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LOST WORLD BAND

Crossover Prog • Russia


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The way they play classical rock is unlike anyone else, and some of it is outstanding. LOST WORLD was formed by 3 conservatory-trained students in 1990, but their debut album, "Trajectories", was only released in 2003 by Boheme Music. The trio ( Vassily Soloviev- flute, vocal, guitar; Andy Didorenko - acoustic and electric violin, guitar, bass guitar ; Alexander Akimov - keyboards, programming, sound engineering ) wrote short yet complex and skillfully arranged (featuring flute, violins, acoustic guitar) songs and instrumental tracks.


Their second album, the completely instrumental "Awakening of the Elements", was released in 2006 by MUSEA. This is classical progressive rock of the highest order, with flute and violin featured prominently. Probably because they are Russian, they sound unlike any of the other prog bands with heavy classical influences, so ther music sounds quite original. These guys can definitely play and write great music.


LOST WORLD cover a variety of styles, with moods ranging from dark and frenetic to gentle, romantic and pastoral. Because the pieces are generally of modest length, it never gets boring. Soft soundscapes change into riffy moments, violin interplays with flute, complex signatures and shifting moods abound. Very good for those who about to be introduced to Russian Prog!



Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
LOST WORLD are another excellent example of the modern Russian prog scene, which deserves much more visibility on an international level.

Although the band were originally known as LOST WORLD, they changed their name to LOST WORLD BAND in 2009. In 2011, after the initial 'SOLAR POWER' sessions broke down, the new drummer Konstantin SHTIRLITZ (ex-INFRONT) first appeared as a drummer for the band. Alex AKIMOV moved to the producer's chair, and Andy DIDORENKO became the sole writer of music and lyrics, with Vassili SOLOVIEV providing the flute part. In this formation, the band recorded 'SOLAR POWER' (2013) and 'OF THINGS AND BEINGS' (2016), as well as the revision of 'AWAKENING OF THE ELEMENTS' (2015). Along with strong instrumental sympho-prog material, the new albums feature songs with Andy on vocals. 

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3.22 | 22 ratings
Trajectories
2003
3.79 | 34 ratings
Awakening of the Elements
2006
4.04 | 27 ratings
Sound Source
2009
3.92 | 56 ratings
Solar Power
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
Awakening of the Elements - Revisited
2014
4.36 | 28 ratings
Of Things And Beings
2016

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4.81 | 13 ratings
In Concert
2009

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 Awakening of the Elements - Revisited by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2014
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Awakening of the Elements - Revisited
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

— First review of this album —
5 stars

Back in 1990, three friends at music college formed a band, calling themselves Lost World. It took until 2003 for the debut album to be released, 'Trajectories', and after 'Awakening of the Elements' in 2006 the guys made a slight change to the name, and added 'Band'. Although there had been some slight changes over the years, the original three, Vassili Soloviev (flute), Andy Didorenko (acoustic and electric guitars, bass, acoustic and electric violins) and Alexander Akimov (keyboards, percussion, programming, sound design) are still there (and indeed all played on the most recent album, 2016's 'Of Things and Beings'). But 2011 saw the guys working with a new drummer, Konstantin Shtirlitz, and Andy's thoughts started to turn back to their second album, and wondered what it would sound like if they re-recorded the drums, added violins and then remixed it.

Well, it came out so well that they released it. I don't think I ever heard the original Musea CD, but I am so glad that Andy thought that I might like to hear this version! Russia has produced some amazing progressive rock bands, and Lost World Band have been a strong favourite of mine since I was sent the debut all those years ago (and looking among my racks I see I still have it). Influenced by the likes of King Crimson and UK, they can easily switch lead instruments from electric guitar to violin or flute, and given that they met at music college it is of course no surprise at all that they are all masters of their instruments. But, it is the arrangements and interplay that makes this album such a delight to listen to. There is a confidence and maturity that is pervasive, and Konstantin knows exactly what to add to provide emphasis and contrast to the melody. It can't have been an easy task taking on the role he was asked for, but the result is something that is complete, fresh, and totally enjoyable from beginning to end.

