XANG

"Destiny of a Dream" (Galileo Records; 1999)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

A combination of the spacey, progressive rock sounds of TANGERINE DREAM and the more commercial rock-oriented sounds of PINK FLOYD, XANG is the kind of music you must listen to with headphones and the lights off; otherwise, you miss half the experience. 

"Destiny of a Dream" is an instrumental album that brings to mind the guitar-heavier days of TANGERINE DREAM. It's what's usually described as "progressive rock" but what more aptly be described as a motion picture soundtrack sans the motion picture.

Another band that is brought to mind as you listen to XANG is the legendary rock band GOBLIN, who did the soundtracks for several horror movies back in the 70s (including "Dawn of the Dead" and others). 

With the "movie" theme in mind, the tracks on "Destiny of a Dream" range from the action/adventure sequences, to the love scenes to the special effects heavy battle sequences. The band uses synthesizers, guitars, and drums to paint elaborate sonic pictures that fill the mind with mental as well as aural images.

"Destiny of a Dream" is recommended for fans of the bands mentioned above: PINK FLOYD, TANGERINE DREAM and GOBLIN. People whose taste runs in those circles will appreciate the art of Xang and "Destiny of a Dream."

Xang is: Vincent Hooge, keyboards; Antoine Duhem, guitars; Mathieu Hooge, bass; Manu Delestre, drums.

For more information, check out http://www.galileo-records.com

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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