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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: 1918
Language: english

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Roz Vitalis: Revelator
Posted by John OBoyle, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-08-30 14:49:12
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As ever Russian composer Ivan Rozmainsky offers up his chamber electronic prog for the world to listen to. No one said it was going to be an easy ride and to be honest I think the most fitting descriptive words would be interesting, disturbing, adventurous and rewarding.

Revelator at times is a seamless semblance of pure musical magic, a presentation of sounds that call to mind the greats like Gentle Giant and Le Orme. Never one to shy away from a challenge, the journey the band employs is inventive mixing beauty and elegance as can be heard on "Warm Tuesday" which is a washed with stunning keyboards and flute, a theme that belies the whole album, although the soundstages aren't always immediate or accessible.

Musically the album moves in varying directions, the organ heavy "Deadlock of the Deceiver" and "Painsadist (Hit Version)" which engage a plethora of electronic interactions creating a unique if off kilter soundstage that is almost soundtrack in approach. "Underfrog" is a spacey trip par excellence which really develops as it travels, which is countered by the acoustic beauty of "Midwinter Tulips", which sounds somewhat out of place, but mirrors its title perfectly.

"Persecuted" the penultimate and longest track on the album finds Roz Vitalis at their creative best; a carnival-esque approach with its diverse timbre and meter that undulates, creating tension and atmosphere whilst "Silver Melting" offers fitting and beautiful closure to the whole proceedings.

If you are looking for quirky and intriguing musical creations then look no further. This isn't going to be everyone's idea of a great album, but I can assure you for the slightly more adventurous out there like myself, this is a great album.

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