I am not a very big fan of either of the
previous Planet X albums, and this their 4th studio album is
still a very confusing and unstructured album to me. Founding
members, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Virgin Donati
continues in the direction from their first 3 albums; a furious mix
of hard rock, heavy metal and jazz fusion.
I have never been nor will I ever be a huge fan
of instrumental albums and I can't stand jazz fusion - so it's
pretty understandable why I have my perks with this one. Sure they
are all extremely talented musicians, and every now and then a cool
part is present, and the guitar leads are for most parts brilliant
and Derek Sherinian is a gifted keyboard player... but I miss a
vocalist and some catchy (song) structures and melody lines.
The album features a host of guest musicians:
Brett Garsed (Guitars), Allan Holdsworth (Guitars), Jimmy Johnson
(Bass) and Rufus Philpot. The production is very good, and if you
are into fusion and instrumental progressive metal, then I suggest
you'd check this one out. Sorry, but is just too messy, unstructured
and weird for my likings!