Exposé Online banner

Planet X — Quantum
(Inside Out Music IOMCD 279, 2007, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2008-10-01

Quantum Cover art

Is there anyone out there who does not know what to expect from a Planet X album? Insanely complex instrumental music that melds metal, prog, and fusion, played with precision that would put to shame any military or scientific organization. For their third studio album (fourth if you count the Sherinian solo album that started it all), the band consists of founders Derek Sherinian and Virgil Donati with a revolving cast of bassists and guitarists, with Brett Garsed taking the lion’s share of six-string duties aside from a couple of appearances from Allan Holdsworth. Jimmy Johnson and Rufus Philpot take care of the low end. To a certain extent, Holdsworth’s fluid playing is at odds with the tight precision of the others – at heart he’s more improvisational, but he provides just the kind of relief the music needs. To be fair, there are many moments where the insanity relents and some atmospheric keys back a lyrical guitar solo, but the main thrust is the heady and willfully difficult louder, faster parts. Tempo and meter are hardly ever kept constant for very many consecutive bars, with beats dropped here, added there, and probably juggled around in midair in tandem with chainsaws and bowling balls. I can handle the intensity for a few tracks at a time, but it does get kind of tiring listening to more than that – my poor brain just can’t handle that much boggling. Wonderful stuff in moderate doses.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Planet X, Allan Holdsworth, Brett Garsed

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Øresund Space Collective - It's All About Delay – The ØSC web site states “totally improvised space rock!” That was quite evident on their debut release reviewed in Issue #34. A lot of “water has passed under the bridge” since then (10 CDRs...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues