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Music review from Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock for album 'All Day Home' (in English)
I need to let my review of their previous album, Vinyl Spring, Digital Autumn stand as-is, because it's still how I feel about that album. But All Day Home is an entirely different beast. It would be difficult to call this album "Easy Listening", though there are still some similarities to The Alan Parsons Project, but this time I mean the more interesting parts, not the more boring ones.
Most importantly, the music now sounds much more rock, with far better guitar playing and drumming. There's some good rock keyboards here too, in addition to swoopy synthesizers which now sound like they have a point instead of just being there for the sake of making strange noises. Gone are the sweet string sections that made their previous release sound "Easy Listening". The vocals have improved too, and are now sung in English, French and Italian ... that's right, no Russian vocals on this release! That may not go over well with the folks back home (or maybe it will?), but it will help with the international audience Romislokus is obviously trying to attract. There's hardly a month that goes by where I don't get an e-mail from Romislokus with a new MP3 file they've just finished that's posted on their web site to listen to. They're obviously serious, dedicated and prolific.
Yeah, I would still have to say "breaks no new ground", but I would NOT say any more that they aren't that progressive. This album should appeal to fans of melodic prog with nice vocals and '70's "classic rock" touches (especially the guitars and studio effects). I can recommend this album without hesitation unless you're a glutton for strangeness and pushing the boundaries ... Romislokus has little to offer you if that's the case.
And it's taken me long enough to get this album reviewed that they've already released their next one, Trans Aviation Pilots, which Evgeniy Gorelov has promised to send me. I'll let you know about that one as soon as I hear it.
Music review from Eufonia.net for album 'Between Two Mirrors' (in English)
From Russia... with a lot of creativity! An enjoyable surprise.
This is hard-to-define music. Although you have the impression that you've heard it somewhere else, you can't tell where. This is maybe because of the combination of various elements: programming, cello, bass, guitars, the whole musical mood, the freshness, the use of their language (even if you don't understand Russian: you can check the lyrics at their official website), and finally, the fact that this music comes from Russia.
The album opens with the ambient 'Cold' (maybe I have to use the term 'slower beat'). It's not until 'The Wood Cutter' that you begin to realize what to expect of 'Between Two Mirrors'. The style begins to 'change' although interestingly, the mood prevails thanks to the good guitar reverb and Yuriy's voice narrating -not singing- in 'Through the love'. The singing begins in my favorite for airing in the radio: 'The Thunderstorm Is Coming' where the whole band make a superb job. Even when it's the track with the most synthetic drum programming, it's the album first single.
The band continues to grow with the melancholic 'The Mist'. Cello and bass along with the bells identifies the origins of Romislokus in the powerful 'Termite' (my favorite along with 'The Thunderstorm...'), followed by the psicho-technodelic 'Minute', the ballad on 'Jackdaws' and the culmination with the superb 'Three Colors'.
And please, don't misunderstand me: this album doesn't come to its final tracks from a less quality beggining. Romislokus open our ears track by track to a concert of creativity and good music. If we can obviate some production details that you may notice only at the end of each track: sometimes very abrupt (or it is my subconscious that doesn't want the songs to end?), this is a great debut!
Music review from Progressiove&Metall Music e-zine for album 'Between Two Mirrors' (in English)
The project Romislokus was started shortly before the beginning of the XXI century. At present, due to the switch over to the computer technologies, the electronic- acoustic music has become more preferable. They used linear and plane vision of sounding objects. The basic musical blocks have been arranged, the signal row of each of them has been put in order. The tasks of musical dramatic composition are solved according to software. That is, the starting-point of the listener will be shifted relatively to the music, and vice versa, the musical objects aren’t static either, some of them are able to shift relatively to the basic structure. By means of musical dramatic composition they try to construct the world in its diversity, to reflect the reality by means of interaction of 3 aggressive mediums constructed by us: organic, in-organic and intermediate medium, which can’t be defined, and is associated with the magnetic and other fields. If They’ll judge it from the point of view of mechanics, the human voice and the cells are in charge of organics, the computer and the synthesizer are in charge of the in-organics and the electronic guitars and the processor is the link between them. This is the Internet project, in which the specialists of different spheres of knowledge are busy working out projects in the field of new electroacoustic music. You never know what is waiting for you at the end of the way. When creating a musical composition, one is guided by the listener inside oneself, evaluates oneself, passes a sentence upon oneself, and only having finished the work, submits a ready composition on court of the audience. ('By Romislocus').
