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Chinese act COLD FAIRYLAND was established in 2001, when Lin Di (vocals, keyboards, pipa, ruan) hooked up with Su Yong (bass, vocals). The two of them decided to create an album, issued as Flying Over the City the same year.

While the debut album first and foremost consisted of material previously written by the two founding members prior to meeting, their next effort was the first true band release by the outfit; now a quintet after Zhou Shengan (cello, vocals), Li Jia (drums, vocals) and Song Jian Feng (guitars, vocals). In 2003 this first true band effort saw the light off day, named Kingdom of Benevolent Strangers.

By this time COLD FAIRYLAND had started getting a name for themselves in their native country, their mix of symphonic progressive rock and Eastern folk music elements gaining popularity. And with two studio efforts under their belt, the time had come for a live album; and in 2006 2005 Live was issued.

For their next, and so far most recent studio release; Cold Fairyand did something completely different. As forewarned on their live effort, this latest excursion is an all out acoustic affair; in many ways similar to Green Carnation's The Acoustic Verses but with a distinct influence in compositional structure and overall sound from Chinese folk music. It's called Seeds on the Ground, and was issued in 2007.

The latest developments in the band are a few line-up changes; founding member Yong has left, while Xi JinE (keyboards) and Seppo M. Lehto (bass) have been added.

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3.00 | 3 ratings
Flying Over the City
3.67 | 6 ratings
Kingdom of Benevolent Strangers
3.50 | 18 ratings
Seeds on the Ground

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3.92 | 7 ratings
2005 Live

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 Seeds on the Ground by COLD FAIRYLAND album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.50 | 18 ratings

Seeds on the Ground
Cold Fairyland Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars COLD FAIRYLAND is a band I became acquanted with on MySpace last year, and at the time I was shocked that there was a band in China that played progressive music. It was good too, at least the songs I heard. I was very glad to see them added here by Windhawk. 8 of the 11 tracks here are instrumental, and the vocals on the other three are female, and in her native language.

This album is very much an acoustic one with guitar, cello, percussion and pipa leading the way.The pipa almost sounds like a banjo to my ears but when you hear it you think China.This instrument is way to dominant for my tastes and besides i'm not really a fan of acoustic albums anyway.

I like the press release for this album that describes it as: "It's countryside is cruel and beautiful, filled with legend, rivers and forests, ghost towns and battlefields." It is an album you can get lost in with the pipa and cello dominating the soundscapes.

I think this album is more Folk then Neo-Prog, and if your into Folk you should check it out, it's quite beautiful. It's just not my style.

 Seeds on the Ground by COLD FAIRYLAND album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.50 | 18 ratings

Seeds on the Ground
Cold Fairyland Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars China hasn't been the home to many well known progressive rock artists so far, for many reasons. Different cultural traditions, as well as a society that was pretty closed to the outside world for many years, means that I'm not even sure if rock music as such is popular there. Enter Cold Fairyland, a Chinese band proudly announcing themselves to be a progressive rock act, with a handful of releases to their name.

"Seeds on the Ground" is a release somewhat similar in style to Norwegian act Green Carnation and their album "The Acoustic Verses". The songs are all dominated by acoustic or acoustic sounding instruments, the bass provides a basic melody line, the guitars adds a slightly more complicated melody line harmonizing with the bass. Unlike aforementioned Green Carnation release vocals aren't a central element here though, instead violins and the traditional Chinese instruments Pipa and Ruan shares the dominating spot on these tunes, both of them adding a distinct folk-inspired and Chinese expression to compositions predominantly rock in style - although mellow in expression.

Good songs too, a few outstanding and the rest very good. Fans of mellow, progressive rock with influences from traditional Chinese music - or those who find this description interesting - have a release to check out here.

 2005 Live by COLD FAIRYLAND album cover Live, 2006
3.92 | 7 ratings

2005 Live
Cold Fairyland Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This third album by Chinese band Cold Fairyland contains a few surprises; with tunes from the past, present and the future.

There's a mix of tunes here with great variety in style and manner. Haunting, atmospheric and at times gritty tunes in a distinct neo-progressive vein is the first of two dominating kinds of tunes here, with the only elements revealing their origin being the Chinese vocals. More folk inspired compositions, with ruan and pipa included in the instrumentation, makes up for the other style having a dominating place on this CD. A few numbers mixing these styles can be found as well, and there's also songs with funk and jazz influences in here. Rather eclectic in other words.

Cello and synths are both given prominent roles in these tunes, especially the cello - as this instrument is used throughout the album. The synths aren't everpresent; but when used they paint emotional, often majestic sonic tapestries. The drum sound is big, the bass probably sounds more dominant than it's supposed to in this live recording, and the guitar is used in acoustic, clean electric and distorted electric style - depending on style.

Good songs with good drive in these live recordings - the recording quality is so and so though, not extremely raw but fuzzy and indistinct in places. Which is probably the only negative aspect of this one.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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