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Derek Sherinian


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.44 | 93 ratings

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2 stars Derek Sherinian has a very interesting solo career after he was thrown of Dream Theater. However Black Utopia is not their best album.

The most attractive elements of this album is to hear so many electric guitars when he is a keyboardist (and a good one BTW). In fact, in the line-up of Black Utopia you can find some great guitar heroes like Yngwie Malmsteen, Al DiMeola, Zakk Wylde and Steve Lukather. But this is not enough to make a great album. There are some very good songs and interesting sections but most of the time the tracks sound with lack of inspiration and excess of technical skills.

Anyway, prog metal fans could really enjoy this record and there are some highlights like the powerful and sometimes dark "Nightmare Cinema"; "Starcycle", a song which reminds me some of the best works made by the legendary Jeff Beck; "Axis of Evil", a song which mixes perfectly heavy sections with some great guitar solos by Malmsteen and Wylde; and of course "Black Utopia" maybe the best song of the album cos their powerful riffs and rhythmical base.


progadicto | 2/5 |


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