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Third From The Right

by Planet 13

Grammy Award Winning Engineer Javier Carrion says... "Planet 13's ability to walk the line between technical virtuosity and raw aggressive power is second to none." Planet 13 returns with their new CD entitled, Third From The Right. Hard, aggressive,
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1. Darker Side of You
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2. Eyes of Deception
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3. Superstar
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4. The Quest
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5. Rain
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Prog Rockers Lance Benedict and Ray Zarate of Planet Thirteen have released their third record in as many years entitled, ”Third From The Right”. The new record is very progressive, hard and melodic; consisting of over 67 whopping minutes of new original material and one cover song. Grammy Award Winning Engineer Javier Carrion worked on the record and had the following to say ... "Planet 13's ability to walk the line between technical virtuosity and raw aggressive power is second to none.” The new record was recorded during the winter and spring 2006 and brings the band back to their original trademark sound. There are 6 songs on the record with three of songs consisting over 15 minutes each. Critics continue to praise the bands first two releases and say this new CD is the best yet. Comparisons have been made to the sounds of Black Sabbath, Rush, Zebra, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden and Queensryche to name a few. Fans of Planet 13's first record will truly appreciate the efforts on this latest release. New fans will surely want to add this album to their progressive rock collection and introduce it to their friends who haven't yet discovered Planet 13. Take a listen and buy it right here on CDBABY! Planet 13 thanks CD Baby and everyone who continues to support the band.



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Planet 13 ~ A bright future waiting to be discovered.- Jeff Penczak
This is, fittingly, the third (self-released) album from the prog metal Florida duo of guitarist Lance Benedict and keyboardist Ray Zarate. Like Rush on a collision course with Black Sabbath, the pair combine Benedict’s guitar pyrotechnics with Zarate’s soaring, keyboard histrionics for elaborate, bombastic suites that are glued together with suitably gloomy/doomy gothic lyrics of murder, mayhem and debauchery. Darker Side of You is actually two songs in one, with the chorus sections delivering surprisingly sedate, melodic passages. Zarate bears his fangs with occasional Steven Tyler-ish yelping. Zarate’s high-pitched voice on “Eyes of Deception” bears more than a passing resemblance to Journey’s Steven Perry. Most of the album focuses on the pair’s considerable musical talents with half the album clocking in with sidelong tracks topping the fifteen minute mark. Their straightforward interpretation of Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett’s “Superstar” would be the perfect single to attract listeners to the album, even if, or perhaps because it sounds like Journey covering The Carpenters. I also liked the melancholic “Rain,” with Zarate reining in (pardon the pun) his tonsil exercises and Benedict switching over to a sublime acoustic guitar background. There’s a bright future waiting to be discovered.- Jeff Penczak

Prog Naut ~ Ron Fuchs

It‘s by far one of the better albums to surface in 2006. Highly recommended!
I must admit to not knowing what the album Third from The Right by Planet 13 was all about when it arrived at my mail box. It’s the band’s 3rd studio album (the other two were, the self-titled debut album from 2004 and One Way Ticket from 2005). I haven’t heard either of the previous releases but I’m pretty sure they have the same excitement going on. Planet 13 is a duo consisting of Ray Zarate (vocals, keys, piano) and Lance Benedict (guitars, drums, producer) but they sound like a 5 or 6 piece band. Planet 13’s music is best described as hard progressive rock focusing more on the rock side. At times there is some metal moments but not enough to say they’re prog-metal. On Third From The Right there are only 6 songs, 3 of which are over 15 minutes. They even include a very faithful cover song Superstar penned by Leon Russell but made famous by The Carpenters. It took me several listens to fully take in all of the ambience of the album and once it did, it was magical. Planet 13 is relatively unknown in the music circles I’m involved in but they do deserve to be discovered by more people, especially those into bands like Black Sabbath (Dio-era mostly), Rush, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd and the list goes on and on. Just do yourself a big favor and pick up a copy of Third From The Right today. It‘s by far one of the better albums to surface in 2006. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on Novemeber 4th, 2006


Brilliant progressive metal
that will take you on an emotional ride that you wil
PLANET 13/Third From The Right (Red Shoe Records) This was an awesome
rollercoaster ride that I did not want to get off of. Brilliant progressive metal
that will take you on an emotional ride that you will not soon forget. The songs are long, never boring, and just brim with passion and emotion I could almost feel them playing right in front of me. This is a 2 man band/project and let me tell you, they blow away 99% of the signed progressive metal bands I have heard. Great vocals as he sucks you in with his voice and delivery and is perfect for this type of music. A must have for everybody. Info:

nivk kaditis

by far their best work and a masterpiece for the prog metal scene. it's heavy, it's groovy, it's dark but also so human and heartfull. mr. lance's music touches perfection and ray's voice are in great shape and he makes his best performance with PLANET 13. if you are a friend of rush, queensryche, fates warning, shadow gallery this masterpiece is for you!!!!!


9/10!! This album takes me way back to the influences of the 70's!!!
Planet 13 introduces themselves with 6 tracks and about 67 minutes in duration on the new release, Third From The Right. Their CD has very professional artwork and is both technically and visually clever. This USA act performs a "darker" version of progressive rock, psychologically nearer to the legacy of groups like Rush, Fates Warning, Queensryche and Dream Theater, but with strong writing, attitudes and original messages all their own. We can also find here an exciting version of Carpenters song Superstar, in which Planet 13 gives a new breath. Planet 13 has offered us very coherent songs full of quality material, I will be listening to this record for a long time to come while analyzing the approaches of production and Lance Benedict and Ray Zarate’s brilliant talent. This album takes me way back to the influences of the 70's and connects to the modern day. Finally, Third From The Right is an excellent release which showcases the performing potential of this USA act.


Sea of Tranquility

Rush, Fates Warning, Queensryche, Dream Theater, Black Sabbath!
Planet Thirteen is the duo of Ray Zarate (vocals/keyboards) and Lance Benedict (all guitars/drums), who hail from Florida, and Third From the Right is their third release. A quick glimpse at the CD packaging gives the impression of professionalism, and the music contained here only confirms that initial opinion. The band plays a dark style of progressive metal, and influences from Rush, Fates Warning, Queensryche, Dream Theater, and bits of Black Sabbath can be heard in their music. With only six songs on the CD, and three of them exceeding 14-minutes in length, the listener can expect epic prog rock here. The first two cuts here are big lengthy pieces, the better being The Eyes of Deception, a moody number with outstanding guitar work from Benedict, and great dynamics created by Zarate's vocals. Fans of melodic prog rock will dig the atmospheric keyboard laden cover of Superstar, a huge hit for The Carpenters, and there's no shortage of swagger and bombast on the metallic The Quest, a song very reminiscent of Queensryche. The closing epic Zero is a symphonic prog metal opus with sweeping keyboards and big guitar sounds, as well as powerful vocals from Zarate. If the sounds of Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, or Symphony X turn you on, this tune will be for you. This is a very solid and commendable effort from this progressive duo, who really seem to have a knack for creating dark, epic progressive rock with plenty of metal power to it. They should be a band to look out for in the future, and I'm wondering if they have any intent to expand on the 
line-up and take this project out on the road any time soon.

Guitar 9 Records

Progressive, Hard & Melodic!
Flashback to the 70s. Call a progressive college radio station and request Time by Pink Floyd. Hear the DJ comment, This goes out to the dude who likes the long songs. Well Planet 13 like the long songs. There are six tracks on their CD, Third From The Right, and three of the songs clock in at over 14 minutes apiece. Consisting of throat man/keyboards Ray Zarate and guitarist/drummer/producer Lance Benedict, the band pumps out a power substation's worth of raw energy, delivered with technical dexterity and an attitude fueled by the apparent decline of western civilization. The coherent style that stays consistent from track to track, along with arrangements reminiscent of groups such as Queensryche, Rush and Dream Theater make this CD a good find for progressive metal fans. Benedict's tasteful solo forays, such as the extended solo heard on Eyes Of Deception, and the fireworks on The Quest, are an added bonus. Hey, there's even a Carpenter's cover song, Superstar.
Front man Ray Zarate taught himself to play guitar and bass in 1973, and immediately started to write songs. He joined a few bands as a youth and as an adult, including Blue Moon, Eclipse, Energize, Soleil Rouge, The Kidz, Teasia and Emperor. He met guitarist/drummer Lance Benedict in 1987, and has been with him ever since. Ray recorded his first solo album in 1998, entitled Razor's Edge and then officially formed Planet 13 with Lance in 2002. Their debut CD, Planet Thirteen was released in 2004, then followed up with One Way Ticket in 2005. Ray lists many influences and favorite bands, including Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rush, Dream Theater, Journey, U2, Kansas, Yes, Deep Purple, Audioslave, UFO, Michael Schenker, and on and on. Planet 13 is currently seeking label support and/or distribution. The band is interested in any and all comments and help to take their music to the next level.

Lords of Metal

Powerful Prog Rock~Steady and Diverse Album! 89/100!
A two man band releasing their third album is Planet 13. Lance Benedict and Ray Zarate poured another silver disc full with their melodic but powerful progrock and the result is steady and diverse album. The cover of The Carpenters' Superstaris quite remarkable, in choice and performance, they aren't afraid for a challenge. The style of Planet 13 moves between Rush, Queensryche, The Quest and Black Sabbath (post-Ozzy) and fans of that particular style should surf on by their website, they have a few songs for listening pleasure. As reviewer I always look for a weak spot and it is just a little one that I found. Ray Zarate's is a bit tweaked in the higher regions but hey, even Geoff Tate isn't singing like Geoff Tate anymore, so it's not too serious. Planet 13 certainly is a band that deserves to be discovered because the quality standard is high on 'Third From The Right'. It is a pity that these bands aren't performing live (or not much at least) because I can imagine a good night out with Planet 13.

The Rock Report

Incorporating fragments of GIANTS such as Black Sabbath & Dream Theater
Third studio album from Planet 13 (Florida, US) in as many years, but the first to reach Rock Report HQ, so I can’t really compare this album with the self-titled debut album (2004) and/or One Way Ticket (2005). Planet 13 is a duo consisting of Ray Zarate (vocals, keys, piano) and Lance Benedict (guitars, drums, producer) and what they present here with Third From The Right is surely worth listening to, provided you’re a fan the doomier variant of progressive rock. A first thing that caught my eye was the professional looking package, including attractive artwork (from Michael Briscoe) and a 12-page color booklet, containing the lyrics of all the songs. And speaking of songs, only 6 are presented here, of which 3 have an incredible long playing time of over 15 minutes. Five songs are written by the pair, while Superstar is a cover from a less known Leon Russell song (taken from his Spinozza album). For a progrock band, it isn’t easy to sound original these days, but Planet 13 have succeeded in sounding fresh, while incorporating fragments of giants such as Black Sabbath (hence the doomy brand of progrock) and Dream Theater (the technical virtuosity), just to name a couple of many influences. The first time I played this record, I wasn’t convinced, but each time I listened again, it grew on me and it’s still growing, which clearly shows how much there is actually to discover here. Isn’t that what progrock is all about? (CL)