Reviewed by MJBrady on 02 Sep 2002
If music can get anymore obnoxiously confounding than this, I'd love to hear it! This music is as technical as anything I have ever witnessed, and the instrument components involved make this as much a excercize in perplexity as anything I ever heard to date. When describing this band in mere adjectives, I am left feeling a bit inadequately versed in my attempts to explain just what it is I am hearing. Imagine if you will, the circus band has had a party, someone put LSD in the punch, Zappa and Stravinsky showed up in the spirit and composed some music for the band to play, and they were in rare form, someone had the presence of mind to record it, in high quality stereo, mixed to perfection, and ouila! Sorry if this metaphorical potrayal seems unrealistic, but this band plays music that seems surrealistic to me. In progresive rock circles they refer to this music as RIO, a fitting title for Rock In Opposition, and Miriodor certainly opposes the standard formats for most conveniently labeled music alright. They are a chamber orchestra gone mad, with a composer that has glimpsed into the future of musical theory, and adapted his visions to this contemporary ensemble. This music has many ingredients from the many cultures of progressive. Jazz, classical, world fusion, jazz/rock fusion, avant garde, circus music, horror movie soundtracks, etc. How Miriodor was able to draw from this odd combination of sorts I cannot answer, but I can tell you to be in a very attentive mood when trying this stuff, it is the Rubik's Cube of progressive music.