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From: "PROG4U" <>
Now it is official, XANG "Destiny of a Dream" is released! The Band has made a superb instrumental concept album. Here a short description of their music by (Christian Ax?) - Sweden: "It's progressive for sure, but not in the usual hasty style. Xang progresses slowly and accomplish a splendid live performance. Truly innovative and entertaining with many complex rhythms which constantly changes, tight and technical. Great guitar and bass work along with the strong keyboard sound makes this one of the best intstrumental demos I've heard in a long time. Xang will surely accomplish something really spectacular on their full-length album released."
We at Galileo Records are very proud about this debut and think it's in minimum every bit as good as expected, not only that, it's much better..! The Choice (8:12 min) of this album can be downloaded at : http://www.mp3.com/artists/42/xang Here some more statements about "Destiny of a Dream"- Progressive Corner / Switzerland : "This could be the best album of 1999. Right now at the second place of the faves-list".- French Mailorder : "This is the best prog album of the last decade coming out of France".
We will start next week with the Promotion of this album, but requests for distribution or booking are welcome. The CD can be ordered Online at (above)
Exclusive Distribution: Japan - Marquee Inc.; Brazil, Argentina and Chile - Rock Symphony
Thank your very much for your attention and all the best
P. Becker for Galileo Records
From: "Mark Fonda" <>
Patrick has been raving about this French group for some time... I just got my copy of their new (first) studio album 'Destiny of a Dream'... now I know why Patrick has been so enthusiastic... these guys are great! Keys, guitar, drums and bass... very clean, polished and well-balanced... dramatic, powerful and emotional... all instrumental... crackling melody and theme development... reminiscent of Arena and Eloy. A definite e-progpick!!
From: "PROG4U" <>
DURP (Markus Weis) - Germany 11-12-1999
XANG are a band from the north of France, founded 1995. "Destiny of a dream" is their first studioalbum. XANG play great instrumental progrock that primarily serves the song instead of the skills of the musicians. The compositions are so atmospheric and varied that you don't miss any vocals during the entire 62 minutes. This album offers progtracks with bluesrock flair (Misgivings, The choice), artrock (prediction beginning as soft artrock and developing to a dramatic fireworks, the beautifully sad piano-track The dream. In the end three great long-tracks are waiting for your ears: Bitterness, The choice - two tracks with great keyboard/guitar-runs, freejazzin' parts, progmetal elements, dramatic groovin' parts, riff staccati - and The light, beginning with a J.S.Bach alike organ intro, then becoming a mysterious, athmospheric progrocksong. Overall a highly recommendable instrumental progrock album. During some parts the e-guitar sounds a bit annoying and too dominant ... a mo! re defensive guitar sound would have been wiser during that few minutes.
From: "Richard Stockwell" <>
The Album Of The Month for January 2000 at Cranium Music is "Destiny Of A Dream" by XANG. There are three sound samples from the album plus the cover artwork and a mini review at the Cranium site.Well done Patrick at Galileo Records for a great debut release on your label.
great XANG reviews
Progression; John Collinge USA - January 2000
Not sure if this all-instrumental quartet is French or Swiss (French), but man can they smoke! Xang plays hard-driving progressive/symphonic rock with virtuosic leads shared by melodically lyrical guitarist Antoine Duhem and multi-keyboardis Vincent Hooge. Destiny of a Dream is mostly ensemble-based, with occasional soloing and dramatic, dynamic changeups. Check out "The Prediction" for an escalating series of mind-blowing symphonic surges - exciting stuff! This is not extraneous chopzilla, mind you. Plenty of notes certainly are flying about, but it's all with sense of purpose amidst sharply defined arrangements. There's also a welcome breather here and there as well, such as the eloquent piano-based "The Dream". "The Light" at 13-plus minutes, closes this gem of a disc, with a portentous pipe organ intro that segues into a multi-hued tapestry of playful keyboard/guitar interplay. Tempos ebb and flow, climaxing in stately symphonic splendor. Certainly, one of 1999's smartest instrumental offerings.
Greger Ronnqvist; Sweden - January 2000
A really strong debut CD from a French band, formed in 1995, called XANG. Their all instrumental album shows a band of excellent musicians who plays progressive rock that is sometimes close to progressive metal. It's complex, sometimes quite, sometimes loud and always very intriguing, like a mix between Arena, Dream Theater, Flamborough Head, Genesis, IQ, Lands End, Marillion, Pendragon, Rush and Spock's Beard, but all instrumental. It's very hard to do an instrumental album that keeps the listener's attention throughout the whole album. I think that XANG has succeeded though with their strong guitar riffs and melodies. The CD also has a beautiful 24-page CD-booklet. I had heard a lot about XANG in discussions on Internet before I got the album. All the rumours had been unanimous that this is a great album, and all I can do is join them in their praise. XANG have made their exit from the old Millennium in a worthy way. Eight tracks of total instrumental perfection! Recommended!
From: Mike De Lang <>
I just wanted to comment briefly on a few CD's that I've purchased recently. Xang- Destiny of a Dream: All the hype I've been hearing about this CD is certainly well justified. Fantastic CD from start to finish. It's amazing how fast an hour goes by listening to this.
From: "Patrick Becker" <>
Date: Fri Apr 4, 2003 2:26 am
Subject: Galileo Records News 1/2003 http://galileo-records.com
XANG: -The first XANG CD "Destiny of a Dream" is now OOP. If you still want one hurry up, CD Baby has a little quantity left: http://cdbaby.com/cd/xang -Xang finished to compose the songs for the NEW CD which will be entitled "Last of the Lasts". It is a concept album about the first world war. We will realize a special version which can be subscribed, to prefinance the costs of the studio for XANG. We will have a lot of paintings and a double LP!! If you are interested and want a collector of the future, please mail us: More to come soon.