They can be bright and energetic, or laid back and thoughtful, while the opening title cut comes across as a mix of Kansas and Jethro Tull, with some more rocky guitar and a delightful Seventies feel as well as leads from both flute and violin. This is a great album, that flows and moves, so much so that the listener is never really sure where they are going to end up, but it doesn't matter as the journey is always so interesting. If you've never investigated Russian progressive rock then you should, and Lost World Band and this album are a great place to sta

 Of Things And Beings by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.36 | 28 ratings

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Of Things And Beings
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

5 stars A band that has always had a gift for melody and beauty has now vaulted into the upper echelons of prog world with this release of complex, well-recorded and produced, symphonic prog. Whereas their sound was always a little unpolished and their songs a little too syrupy sweet, this one shows a significant leap in both sophistication and maturity. The new sound is like Mike Oldfield only better; Lost World has gone where we all wished (and thought) Mike would go (but didn't).

Line-up / Musicians: - Andy Didorenko / all guitars, violins, keyboards and vocal - Vassili Soloviev / flute - Konstantin Shtirlitz / drums - Alexander Akimov / percussion

1. "Shapes and Objects" (a symphonic creation with full orchestral support) I. "Random Objects in the Sun" (3:20) impressive dynamics. I find myself reminded of Mike Oldfield's Incantations only on a much more sophisticated level. The song just keeps getting better as it goes! Amazing instrumental appearances. (9.5/10) II. "Moving Dots" (3:15) the andante of this symphony--with vocals, flutes, acoustic guitars and orchestral contributions all helping with the syncopated weave. Then, half way through, it shifts into a smooth, upbeat orchestral piece. Awesome! (9.5/10) III. "Water Circles" (4:31) a kind of rondo with guitars, violins, and flutes trading the melody with orchestral percussion and drums helping out along the way. Incredible song. We are not worthy! Would that Mike Oldfield ever climbed to such heights! (10/10) IV. "Time Squares" (3:10) the dénouement and climax. Perfect! (9.5/10)

2. "When the Time is Still" (4:18) Gorgeous arrangement. (9.5/10)

3. "Death of Mr. Winter" (1:05) quirky and angular--a perfect foil for the previous songs. A lot like a JACK O' THE CLOCK song. (9/10)

4. "Intertwined" (3:30) an awesome multiple acoustic guitar étude--not unlike a WILLIAM ACKERMAN song, only on high doses of cafeine. Andy Didorenko on full display. (9/10)

5. "Of Things and Beings" (0:51) another quirky odd JACK O' THE CLOCK-like song with a heavily treated multiple tracked vocal. (9/10)

6. "Watchbird" (6:08) a full out, Chris Squire chunky bass prog en force. Not my favorite song or style of Andy's but it does display his ability to write and perform at a very high YES-like level of rock dynamism. The violin adds a true EDDIE JOBSON/UK-ness to the song. (Great drumming, Mr. Shtirlitz!) (9/10)

7. "Simple as" I. "One" (2:13) pastoral, hand percussion with flute and acoustic guitars. Amazing flute(s) and guitar(s) weave. Gorgeous! (10/10) II. "Two" (1:41) The feast continues! A little more up tempo this time. Like a Michel Legrand/Jean-Pierre Rampal/Alexandre LaGoya composition. Amazing! (10/10) III. "Three" (1:46) the third of the trilogy steps into a more metronomic (though off tempo) medieval troubadour feel and sound. Again, the jazzy sound of Legrand/Rampal/LaGoya is strongly brought to mind. (9/10)

8. "The Structure of Madness" (4:05) a return to heavier, electrified rock--this time of a style more akin to bands like MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, ELP, BRUFORD, URIAH HEEP, even RUSH. Wonderful performances by all instruments-- especially drums, electric guitars, and bass. A definite masterpiece of progressive rock by a certifiable master of musical composition and performance.(10/10)

9. "On Thin Ice" (3:33) treads into the almost-'pop' style and sound of previous albums like 2009's Sound Source and 2013's Solar Power. By has this band/musician matured! (8.5/10)

10. "Downpour "(3:12) aggressive violin, guitars and bass open this song before the drums enter full throttle to drive this one to crescendoed highs (with notable valleys of meek dynamics). Impressive but not memorable or even very likable. (8/10)

This is by far and away the best album Lost World has released and one of the best albums I've heard from this year. (Oops! I guess it was a late 2016 release!) Excellent sound recording and production throughout (which was a weakness of past recordings). And despite Andy's virtuosity, his flute player and drummer are both on an equal level!

 Solar Power by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.92 | 56 ratings

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Solar Power
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

4 stars A talented group of musicians whose songs can be quite proggy and sophisticated but often tend toward simple and syrupy--especially when vocals are involved. For example, while the opening song, an instrumental entitled "The Voyage" (5:58) (9/10) remains polished and sophisticated--very much an eclectic- or fusion-type of prog song--very much like a FROM.UZ or KOTEBEL song--the second song, "Metamorphoses" (3:42) (7/10) revolves around a very simple (and strangely recorded/effected) vocal with some very simply constructed support music--until the ending instrumental jam. Also, there is something about the recording/engineering of Lost World Band's albums that seems to feel unpolished or home-made. For example--especially around the mix of the differently effected individual instruments. (I find myself especially bothered by the recording effects used for the vocals and the internally microphoned 'acoustic' guitars.) This could be a masterpiece of progressive rock music were it not for a few recording and qualitative inconsistencies. Granted, these may be entirely personal, but I'm wondering if others will find such poppy songs as "Facing The Rain" (3:56) (7/10), "Nothing" (3:13) (8/10) and "Your Name" (4:04) (6/10) a bit too cheezy and less than up to the standards of the other instrumental songs.

Favorite songs: the Fripp-sounding guitar and 70s RETURN TO FOREVER-sounding, "Detached" (3:42) (except for the 'acoustic' guitar) (9/10); the COPELAND-ish "At The Waterfront" (3:09) (9/10) with its excellent interplay between violin and piano; "The Voyage," and; "Swept Off" (4:35) (8/10).

A 3.5 star effort rated up for the excellent instrumental work--especially violin and keyboards.

 Solar Power by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.92 | 56 ratings

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Solar Power
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Russian constellation LOST WORLD BAND, previously known as Lost World, has been around in one form or another since 1990, making their official debut as recording artists back in 2003. A total of 4 studio albums and one live production have been released by this band as of the time of writing, and "Solar Power" from 2013 is their most recent one.

The fourth studio album by this fine Russian band is an impressive one too. Extremely hard to categorize, and featuring short, tight compositions sporting enough alterations, shifts and thematic developments to keep even the very attentive listener busy for quite some time just trying to follow events. Keeping track of them as well a task I'll just note down as challenging. Not that this is a chaotic album by any means, as all the songs flow nicely and logically through the myriads of changes, alterations and revisits of previously explored themes and arrangements. It's just that there's quite a lot going on here.

There's often a folk music sheen to the proceedings here. The violin used extensively throughout, with occasional flute details adding a certain emphasis to this aspect. Occasionally with the band more or less briefly taking on a sound that invites to namedropping Jethro Tull as a likely influence. Metamorphoses a nice example of just that, once the initial movement shifts. At other times there's more of a Floydian tinge to the proceedings, and King Crimson can probably be added to the stew of not unlikely influences. Gnarly dark toned guitar riff constructions dueling with violin is another aspect of this bands repertoire, and fans of jazzrock and fusion is thrown the occasional bone as well. All of this subtly flavored with electronic effects, and with build ups to more or less majestic symphonic escapades as a central, recurring feature in just about all the compositions.

It'll take plenty of listen throughs before this album sits in your mind, as there's quite a lot going on here. As I experience this disc I'd say that it will take something of an eclectic taste in music to be able to fully enjoy this one, and most likely a taste for music somewhat unconventional as well. But if you can subscribe to such descriptions, "Solar Power" is an album that should be a rewarding and enticing experience for you.

 In Concert by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Live, 2009
4.81 | 13 ratings

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In Concert
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars I was having a 'conversation' with Andy Didorenko one day, and I said that I had never heard their live album which was recorded in Moscow at the end of 2009. His response was that he was never entirely happy with it as it was hard for the four of them to reproduce the material on stage. There was a lot of instrument switching, arrangements had to be simplified and keyboards were utilised for bass. He finished by saying that he wished that they had an orchestra at their disposal like ELP had in '77, but if I really wanted to hear it then he would send me a copy. Well, if he is disappointed in this I really want to hear something that he is entirely happy with! Lost World Band are Vassili Soloviev (vocal, flute, guitar, keys), Andrii Didorenko (acoustic and electric guitar, violin), Konstantin Yudin (keys) and Veniamin Rozov (drums), and they push the boundaries between prog, jazz and classical so much so that the lines are completely blurred as they trample all over any sort of musical restraints.

When Andy is in full flight on violin then it is as if they are channelling KBB and turning them into something even more dramatic and powerful. "Samum" is a case in point, as while Andy often takes the lead, the reason that it works so well is due to the support with Vassili swapping between flute and guitar, Konstantin providing some incredibly deft pianowork and Veniamin driving it along ferociously from the back. But there are other songs when Vassili is very much the melodic lead and Andy provides support. The strength of these guys is their incredible musicality (remember these guys started off when Vassili and Andy met while undertaking classical studies at a conservatory), their knowledge of musical structure and arrangement, and their downright refusal to conform to any sort of preconceived ideas of what they should be doing.

This is what prog music should be about, musical dexterity and complexity while at the same time capturing the listener so that they have to stay right to the very end. Andy may not be completely happy with this album, but I am. If this doesn't deserve five stars then nothing does. www.lostworldband.com

 Solar Power by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.92 | 56 ratings

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Solar Power
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars I first came across these guys somewhere around the time of the release of their official debut album, and it is quite hard to realise that 'Trajectories' came out some ten years ago while the original three members Vassili Soloviev, Andy Didorenko and Aleksander Akimov met more than 20 years ago at a music conservatory in Moscow. Over the years there have been a few line-up changes and since 2009's 'Sources' they have become a trio with Andy Didorenko taking on even more responsibility (violins, guitars, bass, keyboard, vocal as well as providing all of the songs) while Vassili Soloviev is still there on flute with new member Konstantin Shtirlitz on drums. The biggest problem with this album is working out how best to describe it, as while I could list influences (King Crimson, Miles Davis, Kansas, After Crying, KBB plus many more) it just doesn't do justice to what is a wonderful collection of music.

There are times when the music is in perfect harmony, at others in imperfect dischord, yet at all times making perfect musical sense and daring the listener to sit down and concentrate on something that is a perfect meld of prog rock and jazz while being beholden to neither, and instead creates something that is quite different. The classical training and influences also come through at times, with a resulting mix and morass that is multi-layered and complex yet is also easy to work through. If one sometimes feels that a song or album is just like a snack, over way too quickly and being okay but not really filling, then take it from me that this is a feast. If you are musically adventurous and want something to get your teeth into then this is it. www.lostworldband.com

 Solar Power by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.92 | 56 ratings

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Solar Power
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by felonafan

4 stars This long-played studio album is the fourth one by LOST WORLD BAND. In general, the style of music is the same. It is the symphonic prog with leading violin which is the original mix between KING CRIMSON, AFTER CRYING, KANSAS, neoclassical music (especially Shostakovich), something similar to 'cinema music', and also the unclassifiable one. The professional level is very high, and the violin player is the virtuoso. The album can be listened to both in detail and as a background. Unlike two previous studio albums this one is not purely instrumental. The tracks with vocals are very good. The mellow voice excellently fits with the music. It is difficult to find the highlights here. I think that the best tracks are 'Metamorphoses' with excellent vocal melody and its follow-up title track ('Solar Power') with energetic themes and its development. The non-stopped 'combination' of these two tracks is very good. Perhaps, this album lacks 'catching' moments, the disc is too much 'uniform' and 'flat' unlike (the very first) 'Trajectories' album which was full of inspiration and the breath-taking beauty (I think that it is really the best album by LOST WORLD BAND). Sometimes this music can be described only as the 'background' one. Besides, possibly, some tracks are overloaded by 'prog clich' like tempo/measures changes and use of dissonances. In general, this album is very good addition to any prog rock music collection.

