Planet X - Quantum review
|Release date:||May 2007|
01. Alien Hip Hop
02. Desert Girl
03. Matrix Gate
04. The Thinking Stone
05. Space Foam
08. Kingdom Of Dreams
09. Quantum Factor
If you like technical progressive music and jam sessions, I'm sure that you already know Planet X. If not, let me give you some information about this combo from UK. For their fourth album, the two founding members Derek Sherinian (Keyboards) and Virgil Donati (Drums) have invited four great guests: Brett Garsed (Guitars), Allan Holdsworth (Guitars), Jimmy Johnson (Bass) and Rufus Philpot (Bass). The result is an incredible complex album, where you'll be able to see what the meaning of great technical skill is. No vocals here but a great musical demonstration.
"Quantum" is a real mixture of Rock, Heavy Metal, Jazz and Fusion and it's obvious that Planet X is one of the craziest instrumental bands in the world. Don't expect any vocals here, Planet X is an instrumental combo but if you like technical music and Jazz I'm sure that you'll like the new album. The songs are long, with a lot of breaks and musical variations, the band even chose to write songs which go in a dozen of directions. I mean that the songs are so complex and on a side "unstructured" that it's even possible to be a bit lost sometime. But if you like real progressive music, for sure here you're in front of something progressive and even if it can look like a real demonstration sometime and even if it will be boring for some of you, we cannot deny that the guys of Planet X know how to compose great songs.
On the other hand, I have to say too that this kind of music is for real aficionados of the genre. If you don't like musical demonstrations and if you're bored by instrumental music, you can pass your way. It's special no doubt and a bit intellectual and evidently, you'll not be able to sing the songs of the album when you'll be driving… you see what I mean… But if you're into Jazz, improvisations and progressive Metal, that's really different because, in the style, "Quantum" with its perfect production and sound is a topnotch album, definitely.
That's right, the music of Planet X isn't for everybody and only the fans of technical stuff and musical demonstrations will enjoy a lot this album. But well, if you like such music "Quantum" is a must for you my friends. Complex and technical but intelligent and well done this fourth album is a pure jewel of progressive music. A must only, if you're into this music though.
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