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ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV

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ORGIA PRAVEDNIKOV («Orgy of The Righteous») is Russian band, formed in 1999 by uniting the creative potentials of art-rock band ARTEL and rock-bard Sergey Kalugin. Along with Kalugin (who is responsible for lyrics, acoustic guitar and vocals), the band members are Alex Burkov (lead guitar), Yuri Ruslanov (flute, keyboard), Artemiy Bondarenko (bass) and Alexander Vetkhov (drums).


The band released their debut 'Catechumen, depart!' in 2000, however it's their second one, 'The doors! The doors!' (2005) that received good reviews and gained them popularity, along with frequent touring in the country. In the period 2005-2007 they recorded a live album, an released several singles, as well as contributed in various artistic/multi-media projects. In 2007, they released 'Fading Sun' , the most successful band's output so far.

The band has extensive plans for the future: a recording of a new album, as well as extensive performing live both in their country and abroad.

As far as their musical style(s) go, a casual listener might describe them as a mixture of folk and metal -- but such a description just won't do them justice, because they're much more than that: first of all, just the scope of 'folk' ingredient they're incorporating in their music is wider then your average folk (or progressive folk) band: they're using elements of Russian, Chinese, Arabian, Italian, Scandinavian music - and much more. As far as the 'rock' influences go, you will find everything from funk to hard rock to heavy metal to progressive rock (KING CRIMSON, AQUARIUM). If I mention they're also using elements of classical music (romance, baroque, Russian symphonic) as well as jazz/fusion ingredients, this analysis will become quite pointless.

ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV might easily appeal to a wide audience - the particular side of a genre palette is quite irrelevant. They might be dark and gloomy in their textures; they are convincing both in acoustic and electric department and finally, because of the aforementioned amalgam of styles, they could be both powerful and fragile in the same time.

Moris Mateljan, 2008. (necessary data taken from the necessary source - the band's web site)






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4.00 | 13 ratings
Оглашенные, изыдите / Oglashennye Izydite
2000
3.54 | 13 ratings
Двери! Двери! / The doors! The doors!
2005
3.58 | 17 ratings
Уходящее солнце / Uhodyashee Solntse
2007
3.20 | 12 ratings
Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.1 / Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.1
2010

ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.74 | 4 ratings
Вперед и вверх / Vpered I Vverkh
2014

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Брать живьем
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Солнцестояние
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
10 лет
2010

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Последний воин мёртвой земли / Poslednii voin mertvoi zemli
2003
3.90 | 2 ratings
Шитрок (Shitrock)
2012

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 Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.1 / Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.1 by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.20 | 12 ratings

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Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.1 / Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.1
Orgiya Pravednikov Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Despite their playfully oxymoronic name, Orgy of the Righteous take themselves and their spirituality very seriously, with just one exception, a russian musketeers/vodka anthem, showing that it's sometimes beneficial not to be too somber. This is russian epic folk/hard rock, enriched with flute, strings and even some ska sounds. And is that a death growl I'm hearing? What I like is that songs are not repetitive, with only things repeated are usually the things worth repeating. Production is loud and clear. Compared to previous album, there is more of an effort to write some catchy melodies, but a lot of this still sounds like dramatic verses recited over a background melody. Little instrumental fanfare.

This isn't exactly a staple of russian prog - a genre not quite booming, I'm afraid. But it could of some interest for those interested how rock sounds with a russian flavor. Not the silly balalaikas and gypsies stuff, but with an existential bent.

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 Уходящее солнце / Uhodyashee Solntse by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.58 | 17 ratings

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Уходящее солнце / Uhodyashee Solntse
Orgiya Pravednikov Eclectic Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Where do people find out about all those Russian prog bands? I'm from Russia and hear about most of them here on PA. Like many modern prog bands, Orgy of the Righteous (as it's translated) is a revivalist band. Reviving in this case the traditions of so-called Russian rock, essentially somber, lyrically pretentious bard rock, best enjoyed in your kitchen after party, but amplified for a small outdoor arena. This album is mostly built around epic folk and hard rock. Like russian rock classics, it is fond of utilizing flutes, violas and such. While being of different Genesis than western prog, it does feature some complex arrangement and non linear structures. This is above average of what passes for russian rock nowadays, to be sure, but sometimes I wonder if it is too cleverly formulated for those wishing to understand the famed mysterious Russian soul.

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 Вперед и вверх / Vpered I Vverkh by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Live, 2014
4.74 | 4 ratings

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Вперед и вверх / Vpered I Vverkh
Orgiya Pravednikov Eclectic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

5 stars I discovered the Russian band Orgia Pravednikov in 2005 when by accident I've found their first album in a Russian musical website. I was so impressed with that album (Oglashennye Izydite - Оглашeнные Изыдите) that I ended reviewing it to the first version of Progshine website, back in 2006. This review, by some miracle, was found by the vocalist/acoustic guitar player of the band Sergey Kalugin, that impressed with my review and the fact that a faraway person from Russia was able to understand their music, contacted me and sent me all of the band's CDs. Since them I receive all of their albums for review and I can say I'm Sergey's friend.

The last studio album by the band (Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.1 - Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.1) was a bit of a different step from their previous three albums and the EP Шитрок (Shitrock) was just but a taste. The fact is, the live album I review now shows exactly this change of sound.

Вперед и вверх ? Vpered I Vverkh (2014) ? meaning Onward And Upward ? was recorded in 2010 in the release concert of Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.1 (2010) and it comes in a beautiful (as every of their albums) cardboard/papersleeve box with 2 CDs and a DVD, the art emulates the artwork of that studio album too.

To say that Orgia Pravednikov is an extremely competent band is being redundant. The professional side of things, like the execution of the songs, are just perfect and even the overall feeling of the concert can be felt through the audio of the CDs and later on confirmed on the DVD. The band in this concert, as it could not be different, plays Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.1 (2010) in its entirety in the CD 1 of this live release. Just the order of the songs are a bit different here (to be honest didn't understand why). My favorite tracks on this first disc are 'The Catcher In The Rye', 'По тонкому льду' (Po Tonkomu l'du), 'Дорога ворона' (Doroga Vorona) and especially the fantastic 'Гимн' (Gimn). Another track from the CD 1 that is a surprise is 'Скименъ' (Skimen) because of its aggressive feeling but at the same time full of flutes, also the closing track on the CD 1 'Школа Мудрости' (Shkola Mudrosti) is a great track, upbeat and a perfect ending!

In the CD 2 we have the classic tracks of the other Orgia Pravednikov albums, we have 'Офис' (Ofis), 'Das Boot' and 'Армагеддон FM' (Armageddon FM) from the album Уходящее солнце - Ukhodyashcheye Solntse (2007) and 'Туркестанский экспресс' (Turkestanskiy Ekspress) from the debut album Оглашенные изыдите - Oglashennyye Izydite (2001). We also have a track that would be recorded only 2 years later on the EP Шитрок ? Shitrock (2012). Oddly we don't have any songs from their second studio album, the experimental Двери! Двери! ? Dveri! Dveri! (2005).

In the DVD we can see very clearly what a concert of the band is all about, not to mention that the video/audio are from excellent quality, redeeming the band from the medium quality of their previous DVD Солнцестояние ? Solntsestoyaniye (2008).

Вперед и вверх ? Vpered I Vverkh (2014) for sure closes a cycle for Orgia Pravednikov and we can see that they're pointing to new directions with their music and, to be honest, I hardly can wait for their next studio album!

Вперед и вверх ? Vpered I Vverkh (2014) is simply essential for the fans of the band and it's a perfect introduction to the new ones. If you like music that don't see any problem in not being labeled and if you like to know new quality music I can highly recommend this album for you!

Superb!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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 Шитрок (Shitrock) by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
3.90 | 2 ratings

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Orgiya Pravednikov Eclectic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

4 stars I'm a ORGIA PRAVEDNIKOV fan since 2005. I've followed every step since then and I still think they're an awesome band that mix a serie of unique elements and have an even more unique sound.

Their 2010 album Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.1 (For Those Who Sees Dreams Vol.1) is being terrible bashed here, and I still dont know why. By the way, it's free to download on their official website. In this release they changed a bit of their sound, a bit more heavy I must say, less 'unique sounds' maybe. But still one of their finest. Maybe because the band now is able now to work on their own studio things can be more like they really want.

This EP Шитрок (in english Shitrock, a word that acording Sergey Kalugin Russians use to call their own Rock Music) is a re-recording EP. I must say that a first glance, the overall sound dont appeal to me as it used to. It's too heavy, probably that's why they re-recorded the songs. To me the only great track is the final one, 'Королевская свадьба', and that alone gave thos EP a 4 stars to me.

One this that must be pointed out is about their artwork. I own all of their CDs and they work hard to present a high quality art in every album. Not different on this one as well. Amazing artwork.

The EP can be streamed at their website and even free downloaded as well. Worth a listen, for sure.

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 Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.1 / Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.1 by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.20 | 12 ratings

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Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.1 / Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.1
Orgiya Pravednikov Eclectic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

5 stars Orgia Pravednikov is one of my favorite bands since I've discovered them in 2005/2006 with their debut album Оглашенные, изыдите (Oglashennye Izydite) from 2001.

Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.1 (For Those Who Sees Dreams Vol.1) (2010) is their latest studio album so far and thought you can see their changing their style to a more heavy oriented kinda of rock you still have all the elements that made this Russian a great band.

Sergey Kalugin is like a bard singing in a band Metal and his acoustic guitar (even if not that present in this album) makes a big difference in their sound. Their weird combination of Metal, Folk and whatever else comes to their mind will be always great to my ears. On this album they even use wind instruments (on 'The Catcher In The Rye').

You can notice that the band was looking for a new sound with this album. Their original sound continues here but now added with new elements. This is for sure their less Prog Rock album, but still great. Not to mention the great artwork on the package, outstanding!

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 Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.1 / Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.1 by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Orgiya Pravednikov Eclectic Prog

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

1 stars I was wondered when found this album (and band) on PA! During my 40+ experience with Russian rock-music I never thought about this team as about progressive one.

But.... maybe I'm wrong. Let see, what we have on their newest album.

Not a big surprise - they play same parody-rock, combining Russian folk epos, Soviet patriotic songs, some citation from classic Russian prog bands (as Aquarium), bombastic symphonic elements and headbanger's metal. Vocals (singing) is in a good Soviet official youth band's tradition, and vocals (spoken) tell you some child tales!

I believe that not many listeners there could understand lyrics, and there is their lucky moment! Unhappily, I perfectly understand this language.... Don't want to destroy your psychic health with detail translation, but believe me, there are plenty of pseudo-heroic knight-ballads imitation ( with birds of sunrise, small and big suns and stars (!?),etc), plenty of God's thankful speeches and even hymn to vodka!

If you can't imagine, what is this band, just think about Monty Python musical side-project. Possibly, their better place on PA should be ZART?

Whenever I can't look on this project as on musical one, better to look on it as on joke. But my sense of humor isn't so flexible, so I will hardly laugh on this.

Recommendations? .... I will better save them for myself.

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