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3.83 | 31 ratings

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4 stars 4.5 realy

Estonian X-Panda is a new and young progressive fusion metal band who manage to release not long ago their first baby named Flight of fancy. Wow, holy mother , this is one of the most exciting and solid albums I've ever heared in last years, simply this album knocked me out of my socks. Extremely captivating and well crafted release, who didn't had very high expectations from me, but after I've heared some of their tunes on their web pages, I was simply hooked. The album is lenghy but is not a problem here, what is most important Flight of fancy is never a second boring, how is possible that such young musicians can create such majestic and solid music, original and yet very complex is beyond me. I must take my hat off in front of them beacause , I never thought I will like it so much, realy outstanting. The music offered my them is progressive metal , very well performed with a lot of fusion arrangements melted together, the result is fantastic and damn great. When I heared Black, nearly 11 min of greatness I was simply shocked how great, inventive , solid this band sounds and above all, a perfect choir introduced to give even a more majestic nd grandious moments, this pieces kick ass, simply said. Another highlight of the album is the title song - Flight of fancy, very smooth guitar lines, great druming chops, not to mention the keybords are simply amazing like on every pieces from here, top notch pieces. The arrangements as I said is quite complex, very fine interludes between guitarist and keyboards. Sporadicaly are vocal parts offered by bass player, who gives a more earthy atmosphere in contrast with godly instrumental passages. 99% the album is instrumental, they had enough room to show that thay mean bussines with this first release, and they realy done it big time. Some similarities with Petrucci in tone of guitar, but most of the time this release is original and inventive as it gets. For sure one of my top 2011 albums, and one of the most intriguing and complex and yet melodic albums I've heard in last years, who desearves to be as high as possibele beacase they worthy it for sure. As previous reviewer said, Flight of fancy who has btw an excellent futuristic cover art, must be one of the better and most promising debutes of the decade (who still is at beggining), but at the end of it, this album must be at least in top 50 if not higher. Highly recommended to everyone intrested to listen to intelligent well composed and performed progressive fusion metal of the highest calibre. 4-4.5 stars for sure.

b_olariu | 4/5 |


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