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PLANET X

Derek Sherinian

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.92 | 70 ratings

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Moonshield
5 stars One of the best fusion albums ever made, period.

Derek Sherinian invented this unique metal/fusion style, in 1999 there was nothing sounding like this nowere in the world, you may probably be shaking your heards and thinking hm...what about Liquid Tension Experiment?, well, the amount of creativity and freshness that this album brings is miles beyond those excelent but not so inovative LTE albums. This album is in a diferent league, it is weird, it is sick, it is full of unexpected sounds and writing solutions, it is like traveling beyong space in a dense atmosphere while drinking a wormhole milkshake and eating a mixed salad of planets, asteroids and comets. Being so diferent makes it hard to listen at first, but give it a least 10-20 spins before throwing it into the trash bin, if you are patient you will be rewarded with brilliant musicianship and weird but very cohesive and interesting writing, Derek really shows here that Dream Theater made the wrong call, he doesnt have the kind of technical abilities of Jordan Rudess but he has a much more unique and interesting palette of sounds and ideas, most songs have a very thick and heavy atmosphere to them, almost industrial-like, ranging from the jazz-fusion stile to full metal riffing while going through spacey progressive rock in the middle, sometimes you just dont have a clue of whats coming next and it is all so well managed and cohesive that you reach the end of the album and dont realize 47 minutes have passed. Talking about the rest of the musicians, none of them needs introductions, donati is one of the most sick and technical drummers on the face of the planet, tony franklin is a fretless monster and brett garsed is ... brett garsed, his role in this album is not that proheminent (he only really does 3 or 4 solos throughout the album) but the smoothness and quality of his playing is sublime as always (and way way better than anything Macalpine can pull off when he shows off his semi-assed fusion licks). Overall this is an impressive and inovative album that shows there is still room for evolution in the progressive realm, and if you can digest the different styles it covers you are in for a treat.

Moonshield | 5/5 |

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