Planet X
Style: Instrumental Progressive Metal
Release date: May 21st 2007

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!


Label: InsideOut Music
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: May 7th 2007