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Live, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Through the Gates of the Universe (11:49)
2. Biometry (5:19)
3. Opus 16 (4:36)
4. Castle of Birmingham (3:19)
5. Unmeasured Spaces (7:37)
6. Countdown (2:40)
7. Epiphany (8:08)
8. Come Back To Life (8:18)

Total Time 51:46


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Line-up / Musicians

- Dmitry Dorosh / guitar
- Olena Yeremenko / violin
- Viktor Sirotin / drums
- Oleg Vorona / bass
- Sergei Kadenko / keyboards

Releases information

Recorded live December 2014 in Kirovograd, Ukraine.

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Review by rdtprog
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team
4 stars The band has one release and it's a reunion concert recorded live in 2014 even though the band was formed in 1994. The band through some line-up changes decided to revisit some old songs and write some new songs. The music is mostly a combination of Jazz fusion and Progressive Rock inspired by King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and others with many instruments to add to the richness of the sound. The music is not without reference to many bands from the Japanese scene who has played this kind of Jazz Fusion and also because the last song "Comeback To Life" is heavily influenced by Japanese music. There is also some classical music in a couple of songs to change the pace. So, this is for those who enjoy some intense instrumental Jazz fusion and King Crimson. In fact, on the CD, you get the cover of "Starless" and you can watch the whole thing on DVD.
Review by Matti
3 stars Modern-Rock Ensemble is not the only Ukrainan prog act that has a long history and yet only one recent release. This strangely named group plays instrumental, eclectic prog composed mainly by guitarist Dmitry Dorosh. The gig heard here was held in Kirovograd, Ukraine, in December 6, 2014. The set contains both a CD (64 minutes) and a DVD.

I started out with the CD. My very first reaction was "What The F***": some low-fi dialogue in Russian. The subtexts of the DVD explains that it's the dialogue that Yuri Gagarin had just before his space travel. The roughly 11-minute opening track 'Through the Gates of Universe' shows quite openly where the music draws its strongest influence from: the John Wetton -era KING CRIMSON, or the instrumental side of it, to be more exact. The core line-up features a female violinist, and additional musicians play e.g. saxophone, flute, violin and viola. The band is skillful, but the compositions or arrangements were not as varied as I hoped. The Crimson influence is often heard, another good reference is Mahavishnu Orchestra. The music is not very emotional, it's mostly rather serious-minded. I can't say it would sound all the same, for example 'Castles of Birmingham' is more delicate than the rest. 'Comeback to Life' is perhaps the most colourful in sound, starting with a guitar lead reminiscent of 'To One in Paradise' by The Alan Parsons Project, and later at times reminding me of Mike Oldfield's Killing Fields soundtrack.

Eight original compositions are followed (in the CD) by the glorious King Crimson classic 'Starless'. Jason Offen does a pretty good, Wettonesque vocal job. Clearly this tracks is the highlight, simply because the composition itself is so marvelous and beloved (also by me) for decades. Sadly 'Starless' is not contained in the DVD, instead the set ends with the Gentle Giant instrumental 'Boys in the Band'. This track choice also tells something of the band's style. To some extent, the visual side of the concert was a let-down for me. The lighting looks, well, rather terrible to be honest. The large wall is filled with little lights in rows as in the electric billboards. I don't think it looks very good at any moment, whether there's circulating words (One Music Fest I think it was) or spacey movement effects. At least it leaves the musicians in minor roles visually. A good thing is that on DVD mr. Dorosh introduces most tracks (in Russian, with English subtitles) and on CD these are gracefully cut off. The package itself gives no artist information. For the music my rating is 3, but for the visual level I round it downwards.

Review by zravkapt
4 stars This live album is a reunion concert for this Ukrainian band who formed in 1994. An instrumental release containing an impressive diversity of instruments but generally centred in the guitar/bass/drums area. A very eclectic sound including fusion, post-punk, electronica and classical. "Through The Gates Of The Universe" opens the album with what is apparently a recording of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin speaking. Once the music starts it's some kind of hard rocking fusion. Nice guitar soloing here. Good violin and sax in this track as well. Gets mellower with spacey synths and guitar arpeggios later.

"Opus 16" starts out kind of New Wave symph prog, then gets more funky before becoming more symphonic. "Unmeasured Spaces" begins as a kind of avant-fusion featuring mallet percussion. Some good synth soloing and sax soloing. "Epiphany" is the highlight of the album for me (and you can listen to this track on PA). Opens with a funky synth riff and fast guitar picking before an awesome groove drives the music forward. Love the fast fusiony guitar playing in parts. Great melodies in this track. Nice unison runs between guitar and violin at one point. In the middle goes symphonic before returning to the funky synth riff.

