I’m a big fan of Sherinian’s work from Dream Theater and Platypus, and his virtuosity precedes him once again with his solo album. Planet X sits among the best in the genre, offering intense instrumental flavor to the already spicy world of progressive rock. Whether you’re a fan of Shrinian’s earlier work or you just like to listen to music that you can’t tap your foot to, I definitely recommend this album as a MUST for your collection.
Norway has been considered the breeding ground of Black Metal for years – knowing that, many people tend to forget that the land has hatched a handful of top-class, unmistakable Progressive Metal bands. In the year 2000, this scene brought up Pagan s Mind, who release their fourth studio album in 2007. This progressive masterpiece is called God s Equation , and the Norwegian quintet has put all its experience so far in it. `God s Equation` is a musical giant consisting of groove, melody, intelligent heaviness and ambitious song writing. Skillfully and cleverly, the musical essences of that what constitutes progressive Heavy Metal, are joined here.With `God s Equation`, Pagan s Mind have created an album which doesn t need to hide behind the big, monumental works of the scene leaders. Without exaggeration, God s Equation is one of the most intense, fundamental and outstanding albums released by Limb Music Products so far. Pagan s Mind – the future of innovative Metal? Without any doubt.
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The first three tracks could have been taken from ‘Danger Money’ outtakes; it’s so UK! BUT since UK is gone, why not? Those tracks and a few others definitely merit repeat listenings. It’s just that not much new ground has been tread. Solid, though.
Sherinian explores the freedom he receives after leaving Dream Theater. Perhaps he went a bit overboard, but all in all, this is a good instrumental album with some excellent shiners like Day in the Sun.
Brett Garsed is my favorite guitarist that Sherinian has worked with. He has so much passion,creativity and such a inique tone and style. Wish he had done more prog like this. This 1st Sherinian cd is my favorite because of the 1st 3 tracks. The suite is very interesting. Modern day elp. Listen to the middle, slow, melodic guitar solo section. Beautiful.
The influences of UK (and specifically Eddie Jobson) shine throughout this album and the players do their inspirations proud. It’s always difficult to maintain a level of interest in an instrumental ‘rock’ album, but they manage to do it very well. Virgil Donati proves that he’s not just an amazing clinician and soloist; he can REALLY play for the band and the song (as well as under, around, over, and through them when he needs to.) Spectacular playing at all 4 corners, and great songwriting. If there was any justice in the world, these guys would be flying on private jets and the Backstreet Boys would be serving hamburgers. But it doesn’t work that way. The only way to encourage record companies to invest in bands like this and thereby widen the musical horizon (especially for those of us who LOVE experimental and progressive music) is to support these bands. Buy the CD. Tell your friends to buy it, too. If you only listen to it a couple of times, you’ll be the better for it.