Well, It's very hard to describe the music of this Russian project, let's go back to years 70 and make a blend with the bands 'Embryo', 'Kraftwerk', 'Can', 'Vangelis' and others in the same musical line, now let?s go to the future and including new electronic technologies, you will have a amazing Ambient and Experimental sounds with travelling space rhythmics, all vocals are in Russian with great instrumental variation. 'Between Two Mirros' is a self production with ten tracks. I have my special and particular attention to: 'Cold' (One of the Best), 'The Wood Cutter', 'The Thunderstorm Is Coming', 'The Mist', 'Termites' and 'Three Colors'. Romislokus are: Evgeniy Gorelov - Keyboards, Vocal, Attorney, Irina Unakovskaya - Viola, Mihail Voronov - Lead Guitar, Mihail Brovarnik - Bass, Uriy Smolnikov - Rhythm Guitar, Vocal and Drums and bass programming – Romislokus. Excellent and indispensable work, highly recommendable…
Carlos Alberto Vaz Ferreira
Music review from prog Visions for album 'All Day Home' (in English)
You can hear the Roxy Music influence the first moment of the first track on the new Romislokus album. Though singer Yuri Smolnikov is no Bryan Ferry, the bouncy, catchy melody is inescapably Roxy’s. Shifting gears from a somewhat experimental space/trance progressive rock band, the Russian group now ventures into Art Rock and with mixed results.
The band consist of Evgeniy Gorelov on keyboards, Mikhail Voronov playingGuitars, Yuri Smolnikov on rhythm-guitar, vocal, Dmitriy Shelemetev onDrums, Maksim Platunov programming computers, Mikhail Brovarnik on bass, and Irina Yunakovskaya on cello.
After opening with 'Cool', the next few tracks, 'Dreg', 'If', 'Freedom', and 'I’m Tired', mix a blend of mellow avant garde electronica with indiscrimative mediocrity. That’s not to say that the songs are bad, it’s just that they blend together and virtually sound like the same track. There’s also the obligatory French lyrics. Though a drummer is listed, the continual use of a drum machine is a nuisance in that the programming sounds like some of the 80s style prototypes that doesn’t get in there and kick ass. There’s some crunchy guitar here and there, but nothing really comes out at you.
Track 7, 'Name' is a playful and melodic ditty that gets you almost wanting to dance, but it has a wonderful nostalgic element about it as well. 'Persici' is sung in Spanish, adding to Romislokus Euro Art-rock aspirations. The last three tracks in fact, give the album a strong ending, leaving you wondering what happened to the middle.The closer, 'Captain Zero' is a great alt-rock tune in the vein of the UK band James.
And I like all the swirling synth effects though out as the band certainly knows how to weave electronic subtleties better than even Roxy Music did. The greatest problem is the songs themselves. The CD is sandwiched by good tracks (one being a lift off their previous album), but contains a lot of filler. Obviously, continual listens bring out the differences in songs, but the album still lacks the overall punch and inspiration of their earlier works.
If you like the Art-Rock side of progressive rock or the 'Avalon' era of Roxy Music, you may find something you like here. But my suggestion to Romislokus is that if the band wants to pursue the art-rock scene, they pay closer attention to the writing of more diverse, captivating songs.
Music review from RottersClub.net for album 'Vinyl Spring, Digital Autumn' (in English)
From cold Russia, this band composed by seven musicians reach the second album with its music made of various colours. In fact Romislokus point on a mix of different sounds and styles that make the album particularly variegated. Thus they pass from near staring romantic progressive situations ('The snow of the rails', '78', 'Substance') to some diversified ones that go more near to space-rock ('Absolute control', 'Miss the target', 'Tuner') and symphonic pop ('It is winter', 'Smoke'); the whole this without disdaining transient incursions in a kind of modern 'ambient-jazz' ('A tree by the wall'), melodic ballads ('The face of a city') and right doses of electronics here and there.
The songs never are too long, but they are created with refinement and are well sung in mother-tongue by Yuri Smolnikov, and the large instrumentations, with the classic rock instruments and cello, violin, soft backing voclas and various samplers, allow a wide range of sounds that makes the album very heterogeneous. The purposed music is good, so as the recordings, excpecially thinking of the self-production, and the contrasts between acoustic and electronic sounds have their glamour, but perhaps the group should be better point to a lower number of ways, considering that there are good qualities, but we can also notice some fragmentarities. Successful! Waiting for the 'maturity examination'
Giuseppe Di Spirito
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