. In general, the album showed that the group Roz Vitalis can go beyond its stylistics, try new and develop, reveal its potential. Want to think about the essential, take time to listen to "The Hidden Man of the Heart".
 The Hidden Man Of The Heart by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.31 | 60 ratings

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The Hidden Man Of The Heart
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Naida Regent

5 stars In the cold Spring time I was very sad. I felt blue due to the dominance of musical culture promoted by mass media. I had made decision to listen to new album of the band which is known and loved by me for a long time because of the originality. The album "The Hidden Man of the Heart" is much darker than previous, "Lavoro d'Amore", but in the process of listening to the feeling of depression does not appear. If to take technical sides that this album sounds more professionally than previous ones. If to make comparisons with other artists then it the band "combines in one flacon" early Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and ELP. It also reminds exercises of Robert Fripp and Brian Eno. If to give characteristics of the style then it is progressive-psychedelic-electronic format with elements of German classical music, for example, Wagner. Recommended to listen to for those who want quickly to move from the state of sadness to the state of joy.
 The Hidden Man Of The Heart by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.31 | 60 ratings

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The Hidden Man Of The Heart
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Nikols

5 stars The new album by Roz Vitalis was an important milestone in the history of the band. This is the first album that the band funded through a crowdfunding campaign. From the very beginning, the musicians were aimed to do something special and outstanding. And, in my opinion, they succeeded. Many of the songs were already familiar to me in live performances, which are heard early. And it was nice to finally appreciate these works in the studio.

The first thing I would like to note is that the band finally managed to make a really high-quality recorded album. And this is a great merit of sound engineer Dmitry Chichagov. Records are pleasantly perceived when listening, mixing and mastering at a good level. Nothing cuts the ear, the instruments are clearly discernible, no porridge in the sound.

The next thing I'd like to point out is the integrity of the album. "The Hidden Man of the Heart" is not perceived as a collection of tracks, but as a truly holistic product. This, in my opinion, played a significant role, including participation in the recording of the string Quartet, namely those small musical interludes performed by the Quartet, which seem to be held by a connecting thread throughout the album.

Another advantage of the album "the Hidden Man of the Heart" is that in this work the band, I think, and how I felt, revealed more fully than before, their individuality and originality. If on the previous album "Lavoro d'amore" at me and then as if by themselves floated some correlation and Association with the music of other groups, now such a sensation there, or almost there. You can, of course, strain, and consciously try to find any similarities with other groups, but listening album and not stigmatizing before a such a task, I feel, that in this album group unfolded the most full of the.

And, of course, I would like to praise the musicians for the study of the compositions themselves, for the work on the structural content of the tracks, and for the beautiful melodies and music presented on the album.

New album by Roz Vitalis, I put in my personal list of top 10 Russian prog albums, and of course, it's definitely one of the best works of 2018 under any scenario, no matter how great albums in one year would not come out.

 The Hidden Man Of The Heart by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.31 | 60 ratings

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The Hidden Man Of The Heart
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by mitarai_panda

4 stars Roz Vitalis was a Russian composer and keyboardist who set up a project in 2001, a poetry band. But later became a trio, the lineup expanded, not only the keyboard but also flute, harmonica, violin and clarinet and other instruments. Although it was the pre-pioneer shake and anti-rock, it was also considered to be psychedelic and space rock. It was influenced by LE ORME, GENTLE GIANT, KING CRIMSON, YES, ELP and other bands, but I feel like a moderately similar giant and overall. The king, led by the keyboard, is more like chamber music. Since the release of the album in 2002, the tenth "The Hidden Man of the Heart" has been released this year. The opening was a wonderfully fiddling violin performance. Then he joined the king's heavy dark atmosphere, with the guitar keyboard concerto of some folk music. At the same time, the wind instrument also joined impromptu performance. The opening music structure is rich. However, apparently after a wonderful and smooth start, Roz Vitalis started their pioneering path. Many unexpected arrangements and seemingly random wacky performances came to the fore. However, the turbulent improvisation was a bit of a sense of humour with wind instruments, followed by the elegant performance of flute and violin. Since I loved to think that the band had to lose sight of the beauty when it came to experimentation, it was an eye-catching moment. At this time, their music was still beautiful, and it could be considered as a gentle version of KC. Then the two qualified piano pieces were presented, followed by a flute with a slightly mournful flute. The wind instrument solo I remembered suddenly reminded me to think of after crying. It was extremely explosive but extremely elegant. It can be said that Roz Vitalis has provided enough space for these instruments. Whether it is a keyboard guitar, or a flute, violin, or a variety of characters, they all have their own solo moments. They all play well and create a psychedelic atmosphere. Elegant atmosphere, but at the same time maintain tense and mysterious. This is really one of the best albums released this year! Especially the outstanding performance of the violin and trumpet, so that the album while maintaining avant-garde, but also resistant and meticulous, a solid four and a half! It is worth noting that there are two long songs I think are the best in the vinyl version. Can not help but want to listen to many of their past works, and this should also often listen to it again. It is highly recommended that you can listen to RIOs with less interest because they are more like symphony, psychedelic and classical music.
 The Hidden Man Of The Heart by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.31 | 60 ratings

