"Vendetta" (Riviere; 2002)

Reviewed by Snidermann

A Vendetta bandmember e-mailed me and asked if I'd like to review a CD of a progressive rock band out of Los Angeles. Never refusing such a request, I agreed. About a week later, Vendetta arrived and has been my constant companion ever since. 

Vendetta rocks hard in a classic Emerson, Lake and Palmer style and also shows strong Pink Floyd, early Yes, Styx and Alan Parsons Project influences. The band is piano-based, pure and simple. Gregory Hasarian plays the keyboards reminiscent of Rick Wakemen of the aforementioned Yes.

This music is not, I repeat, not heavy metal, but if you like any of the bands I mentioned you will like this stuff. The music took me back to my musical roots. Their simple straightforward approach to music makes Vendetta a musical find. I can account for about three or four different types of music here. 

If you want variety in your music this band might be a nice place to start. Vendetta definitely has a future - just remember you heard it here first at

VENDETTA is: Gregory Hosharian, Pianoforrte, Keyboard, QV-8, Effects & backup vocals; Jeff Thompson lead vocals; Hiroshi Shibayama, Bass guitar & backup vocals; Ben Chan guitars; and Vahagn Hovanisian, drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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