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Read excerpts from reviews in which Salim Ghazi Saeedi's music has been compared to other musicians.


King Crimson  Robert Fripp  Frank Zappa  Art Zoyd  Aranis  Univers Zero  John Zorn 
Porcupine Tree  Peter Gabriel  Ian Carr  Jeff Beck  Dmitri Shostakovich  Djam Karet  Birdsongs of the Mesozoic 
Emerson, Lake & Palmer  Igor Stravinsky  Rimskij-Korsakov  The Enid  Henry Cow  5uu's  David Bedford 
       
Richard Pinhas  Mike Oldfield  COS  Patrick O'Hearn  Sufjan Stevens  ZNR  Mecano 
             
Steve Hillage  Anne Dudley and Jaz Coleman  Anne Clark  Clint Mansell  Jeff Waters  Gustav Holst  Crucis / Pino Marrone 
             
Marrone  Algarnas Tradgard  Humus  Carl Orff  Pierre Vervloesem  X-Legged Sally  Sleepytime Gorilla Museum 
             
Dick Dale  Steve Vai  Jimi Hendrix  Santana  Alex Skolnick Trio  Steve Morse Band  OHM 
             
Scott Mosher  Gabor Szabo  John Berberian  Mattias IA Eklundh  Anour Brahem  Greg Lake  Simon Steensland  

King Crimson / Robert Fripp

"Perskie King Crimson?" -Iconophobic Album Review, Artrock.pl, Wojciech Kapała, May 2011 (Read more)

"shades of Zappa, Crimson and Ian Carr, cropping up along the way" -Iconophobic Review, Terrascope Online, Phil McMullen, Dec 2010 (Read more)

"Cette musique est beaucoup plus expérimentale avec des volutes de guitares à la Robert Fripp, des expérimentations sonores et électroniques, des ambiances de claviers mystérieuses." -Iconophobic Album Review, Harmonie Magazine #70, Philippe Gnana, Nov 2010  (Read more)

"Bref, ici, l’on n’est pas loin de la démarche à la Robert Fripp, sauce orientale, entre jazz, electro-jazz et rock expérimental." -Iconophobic review, Prog-résiste Magazine #64, Pierre Nanson, Apr 2011 (Read more)

"Jedno rzuciło mi się na uszy: mieszanie bluesowego stylu gry Jeffa Becka ze sposobem wyrażania emocji Roberta Frippa, zapewne znanego niektórym z udzielania się w King Crimson." -Iconophobic Album Review, Hard Rock Service, Vincent, Jul 2011 (Read more)

"zou ik nu vervolgen met het opnoemen van de bands die Salim Ghazi Saeedi beïnvloed hebben bij het maken van “Iconophobic.” Daarbij zou ik dan bands noemen als Univers Zero, Art Zoyd, Present, King Crimson, Aranis, de hele Belgische chamberrock-scene of de Russiche componist Igor Stravinsky." -Iconophobic Review, Peter van Haerenborgh, Progwereld, Mar 2011 (Read more)

"A Satire on Hell (in 5/4), The Songful Song of Songbird, Don’t You See the Cheerful Rainbow? dalle profonde linee frippiane." -Iconophobic Review, Lo Scrittore Progressivo, Riccardo Storti, Aug 2011 (Read more)

"It starts with a most classical symphonic prelude, “Out Of Silence The One Ran And Returned”, starting on a martial speed evoking Holst’s Mars (of Planets and In the Wake of Poseidon’s fame [by King Crimson])" -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011 (Read more)

"Try and imagine equal parts speed metal, classical, jazz, progressive rock, and the great RIO of X-Legged Sally. Add some Fripp inspired guitar in places, and you have at least an idea of the genre this gets into. It’s pretty close to having it’s own genre" -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Aug 2011 (Read more)

"Liefhebbers van progressieve rock (King Crimson) en experimentele jazz ( John Zorn ) zullen mogelijk hun gading vinden in zijn muziek." -Human Encounter Review, Digg*, Quincy Cloet, Nov 2011 (Read more)

"there's definitely a Robert Fripp vibe going on." -Human Encounter Review, The Rocktologist, Rok Podgrajšek, Oct 2011 (Read more)

"This comes in feeling like a jazzier King Crimson. More straightforward jazz sounds are added, but it still manages to invoke some of those Crimson images." -Human Encounter Review, Music Street Journal, Issue 85, Gary Hill, Dec 2011 (Read more)

"This makes me think of the Vrooom era of King Crimson if there were more jazz added to the mix." -Human Encounter Review, Music Street Journal, Issue 85, Gary Hill, Dec 2011 (Read more)

"It is perhaps best compared to the more abstruse corners of King Crimson's discography" -Human Encounter Review, Luna Kafé, Tim Clarke, Feb 2012 (Read more)

"We are increasingly conscious of the references to the RIO and chamber music to progressive rock classic, especially to King Crimson." -Human Encounter Review, Arlequins webzine, Francesco Inglima, Feb 2012 (Read more)

"Discipline developed, reminiscent of the most exploratory Robert Fripp." -namoWoman review, Music Zine, Apr 2013 (Read more)

"Salim is an excellent guitarist and you can easily detect influences of Fripp and others." -Iconophobic and Human Encounter review, Exposé Online, Henry Schneider, Apr 2013 (Read more)

Frank Zappa

"shades of Zappa, Crimson and Ian Carr, cropping up along the way" -Iconophobic Review, Terrascope Online, Phil McMullen, Dec 2010 (Read more)

"nutty zany Zappa sound" -Iconophobic Review, Aural Innovations #42, Carlton Crutcher, Jun 2011 (Read more)

"A Zappa approach ('Hot Rats' Phase)" -namoWoman Review, Gaesteliste.de, Klaus Reckert, Oct 2013 (Read more)

Univers Zero

"His compositions often have a classical influence that make this music related to the music of Art Zoyd and Univers Zero. The music has from time to time the same darkness as we know from Univers Zero." -Iconophobic Review, Vital Weekly, #767, Dolf Mulder, Jan 2011 (Read more)

"I am curious to know who all Salim has listened to in his life. As I hear so many sounds ranging over the likes of Art Zoyd, Univers Zero, David Bedford, Richard Pinhas, ZNR and Mecano (a lesser known Dutch band from the 1980's that began more new wave but then evolved to a brilliant semi industrial neo classical pop unit). -Iconophobic Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Oct 2010 (Read more)

"Wer gerne Formationen wie Univers Zero, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic und Art Zoyd hört, wird von "Iconophobic" nicht enttäuscht sein." -Iconophobic Album Review, Babyblaue Prog, Siggy Zielinskim, Oct 2010 (Read more)

"die einmal die düsteren Noten, die hier und da fast Univers Zero-typisch sein können, das aber nur fragmentarisch" -Iconophobic Album Review, Progressive Newsletter #70, Volkmar Mantei, Nov  2010 (Read more)

"cuyo estilo se permite la influencia de los músicos contemporáneos más audaces como UNIVERS ZERO, ART ZOYD, BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC, PRESENT, ARANIS y COS, por referenciar a los que identifico con mayor claridad." -Iconophobic Review, Manticornio, Alfredo TAPIA-CARRETO, Jun 2011 (Read more)

"zou ik nu vervolgen met het opnoemen van de bands die Salim Ghazi Saeedi beïnvloed hebben bij het maken van “Iconophobic.” Daarbij zou ik dan bands noemen als Univers Zero, Art Zoyd, Present, King Crimson, Aranis, de hele Belgische chamberrock-scene of de Russiche componist Igor Stravinsky." -Iconophobic Review, Peter van Haerenborgh, Progwereld, Mar 2011 (Read more)

"Comparisons to Univers Zero or Birdsongs of the Mesozoic are way closer, but still don't give the right flavor. I'd say, If members of Hamster Theater captured a wandering band of Bible-era Iranian circus performers and forced them to play RIO, then they might sound like this. After about twenty years of practice." -Iconophobic Review, GEPR, Fred Trafton, Jun 2011 (Read more)

"Ustuqus-al-Uss-al-Avvalin-val-Akharin is truly the piece de resistance, together with its splendidly Univers Zero-ish intro" -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011 (Read more)

"[Government] has more to borrow from Present and Univers Zero than Persian folk dances.." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011 (Read more)

"Fortunately, with toned down electric guitars and the same ominous [on Naught I Been Thou], UZ-ish atmosphere prevailing since the beginning, the piece still holds its water well." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011 (Read more)

"It’s a combination of Peter Vervloesem/X-Legged Sally/Sleepytime Gorilla Museum gone instrumental/Stravinsky/Mecano in their neo classical industrial era/ a brush stroke of middle eastern and Univers Zero backing them all up." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Aug 2011 (Read more)

"His piano segments are particularly menacing, except he likes to get to the point a bit sooner than the likes of Univers Zero" -Human Encounter Review, The Rocktologist, Rok Podgrajšek, Oct 2011 (Read more)

"Se “Ustuqus-Al-Uss Avvalin Val Akhrin” è un graffiante Prog metal impreziosito da elementi di musica araba tradizionale, elettrificati, la successiva “Outer Aeonic Descend”, cupa e stridente, sembra quasi avere a che fare con qualcosa degli Univers Zero." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, Arlequins webzine, Jessica Attene, Oct 2011 (Read more)

