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XNA is a Symphonic Prog band influenced by prog legends YES, ELP and GENESIS. At the helm of the band is lead vocalist David Hussey (GENESIS tribute band, GABBLE RATCHET) strongly supported by a band of proficient musicians keyboardist Adam Malin (PSYCLE, SHELTERED LIVES, composer/author of solo sci-fi rock operas including "Singularity"), drummer/percussionist Scott Connor (CIRCA:, YOSO), guitarist Danny Bryle (PSYCLE, UNIVERSE, POOKIE), along with recent members, guitarist John Thomas (TONY CHILDS, VIXEN, FIREFLY, JOHN BROWN BAND) and bassist Jeff Bird (ROUNDABOUT, MAGNOLIA). These latter members replaced Bryle and Sherwood after the debut album release and are currently with the band.

XNA's debut album "When We Changed You" is produced by accomplished producer Billy Sherwood, who has been recording, mixing and producing artists as diverse as YES, CIRCA:, JOHN WETTON, RATT, MARS HOLLOW and recently WILLIAM SHATNER). Sherwood is also bassist and additional guitarist on the XNA album, and he describes the project as having "deep lyrics and music, very orchestral and dynamic, in the way old school GENESIS was done."

The music is wrapped around a sci fi concept, evocative lyrics and cinematic soundscapes. Sherwood is enthusiastic about the album stating, "the XNA project is amazing in both concept and performance. Each member of the band brings a level of virtuosity that when they join forces it becomes an incredibly dynamic and musically expressive production: orchestral music with power and punch, vocal depth, rock 'n' roll guitars and everything else it takes to make the perfect magical mixture. They asked me on board to produce/mix and it was an instant "yes"."

XNA should appeal to the fanbase of other Symphonic Prog artists such as ELP, GENESIS, YES, ECHOLYN, GREENSLADE and STARCASTLE.

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3.79 | 38 ratings
When We Changed You
2013

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4.17 | 3 ratings
Westernology: The Outlaw And The Sioux
2016

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 When We Changed You by XNA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.79 | 38 ratings

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When We Changed You
XNA Symphonic Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Other than one EP, this is the only recording by the band XNA. The music is an updated style of Symphonic Prog and features Billy Sherwood as bassist and additional guitarist and producer. Sherwood is famous for having worked with the band Yes on albums like 'Open Your Eyes' and 'Talk'. His contributions have been both good and bad, and many people question whether Yes would have been better off without his. Even though I consider 'Open Your Eyes' as one of Yes' weakest efforts, I still live the album 'Talk', so I figure we can give him another chance. Granted, Sherwood left the band shortly after the release of the album, but his influence is definitely there.

There is a slight connection to 'Genesis' also as David Hussey was part of a Genesis Tribute band. Like I said, slight connection. Hussey's vocals don't sound like neither Gabirel or Collins. You can hear a bit of the Genesis influence in this more than you can a Yes influence. But, in reality, I think its closer to post-Fish 'Marillion'. The musicianship is top notch, and there are weak points and strong points here. It is a decent style of Symphonic Prog, and I use Prog in a strong sense of the word. It's not just an album with prog elements, it is solid progressive music. The concept of the album is centered around chaotic development of the human race through history. This is quite a huge concept, and I think it would have served the band better to concentrate on a more specific example, instead of trying to cover all of history.

The album starts out with an instrumental 'At Childhood's Beginning' that acts as an overall introduction. It's a decent beginning to the album, and gives one a good indication of what to expect here. The next track is the title track, and has plenty of good progressive rock with great orchestration and performances by all involved. The vocals are decent, not the strongest, but not obnoxious either, so that is a plus. It is very neo 'Marillion' sounding, but with a noticeable amount of more progressiveness.

'Banner of the Whyte Boar' is a 15 minute track. This one starts out more acoustic, but with shades of Howe mixed in. This one is quite a dramatic piece, and often goes from acoustic to electric. There is some very good guitar, both acoustic and electric, working here, and there are some great driving passages. The vocals are a tad annoying in the quieter passages, but make up for this in the more complex segments. Don't worry, there are also plenty of quality keyboard passages here too that sound up to date. There is a bit of a folkish sound to this track also, and that is a nice addition. It's not perfect, but it is definitely respectable. And the best part is, it keeps your interest throughout.

'The Flying Dutchman' is next, and starts out with what seems like an accordion. This one also has the folkish lilt to it, but develops into symphonic feel. This one is more of a sung narrative, but again, there are some excellent hooks and passages here that will get your progressive heart pumping. Sherwood's bass is excellent here, Adam Malin's keyboards are quite tasteful, and once again, Danny Bryle's guitar work is quite impressive. Vocals are much better throughout this track too, even in the quieter sections. David Hussy does an effective job of characterization on the track.

'The Vale of Avalon' starts out ominous, but builds upon this. It features some rapid fire lyrics in some spots. Hussy's vocals are in a lower range in parts of the track and they don't seem quite as convincing when in his lower register, but he shines when he opens up more. The lyrics aren't bad, but there are a few times here that they approach slightly corniness. This is somewhat weaker than the other tracks thus far.

'Annapurna' starts with what sounds like a sitar. Again, it starts in Hussy's lower register, but it builds nicely. The narrator here is Rudyard Kipling. Again, it's more believable as the vocals open up. This one is quite cinematic and has some nice vocal harmonies as it continues. There is some interesting dissonance in this track, and it is darker than the others which helps add some variety overall. Another great guitar solo later on in this one.

