PLANET OF 9
Wisconsin's Planet of 9 replicates the sounds of '90s metal quite well across their 21-track ALIENATION. Combining elements of Taproot, NIN, Tool, Deftones, and Static-X, this quintet's genre-hopping style screams radio-friendly rock from the opening strains of "So Desperate". Manipulating technology as well as they beat some nu-metallic riffs into your head, tracks like "Theory of Things" and "Drown" offer some of the band's shining moments. Chances are if you dig your local rock radio station's playlist, there's something here courtesy of Planet of 9, who demonstrate the versatility to go from Staind to Linkin Park without skipping a beat or losing listeners.