Header

BLACK UTOPIA

Derek Sherinian

Jazz Rock/Fusion


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Derek Sherinian Black Utopia album cover
3.47 | 66 ratings | 21 reviews | 12% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


Write a review
Buy DEREK SHERINIAN Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Fury (0:51)
2. The Sons of Anu (7:09)
3. Nightmare Cinema (5:25)
4. Stony Days (6:16)
5. StarCycle (5:04)
6. Axis of Evil (6:09)
7. Gypsy Moth (1:59)
8. Sweet Lament (3:14)
9. Black Utopia (8:50)

Total Time: 44:57

Lyrics

Search DEREK SHERINIAN Black Utopia lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search DEREK SHERINIAN Black Utopia tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Derek Sherinian / keyboards
- Yngwie Malmsteen / guitar (Tracks 1,2,6)
- Al DiMeola / guitar (Tracks 2,7)
- Zakk Wylde / guitar (Tracks 3,6,9)
- Steve Lukather / guitar (Tracks 4,5,8)
- Tony Franklin / bass (Tracks 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9)
- Billy Sheehan / bass (Tracks 2,6,9)
- Jerry Goodman / violin (Tracks 2,3,6,7,8,9)
- Simon Phillips / drums
- Brian Tichy / additional guitars (Tracks 2,3,6,9)

Releases information

Inside Out Music

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
Edit this entry

DEREK SHERINIAN MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy DEREK SHERINIAN Black Utopia Music


Planet XPlanet X
Magna Carta 1999
Audio CD$9.58
$4.59 (used)
MythologyMythology
Eagle Rock Entertainment 2014
Audio CD$9.86
$8.98 (used)
OceanaOceana
Import
Mascot 2011
Audio CD$12.25
$18.56 (used)
OceanaOceana
Mascot Records 2011
Audio CD$3.60
$4.50 (used)
Blood of the SnakeBlood of the Snake
InsideOut Music 2006
Audio CD$3.71
$2.73 (used)
InertiaInertia
Eagle Rock Entertainment 2014
Audio CD$9.20
$6.95 (used)
Molecular HeinosityMolecular Heinosity
Eagle Rock Entertainment 2014
Audio CD$9.86
$9.64 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
NEW - Oceana by Derek Sherinian US $6.60 Buy It Now 6h 32m
Molecular Heinosity Derek Sherinian CD US $14.34 Buy It Now 20h 49m
Oceana Derek Sherinian Vinyl LP US $13.25 Buy It Now 1 day
Oceana Derek Sherinian Vinyl LP 8712725734819 US $20.87 Buy It Now 1 day
Blood of the Snake by Derek Sherinian (CD, Jul-2006, SPV) US $12.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Mythology [Digipak] by Derek Sherinian (CD, Nov-2004, Inside Out Music) US $19.00 Buy It Now 2 days
V.A. Music In Progress 2 Prog-Metal w/Symphony X, Magellan, Derek Sherinian. US $9.95 [0 bids]
2 days
Black Country Communion - 2 CD (2011) Joe Bonamassa,Glenn Hughes,Derek Sherinian US $6.22 [5 bids]
3 days
PLANET X - moonbabies -2002-indo tape- Dream Theater Derek Sherinian rush cab US $9.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Mythology [Digipak] by Derek Sherinian (CD, Nov-2004, Inside Out Music) US $7.50 Buy It Now 3 days
DEREK SHERINIAN Inertia CD PROG Dream Theater / Zakk Wylde / Steve Lukather NEW US $6.99 Buy It Now 3 days
ALICE COOPER - The Last Temptation (STEF BURNS, DEREK SHERINIAN, CHRIS CORNELL) US $9.90 Buy It Now 4 days
Derek Sherinian - Planet X SEALED CD 1999 DREAM THEATER US $11.75 Buy It Now 5 days
DEREK SHERINIAN INERTIA Japan CD DREAM THEATER ZAKK WYLDE Black Label Society US $8.00 [0 bids]
5 days
PLANET X UNIVERSE CD DEREK SHERINIAN TONY MACALPINE VIRGIL DONATI DREAM THEATER US $6.50 [0 bids]
5 days
Derek Sherinian Oceana 2011 Vinyl LP Progressive Rock Metal Music Album New US $30.24 Buy It Now 6 days
Affector - CD 2012 - Harmageddon (Jordan Rudess/Neal Morse/Derek Sherinian) US $1.66 [1 bids]
6 days
Derek Sherinian Oceana 2011 CD Progressive Rock Metal Music Album New US $23.52 Buy It Now 6 days
Oceana - Derek Sherinian New & Sealed CD Free Shipping US $17.25 Buy It Now 6 days
Derek Sherinian Black Utopia Digipak CD Featuring Yngwie Malmsteen Al Dimeola US $9.00 Buy It Now 6 days
Derek Sherinian - Inertia JAPAN CD (2001) +1 secret track promo Dream Theater US $14.99 Buy It Now 6 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - OCEANA NEW VINYL US $41.43 Buy It Now 6 days
Derek Sherinian Oceana Vinyl LP New US $32.36 Buy It Now 6 days
Universe by Planet X TONY MACALPINE, DEREK SHERINIAN GREAT SHRED METAL US $41.62 Buy It Now 7 days
A TASTE OF TRIPLE A-21-PROMO 2 CD-RAY LaMONTAGNE-THE COLOUR-DEREK SHERINIAN+VA US $3.99 Buy It Now 7 days
DEREK SHERINIAN-OCEANA-JAPAN CD Fi75 US $43.50 Buy It Now 7 days
derek sherinian - blood .. snake dream theater promo cd US $24.99 Buy It Now 7 days
Platypus Ice Cycles Ty Tabor Derek Sherinian Rod Morgenstein John Myung Kings X US $5.99 Buy It Now 7 days
Derek Sherinian - Black Utopia JAPAN CD (2003) +1 track promo Dream Theater US $19.99 Buy It Now 8 days
Derek Sherinian - Black Utopia (CD, 2003) Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde US $24.99 Buy It Now 8 days
DEREK SHERINIAN**MYTHOLOGY**CD US $10.95 Buy It Now 8 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - Oceana, CD Mascot Music 2011 Brand NEW Sealed US $9.00 Buy It Now 9 days
DEREK SHERINIAN**OCEANA**VINYL US $13.31 Buy It Now 9 days
DEREK SHERINIAN**MOLECULAR HEINOSITY**CD US $10.95 Buy It Now 9 days
DEREK SHERINIAN Japan 10 tracks CD with OBI, INERTIA US $25.99 Buy It Now 9 days
Derek Sherinian - Oceana (Music CD) US $29.47 Buy It Now 9 days
DEREK SHERINIAN**BLOOD OF THE SNAKE**CD US $10.95 Buy It Now 9 days
DEREK SHERINIAN**INERTIA**CD US $10.95 Buy It Now 9 days
DEREK SHERINIAN**BLACK UTOPIA**CD US $10.95 Buy It Now 9 days
Derek Sherinian - Oceana CD US $15.12 Buy It Now 10 days
DEREK SHERINIAN Inertia US CD Inside Out 2001 Dream Theater SEALED BRAND NEW !! US $24.90 Buy It Now 10 days
Derek Sherinian / Blood of the Snake JAPAN+1 Dream Theater PROMO NEW!!! US $34.99 Buy It Now 10 days