"Comeback To Life" has sitar and flute making a very New Age beginning of this track. Gradually gets more symphonic and orchestral with additional instruments being added. Really great synth soloing dominates for awhile before ending with a symphonic finish. This release has very good sound and the musicianship is superb. You can purchase this album on Bandcamp. For fans of Eclectic Prog in general. I will give this a solid 4 stars.

Review by kev rowland
4 stars One of the joys of having been involved in the scene for such a long time is that every so often I get approached by a band I haven't come across before, asking if I would like to review an album of theirs. This is exactly what happened here, as gutarist Dmitry Dorosh contacted me, and I'm sure I wouldn't have come across this otherwise. The name of the band, wait for it, is Ichthyander Dad's Only Dolphin, which has to be one of the most interesting names I've come across. Unfortunately it reminds me of Ken Dodd's Dad's Dog's Dead, who I never did manage to see in London in the Eighties, but often saw them listed as "coming soon". According to the bible that is ProgArchives, the band were originally formed in Ukraine in 1994, but broke up before the turn of the milennium having released just a demo. Fast forward to 2014 and original members Dmitry, Oleg Vorona (bass), and Viktor Sirotin (drums), put together a new version of the band with violinist Olena Yeremenko and keyboard player Sergei Kadenko.

performed a reunion concert in their home town of Kirovograd, and they have now made a recording of this available through Bandcamp. The more perceptive would have noticed that there isn't a singer listed, which is because this is an instrumental band, and to be honest there just wouldn't be any room for vocals. To say that every person is a master of their instrument is something of an understatement, and this strange, eclectic music is completely enthralling. They are often likened to Frank Zappa combined with classic King Crimson (the only cover is a version of "Starless"), but there are also sections that could be classic Beatles, while Ozone Quartet also springs to mind. There are times when the music is in standard 4/4 time and restrained, while others it is mixing and melding at great speed and intricacy, taking melodic leaps that one thinks will never make sense but somehow always does. Sometimes classical, sometimes eclectic art rock, sometimes compelling, but never boring, I look forward with interest to hear what these guys can do in a studio.

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja
COLLABORATOR Eclectic Prog Team
4 stars Ichthyander Dad's Only Dolphin (IDOD) is yet another band to hail from the vibrant Eastern European prog scene. An all-instrumental ensemble, IDOD is something of an archetypal modern eclectic band. This sole release (so far) of theirs is a live album from a recent reunion show; the band's original incarnation disbanded in the 1990's before they got a chance to release any material. And it certainly seems to me that they've made up for lost time!

IDOD is almost the definition of eclectic prog; their hour-long setlist never sits still, flipping between symphonic prog, jazz rock, prog folk, and new age, with these genres often weaved together into the same passage. Some common referential cores can be picked up, with the jazzier side of King Crimson shining through quite often, but there's really a lot more nuance to these guys' sound than can be conveyed just by listing influences. Indeed, these guys have a remarkable depth to their sound. The music is rich in timbres, with the typical "prog quartet" of keyboard, guitar, bass, and drums being spruced up by violin, flute, and saxophone. And the band is equally compelling at pulling off any number of moods or ambiences, whether it's the uptempo rock exhilaration of "Countdown", the sombre, contemplative "Castle of Birmingham", or the nostalgic, yearning "Comeback To Life". Add in the virtuoso performances and headspinningly intricate rhythmic arrangements that grace much of the material, and these guys have a real hit (by prog standards at least) on their hands!

Having said that, there's not much on this album that's wildly innovative; IDOD don't have anything up their sleeves that some other eclectic group hadn't thought of 30 or more years ago. But what tips the scales in their favour is the fact that they've so masterfully consolidated their influences into something that's not only consistently strong in terms of composition and performance, but they've captured some of the magic that makes all the prog classics so wonderful. When you hear that first crashing opening of "Through The Gates of The Universe", you know that you're in for a musical joyride and a true sonic adventure. And what a journey it is. After repeat listens, the music - and the experience - hold up remarkably well. So here's a band that gets down to business. No gimmicks, just great music, plain and simple - even if the music is anything but. 4 stars for a memorable, professional, and ultimately stunning display of talent.

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