ALEX SKOLNICK/Planetary Coalition: I get it. You get older. You get tired of leading a popular metal band around the world, especially to diminishing returns, so you make a bunch of new superstar pals and turn your attention from touring the world and thrashing around to touring the world of sound and adding world beat to your arsenal. Let me tell you, the skill sets transfer well. Instead of shredding, Skolnick leads with the versatility of a McLaughlin who can play so sweetly he can make you forget he was ever Pahavishnu. Hell, why should we be surprised he has so much versatility when this hard rocker served time as a sideman to folkie Debbie Friedman. This is first rate, guitar driven world beat throughout. Well done.