Derek Sherinian: Planet X
The opener a three-part suite titled, “Atlantis” offers complex, odd meter and pulsating rhythmic development along with crunching guitar work by Garsed. Ahh... guilty pleasures! Although, some of this may seem slightly bombastic, (a prog-rocker’s dream?) Sherinian and Donati exhibit strong compositional and arranging skills and know when to slow things down a bit as on the lovely piano interlude on Part 2 – “Sea of Antiquity”. Despite the cavalcade of electronics and high-octane ensemble work, Sherinian displays a layered, well-conceived approach while making effective use of his vast arsenal of keyboards. Sherinian’s loud and unabashed Hammond B-3 work would make Deep Purple’s Jon Lord proud !!!
The song titled, “Crab Nebulae” sounds more like a robotic doomsday machine, perhaps from Planet X as Sherinian and co. capture the visual aspects of one’s imagination through accelerated tempo changes coupled with melodic intervals and crafty soloing....”Money Shot” features the pounding and extremely quick double bass drumming of Virgil Donati as Sherinian demonstrates fluid soloing on his synths atop the monstrous pulse.. “Space Martini” may be the piece that gets some airplay on the college or prog-rock radio circuit. The closer, “Brunei Babylon” features Sherinian’s polytonal utilization of synths while creating a glowing halo over the perpetually moving rhythm section.
Planet X must be a hip place to hang.........This is prog-rock heaven with a few –fusion- bites thrown in for good measure as this band often get to the point in an assertive if not expeditious manner. - A highly entertaining effort featuring some almost superhuman ensemble work which should also satisfy the needs of the curious and those who strive to be progressive rock stars when they grow up...!!! * * * *
All songs composed by Sherinian/Donati except Brunei Babylon composed by Sherinian/Donati & Garsed
Derek Sherinian; keyboards: Brett Garsed; Guitar: Virgil Donati; Drums: Tony Franklin; Bass
Record Label: Magna Carta Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock