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Derek Sherinian - Molecular Heinosity CD (album) cover


Derek Sherinian


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.68 | 83 ratings

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2 stars Audiophilicity...

Derek Sherinian's sixth solo album is heavily rooted in progressive metal, a noticeable departure from its fusion laced predecessor, Blood of the Snake. This might be preferable to some, but I find the lack of diversity to be a step backwards. As usual, some extremely talented musicians are on display including Planet X band-mate Virgil Donati on drums for the first time since their 1999 album of the same name.

The album starts off promisingly and it's not long before the soaring guitar of Ascension leads into the main event, Primal Eleven. It's a really great track, but sadly a sole highlight for Molecular Heinosity. After that it's pretty much every man for himself, a race to the finish in a flurry of Malmsteen-esque licks. It's quite exhilarating at times, but interesting? Not so much. Even the change of pace that The Lone Spaniard brings is far from inspiring.

I would like to say that the album's redeeming feature is it's lack of vocals, but alas, the final track also heralds the return of Zack Wilde sneezing into the microphone. It's clear from the reviews and ratings that Molecular Heinosity has received that it's generally considered amongst Sherinian's best, but for me it's his least commendable work to date.

The Verdict: A decent shred-fest with only one track that really stands out.

Starhammer | 2/5 |


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