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Derek Sherinian

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Czar Of Steel (6:01)
2. Man With No Name (6:55)
3. Phantom Shuffle (4:21)
4. Been Here Before (4:30)
5. Blood Of The Snake (6:09)
6. On The Moon (4:34)
7. The Monsoon (6:08)
8. Prelude To Battle (2:55)
9. Viking Massacre (4:58)
10. In The Summertime (3:51)

Total Time: 50:22

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Line-up / Musicians

- Derek Sherinian / keyboards
- John Petrucci / guitar
- Zakk Wylde / guitar
- Yngwie Malmsteen / guitar
- Simon Phillips / drums
- Tony Franklin / bass
- Brad Gillis / guitar
- Brian Tichy / drums
- Billy Idol / vocals
- Slash / guitar

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CD InsideOut (2006)

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3.98
(75 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
22%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(54%)
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Good, but non-essential (19%)
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Review by CCVP
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4 stars There is definitely more heavy metal than jazz here

Derek Sherinian's Blood of the Snake is, so far, the third and last of his solo albums I have put in my collection and that is for a quite relevant reason: on his 2006 release, the Californian keyboardist change gears and goes straight to progressive metal, instead of the mindblowing jazz fusion of his first two solo albums. Don't get me wrong, Blood of the Snake still has noticeable jazz influences all over it, but the focus of the album is NOT the jazzman side of Sherinian, that is for sure. Possibly being part of Billy Idol's band and composing most of the album with drummer Brian Tichy have affected in the album's final form.

The firsts songs of the album pretty much set the tone for the whole album: jazzy heavy metal songs (AKA prog metal), straight heavy metal songs and a ballad here and there. There are few songs that can actually be called a jazz song, being those the fourth song, called Been Here Before, which sound like a reinterpretation of the Dream Theater song Take Away My Pain from the Falling Into Infinity album, and the sixth song, called On The Moon.

The whole album manages to keep a great overall song quality and is very well balanced, which means that it does not have a specific part that is better than the other or a clearly heavy or soft part. It pleasantly spins from start to finish. The only exception is the Ray Dorset cover In The Summertime, which isn't special at all. After the last song there is a perios of silence and then a suuuper secret track with Derek and his friends partying the completion of Blood of the Snake.

Grade and Final Thoughts

What can I say, a good album deserves a good grade acordingly. Just keep in mind that this album is metal-driven. 4 stars.

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Posted Thursday, October 07, 2010

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Derek Sherinian always has some outstanding guests on his albums and this is no exception. Once again he balances that heavier Metal style with Fusion to great effect. Some pretty good guitarists helping out like Pertucci, Wylde, Malmsteen and Slash.

"Czar Of Steel" is one of my favourites with Pertucci laying down some fire beginning at 2 1/2 minutes then Simon Phillips on drums takes his turn before 4 minutes as the synths create atmosphere. Amazing ! Pertucci is back late ripping it up. "Man With No Name" might be my favourite. Zakk sings and plays guitar while Jerry Goodman (MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA) adds violin. I love Zakk's vocals and they do remind me of Ozzy. Fantastic tune ! "Phantom Shuffle" is catchy and uptempo fusion. Nice bass 2 minutes in and sax before 2 1/2 minutes. "Been Here Before" opens with relaxed guitar as the song builds. It settles back 2 1/2 minutes and then it builds again.The song gets aggressive 4 minutes in. Nice. "Blood Of The Snake" opens with a FLOYD-like rhythm and it gets intense quickly. Malmsteen really lights it up on this one.

"On The Moon" is pastoral as sax joins in. Piano replaces the sax before 2 minutes then the sax returns. A guitar solo before 4 minutes. "The Monsoon" turns heavy before a minute and it's almost doom-like as the organ floats in the background. Iommi-like guitar here from either Wylde or Malmsteen (they both play on this one). A definite SABBATH-like rhythm here. One of my favourites for sure. "Prelude To Battle" is very cool sounding with oud,percussion and dudak instrumentation. Exotic. It blends into "Viking Massacre" where it hits the ground running. A shred-fest from Malmsteen. "In The Summertime" is a cover tune with Billy Idol on vocals and Slash on guitar.it's much better when it turns heavier and more intense part way through.

I'm a definite fan of Sherinian and the solo albums he has put out. Way better than Jordan Rudess' solo stuff but i'll still take Kevin Moore over both.

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Posted Friday, April 15, 2011

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4 stars Heavy metal jazz!

Derek Sherinian is well known. That's really all I should say, because he has been involved in countless acts, crossing genre lines time and time again to be involved is prog metal, heavy metal, glam metal, jazz, funk rock, and countless other genres. He has worked with KISS, Alice Cooper, and of course, Dream Theater. After his departure from Dream Theater, he began a prolific solo career, in which he has so far released six studio albums as well as numerous other albums in his collaborations with other musicians. Blood of the Snake is Sherinian's fifth studio album and his most obvious heavy metal inspired release. Although most of his releases have an obvious metal tinge, he primarily releases jazz-based albums. This album, however, is primarily a heavy, ass-kicking, brutal experience, with some fantastic jazzy dynamics thrown in for good measure. This album is certainly my favorite Sherinian album, and it certainly shows his great capability as a band leader.

The entire album is a rollercoaster joy ride that takes you up into the sweeping grandeur of the Monster Lead, down into the mellow pits of melodic breakdowns, and through the funky spits of Sherinain's jazzy roots. Through crushing prog metal tracks like Czar of Steel (in which we hear John Petrucci shredding away at the frets) and brutal heavy metal tracks like Man with No Name (in which Zakk Wylde takes no trouble in ripping apart your ear lobes with intense riffing and soloing), to funky jazz fusion rides like Phantom Shuffle and mellow melodic melancholy relaxing passages of bliss like On the Moon, Sherinian has no trouble in laying down the dynamics for this album. As a composer, he shows his genius with fantastic contrasts and harmonies and as a band leader he shows his genius with his fantastic control over the parts and the genius of the arrangements. On top of this, the keyboardist himself shows incredible talent, ripping away at his keys like there's no tomorrow. Obviously as a heavy metal keyboardist he is no stranger to the shred, and he utilizes this skill very well throughout the compositions, on top of his more tender and careful work on the keyboard. This album is certainly one of the more diverse metal albums I've heard in a while, and it's certainly not a bad one!

Although some of the intense riffing and shred soloing can get a little dry by the end of the album, there is no doubt that this album is a superb effort by this man. Ending with the lighthearted carefree cover of Mugo Jerry's classic track In the Summertime, these guys certainly have little worry that their work will go far. They certainly were right. A collection of 10 top notch compositions, Blood of the Snake is certainly a classic heavy metal/jazz fusion album by Mr. Sherinian. Filled with numerous memorable moments, metallic and melodic, intense and placid, and a huge sundry of other feels, themes, and genres, the album presents one of the more varied displays of music seen recently. In the end, this album is simply fantastic, and is recommended to most fans of jazz rock and heavy metal. 4+ stars.

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5 stars If you think that guitar is just for rhythm only and solos are for showing off than you can skip this. I am sure you are used in doing that for most of prog metal albums. But if you like shred, if you like metal, if you like solos, if you like sabbath, if you like malmsteen, if you like DT, damn ... (read more)

Report this review (#117196) | Posted by Sophocles | Tuesday, April 03, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Sherinian's fifth solo album makes one thing clear: this man has not stagnated. Blood of the Snake may boast an unpleasant cover, but the music is bound to please anyone looking for some kickass playing and fusion-prog-metal music at its best. The opener, Czar of Steel, brings just that, some ... (read more)

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