"Salim ovvia anche a ciò seguendo la lezione degli esperimenti multimediali di Art Zoyd (Transcend Ecstasy with Ecstasy, Give my Childhood Back) o delle sinfonie avantgarde degli Univers Zero (A Satire on Hell, Asiyeh, The Songful Song of Songbirds)." -Iconophobic Review, Wonderous Stories #19, Lorenzo Barbagli, Aug 2011 (Read more)

"Saeedi understands his craft. Musically his work fits perfectly in the tradition of Henry Cow, Univers Zero, 5uu’s or X-Legged Sally." -Human Encounter Review, Vital Weekly #821, Dolf Mulder, Feb 2012 (Read more)

"As instrumentation is limited to the use of a double bass, electric guitar, drums and keyboards, almost always the same, characterized by a dark sound that may remind those Trigaux (Present, Univers Zero)." -Human Encounter Review, Arlequins webzine, Francesco Inglima, Feb 2012 (Read more)

Es ist natürlich schwer, Parallelen als Univers Zero zu nennen, weil dies nicht im Ansatz wirklich funktioniert. -namoWoman Review, Ragazzi Webzine, Volkmar Mantei, Apr 2013 (Read more)

"often recalling, quite closely, pages of the Univers Zero book" -namoWoman Review, Toucing Extremes, Massimo Ricci, Feb 2014 (Read more)

"Mit "namoWoman" Saeedi ist ein hörenswertes Album gelungen, das man gehört haben sollte, falls man finster eingefärbten Kammerprog in der Art von Univers Zero zu seinen Vorlieben zählt." -namoWoman  review, Babyblaue, JSiggy Zielinskim, Apr 2013 (Read more)

Aranis

"zou ik nu vervolgen met het opnoemen van de bands die Salim Ghazi Saeedi beïnvloed hebben bij het maken van “Iconophobic.” Daarbij zou ik dan bands noemen als Univers Zero, Art Zoyd, Present, King Crimson, Aranis, de hele Belgische chamberrock-scene of de Russiche componist Igor Stravinsky." -Iconophobic Review, Peter van Haerenborgh, Progwereld, Mar 2011 (Read more)

"cuyo estilo se permite la influencia de los músicos contemporáneos más audaces como UNIVERS ZERO, ART ZOYD, BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC, PRESENT, ARANIS y COS, por referenciar a los que identifico con mayor claridad." -Iconophobic Review, Manticornio, Alfredo TAPIA-CARRETO, Jun 2011 (Read more)

Present

"zou ik nu vervolgen met het opnoemen van de bands die Salim Ghazi Saeedi beïnvloed hebben bij het maken van “Iconophobic.” Daarbij zou ik dan bands noemen als Univers Zero, Art Zoyd, Present, King Crimson, Aranis, de hele Belgische chamberrock-scene of de Russiche componist Igor Stravinsky." -Iconophobic Review, Peter van Haerenborgh, Progwereld, Mar 2011 (Read more)

"cuyo estilo se permite la influencia de los músicos contemporáneos más audaces como UNIVERS ZERO, ART ZOYD, BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC, PRESENT, ARANIS y COS, por referenciar a los que identifico con mayor claridad." -Iconophobic Review, Manticornio, Alfredo TAPIA-CARRETO, Jun 2011 (Read more)

"色と、近年のART ZOYD/PRESENT等の影響化にあるSymphonic色も漂わせたDarkかつHeavyなChamber色を融合した、ジャケットの印象そのままのWorld/Ethinic Electro Chamber Rockを展開" -Iconophobic Review, DiskUnion's Progressive Rock Online, Feb 2011 (Read more)

"[Government] has more to borrow from Present and Univers Zero than Persian folk dances.." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011 (Read more)

"As instrumentation is limited to the use of a double bass, electric guitar, drums and keyboards, almost always the same, characterized by a dark sound that may remind those Trigaux (Present, Univers Zero)." -Human Encounter Review, Arlequins webzine, Francesco Inglima, Feb 2012 (Read more)

Ian Carr

"shades of Zappa, Crimson and Ian Carr, cropping up along the way" -Iconophobic Review, Terrascope Online, Phil McMullen, Dec 2010 (Read more)

Art Zoyd

"His compositions often have a classical influence that make this music related to the music of Art Zoyd and Univers Zero." -Iconophobic Review, Vital Weekly, #767, Dolf Mulder, Jan 2011 (Read more)

"Wer gerne Formationen wie Univers Zero, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic und Art Zoyd hört, wird von "Iconophobic" nicht enttäuscht sein." -Iconophobic Album Review, Babyblaue Prog, Siggy Zielinskim, Oct 2010 (Read more)