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The Hidden Man Of The Heart
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by nikitasv777

5 stars The Hidden Man Of The Heart - this is really good instrumental music. This is new conceptually the album is about spiritual-creative constituent of a person in strange dynamics. Lovers of experimental prog (not exclusively RIO) may feel captivated by this album. Instrumentation includes the keyboards, piano, trumpets, guitars, bass, flutes, bass clarinet, drums, mandolin and string Quartet. I love the classical strings, which are featured very prominently in all of The Hidden Man Of The Heart's music. Overall, the album is easy to listen to. This is an excellent release and its biggest quality is the originality. While listening to this music, you have the impression as if it takes you inwards into its own inner space.
 At Last. Live by ROZ VITALIS album cover Live, 2017
4.04 | 11 ratings

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At Last. Live
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars The Russian instrumental Avant-Prog-band Roz Vitalis have released a live album "At Last. Live" that was recorded in Saint- Petersburg in 2016. The dynamic instrumental album features Vladimir Efimov on electric guitar, Alexey Gorshkov on trumpet and acoustic guitar, Ruslan Kirillov on bass guitar, Vladislav Korotkikh on flute and low whistle, Ivan Rozmainsky on keyboards, Vladimir "Energoslon" Semenov-Tyan-Shansky on acoustic and electric guitars, and Philip "Phill" Semenov on drums.

The album includes some new material and also rearranged versions of Mother of All Rain from 'Patience of Hope' 2012, Lavoro d'Amore and Ascension Dream from 'Lavoro d'Amore' 2015. The music is melancholy and pastoral with the flute dominating at times but always overshadowed by virtuoso musicianship.

The band state that the "essential goal of the album is to explore, to expand and to emphasize Beauty." It certainly is replete with beautiful musicianship throughout with a Spiritual atmosphere. This is a melancholy symphonic album with dreamlike organic reflections.

Blurred is a soundscape of tranquillity, and Lavoro d'Amore has masterful piano and heart rendering flute. There is a glorious trumpet solo in The Hidden Man Of The Heart along with a marching drum tempo that augments the sound and an appreciative crowd applaud.

Restore Unto Me The Joy is a flute dominated piece with dreamy melodies. Ascension Dream has rippling flute and piano beauty, then the time signature changes as the drums quicken with more urgency. The trumpet cascades over with a mesmirising grace culminating in a masterful track.

Mother Of All Rain features some wonderful delicate trumpets and melodic guitar picking. This piece is more guitar driven with acoustic sounds maintaining a strong rhythm alongside heavy percussion and cymbal splashes. A heavier sound is generated but still has a consistent emotional vibe and lovely pastoral nuances. Passing Over has acoustic picking and melancholy piano scales, then it breaks into a different time signature, with an infectious keyboard solo. It builds into a strong melodic rhythmic pace and then a passage of improvisational keys and frenetic percussion lead to a soft acoustic layer. This one has the biggest crowd reaction and it completes the concert audio from Lady Club.

Passing Interlude is recorded at Sound Museum as is the next track. This has the best lead guitar solo, sounding a bit like Camel's Andrew Latimer. The warm organic soundscape is delightful. The mood swings from aggressive drums to a symphonic beauty; keyboards and ethereal synth pads. Se Camminiamo Nella Luce (Excerpt) / Thou Shalt Tread Upon The Lion And Adder is a lengthy finale to the album. It opens with tranquil flute solos and a gentle rhythm carried along waves of keyboard strings. It moves into a myriad of moods while always maintaining a lucid flow. In one section the guitars become more distorted and the drums more forceful. The dynamics of the music, the light and shade passages, ignite the overall emotions of the track. The listener is taken on a Spiritual journey that builds into a final outro of melodic grandeur.

