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12 Mar 2017

Artsruni ‎ “Cruzaid” 2002 Armenia Prog Jazz Rock










Artsruni ‎ “Cruzaid” 2002 Armenia Prog Jazz Rock
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Very nice jewel discovered here, brought nothing more or nothing less than Armenia (I was wrong in the tags of the files and I put Andorra, apologies).
Progressive of very good quality, with some influences scattered throughout the album, but more than anything with clear and manifest influences of Camel and Jethro Tull, which perhaps characterizes to the disc not by its originality, but by its construction, its Level and its good interpreters. The guitar with the imprint of the Jazz that refers in great part to Latimer, the lively flute, taking the lead in occasion, and a executed bass of very good form that adds the technical touch to the music.
Album that well know to receive those who enjoy the classic prog............

Who would believe that Progressive rock reached Armenia ? However this former Sovietic Republic has much to share. Just listen to ARTSRUNI to be convinced. This current band proves that it has known how to get in touch with major influences coming mostly from Europe, without abandoning their strong local identity (Use of traditional instruments). We are in front of exceptional, virtuous and imaginative musicians, heirs of JETHRO TULL or CAMEL. It's nothing exceptional when you know they are teachers at the Erevan University, gathered around great guitarist Vahan ARTSRUNI. "The Live Cuts 2000-2001" unveils a dynamic rhythm which does justice to a bassist incredible of virtuosity and feeling, as well as to a flutist with a nervous play. Some tracks were recorded in collaboration with a real symphonic orchestra ! First real studio album, "Cruzaid" (2002) describes the Asian vision of medieval crusades. A charming and removing journey..................

This album is absolutely spectacular. The guitar based prog rock runs from high-speed riff mania to slow and steady ballads. The flute will instantly bring to mind Jethro Tull, but I think that's a little unfair and most listeners will be quick to hear that this is not a JT duplicate. While there is a bit of the minstrel in there, the sound is more Italy than England for me (couldn't find a better way to describe it). Given the rather hectic range of music on this album, one might think it a little schizophrenic, but this is not the case. The speed is so seamlessly woven with the slow that the entire album feels like a unified whole (like an old Rush or Genesis album). Exceptional song craftsmanship combined with spectacular guitar work (that reminds me of the best from Lifeson or even Satriani) make this a must own for any fan of progressive rock. Not to be missed (I need to find a live show with these guys!).........By angryfornoreason...........

While the combination of flute, electric guitar, and some jazzy scales brings Jethro Tull to mind, this is quite different from Tull. It is closer to a less-spacey, somewhat less frenetic Ozric Tentacles - type sound. There is a bit of Eastern influence, but not as much as you might expect from a band from Armenia - it is there, but not overwhelming. There is a great deal of virtuosity in the instrumentalists' performance, but the band does not allow their technical prowess to get in the way of the composition. There are some vocals (in Armenian, or so I presume), but this is mostly an instrumental album. The majority of the music is uptempo, but with some mellower breaks to alter the mood nicely. Overall, this is highly recommended to any fan of progressive rock.....Byjaman57...............

I knew about Vahan Artsruni even before he created his own band and released this couple of CDs, but it was mostly as a member of Meschyan's band. So it was interesting for me to see him as a composer, guitarist and lead vocalist and overall his growth as an individual. I'm glad to say that i really liked the album. He has a great voice and excellent guitar skills. You can feel the cultural influence, especially the flute, in this mostly traditional rock, with a very pleasant melody and nice vocals. It would be a very nice addition to any music collection........ByKarapet Karapel.........

Artsruni is a band formed in 2000 by the musician Vahan Artsruni, known in Armenia since the early 80s. With the title "Cruzaid" and the accompanying cover image of the first study, one wanted to draw attention to 1700 years of Christianity in Armenia.

One can describe these predominantly instrumental music with sporadic singing in Armenian language as a successful, positive sound mixture of rock and folk. The pieces are worn by the delicate or spirited rock melodies of the flute and the electric guitar. There are always solistic inserts from the guitar, flute and bass, which are strongly anchored in folk / rock and therefore seem quite disciplined. The few funky bass sounds are far from enough to bring Artsruni into fusion or jazz rock. The bandleader 's acoustic guitar acts rather in the background here, but his class can still be recognized on this instrument.

The violin-folk flutes / guitar parts of "Cruzaid (Part one)" are among the many moments on "Cruzaid", which remind me strongly of Jethro Tull, concerning the musical direction and instrumentation. On "Cruzaid (Part Two)", the ethnic influences of the Armenian musicians can also be seen. I especially like the driving theme of "Anush Garun" on this album, where I find the virtuoso flute play especially attractive.

"Cruzaid" is surprisingly compact, despite the permanent, short solo inserts. Rarely have I heard such a tasteful and melodious-looking instrumental record...by....Siggy Zielinski.........

"Cruzaid" is a very impressive album by the Armenian band Artsruni. The sound of the formation around the name Vahan Artsruni is dominated by a beautiful flute play, which harmonizes perfectly with the lead guitar. All compositions radiate a wonderful warmth and stand out pleasantly from the usual Progrock monotony. At no time will the usual keyboard instruments be missed. Artsruni underscores their independence, but the music is by no means alien to the mid-European listeners.

Already the easy-footed symphonic of the first two titles "Aditon" and "Barev" is already familiar at the first listening session. The Armenians even remember a little about Camel. Guitarist Vahagn Amirkhanyan lends the songs with rocking riffs but also a dynamic touch and plays along with the flutist Arman Manukyan the melody lead. Songwriter Vahan Artsruni is responsible for discreet, acoustic guitar playing and at the time contributes a romantic component.

Especially in the two-part title song "Cruzaid", Artsruni go into more complex fields and also reveal their geographic origin in the second part. The connection with the culture of their Armenian homeland is also recognizable in music. The booklet of the CD draws attention to the changing history of this country between Turkey and Iran, which in the year 301 had already recognized Christianity as a state religion. Despite the catastrophic economic situation of the former Soviet republic, the music of Artsruni shows a very positive attitude of life, which is so full of hope and southern joy.

The songs "Im Ser" and "Call Of the Wind" offer, in contrast to the otherwise exclusively instrumental compositions, also sparingly used, pleasing singing of bandleader Artsruni, which is held in the Armenian country language.

In any case, Artsruni let "Cruzaid" listen and prove that they can also musically live outside their homeland. For further publications it is to be hoped that the country-typical elements in their music are still a little expanded....by....Horst Straske.........

Personnel:
- Vahan Artsruni - vocals, acoustic guitars
- Vahagn Amirkhanyan - electric guitar
- Arman Manukyan - flute
- Artur Molitivin - bass
- Levon Hakhverdyan - drums
- Lilianna Hakhverdyan - percussion 

Tracklist
Adition 5:49
Barev 4:49
The Lost Symbol 6:09
Cruzaid (Part 1) 6:29
Cruzaid (Part 2) 6:04
Im Ser 6:16
Anush Garun 6:35
Call Of The Wind 5:01 

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