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Al-Bird & X Religion (Uzbekistan) - 2001 / 2002 - "Sodom & Gomorra XXI"
(50 min, Musea Records: FGBG 4435 CD)

The album's sub-titles:
"Symphonic Progressive Epic"
"A Solo Album from One of the Three of X Religion"

1. 1. Sodom & Gomorra XXI 
       (In 4 movements):
1. Black Feast 10:58
2. Black Wedding 10:07
3. Black Prayer 16:07
4. Procession of the Dead Stars 12:45

All music written & arranged by Al-Bird. 

The Players - X Religion:

Albert "Al-Bird" Khalmurzayev:
- Various Yamaha, Korg, & Ensoniq keyboards
- Yamaha electric & acoustic guitars, harp
- Yamaha "O2" digital mixing console
- Programming & sampling
- Vocalize

Vitaly Menshikov:
- Yamaha bass guitar 
- Bass & other effects
  /via DOD Pro-1 sound processor/
- Yamaha electric & acoustic guitar
  (on the 1st M-t only)

Val "Ptero" Vorobiov:
- Yamaha electronic drums & percussion
- Yamaha additional keyboards
  (on the 1st M-t only)


Flora Shamsutdinova - vocalize
Vera Vladimirova - whispering vocalize

Produced by Al-Bird & Vitaly Menshikov.
Engineered by Al-Bird at "Sound X" studio, 
Uzbekistan's Youth Theatre, Tashkent, May 2001.
Mastered at "Oriat Dono", Tashkent.

Prologue. The "Sodom & Gomorra XXI" album is part of the discography of X Religion. This is our first official CD, which was released by Musea Records on September 14, 2002. In fact, this album was recorded after "Dances On Gobelins" CD, which will soon be released by Mellow Records, though both of them were mixed, mastered, and produced the same year - in 2001. For more info on the band and both of the said albums, check Related Links below.

The Album. I am sorry, but did you really expect to read a review here? Please wait until the CD will be listened to and reviewed by my brothers and sisters in Prog-pen at Axiom of Choice, Progressive World, DPRP, Ghostland, and the others. At the moment, the only review of both of our albums, penned by Fred Trafton, can be read at the X Religion entry in the Gibraltar EPR:

Summary. As a matter of fact, this material (as a whole) is placed here with the only purpose to present you all the so-called booklet details of this CD, as we know that only a few (and only online) Progressive Rock sources will also publish them, and not a bare review.

VM. October 16, 2002

Related Links:

X Religion:

"Musea Records" - web site & online store:

Mellow Records:


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