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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