"zou ik nu vervolgen met het opnoemen van de bands die Salim Ghazi Saeedi beïnvloed hebben bij het maken van “Iconophobic.” Daarbij zou ik dan bands noemen als Univers Zero, Art Zoyd, Present, King Crimson, Aranis, de hele Belgische chamberrock-scene of de Russiche componist Igor Stravinsky." -Iconophobic Review, Peter van Haerenborgh, Progwereld, Mar 2011 (Read more)

"cuyo estilo se permite la influencia de los músicos contemporáneos más audaces como UNIVERS ZERO, ART ZOYD, BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC, PRESENT, ARANIS y COS, por referenciar a los que identifico con mayor claridad." -Iconophobic Review, Manticornio, Alfredo TAPIA-CARRETO, Jun 2011 (Read more)

"Salim ovvia anche a ciò seguendo la lezione degli esperimenti multimediali di Art Zoyd (Transcend Ecstasy with Ecstasy, Give my Childhood Back) o delle sinfonie avantgarde degli Univers Zero (A Satire on Hell, Asiyeh, The Songful Song of Songbirds)." -Iconophobic Review, Wonderous Stories #19, Lorenzo Barbagli, Aug 2011 (Read more)

John Zorn

"[He] has been compared to King Crimson guitarist/frontman Robert Fripp & the comparison is not for nothing ... though John Zorn's movie soundtracks works as a better comparison to my ears." -Iconophobic Review, Roman Midnight Music, Aaron Joy, Mar 2011 (Read more)

"De korte muzikale statements doen mij denken aan wat John Zorn deed tijdens zijn 'Film Works'-cyclus. De muziek van Saeedi zou dan ook heel goed dienst kunnen doen als filmmuziek." -Iconophobic Album Review, Prog Opinion, Harry 'JoJo' de Vries, Nov 2010 (Read more)

"John Zorn of Sufjan Stevens zouden dit soort muziek ook hebben kunnen maken." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Prog Opinion, Harry 'JoJo' de Vries, Aug 2011 (Read more)

"One might describe it ([Naught Been I Thou]) as a sort of crossover between Near Eastern folk and Downtown-Zorn-inspired music" -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011 (Read more)

"Liefhebbers van progressieve rock (King Crimson) en experimentele jazz ( John Zorn ) zullen mogelijk hun gading vinden in zijn muziek." -Human Encounter Review, Digg*, Quincy Cloet, Nov 2011 (Read more)

Djam Karet

"This release finds him wandering an intriguing path between traditional progressive rock, chamber music and the sounds of both Djam Karet and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic." -Iconophobic Review, Music Street Journal, Issue 85, Gary Hill, Dec 2010 (Read more)

"[The Songful Song of Songbirds] is one of the most intriguing pieces on show and at times makes me think of Djam Karet." -Iconophobic Review, Music Street Journal, Issue 85, Gary Hill, Dec 2010 (Read more)

"[Don't You See the Cheerful Rainbow?] This one has some definite RIO-like sounds, but is also rather like Djam Karet." -Iconophobic Review, Music Street Journal, Issue 85, Gary Hill, Dec 2010 (Read more)

"[I Am Beautiful, Are You Beautiful?] has a lot of real rock and roll built into it. It’s quite a cool tune that makes me think of Djam Karet quite a bit." -Iconophobic Review, Music Street Journal, Issue 85, Gary Hill, Dec 2010 (Read more)

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic

"This release finds him wandering an intriguing path between traditional progressive rock, chamber music and the sounds of both Djam Karet and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic." -Iconophobic Review, Music Street Journal, Issue 85, Gary Hill, Dec 2010 (Read more)

"[Dance in Solitude] tune is one of the tastiest on show and reminds one at times of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic." -Iconophobic Review, Music Street Journal, Issue 85, Gary Hill, Dec 2010 (Read more)

"[Eternal Melancholy of Loving Women] is mellow and much more classical in nature, but there is some more experimental music built in to it. Again, comparisons to Birdsongs of the Mesozoic wouldn’t be entirely inappropriate." -Iconophobic Review, Music Street Journal, Issue 85, Gary Hill, Dec 2010 (Read more)

"[Give My Childhood Back]: As it builds, though, other things join and this again, at times, feels a little like Birdsongs." -Iconophobic Review, Music Street Journal, Issue 85, Gary Hill, Dec 2010 (Read more)

"Wer gerne Formationen wie Univers Zero, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic und Art Zoyd hört, wird von "Iconophobic" nicht enttäuscht sein." -Iconophobic Album Review, Babyblaue Prog, Siggy Zielinskim, Oct 2010 (Read more)

