Planet X: MoonBabies (2002)
The group launches the proceedings with a flurry during the opener titled, “MoonBabies.” With this piece and elsewhere, they meld a progressive rock mindset with jazz-fusion voicings and shimmering solos. Donati’s relatively loud rock kit melds rather well with the soloists’ no holds barred, and duly purposeful line of attack. But they tone it down in spots via airy dreamscapes and Sherinian’s multilateral synth patterns. While the musicians tend to regenerate themes and previously rendered movement in climactic fashion, amid ominous overtones and thrusting rhythmic excursions. Moreover, super bassists: Tom Kennedy, Jimmy Johnson, and Billy Sheehan, perform on selected tracks. This band is certainly on the upswing! In fact, witnessing all of this in a live setting offers a very enticing proposition. Zealously recommended...
Track Listing: 1.Moonbabies 2.The Noble Savage 3.Ataraxia 4.70 Vir 5.Micronesia 6.Interlude in Milan 7.Digital Vertigo 8.Ground Zero 9.Midnight Bell 10.Ignotus Per Ignotium
Personnel: Virgil Donati: drums
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock