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Roz Vitalis: Revelator

The music of Roz Vitalis has been labeled "chamber electronic prog," and that's as good a description as any of this project helmed by Russian composer and keyboardist Ivan Rozmainsky. With influences ranging from Gentle Giant to Le Orme, King Crimson to Kraftwerk and Yes to Depeche Mode, Rozmainsky plays music that sounds like the soundtrack to his stream of consciousness.

On Revelator, he employs a flute and whistle player to complement the guitar-drums-bass-keys setup, and each of these nine songs take listeners in new (albeit sometimes not always pleasant) directions. While "Underfrog" is seven minutes of laid-back spaciness, followed by a beautiful acoustic interlude in "Midwinter Tulips," "Deadlock of the Deceiver" becomes obnoxious with high-pitched squeals and a heavy-footed organ. "Persecuted" punishes with off-kilter rhythms (but the jazziness is downright horny), and the piano-centric title track shows off Rozmainsky's flair for the quirky, the dramatic and the carnivalesque.

Track Listing:
1) Revelator
2) Warm Tuesday
3) Deadlock of the Deceiver
4) Painsadist (Hit Version)
5) Underfrog
6) Midwinter Tulips
7) La Combattimento Spirituale
8) Persecuted
9) Silver Melting

Added: August 30th 2011
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Roz Vitalis on MySpace
Hits: 2753
Language: english

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