"cuyo estilo se permite la influencia de los músicos contemporáneos más audaces como UNIVERS ZERO, ART ZOYD, BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC, PRESENT, ARANIS y COS, por referenciar a los que identifico con mayor claridad." -Iconophobic Review, Manticornio, Alfredo TAPIA-CARRETO, Jun 2011 (Read more)

"Comparisons to Univers Zero or Birdsongs of the Mesozoic are way closer, but still don't give the right flavor. I'd say, If members of Hamster Theater captured a wandering band of Bible-era Iranian circus performers and forced them to play RIO, then they might sound like this. After about twenty years of practice." -Iconophobic Review, GEPR, Fred Trafton, Jun 2011 (Read more)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

"the suite moves on with “Outer Aeonic Descend”, which slowly builds up with percussion, crashing heavy chords, followed by a piano fugue in an ELP/RIO sort of way." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011 (Read more)

Jeff Beck

"Jedno rzuciło mi się na uszy: mieszanie bluesowego stylu gry Jeffa Becka ze sposobem wyrażania emocji Roberta Frippa, zapewne znanego niektórym z udzielania się w King Crimson." -Iconophobic Album Review, Hard Rock Service, Vincent, Jul 2011 (Read more)

""Namow" opens the plate. The guitar is amplified greatly. A bit like in Jeff Beck." -namoWoman review, Music Zine, Apr 2013 (Read more)

COS

"cuyo estilo se permite la influencia de los músicos contemporáneos más audaces como UNIVERS ZERO, ART ZOYD, BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC, PRESENT, ARANIS y COS, por referenciar a los que identifico con mayor claridad." -Iconophobic Review, Manticornio, Alfredo TAPIA-CARRETO, Jun 2011 (Read more)

Hamster Theater

"Comparisons to Univers Zero or Birdsongs of the Mesozoic are way closer, but still don't give the right flavor. I'd say, If members of Hamster Theater captured a wandering band of Bible-era Iranian circus performers and forced them to play RIO, then they might sound like this. After about twenty years of practice." -Iconophobic Review, GEPR, Fred Trafton, Jun 2011 (Read more)

David Bedford

"I am curious to know who all Salim has listened to in his life. As I hear so many sounds ranging over the likes of Art Zoyd, Univers Zero, David Bedford, Richard Pinhas, ZNR and Mecano (a lesser known Dutch band from the 1980's that began more new wave but then evolved to a brilliant semi industrial neo classical pop unit). -Iconophobic Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Oct 2010 (Read more)

Richard Pinhas

"I am curious to know who all Salim has listened to in his life. As I hear so many sounds ranging over the likes of Art Zoyd, Univers Zero, David Bedford, Richard Pinhas, ZNR and Mecano (a lesser known Dutch band from the 1980's that began more new wave but then evolved to a brilliant semi industrial neo classical pop unit). -Iconophobic Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Oct 2010 (Read more)

ZNR

"I am curious to know who all Salim has listened to in his life. As I hear so many sounds ranging over the likes of Art Zoyd, Univers Zero, David Bedford, Richard Pinhas, ZNR and Mecano (a lesser known Dutch band from the 1980's that began more new wave but then evolved to a brilliant semi industrial neo classical pop unit). -Iconophobic Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Oct 2010 (Read more)

Mecano

"I am curious to know who all Salim has listened to in his life. As I hear so many sounds ranging over the likes of Art Zoyd, Univers Zero, David Bedford, Richard Pinhas, ZNR and Mecano (a lesser known Dutch band from the 1980's that began more new wave but then evolved to a brilliant semi industrial neo classical pop unit). -Iconophobic Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Oct 2010 (Read more)

"At times you have beautiful string and wind synthesizer in the sound track mode, giving way to shred and speed metal prog, then off to neo classical music. This compares to the bands The Flue and Mecano ( the same bands I compared Salim’s solo CD to ) in many places as well. That industrial classical gothic prog that sounds so good to these ears." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Aug 2011 (Read more)

"It’s a combination of Peter Vervloesem/X-Legged Sally/Sleepytime Gorilla Museum gone instrumental/Stravinsky/Mecano in their neo classical industrial era/ a brush stroke of middle eastern and Univers Zero backing them all up." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Aug 2011 (Read more)

Crucis / Pino Marrone

"As I had mentioned about Abrahadabra, a good comparison might be Pino Marrone of Crucis fame." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011 (Read more)

"Although Steve Vai and similar shredders are obvious comparisons here, the reference that most quickly comes to mind is Pino Marrone, Crucis’ guitarist whose incredible guitar solos make ‘Los Delirios del Mariscal’ such a memorable experience." -Abrahadabra Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, May 2008 (Read more)

