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X Religion

X Religion

X Religion


X-RELIGION was formed from the remnants of two hard rock bands of the nineties in Uzbekistan – RARE BIRD and EDGAR POE. Bassist Vitaly Menshikov (EDGAR POE), along with multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Albert Khalmurzayev, plus drummer Vladimir Badirov (both from RARE BIRD) met during a joint concert of their bands, and as a result agreed to form X-RELIGION. The band is indeed a ‘rare bird’ of sorts, being not only a rock band from the unlikely country of Uzbekistan, but a progressive rock band at that. Read more on Last.fm
X-RELIGION was formed from the remnants of two hard rock bands of the nineties in Uzbekistan – RARE BIRD and EDGAR POE. Bassist Vitaly Menshikov (EDGAR POE), along with multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Albert Khalmurzayev, plus drummer Vladimir Badirov (both from RARE BIRD) met during a joint concert of their bands, and as a result agreed to form X-RELIGION. The band is indeed a ‘rare bird’ of sorts, being not only a rock band from the unlikely country of Uzbekistan, but a progressive rock band at that. The band’s sound is a unique blend of keyboard-intensive symphonic, sometimes approaching metal, and interspersed with Russian classical influences as well. The band has routinely been critically praised for the intensity and complexity of their sound, and are rarely subject to comparisons to other progressive groups. Their discography is slim but impressive.

Keyboardist Albert Khalmurzayev was already in the process of composing the 46 minute-long epic “Sodom and Gomorra XXI” as a solo effort when the band formed. While he began recording it with the support of the other two members shortly after, the album was not complete until 2001 and was released under the name X-RELIGION. The band’s other release (“Dances on Gobelins”) was recorded around the same time as the final tracks for ‘Sodom…’, but was a truly collaborative effort by all three band members. While X-RELIGION have never officially announced a breakup, the members have all moved on to other projects since the release of ‘Dances…’. Vitaly Menshikov co-issued an album with Jeremy Morris under the name JEREMY & PROGRESSOR in 2005; Albert Khalmurzayev has appeared as a member of THE FROMUZ since 2004; and Vladimir Badirov has recorded a solo album and also performs with THE FROMUZ.

Badirov is also owner of the longstanding prog-rock website ProgressoR.net. X-RELIGION belong in the progressive archives because of their uniquely classical and symphonic style of music, and for their role as one of the very few standard-bearers for progressive music in Uzbekistan. http://www.progressor.net/xreligion Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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