Finally, we end with another epic track 'Childhood's End' at over 16 minutes. It starts out soft and shimmery and builds with synths and drums upon a nice cinematic crescendo. When the peak is reached, a nice guitar hook takes over, and a straightforward rhythm takes over. Layers build on this hook and finally vocals start. The mood and feel changes from aggressive to pensive throughout the first part of the track, with plenty of drama and romance in the lyrics. There are plenty of style changes, meter changes and moods in this track, yet it is all cohesive and enjoyable. The music flows well throughout.

Sherwood had high hopes for this album and band, and these were well-founded. It might have been too complex for today's audiences however, and the tracks are quite long for the most part, so it would have been hard to find a single off of this album. But Prog-heads would definitely appreciate the dynamics, mood shifts and meter changes, not to mention the musicianship that is prevalent. There are some weaknesses, and it's not perfect, but it is definitely a great beginning for a band. I haven't heard the EP that was released a few years later, after Sherwood's departure, but I do know it is a single 17 minute track. Nothing else has been done since then. But I think this album is an excellent album that should be at least listened to because it is a worthy effort. The strengths outweigh the weaknesses on this one. 4 stars.

 Westernology: The Outlaw And The Sioux by XNA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2016
4.17 | 3 ratings

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Westernology: The Outlaw And The Sioux
XNA Symphonic Prog

Review by heartscore

4 stars What if you would crossbreed Progressive Rock in the tradition of old Genesis and Yes with Spaghetti-Western and its maestro Morricone? XNA, the band which could set a sign with their debut-album, did it. The EP "Westernology", which is just available from the band's website, contains just one single song, but this song is divided in seven parts (The magnificent seven?) and ends exactly on minute seventeen. The subtitles are as follows:

1. Monument Valley 2. Grit and gun 3. The way of the wolf and the bear 4. How the tables turned 5. The butte and the bow 6. Debt repaid 7. Justified

The scene is set with strumming acoustic guitars, mandolin and pedal-steel and we feel immediately beamed to wide open landscapes. As soon as David Hussey starts to tell the story you are catched by the atmosphere. XNA take typical instrumentations and some interesting chord-progressions from Morricone and add Prog-typical breaks and interludes, where the YES-Influence is shining through. The songs are mostly straightforward with some typical galopping rhythms and dramatic (and very catchy) melody-lines, but there is still enough stuff for the Proghead, especially during the interlude-sections. And the concept of a song-suite telling a story should attract every lover of old Genesis. The sound of XNA is focused on the vocals and keyboards, but also drums, bass and guitar have their spots. I am impressed by the wide range and the intensity of David Hussey's performance. I can not remember on anything similar in the history of Progressive Rock, so this EP gets additional points for innovation, concept and artwork.

If you think Prog should tell a good story and have great melodies you should check this EP. Highly recommended!

 When We Changed You by XNA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.79 | 38 ratings

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When We Changed You
XNA Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars XNA was formed in LA - USA few years back by vocalist David Hussey, with one album released so far in 2013 named When we changed you. From the start I want to say that I like what I've heared here, the music incorporates diffrent influences like Genesis or Yes from the old school or similar with more modern acts like Mars Hallow , plus famous Billy Sherwood is present here besides he done the production, mixing, recording he handle the bass duties on this release and aswell some guitar parts. Pieces are lenghty minus opening short one, has elaborated arrangements, dominated by vocal lines, guitar parts and keybords passages. I like the vocal lines, I'm not bothered at all by David Hussey voice like other complain, he has a perfect voice for such music with a specific british english tone. The music is melodic with nice twisted parts slow passages more uptempo all wraped in a symphonic prog aproach, a fav of mine from here are When We Changed You or Banner of the Whyte Boar with a folky aproach, very good in my opinion. Sherwwod himself describes the album like this "deep lyrics and music, very orchestral and dynamic, in the way old school Genesis was done.", nothing more to say just listen and convinced yourself that this album is good towards great. For me a winner and 4 stars for sure., I have to mention that the art work and the whole package is impressive, very nice. All in all for fans of symphonic prog, those who enjoy both old school like Genesis, Yes, Starcastle, or Mars Hallow, etc from more recent prog bands.

 When We Changed You by XNA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.79 | 38 ratings

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When We Changed You
XNA Symphonic Prog

Review by emperorken

5 stars It's really great when a new band releases their first album and it really strikes a chord(no pun intended). Such is the case with XNA's new album, "When We Changed You". This is clearly classic Yes and Genesis influenced symphonic prog. It opens with a short bombastic keyboard instrumental, and then gets into the 6 main tracks ranging between 7 and 16 minutes. Each track tells a story and is musically unique, with changing tempos, themes, and plenty of catchy melodies.

The keyboards seem to be the dominant instrument, although there is plenty of great guitar work. The vocalist, David Hussey, has a perfect voice for this kind of music, and he offers the occasional quirkiness that accentuates the lyrics. Some good Yes-like harmonies as well.

Really a great listen from start to finish and far better(IMO) than anything Yes or Genesis has released since the late 70's. As late as I discovered this album, I will have to push it into my top 10 for 2013. Highly recommended.

 When We Changed You by XNA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.79 | 38 ratings

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When We Changed You
XNA Symphonic Prog

Review by OneOpinion

2 stars Comments based on a purchased download from Amazon. All the ingredients for a great album are here. Well written songs with very interesting touches throughout. The musicians know how to play, great stuff. The problem for me is the mix/production. The entire album has a flat, shallow, shrill sound to it that at times makes me cringe. The vocals take the brunt of it, while the instrumental parts sound fairly good. Sadly, things go bad when the two meet and go into the higher and faster ranges. I can still enjoy the album, but think more about how great this could have been.
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