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Planet Z, Planet Z
Blue Chair Enterprises, Aug. 9

12/01/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Hot chick in a mini-skirt and do-me boots playing a Flying V violin? Sold! Of course, CD reviewers are easier to horn-up than feral rabbits, so let’s just skip that part and look at what’s really going on here. If it wasn’t a hot chick in a mini-skirt, we might say something like “Hm, a dishwasher-safe hard-rock fetish remindful of Trans Siberian Orchestra, lots of refried Yngwie Malmsteen ideology, gahh, is someone really serious about this?”  Some of it definitely slogs, like “Appellation Sproing,” in spite of its oldschool Savatage-like power metal underpinnings, that is to say, some earworms are adamantly unwelcome in life. “The Fire of the Planes” is the showpiece, bearing a super-fast Return to Forever vibe that really should have opened up the album on a “what the hell is this” note. But whatever, come on, it’s a hot chick in a mini-skirt and do-me boots playing a Flying V violin! B- —Eric W. Saeger






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