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Eclectic Prog • Russia


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Founded in Moscow, Russia in 1999

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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3.90 | 23 ratings
Оглашенные, изыдите / Oglashennye Izydite
2000
3.73 | 21 ratings
Двери! Двери! / The doors! The doors!
2005
3.78 | 27 ratings
Уходящее солнце / Uhodyashee Solntse
2007
3.16 | 21 ratings
Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.1 / Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.1
2010
3.88 | 6 ratings
Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.2 / Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.2
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Пламя Изнутри
2018

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

4.95 | 4 ratings
Вперед и вверх / Vpered I Vverkh
2014

ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Брать живьем
2006
4.50 | 2 ratings
Солнцестояние
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
10 лет
2010

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

4.00 | 4 ratings
Последний воин мёртвой земли / Poslednii voin mertvoi zemli
2003
3.98 | 5 ratings
Шитрок (Shitrock)
2012

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 Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.2 / Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.2 by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.88 | 6 ratings

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Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.2 / Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.2
Orgiya Pravednikov Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars 2016 saw Orgy of the Righteous return with their fifth full-length studio album, the follow up to 'For Those Who See Dreams Vol.1' which had actually been released some six years earlier. In between they had released a few EP's along with the superb live album 'Onward & Upward'. Some 16 years since their debut, and the quintet were still the same as on the very first album, although here they had added multiple more guests to create the sound they wanted. Special mention must be made of Yelena Yurkina, whose operatic soprano vocals add a very strong additional element to the band. Although she is only a guest, she has been performing with the band for some years and can be heard on the live album which was recorded in 2010.

Although they have brought in additional brass and keyboard players, as well as the usual cello, they haven't diluted their sound or approach and again have produced an incredibly strong work. The failings from the previous album have been addressed and again we have a band that is firing on all cylinders as they move through multiple styles of music, often bringing ethnic folk and metal crashing into pronk and opera to create something that is so very different indeed to everything else that is around. This is music that truly is progressing, refusing to conform to what anyone may feel should be performed, and truly tramples boundaries and barriers as they continue to follow their own path and delight those who manage to discover their music. Russian progressive music continues to excite and delight as it contains so many different influences, none of the normal Genesis or Yes clones here, as although there may be times when they sound as if they have been affected by King Crimson or VDGG is it more that the Western ear is trying to work out what on earth is going on! Orgy of the Righteous are one of the most impressive bands I have heard in recent years, and their whole canon is worth investigating, although I would probably start with the live album and their second release 'Doors! Doors!' and then move onto the rest.

 Вперед и вверх / Vpered I Vverkh by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Live, 2014
4.95 | 4 ratings

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Вперед и вверх / Vpered I Vverkh
Orgiya Pravednikov Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars Onward and Upward' is a live album recorded on the 'For Those Who Dream. Vol.1' tour at Club Point, in Moscow, on February 19th 2010, and was released in 2014. It features the whole of the most recent album, as well as plenty more material (total playing time here is nearly two hours ' originally released as a triple disc set including a DVD, I have the digital version which doesn't include that). Although I wasn't a massive fan of the previous studio album, here it makes so much more sense and feels far more genuine. The band is a quintet, but while drummer Alexander Vetkhov contents himself just with percussion, and singer Sergey Kalugin only provides acoustic guitar, the other musicians all provide multiple instruments. Add to the core band the three guests, and they manage to reproduce their complex sound incredibly well on stage.

The crowd really get into proceedings, singing along with the songs, shouting for the band and genuinely having a great time, and it certainly seems as if the band was as well. Russian Cardiacs playing folk metal with no respect for people think that prog music should be like? Maybe? This is music that is so far out of the mainstream that it almost comes back on itself, and I have found that of all their albums this is the one to which I keep returning as there is such a pervading feeling of unity and oneness. Over recent years I have been lucky enough to discover some great bands coming out of Russia, and these guys are certainly one of the very finest and this is a superb album that is well worth investigating.

 Шитрок (Shitrock) by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
3.98 | 5 ratings

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Шитрок (Shitrock)
Orgiya Pravednikov Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars 2012 saw the release of the four-track EP 'Shitrock', and the led title track provides an excellent example of what is so good about these guys when they get it right. Musically there is plenty of folk metal, along with pronk and prog, and while the guitars crunch and are incredibly heavy there is also room for brass, a balalaika and probably the kitchen song. It flexes, it moves, it twists and moves through myriad styles and fashion, all of which just makes the listener want to turn it up just that little more. The EP is incredibly intense, with a great deal going on, as the music is powered and pushed along.

Three of the songs are less than four minutes in length, while the last is in excess of ten, and it is this that shows just what this band are really capable of. There are times when it feels like modern opera, with over the top baritone male vocals and a female soprano who has been multi-tracked to sound like a choir, all with robust folk metal accompaniment underneath. This feels much like a return to form than their previous album, as there is no longer a sense of parody and instead here is a band determined to carry through their vision.

 Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.1 / Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.1 by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.16 | 21 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 kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars The fourth full-length album from Orgy of the Righteous, 'For Those Who See Dreams Vol.1', finds themselves treading a fine line between bombast, Russian folk, metal, prog and pronk and when it works it comes off very well indeed, but there are also times when it feels more of a parody and that it is being played with tongues firmly in cheek. In some ways this is their most accessible album, and the way they throw in elements such as female operatic vocals, humming, and complex drumming is a delight and the use of a whistle makes one almost think of Horslips. But there are also elements when one can imagine asking a Western comedy rock band to play some Russian music, without doing any research, and it could end up like some of this.

It is their least balanced album, and consequently their least successful to my ears, which is a shame as when they get it right as with the trumpet on "The Catcher In The Rye", then their ideas and approach definitely shine. Certainly one of the most interesting bands to come out of Russia, this is not the album to start with when investigating their canon but one to turn to having already come to terms with their music.

 Уходящее солнце / Uhodyashee Solntse by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.78 | 27 ratings

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Уходящее солнце / Uhodyashee Solntse
Orgiya Pravednikov Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars 2007 saw the release of the third full-length album from Orgy of the Righteous, 'Uhodyaschee Solntse' (The Leaving Sun). Yet again the band is refusing to conform to anyone's idea of what progressive rock should sound like, and indeed doesn't seem to have a firm idea themselves! The opening number is an moody instrumental, with both acoustic and electric guitars combining to create something that is progressive atmospheric doom, then they follow that with a crunching metallic number which immediately makes one realise that they have moved a long way musically from their breakthrough 'Doors! Doors!' which was released just two years earlier. They really are unlike any other Russian band I have come across, although their strange and eclectic style does make me think of classic Cardiacs at times.

Of course, the number which follows sounds as if it has been heavily influenced by Oriental music, as if they are attempting to bring Chinese and Tibetan styles and cultures into the rock scene. In some ways it is as if three totally different bands recorded the first songs on the album, and that it is a compilation of various artists as opposed to one group. Vocally the song also is quite different to the previous, and with the lyrics in Russian it is impossible for the Westerner to understand what is going on, and the only way to truly get into this album is to let go of all preconceived ideas and just go with the flow. I have been incredibly impressed with all their albums, and this is yet another that I highly recommend. Their catalogue has been made digitally available through Progshine, and are all well worth investigating.

 Двери! Двери! / The doors! The doors! by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.73 | 21 ratings

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Двери! Двери! / The doors! The doors!
Orgiya Pravednikov Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars The second album was released in 2005, and translates as 'Doors! Doors!' and features the same line-up as the debut, except this time they also brought in multiple guests on vocals plus a cellist. There is a very gentle introduction, played (I think) on a balalaika which leads into the second number which commences on a Jew's Harp. Pretty soon the guest singers make their presence felt, and it honestly feels like an opera is being performed, in Russian, with complex music behind the vocals. Luckily my brain had already decided to leave my skull and go for a nice quiet lay down somewhere, leaving me with just my ears trying to work out what was going on. That was never going to work, so instead I allowed myself to relax into the album and just enjoy it for what it was. I swear I heard some of "Pie Jesu" at some point, but given there was so much going on I could well have been mistaken, and probably am. The use of classically trained singers, albeit just for a few songs at the beginning, certainly gives this a very different feel to what had been on the debut.

There is also a very long song on the album, at more than eighteen minutes, which for a large part is acoustic, with the cello taking a lead role at times. It is mostly acoustic, and incredibly dramatic, using minor chords and clashing instruments to create quite a feeling of disquiet during certain sections. But the fifth number is metallic Cardiacs on steroids, which doesn't sound like anything else that has gone before. The brain decided it was safer not to get involved, leaving the ears to process the music and letting the mouth smile (trying not to dribble). This album is even more varied, complex and insane than the debut, and when death-style vocals start being used it really is time to give up.

Needless to say, I love this, and believe that Progshine are doing us all a favour by making the band's catalogue more readily available. I just need to coax my brain back so that I can spend time listening to the rest. Superb.

 Оглашенные, изыдите / Oglashennye Izydite by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.90 | 23 ratings

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Оглашенные, изыдите / Oglashennye Izydite
Orgiya Pravednikov Eclectic Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars In 1999, prog rock group ARTel and classical guitarist Sergei Kalugin joined forces, adopting the name 'Orgia Pravednikov' ('Orgy of the Righteous') after they asked their fans what the music sounded like. The band comprise Kalugin (lead vocal and acoustic guitar), Yuri Ruslanov (flute, keyboard, mandolin, fretless bass, backing vocals), Alexey Burkov (electric guitar, backing vocals), Artemy Bondarenko (bass guitar, double bass, growling vocals), and Alexander Vetkhov (drums). Some of the band are interested in incredibly melodic and folky material, while others are interested in music that is far harsher, metallic and abrasive, and somehow they work together to produce some of the most interesting and eclectic prog around.

This is their debut album released in 2001, and translates (I think) to 'Catchumens Depart'. Imagine you will, a folk album that includes elements of music from the middle east, Asia and eastern Europe, with delicate acoustic guitar, lulling vocals and gentle percussion. Then imagine an album that features a heavier version of Cardiacs, with some death metal growls and heavy riffs that feature djent among other styles. Add to this Russian lyrics, and then try to combine that in your head, and possibly you may be able to understand just what this album is like. Seriously, there are so many things going on that it just doesn't make sense, and in the end the brain stops attempting to make the band fit into any type of musical box, and instead goes with the flow. It is at this point that one realises that while Orgiya Pravednikov are pretty much in a genre that contains just them, it actually follows some sort of twisted logic.

I don't think I have ever heard an album quite like this, and while Cardiacs are the only band that comes close to them, even that isn't really accurate. Reissued digitally by Progshine, this is definitely worth investigating.

 Для тех, кто видит сны. Vol.1 / Dlya Teh, Kto Vidit Sny Vol.1 by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.16 | 21 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.

 Уходящее солнце / Uhodyashee Solntse by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.78 | 27 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.
 Вперед и вверх / Vpered I Vverkh by ORGIYA PRAVEDNIKOV album cover Live, 2014
4.95 | 4 ratings

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Вперед и вверх / Vpered I Vverkh
Orgiya Pravednikov Eclectic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions 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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