Exposé Online banner

Khatsaturjan — Aramed Forces of Simantipak
(Musea FGBG 4464.AR, 2006, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2007-03-01

Aramed Forces of Simantipak Cover artListening to this new album by the Finnish band Khatsaturjan took me back to the 70s and mid-period Genesis. Aramed Forces of Simantipak is a rock symphony lasting almost 70 minutes. Though I am not exactly certain what it is about since the liner notes only provide the lyrics and not a story line. Khatsaturjan blends progressive rock with classical music in the best tradition of the prog pioneers. They even quote Handel’s “Sarabande” in one of their songs. However, the music is a bit sterile, lacking the warmth the music demands. All four band members sing, play keyboards, and an additional instrument (bass, guitar, drums, and cello). The orchestration and vocal harmonies, for the most part, are executed perfectly. In fact the harmonies conjure images of Queen. However, there times as the music fades at the end of a track where it is stripped bare isolating a single keyboard, which causes the music to lose some of its impact. In addition, the overall quality of the recording is a bit heavy on the treble thereby accentuating the sibilants in the vocals and other high frequencies resulting in tired ears. You can probably fix this problem through judicious use of the bass control to soften the sound a bit. To sum things up, Khatsaturjan is a capable band recreating the progressive rock of the 70s, but not extending it much.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Khatsaturjan

Latest news

Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more

Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Austin Bridges - Awake the Day – Austin Bridges is a Christian rock band, who use music to contemplate the mysteries of the universe. I also like to contemplate the mysteries of the universe, which include why Austin Bridges sent a...  (2005) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues