The band’s second release contains more of the firepower witnessed on its previous effort, yet here the trio’s cohesiveness shines forth with the sparkle of a gleaming laser light. Sure, keyboardist Derek Sherinian utilizes just about every digital gadget known to humankind, while guitarist Tony Macalpine’s supersonic lead soloing adds to the fireworks. However, Australian drummer Virgil Donati’s hyper-rhythms and unfathomable timekeeping maneuvers provide the additional spark. Even though, the band abides by a credo consisting of difficult time signatures and flashy soloing, Sherinian’s shrewd textural approach signifies an important component.
The group launches the proceedings with a ...read more
I quote my earliest, “first impressions”, upon receiving this awesome release, . . . Oh baby, this rocks heavy like U.K.meets Prong! Derek Sherinian on keys, Virgil Donati on skins, Tony MacAlpine on axe and Tom Kennedy guests on bass. Highly recommended, heavy fusionoid rock with a King's X, low-end punch and an ELP Barbarian"/"Knife Edge" noir-rock, fear/dread/threat groove. This stuff be PHAT!! Syncopated, thumpin', pumpin', and crunchin'. MacAlpine devastates all time-space continuums with his solos. Sherinian transports you into caverns of Pluto and buries your head in ice. Dorati pummels your aorta and cerebrum into submission whilst ...read more
While making a transition from supporting glam-rock superstars such as Alice Cooper and the band Kiss, keyboardist Derek Sherinian subsequently sewed some hard-core prog roots during his stints with modern rockers “Dream Theater” and more recently, “Platypus”.
With this newly released second effort titled Universe, Sherinian, guitarist Tony McAlpine and the thunderous drummer from down under, Virgil Donati get straight to the point in a hurry and an ear twitching flurry. Here, the mighty trio who call themselves “Planet X” pursue odd metered time signatures, strenuous unison runs and rigorous soloing yet display a good constitution for purposeful thematic development ...read more