"The more I played this the more I felt that we were listening to music that had a great depth not only in the styles that were being portrayed but also in the amount of atmosphere that was being created. At some times I felt it was reminiscent of Gentle Giant, others Gryphon, Anekdoten and even Cardiacs or Mike Oldfield!"
(c) kev rowland
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"Patience of Hope" Roz Vitalis 2012 project is so uniquely diverse but always focused, that each passage no matter how small or important, beholds an unobtrusive creativity that everything blends into place. Weaving different rooting but never ceasing to sound original, the constructions or songs, contain in themselves different moods, never setting on one in particular, which more than being the usual kind of RiO´s pre-planned sudden and disturbing interruptions, Roz Vitalis bets on the eventual transformation and movemernt of styles within each single song.
Perfectly song written designed, all sounds flow in a constant an ever changing combination of styles' atmospheres. The intrumentation ranges from clavecin like baroque figures to the poignant use of the electrics, both bass and guitar. From classic piano moments to frantic but friendly Jazz up-beat and off beat environments. From dark symphonic passages to strongly percussive lands, that in all truth, I can bet, any King Crimson early fan will feel at home again with, but in an alternate reality one of course! (Please do not mistake reference for imitation! Also no vocalist on this effort)
****4.5 "Closer to 5 than 4, essential goodie) PA stars."
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"This album is just filled with beautiful melodies that weave around each other creating a pleasant progressive tapestry of sound. While the keyboard hooks are the main element on many ROZ VITALIS albums that i've heard this one has a much more eclectic mix of sounds. On board is the usual rock instrumentation of guitars, keyboards, bass and drums however there is an army of guest musicians and instruments on board. On PATIENCE OF HOPE we get cellos, clarinets, bassoon, trumpet, flugelhorn, sax, flutes, harp, metallophone, accordion and sounds from one of the oldest Russian instruments known, the gusli which is a multi-stringed plucked instrument derived from the ancient lyre.
With all these sounds on board you would think there to be too many chefs in the kitchen and that it would all collapse by the sheer weight of the players but all these sounds are scattered randomly throughout the album. The focus of a main melody takes flight from usually one or two of the aforementioned instruments and other instruments slowly weave into the sound providing harmony, counterpoint and symphonic effects. The composition style is still very firmly rooted in Western Classical tradition but the style often points more to symphonic prog, progressive folk of the Slavic traditions and avant-prog with the odd timings and Rock In Oppisition elements that pop in from time to time. There are also jazz-fusion interludes adding even more complexity at times. All tracks are logical and free flowing providing atmosphere with subtle technical workouts being common place but never the focal point.
... This band is one of those under-the-radar bands for me that has unfurled its magic and now i've fully caught the bug. Great stuff. Highly recommended."
(c) siLLy puPPy
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"Russian ensemble ROZ VITALIS started out as the creative vehicle of Ivan Rozmainsky back in 2001, and have since then established themselves as a productive live and studio project actively exploring music of the kind that exists outside of common genre conventions and expectations. "Patience of Hope" is their seventh full length studio production, and was released by MALS Records in the late fall of 2012.
Roz Vitalis appears to be a vital and creative unit these days. "Patience of Hope" is one of those albums that will leave genre nerds scratching their heads in frustration while aficionados of artists that opt to follow the philosophy of "the only rule is that there is no rule" will find plenty to enjoy. Especially those among them fond of rock music that uses, utilizes and incorporates elements from classical and folk music in arrangements and movements unexpected and unpredictable. A highly recommended album. "
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"Roz Vitalis is made up of Vladimir Efimov, on electric guitars and keyboards; Yury Khomonenko, on percussion, drums, and accordian; Ruslan Kirillov, on bass guitar; Vladislav Korotkikh, on flutes and Jew's harp; Ivan Rozmainsky, on grand Steinway piano, harpsichord, Hammond RT-3 organ, other keyboards, and metallophone; Phillip Semenov, on drums; and Vladimir Semenov-Tyan-Shansky, on electric and bass guitars.
Patience of Hope is full of surprises, right from the opening track. The title opens like something straight off Genesis' Foxtrot, only this time with harpsichord and flute. It sounds classical and perfect, until the fast running drums and percussion enter to take a new course. The harpsichord returns with flute and the wonder continues.
"The Unfading Sun" continues the wonder this time with that grand Steinway. Trumpets, flugelhorn, and chimes follow to create an even more profound soundscape. Cellos open "To Stir Up Your Pure Minds", along with clarinet and bassoon. Intricate and delicate music set within a classical mystique. Excellent.
Rather than reveal all the secrets of this album though, I will say that there is a wonderful surprise on every track of this album. Yes, it is all instrumental, but words would only have detracted from the wonder and magical performances within. Yes, you must have the 'Patience of Hope' to appreciate this album. ;^)
This is the best instrumental album I heard from 2012, I only wish I had reviewed it in time to include it within my best of the year.
There is a little music from almost every genre of rock and prog. Classical to even at times jazz.
Get this. Sit back and have the patience to hope and wonder what will come next. Fascinating!"
(c) Mark Johnson
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