3.5/5

 Solar Power by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.92 | 56 ratings

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Solar Power
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by maryes

4 stars Believe in me or not, ten years passed after their first release and the Russian band LOST WORLD, remains at the top of crossover progressive-rock bands, and beside this... they continue evolving. At this time, which call me more attention have been a "narrowing" between the classical/world- music/progressive style of L W with a more heavy prog passages. But this more heavy-prog or hard- prog passages have moved for beyond the influences from bands like KANSAS, and this affirmation is easy to observe in some tracks, as for instance in the track 7 "Run That By Me Again" (starting 0:46 sec ) which presents a riff very similar with DEEP PURPLE'S "Space Truckin' " . Other significant new "increment" are the Fripp's guitar style that I could observe in track 4 "Detached" and track "Tongues of Flame I" but not a plagiarism, only a similarity. The disk is full of energetic moments blended with soft melodies, like track 2 "Metamorphoses" and track 6 "Facing the Rain". My rate is 4 stars with enthusiasm !!!
 Solar Power by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.92 | 56 ratings

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Solar Power
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by Katsuhisa

4 stars Big Cinema Music

I have listened to the new album of LWB whole this week, and I got the idea that this album is like a cinema sound track; strings and lead violin surround you and make you feel like you are in a big theatre watching a big drama. It starts with The Voyage of which track title fits the music very well. This is really like very impressive music of a screen play. Imaginative. Also, the album goes as a total concept one, which takes you to a screen world. As a prog rock fan, I like some King Crimson tastes you can hear in tracks like Solar Power, but also as a pop rock fan, I like the gentle guitar and voice with beautiful melody in Nothing. Not to forget, the artwork of this new album is much better for me than the previous album. I am sure I can enjoy the music for a long time.

 Trajectories by LOST WORLD BAND album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.22 | 22 ratings

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Trajectories
Lost World Band Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars In 1990 three Russian students, Vasiliy Soloviov , Alexandr Akimov and Andrey Didorenko decided to form a band under the name of Lost World.They put up numerous shows in Art and Music colleges and in 1995 they also recruited singer Alexei Rybakov.The band recorded seven albums and over 30 CD-R's, changing hands only in underground circles, however the seeds of their efforts finally led to the birth of their first official work in 2003, when Russian label Boheme Music released the debut ''Trajectories''.

Heavily influenced by Classical, Avant-Garde and Chamber Music and with the other foot grounded in the complex rock forms of KING CRIMSON, Lost World played an energetic Progressive/Art Rock with huge doses of energy and series of dark atmospheres, divided in 14 short tracks.Most of them have a very raw sound, reminiscent of ANKH, with violin and flutes in evidence producing sharp rhythms and atonal soundscapes.Another mass of tracks has an intense Chamber Music/Avant-Garde feeling, led by flutes, dissonant structures and deep sound/electronic effects.A few of them contain also vocals and belong definitely on the lighter side of Art Rock, sounding like smooth orchestral ballads full of string sections and delicate flute parts.Among these stylings the listener will also detect a light Post-Rock influence, especially when guitars take over.Maybe the lack of melodies makes this one a pretty obscure listening, but Lost World could definitely come up with series of strange yet attractive atmospheres created by the instrumental parts.

Weird mix of Chamber Music with Heavy Rock and light Post-Rock, that deserves plenty of careful listenings to be appreciated.''Trajectories'' is a recommended album, among the ones that walk on the path of future regarding Progressive Rock music.

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