"Abrahadabra is like the famous Crucis track ‘Abismo Terrenal’ on ‘Delirios...’ multiplied by five and extended over nine tracks of total manic fury but of a very exotic and refined type." -Abrahadabra Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, May 2008 (Read more)

Steve Hillage

"[Salim] uses the lead guitar with the more glissando fuzz ( like Steve Hillage ) in a couple of pieces." -Iconophobic Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Oct 2010 (Read more)

Anne Dudley and Jaz Coleman

"the only record I can think to compare it ([Iconophobic]) with is Anne Dudley and Jaz Coleman’s “Songs From The Victorious City”, in the same way it so successfully merges two traditions." -Iconophobic Review, Leicester Bangs, Rob F., Jun 2011 (Read more)

Porcupine Tree

"Has an early Porcupine Tree (On The Sunday Life, Up The Downstair) feel to them, but as if the composer bi-polar tendencies." - Iconophobic Review, ProgSnobs, Aaron Weiss, 13 Dec 2010 (Read more)

"He delivers here a good instrumental complex Progressive Rockalbum that mixes influences from current modern day progrock of the PORCUPINE TREE kind with some Arabic traditional music." -Human Encounter Review, Strutter Magazine, Gabor Kleinbloesem, Feb 2012 (Read more)

Mike Oldfield

"By było ciekawiej, dużo tu elementów przypominających to, co robił na swoich płytach Mike Oldfield." -Iconophobic Album Review, Hard Rock Service, Vincent, Jul 2011 (Read more)

"reminiscent of a Middle Eastern Mike Oldfield." - Iconophobic Review, Spiritual Prog, Oct 2010 (Read more)

Peter Gabriel

"Denk daarbij aan de voor Peter Gabriel IV met allerhande intrigerende, zelf opgewekte klanken volgestopte Fairlight" - Iconophobic Album Review, iO Pages Magazine #96, René Yedema, Oct 2010 (Read more)

Anne Clark

"Deze staan weer in sterk contrast met de bewust kil klinkende drumcomputerpatronen, die zo van een oud album van Anne Clark afkomstig hadden kunnen zijn." - Iconophobic Album Review, iO Pages Magazine #96, René Yedema, Oct 2010 (Read more)

Rimskij-Korsakov

"“My Inner Sun” ci stupisce con una apertura che possiede un lirismo intenso e che mi ricorda di fatto Rimskij-Korsakov e la sua “Sheherazade”." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, Arlequins webzine, Jessica Attene, Oct 2011 (Read more)

Igor Stravinsky

"zou ik nu vervolgen met het opnoemen van de bands die Salim Ghazi Saeedi beïnvloed hebben bij het maken van “Iconophobic.” Daarbij zou ik dan bands noemen als Univers Zero, Art Zoyd, Present, King Crimson, Aranis, de hele Belgische chamberrock-scene of de Russiche componist Igor Stravinsky." -Iconophobic Review, Peter van Haerenborgh, Progwereld, Mar 2011 (Read more)

"The CD has a short story in the notes about each song and I’ll let the folks who buy this enjoy that part. The music begins like Stravinsky with haunting classical music. The piano leads it out to a more Carl Orff atmosphere." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Aug 2011 (Read more)

"The CD has a short story in the notes about each song and I’ll let the folks who buy this enjoy that part. The music ([Out of Silence the One Ran and Returned]) begins like Stravinsky with haunting classical music. The piano leads it out to a more Carl Orff atmosphere." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Aug 2011 (Read more)

"It’s a combination of Peter Vervloesem/X-Legged Sally/Sleepytime Gorilla Museum gone instrumental/Stravinsky/Mecano in their neo classical industrial era/ a brush stroke of middle eastern and Univers Zero backing them all up." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Aug 2011 (Read more)

Patrick O'Hearn

"Ook referenties aan Patrick O'Hearn, Sufjan Stevens en Mike Oldfield doen opgeld en in de relatief wat forsere, door klassieke muziek, beinvloedde stukken komt zelfs The Enid voorbij." -Iconophobic Album Review, Prog Opinion, Harry 'JoJo' de Vries, Nov 2010 (Read more)

"Het album bestaat uit negen tracks van gemiddeld een minuut of vier die mij vooral doen denken aan The Enid." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Prog Opinion, Harry 'JoJo' de Vries, Aug 2011 (Read more)

Sufjan Stevens

"John Zorn of Sufjan Stevens zouden dit soort muziek ook hebben kunnen maken." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Prog Opinion, Harry 'JoJo' de Vries, Aug 2011 (Read more)

