CD: RAIG R009 
Ltd x 350
If prizes were awarded for packaging then the first place rosette would be firmly planted onto "Dynatos". This CD is wrapped up in a gorgeous silk piece of cloth then held together inside a laced hard book folder. Absolute perfection in presentation and a credit to the artists and label. Of course great packaging means diddly squat if the music cannot attain equally high standards but Irmologion hasn’t fallen fowl with this release.
quick word about R.A.I.G before I go on any further. Formed in 2002 The
Russian Association of Independent Genres supports artists involved in
challenging or what may be perceived as challenging music that goes beyond
the restrictive boundaries of normal musical convention. They offer limited
editions by Russian musical innovators and are to be seriously applauded
for their efforts. If only more record labels would take this approach
we, as music aficionados, would receive a far greater variety of music
that we deserve to hear instead of being spoon fed the usual pap shoved
our way…no matter how good that pap may be.
The word "Dynatos" in Greek means powerful and robust…amongst other things…though it was used to describe significant persons in imperial ecclesiastical hierarchy. Which in respect is what this work is all about. The music conjuring up emotions of strength and resilience. Of the human spirit at odds with the power of will. Just as human endeavour succeeds or fails this music uplifts and deflates bringing a joyous and depressive refrain all within the same time. So yes you could call it strange and quirky. Even difficult in places. That though would be missing the point.
is a celebration to creativity. Pushing aside negative preconceptions
the goal. There are no boundaries to this music. It will travel where
it wants. Only the self made barriers of the listener can halt its progress.
Open your mind and let the music flow. A top quality release that cements
the growing reputation of this act and one that shouldn’t be ignored.
[Irmologion] / [RAIG]
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