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Symphonic Prog • United States


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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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 When We Changed You by XNA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.67 | 20 ratings

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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.

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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.

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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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