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Derek Sherinian


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.39 | 43 ratings

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4 stars Derek Sherinian's debut album was full of ambitions, but very raw work. Attractive idea of melting prog-metal with jazz fusion in real life became just pompastic instrumental album,driven by thunder-drums and very average guitar solos, with some Sherinian's keyb's passages. And I think unsuccessfull sound engineering ( what a reason was to put heavy drumming on the first plan?) totally destroyed the impression.

Started with second album, I waited for many bad things again. But happily here I found much more music in it!

OK, to be honest, second Sherinian's solo album just left the idea of melting prog-metal and jazzy rhytms and structures in one mix for the history, and returned back to more usual instrumental prog-rock. Heavyness in the name of heavyness is gone ( for the good), compositions became slower ( for good as well) and much more different and complex.

Main reason for all positive changes is for sure new line-up: Simon Phillips is great drummer, and for album's sound this change was most important! Steve Lukather ( once Toto guitarist) is very competent session guitarist, he brings soul and perfect sound balance in all music. Zakk Wylde is well-known by it's work with Ozzie, he gave heavy metal flesh.

Jerry Goodman (violinist and still Mahavishnu Orchestra live legend) is a last spice in album's music. And if now it's difficult to speak about metal-jazz-fusion, you have here prog metal of high quality ( with some jazzy traces).

Less experimental than the debut, this album contains great music instead of debut's chaotic noise. Again, it's a bit strange sound for keyboardist's solo album, sounds more like strong album of guitar hero. Anyway, huge step after weak debut.

snobb | 4/5 |


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