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A relatively short-lived progressive metal band, XERXES where formed in 1986 and released their first demo in 1991. Come 1993 and the band release their debut ''Beyond my Imagination'' under General Inquisitor Torquemado. The EP ''Falling Leaves'' was the last work they produced as they folded shortly after. The last known line-up, which appears to have been fairly constant throughout their career, consisted of Adrian MOSER (vocals, bass, 1987-), Michel CUENI (guitars, 1986-), Christian MOSER (guitars, 1986-), Martin FRINGELI (drums, 1986-) and Jose ESPASANDIN (keyboards, 1992-).

With a sound mixing influences from folk to heavy prog, RUSH to BLIND GUARDIAN and sophisticated progressive metal in the vein of SIEGES EVEN and SOUL CAGES, XERXES are an excellent find for the 90's prog metal researchers.

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3.25 | 9 ratings
Beyond My Imagination

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3.67 | 3 ratings
Only a Dream..?
4.50 | 4 ratings
Falling Leaves

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 Beyond My Imagination by XERXES album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.25 | 9 ratings

Beyond My Imagination
Xerxes Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars One of the most obscure prog metal bands from early '90 is for sure Xerxes, but I can say in same time that is one of the most intresting one aswell. With a quite short career, formed around 1986 untill 1999 the year when they gone into oblivion. They are from Switzerland and released only one album, besides 2 EP, in 1993 named Beyond my imagination. Well, this is more then instresting album, it sounds like a folk progressive metal, very nice long elaborated pieces, 4 out of 5 are above 6 min, with 2 around 10 and 12 min. Strong songwriting, nice tempo changes from mellow folkish prog to more up tempo parts, sophisticated passages, very nice vocal parts, musicianship is top, what else an album to investigate. Opening track Longing or Time for revolution are excellent pieces, showing big potential in prog metal field, with all that they lost along the highway and finally disbanded around 1999.

Not an every day type of prog metal, but strongly original in most parts, even some influences are present here and there from bands such Sieges Even on their prog metal side and from Red Jasper from folk parts, but the resul is quite strong from start to finish.

Unfairly forgotten album, but I think they need a far more recognition, Beyond my imagination is a great addition to anyones collection. 3.5 stars, worth it.

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