"Ook referenties aan Patrick O'Hearn, Sufjan Stevens en Mike Oldfield doen opgeld en in de relatief wat forsere, door klassieke muziek, beinvloedde stukken komt zelfs The Enid voorbij." -Iconophobic Album Review, Prog Opinion, Harry 'JoJo' de Vries, Nov 2010 (Read more)

The Enid

"Het album bestaat uit negen tracks van gemiddeld een minuut of vier die mij vooral doen denken aan The Enid." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Prog Opinion, Harry 'JoJo' de Vries, Aug 2011 (Read more)

"Ook referenties aan Patrick O'Hearn, Sufjan Stevens en Mike Oldfield doen opgeld en in de relatief wat forsere, door klassieke muziek, beinvloedde stukken komt zelfs The Enid voorbij." -Iconophobic Album Review, Prog Opinion, Harry 'JoJo' de Vries, Nov 2010 (Read more)

"'A Satire on Hell' is daarvan een goed voorbeeld en een van mijn favoriete tracks. Maar wellicht is er in Iran nooit iets doorgedron- gen van The Enid, dat sluit ik niet uit, dus dit 'hineininterpretieren' is geheel voor mijn rekening." -Iconophobic Album Review, Prog Opinion, Harry 'JoJo' de Vries, Nov 2010

Jeff Waters

"Ciekawe, czy Salim w swoich skromnych partiach gitarowych umyślnie czy też może przypadkowo naśladuje tu i ówdzie Jeffa Watersa." Iconophobic Album Review, Hard Rock Service, Vincent, Jul 2011 (Read more)

Clint Mansell

"se l’avessi ascoltato senza sapere l’autore, probabilmente avrei detto: carino il nuovo disco di Clint Mansell!" -Iconophobic Review, Emanuele Brizzante, Good Times Bad Times Blog, Jan 2010 (Read more)

Gustav Holst

"It starts with a most classical symphonic prelude, “Out Of Silence The One Ran And Returned”, starting on a martial speed evoking Holst’s Mars (of Planets and In the Wake of Poseidon’s fame)" -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011 (Read more)

Marrone

"Think Marrone with a Persian musical background who would play Los Delirios del Mariscal after gulping twenty espressos in a cinch, and you have a rough idea of what Salim Ghazi Saeedi may sound like." -In Ustuqus-al-Uss album review talking about Abrahadabra album), Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011 (Read more)

Algarnas Tradgard

"a bluesy slow played by a sort of Persian Santana, with bursts of speedkraut-like riffing a la Älgarnas Trädgård or Humus: Artemis The Huntress". -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011 (Read more)

Humus

"a bluesy slow played by a sort of Persian Santana, with bursts of speedkraut-like riffing a la Älgarnas Trädgård or Humus: Artemis The Huntress". -Ustuqus-al-Uss Album Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, Jun 2011 (Read more)

Carl Orff

"The CD has a short story in the notes about each song and I’ll let the folks who buy this enjoy that part. The music ([Out of Silence the One Ran and Returned]) begins like Stravinsky with haunting classical music. The piano leads it out to a more Carl Orff atmosphere." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Aug 2011 (Read more)

Pierre Vervloesem

"You’ll be shocked by the next song ([Ustuqus-al-Uss-al-Avvalin-val-Akharin]) as it begins as a highly charged speed metal composition that rapidly brings in strings and various motifs that would have fans of Pierre Vervloesem happy." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Aug 2011 (Read more)

"It’s a combination of Peter Vervloesem/X-Legged Sally/Sleepytime Gorilla Museum gone instrumental/Stravinsky/Mecano in their neo classical industrial era/ a brush stroke of middle eastern and Univers Zero backing them all up." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Aug 2011 (Read more)

X-Legged Sally

"Try and imagine equal parts speed metal, classical, jazz, progressive rock, and the great RIO of X-Legged Sally. Add some Fripp inspired guitar in places, and you have at least an idea of the genre this gets into. It’s pretty close to having it’s own genre" -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Aug 2011 (Read more)

"In fact, X-Legged Sally fans will like this one." -Human Encounter Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Nov 2011 (Read more)

"Saeedi understands his craft. Musically his work fits perfectly in the tradition of Henry Cow, Univers Zero, 5uu’s or X-Legged Sally." -Human Encounter Review, Vital Weekly #821, Dolf Mulder, Feb 2012 (Read more)

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

"It’s a combination of Peter Vervloesem/X-Legged Sally/Sleepytime Gorilla Museum gone instrumental/Stravinsky/Mecano in their neo classical industrial era/ a brush stroke of middle eastern and Univers Zero backing them all up." -Ustuqus-al-Uss Review, ProgNaut webzine, Lee Henderson, Aug 2011 (Read more)

