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FLIGHT OF FANCY

X-Panda

 

Progressive Metal

3.83 | 22 ratings

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Menswear
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4 stars Catchy.

When it comes to jazz/ fusion meets crunchy rock, it's important to keep things balanced. You don't wanna be too cocky and slip into complicated structures, because you still want to entertain, right? Well, X-Panda did it, and hands crossed their back.

Talented is not a big enough word to describe the skills of these guys. I would say..hmm..advanced. Yes! The band is advanced in what they are doing, delivering an album way above average. They are advanced in terms of compostions, none of the tracks deserved the skip button after a few minutes. They are (needless to say) skilled and professionnal musicians, giving the solos and melodies mostly to guitars and keyboards. And it's a great mix, the two intruments responding to one another, letting the other take the lead without overdoing it.

I did find the guitar playing influenced by Steve Vai (intentional or not), and in fact, some songs are build in the same patterns. Steve Vai is not afraid to show off, but not to the sake of harmony. I do have to appraise the keyboard player for layering all the way some exquisite electronic textures, solos and backgrounds without cramming your ears with too much colors.

X-Panda is recieving my applause for this very pleasant release, showing a high level of maturity and expertise. What a great surprise this was! They took me into a futuristic town, riding those cars Blade Runner did. Holograms, neons and skyscrapers, all of this bathing into a soft pink light.

Contenders for best newcomers hands down.

Menswear | 4/5 |

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