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    Posted: October 27 2011 at 08:05

X-Panda – Progressive metal and fusion band from Estonia!



Website:

            www.x-panda.net
            www.facebook.com/xpandaband
            www.myspace.com/xpandaband
            youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3a93FbZvVk
            youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ristoromot
            Digital album: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/xpanda

Band biography:

X-Panda is a progressive metal and fusion band from Estonia. The band is known for their concerts full of emotion and power - pure pleasure for people who like to dream, imagine and feel.  The music of X-Panda will move both experienced musicians and just music lovers. Their creations are full of surprises and changes of mood, sounds, complex rhythmical characters, rhythmic illusions, jazz-fusion chord progressions, mean and evil guitar riffs and in all this one can also find heroic film music melodies that you can sing along to.
X-Panda tries to expand their musical horizon and knowledge by creating technically and musically more entertaining music for themselves in the first place. 
 
The band was founded as a one time project for an original song competition in april 2009.  They ended up winning the competition with a song "Dickybirds". The feedback for such unusual music approach was extremely positive, so they decided to continue as a band. X-Panda has won several competitions, including the title Noortebänd 2010, which is one of the two biggest band competitions held in Estonia. 

X-Panda released their debut album ´´Flight of Fancy´´ in september 2011 
                                                                                        
Kaarel Tamra about X-Panda:
 "I think that it is unusual that four people can share the same musical interests.
 It is so cool that sometimes  when beginning to describe a particular riff or pattern, they already know what to do without me even saying it. I find that really rare  and special. We have a really good chemistry and we are all such good friends. The band is like a summer holiday -everybody is anxiously waiting for the rehearsals and concerts. They´re just so much fun, because we can do exactly what we want!"

X-Panda lineup:

Kaarel Tamra – keyboards
Risto Virkhausen – guitars
Tamar Nugis – bass and vocals
Karl-Juhan Laanesaar - drums
 

Main influences for X-Panda are:      

Dream Theater, Planet X, Liquid Tension Experiment, Jordan Rudess, Virgil Donati, Gavin Harrison, Simon Phillips, Joe Satriani, Porcupine Tree, Nightwish.
 

X-Panda discography:

 
Flight of Fancy (2011)
 
Track list:
 
1. Intro (0:49)

2. Black (11:00)

3. Dickybirds (7:01)

4. Flight of Fancy (7.04)

5. Siren (4:22)

6. Journey of a Dream (11:06)

7. Keyboard Solo (3:20)

8. Rhythm Department (5:58)

9. Calm Waters (4:17)

10. Crystal Gazing (8:16)

11. Revelation (6:24)
 

Two songs from the album Flight of Fancy are here for listening!




Edited by X-Panda - November 04 2011 at 09:53
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 27 2011 at 15:03
Shameless self-appreciation ftw.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 27 2011 at 15:38
Very good album, I must say. Clap
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 29 2011 at 06:52
I like the song Flight Of Fancy Smile ... nice keyboard share, heavy riffs, melodic flow ...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 31 2011 at 03:59
New video now on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-Fk9D6UijU
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 31 2011 at 04:08
Great album - working on review - just such a great sound overall and awesome musicianship
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New live video now on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpGASeTgqt0
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One of the better prog metal releases in the last few years!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2012 at 09:20
I second everybody who said they are great.
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