Dick Dale

"On ‘Route’ (track 5), one can even hear Dick Dale’s blueprint for ‘Miserlou’, which makes plenty of sense knowing the predilection that Dale has for Oriental scales." -Abrahadabra Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, May 2008 (Read more)

Steve Vai

"Although Steve Vai and similar shredders are obvious comparisons here, the reference that most quickly comes to mind is Pino Marrone, Crucis’ guitarist whose incredible guitar solos make ‘Los Delirios del Mariscal’ such a memorable experience." -Abrahadabra Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, May 2008 (Read more)

Jimi Hendrix

"Hendrix and Santana have also obviously instructed the phenomenal axe genius that Salim Ghazi Saeedi truly is." -Abrahadabra Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, May 2008 (Read more)

Santana

"Hendrix and Santana have also obviously instructed the phenomenal axe genius that Salim Ghazi Saeedi truly is." -Abrahadabra Review, Gnosis2000, Richard Poulin, May 2008 (Read more)

Alex Skolnick Trio

"STEVE MORSE BANDやALEX SKOLNIC TRIO/B.L.S./OHM等の流れを汲むMetal Fusion志向をベースに、出自であるArabic Musicを加えた一枚。" - Abrahadabra Review, DiskUnion's Progressive Rock Online (Read more)

Steve Morse Band

"STEVE MORSE BANDやALEX SKOLNIC TRIO/B.L.S./OHM等の流れを汲むMetal Fusion志向をベースに、出自であるArabic Musicを加えた一枚。" - Abrahadabra Review, DiskUnion's Progressive Rock Online (Read more)

OHM

"STEVE MORSE BANDやALEX SKOLNIC TRIO/B.L.S./OHM等の流れを汲むMetal Fusion志向をベースに、出自であるArabic Musicを加えた一枚。" - Abrahadabra Review, DiskUnion's Progressive Rock Online (Read more)

Scott Mosher

"What Salim has come up with is an album that reminded me of a weird combination of light prog rock mixed with ambient guitar sounds, that put me in mind of that wonderful guitar player/musician Scott Mosher and his music." -Iconophobic Review, Rocktopia, Ian Johnson, Sep 2011 (Read more)

Gabor Szabo

"Bij‎ 'For Eugene, Distilling the Delicacy' begint dat met een vleugje Perzische folkrock, die gelijkenissen met Gábor Szabó en John Berberian oproept." -Human Encounter Review, Digg*, Quincy Cloet, Nov 2011 (Read more)

John Berberian.

"Bij‎ 'For Eugene, Distilling the Delicacy' begint dat met een vleugje Perzische folkrock, die gelijkenissen met Gábor Szabó en John Berberian oproept." -Human Encounter Review, Digg*, Quincy Cloet, Nov 2011 (Read more)

Dmitri Shostakovich

"rich with Persian rhythms and brooding rock-Shostakovitch shadows" -Human Encounter Review, JazzWax, Marc Myer, Jan 2012 (Read more)

Henry Cow

"Saeedi understands his craft. Musically his work fits perfectly in the tradition of Henry Cow, Univers Zero, 5uu’s or X-Legged Sally." -Human Encounter Review, Vital Weekly #821, Dolf Mulder, Feb 2012 (Read more)

5uu's

"Saeedi understands his craft. Musically his work fits perfectly in the tradition of Henry Cow, Univers Zero, 5uu’s or X-Legged Sally." -Human Encounter Review, Vital Weekly #821, Dolf Mulder, Feb 2012 (Read more)

Mattias IA Eklundh

"Das zweite Stück, "nam" variiert das erste Thema mit Violine, in sehr tiefen Lagen gespieltem Klavier und einer wie bei Mattias IA Eklundh flageolett-jubelnden Sologitarre." -namoWoman Review, Gaesteliste.de, Klaus Reckert, Oct 2013 (Read more)

Anour Brahem

""oma" eine verproggte Fassung einer Anour Brahem-Komposition sein." -namoWoman Review, Gaesteliste.de, Klaus Reckert, Oct 2013 (Read more)

Greg Lake

"Persönlicher Liebling ist "man", bei dem Salim am Bass wie die Morgenland-Version von Greg Lake bei "Pictures At An Exhibition" klingt." -namoWoman Review, Gaesteliste.de, Klaus Reckert, Oct 2013 (Read more)

Simon Steensland

"I was also reminded of the excellent and relatively unsung Simon Steensland, another brilliant observer of the one-man-RIO-band philosophical system" -namoWoman Reviewi, Toucing Extremes, Massimo Ricci, Feb 2014 (Read more)

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