Romislokus are a Russian progressive rock band who utilize various instruments and electronic sounds (samples) to create truly original material. To elaborate, the band has the staple instruments: guitars, keyboards, bass, drums, and vocals (in Russian), but also use cello, violin, and computers (yes, there is actually a member of Romislokus who's sole credit is 'Computers'). The end result brings to mind moments of Pink Floyd's early soundscapes (especially 'Echoes'), and Ozric Tentacles (specificly the 'Erpland' album).
The band writing has two distinct musical styles on this CD: 1) straight-ahead progressive rock songs, with choruses, verses, and some sort of structure. 2) Grandiose soundscapes which awe and horrify the listener. I identify with the soundscapes more because the Russian vocals create a layer of abstraction that make it difficult to appreciate what is going on. This maybe a little hypocritical for me to say because I do enjoy bands with vocals in languages other then English (such as Anglagard, Magma, PFM, Isildur's Bane, etc). It might have to do with the staccato nature of the language that is my hang-up.
For those looking for the soundscapes I've mention, the best ones are hidden within lengthy tracks, like in the end of 'A Tree by the Wall' and 'Tuner'. These tracks have big Gilmour delay guitar, pounding beats, keyboard atmospheres, and various sound-effect touches.
It would be easy for me to say that this band should go 100% instrumental, but I don't think that is going to happen. Maybe these vocals work for Russian an audience, but in playing it for other English speaking prog fans we all come to that conclusion that this band loses an appeal due to a language barrier.
Highlights: A Tree by the Wall and Tuner
Rating: 7 / 10