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SALIM GHAZI SAEEDI

Crossover Prog • Iran


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Salim Ghazi Saeedi born in 1981 in Iran, Tehran. He began playing guitar in 1999. He has composed three albums Abrahadabra (2006), Sovereign (2007) and Ustuqus-al-Uss (2008) in the band ARASHK. His fourth album, Iconophobic released in 2010 under his own title in which he played the roles of composer, guitarist, keyboard player, drums arranger, mixing engineer and producer.

Some critiques have compared his sound to Univers Zero, Art Zoyd, John Zorn, Patrick O'Hearn, Mike Oldfield, Sufjan Stevens and The Enid.
Harmonie Magazine #70 compares his guitar playing with Robert Fripp's.

His albums are concept albums in progressive rock genre with diversified use of instruments ranging from classical instruments to rock instrumentation and electronic sounds. He describes himself as an ever improviser... either in performing or composing.

His fourth album, Iconophobic is a concept album about fearing the world of imagery. He says I don't know if it is really a psychological problem but I liked the idea of morbid alienation toward images, icons and in general, reality. The Iconophobic's booklet contains a passage in form of a circle that reads:

Alas that man was free...When there was no image.
Alas that image became a means... for altering the reality.
Alas that reality... is itself, an imagery by man.

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2.95 | 4 ratings
Iconophobic
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Human Encounter
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
namoWoman
2012

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 Iconophobic by SAEEDI, SALIM GHAZI album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.95 | 4 ratings

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Iconophobic
Salim Ghazi Saeedi Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

2 stars Originally a self-taught guitarist, Iranian composer Salim Ghazi Saeedi was born in Tehran in 1981.The turning point in his life comes in the 90's, when he first listened to Nirvana and Kurt Cobain, who was the reason he started playing the guitar in 1999.In 2004 he joins the local Prog Metal band Arashk, he becomes their leader and releases no less than four albums with them.Arashk fell in hiatus in 2009, rising a chance for Saeedi to compose and develop his own ideas.The seeds of his efforts became the ''Iconophobic'' album, released independently in 2010.

The evolution of a self-taught guitarist to a composer of deeply experimental/Avant-Garde Music is really surprising.In ''Iconophobic'' Saaedi evokes the works of JOHN ZORN, UNIVERSE ZERO and KING CRIMSON, producing difficult, inventive, short pieces, drawing inspiration by Chamber/Orchestral Music, Jazz and R.I.O in equal doses along with a slight Eastern influence in specific moments.The basic contents appear to be the programmed orchestrations, some sound effects and loops and his omnipresent hard-edged electric guitar.The album is pretty dissonsant with no room for melodies, focusing on cinematic atmospheres and experimental tendencies.However the overall result seems often to go nowhere.The blend of jazzy, cinematic and orchestral soundscapes with some heavier guitar passages sounds chaotic, directionless and even forced with series of impressive patterns ending up to create a total mess.The heavy use of programmed instrumentation decreases also the enjoyment of the album with plenty of mechanic sounds next to pretty limited natural echoes.This one appears to be among the albums, where complexity ruins the talent of the composer.

There is some true potential in Saeedi's ideas, it is just not fully revealed in ''Iconophobic'', which sounds like a work created strictly for fans of Experimental Rock.A creative but eventually rather immature work.

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 namoWoman by SAEEDI, SALIM GHAZI album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.00 | 1 ratings

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namoWoman
Salim Ghazi Saeedi Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars Following his tenure in the band Arashk, Iranian composer and musician Salim Ghazi SAEEDI opted to embark on a solo career a few years back. Three full length albums have since been issued under his name. "NamoWoman" is the most recent of these, and was self released by Saeedi in 2012.

Salim Ghazi Saeedi's third solo album is an amalgam of stylistic details, incorporating elements from jazz, world music and metal into a context that probably isn't too far away from avant-garde in sum. Fairly challenging material that should interest those with a taste for progressive rock that strays outside of many conventional borders, yet without abandoning them completely. Those with a soft spot for Persian and oriental touches probably something of a key audience amongst those.

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 Human Encounter by SAEEDI, SALIM GHAZI album cover Studio Album, 2011
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Human Encounter
Salim Ghazi Saeedi Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Iranian composer and multi-instrumentalist Salim Ghazi SAEEDI first appeared a few years back as one of the core members of Arashk, a unit that issued four productions prior to entering a state of hiatus. Since then Salim has opted to go solo, and "Human Encounters" is his second production as a standalone artist, released one year after his debut "Iconophobic".

Salim Ghazi Saeedi's second solo production "Human Encounter" appears to be something of a paradigm shift for this artist, taking a sharp left turn away from art rock and progressive metal into the jazz universe. And documents how intriguing compositions can be when acoustic bass, piano and percussion are used in an efficient and fairly innovative manner, and how well suited eastern oriented acoustic guitar motifs are in supplementing this core foundation too I might add. A highly intriguing disc to my ears, but I suspect that one needs a prior interest in jazz or this artist to be swayed by its charms.

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 Iconophobic by SAEEDI, SALIM GHAZI album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.95 | 4 ratings

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Salim Ghazi Saeedi Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Iranian composer and multi-instrumentalist Salim Ghazi SAEEDI first appeared a few years back as one of the core members of the metal band Arashk, which now has a total of four productions to its name. "Iconophobic" is his first solo album, and was issued in the summer of 2010.

If you enjoy the thought of encountering compositions with distinct influences from the Middle East and Iran, blending classical music, folk music and rock, spiced with a few metal touches, Salim Ghazi Saeedi has created a must-have CD in the shape of "Iconophobic". Always seeking, always adventurous, experimental and challenging, his creations may not be the most mainstream-oriented around, but are also far removed from the avant-garde parts of any musical universe. Highly recommended, particularly to an open-minded art rock audience.

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