Overall this is some of the most beautiful instrumental progressive music I have heard. The crowds sound rather small but the intimacy of the atmosphere works well. The crowd were certainly treated to some very special Roz Vitalis concerts and so will you on listening to "At Last. Live".

 Psalm 6 by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.40 | 21 ratings

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Psalm 6
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Nice EP!

I am not an expert or in-depth-connoisseur of Roz Vitalis' music, but what I like about their sound is that it is in constant change, so you can go from experimental, avant-gard-ish tunes to symphonic moments in a blink, but always with a high quality. This time, in 2016 they released this 33-minute EP entitled "Psalm 6", divided yes, in 6 tracks that create countless atmospheres.

It opens with the title track "Psalm 6", it is actually the longest track here, first a blast of guitars and heavy sounds is spread, but later wonderfully contrasted (or complemented) by the brass section, which makes it a bit weird but awesome. After two minutes, the music vanishes and then a new structure is created; organ, bass and trumpets put a kind of funeral like sound that at the same time takes me to Balkan lands. But later there rare a lot of contrasts, some folkish tender passages made by flute and acoustic guitar. "Trattamento 1" is, on the other hand, the shortest track here. An electronic track with a calm atmosphere that will make you take a deep breath and feel relaxed.

This ambient-like sound continues with "The prophet". First it is relaxed but then somber atmospheres are created to cease the calm, a bit of tension and uncertainty are shared here, using also trumpet as a cool element. A cool example of a Roz Vitalis' experimental track. "Denial of Access" is a strange sound, first it seems to be a gentle track with friendly sounds made by piano and trumpet, and even an accordion, I think, but later some strange sounds (I assume made by keyboards as well) put some tension to the music, picturing some old horror-movies in my mind.

"Passing Over" is a longer track with classical piano and acoustic guitar creating nice atmospheres, later bass, keys and drums enter and a completely new structure is being built, but wait a minute, piano and acoustic guitar return to their original form, but now counting with the help of a wonderful flute. Some minutes lthere is a Goblin-like passage which happens to be one of my favorite moments of the album. Nice track! The last song is "Trattamento 2" which has once again classical piano notes and a soft sound; later some nice keys appear and produce new nuances, but in the end, the sound is very alike the whole track. I have to be honest; I would have loved more trumpets on the album, but in the end, it is a pretty nice and not ordinary release that I am happy to have discovered.

Enjoy it!

 Lavoro D'Amore by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.87 | 77 ratings

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by nikitasv777

5 stars Another amazing album of this band. 4,5 stars really!!! It is avanguard, classical, blues, folk, rock and jazz; it is very good improvisation.

I particularly like ''Every Branch That Beareth Fruit'', ''The Acknowledgement Day'', ''What Are You Thinking About?'', ''Lavoro D'Amore'' and ''Ending''. In total there are eleven tracks on the album.

Rozmainsky's playing is magnificent as usually and the interplay the keyboards with flute, guitars and other instruments is fantastic. The music is made up of melodies in interesting time signature blends.

This album is held to some of the highest standards of all Progressive releases in Russia ( I am sure), and after you give it a listen it's easy to see why.

You have got to hear this.

 Psalm 6 by ROZ VITALIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
3.40 | 21 ratings

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Psalm 6
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by 302

3 stars Actually 3,5.

The best part of the EP is the contrast that is created between instruments especially in songs "Psalm 6" and "Prophet". Musicianship is excellent. I warmly recommend this album to those who like surprises and complexity in the music.

Album reminds me about the book The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) by Joseph Campbell, which tells universal story of the hero's travels.

EP starts with song "Psalm 6" a quite nice and rythmic start with bass and drums, then the trumpets set in. Trumpet seems to play totally different song. Nice contrast. After the start it almost turns to church music with organs. It reminded me what it was to sit in the church and listen psalms. Then the music flows quite melodically with fluit, keyboard and guitars leading the music to the end.

Second song "Trattamento 2" is melodic keyboard driven peace.

Third song "Prophet" starts again with keyboards quite serenely but when bass comes along it starts to feel more threteaning, again contrast between different instruments is quite apparent. And towards end the whole song seems to get quite disturbed. You can easily create a story in your head about the travels of a prophet.

Fourth song "Denial of access". Once more the instruments are playing different songs creating interesting tensions inside the piece.

Fifth song "Passing over". The music gets more light and cheerful here. Keyboards are leading the music forward. I find the bass playing in the background nice.

Sixth song "Trattamento 3" ends the EP. This is again keyboard leaded music.

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