Black Country Communion (CD/DVD), Derek Sherinian, Jason Bonham, G, New US $20.62 Buy It Now 10 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - "Blood Of the Snake" CD 2006 1st GERMAN PROMO ONLY + BIO ORIG US $24.88 Buy It Now 11 days
SYMPHONY X / DEREK SHERINIAN & THE REBELLIOUS YELLERS - Promo MiniDV Video Reel US $6.25 Buy It Now 11 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - OCEANA LP RARE Music Theories Recordings 2011 DREAM THEATER US $29.99 Buy It Now 11 days
ALL TOO HUMAN - ENTROPY CD DEREK SHERINIAN US $7.99 Buy It Now 11 days
Sealed - Derek Sherinian - Oceana - 2011 MTR 7348 1 US $20.00 Buy It Now 12 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - Molecular Heinosity CD + OBI US $10.99 Buy It Now 12 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - MOLECULAR HEINOSITY [DIGIPAK] (693723281421) - NEW CD US $12.95 Buy It Now 12 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - BLACK UTOPIA [693723656922] - NEW CD US $22.93 Buy It Now 12 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - BLOOD OF THE SNAKE (UK) NEW CD US $21.58 Buy It Now 14 days
Derek Sherinian - Oceana (NEW CD) US $20.57 Buy It Now 14 days
Derek Sherinian - Oceana (NEW VINYL LP) US $30.24 Buy It Now 14 days
DEREK SHERINIAN/PORT - LIVE IN TOKYO [DEREK SHERINIAN/PORTNOY - NEW CD BOXSET US $12.46 Buy It Now 14 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - BLOOD OF THE SNAKE (826992511627) - NEW CD US $9.58 Buy It Now 14 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - MYTHOLOGY (826992512129) - NEW CD US $10.50 Buy It Now 14 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - BLACK UTOPIA (826992512020) - NEW CD US $9.81 Buy It Now 14 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - INERTIA (826992511924) - NEW CD US $9.17 Buy It Now 14 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - MOLECULAR HEINOSITY (826992512228) - NEW CD US $9.16 Buy It Now 14 days
Live in Tokyo by Derek Sherinian/Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian/Tony... US $17.65 Buy It Now 15 days
Oceana - Derek Sherinian (2011, Vinyl New) US $20.50 Buy It Now 15 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - INERTIA - ARMCD558 US $12.37 Buy It Now 16 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - BLOOD OF THE SNAKE - ARMCD557 US $12.37 Buy It Now 16 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - BLACK UTOPIA - ARMCD559 US $12.37 Buy It Now 16 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - MOLECULAR HEINOSITY - ARMCD561 US $12.37 Buy It Now 16 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - MYTHOLOGY - ARMCD560 US $12.37 Buy It Now 16 days
The Power and the Myth by House of Lords/new cd/Lanny Cordola/Derek Sherinian US $60.00 Buy It Now 16 days
Oceana - Derek Sherinian (2011, CD New) US $8.51 Buy It Now 16 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - OCEANA [DEREK SHERINIAN] [8712725734826] - NEW CD US $18.64 Buy It Now 17 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - MOLECULAR HEINOSITY [DEREK SHERINIAN] - NEW CD US $14.35 Buy It Now 17 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - OCEANA NEW CD US $18.51 Buy It Now 17 days
DEREK SHERINIAN: Mythology CD NM ALLAN HOLDSWORTH STEVE LUKATHER ZAKK WILDE US $14.99 Buy It Now 18 days
THEODORE ZIRAS-HYPERPYREXIA 07 GREEK GUITAR HERO! DEREK SHERINIAN BRIAN TICHY US $4.99 Buy It Now 18 days
Derek Sherinian - Mythology (2014) US $11.85 Buy It Now 18 days
Derek Sherinian - Molecular Heinosity (2014) US $11.85 Buy It Now 18 days
Derek Sherinian - Blood of the Snake (2014) US $11.85 Buy It Now 18 days
Derek Sherinian - Inertia (2014) US $11.85 Buy It Now 18 days
ALL TOO HUMAN - Entropy CD -STEELHEART 2005 - w/DEREK SHERINIAN US $12.90 Buy It Now 18 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - OCEANA [DEREK SHERINIAN] [020286166481] - NEW CD US $10.25 Buy It Now 19 days
Inertia by Derek Sherinian (CD, Feb-2014, Armoury Records) US $9.20 Buy It Now 19 days
DEREK SHERINIAN BLOOD OF THE SNAKE SEALED CD NEW US $5.88 Buy It Now 19 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - MAGAZINE CUTTINGS COLLECTION (REF S2) US $11.68 Buy It Now 20 days
Black Utopia, Derek Sherinian, Good Import US $13.54 Buy It Now 20 days
Derek Sherinian - Blood Of The Snake - CD (SPV40872 Inside Out 2006 Germany) US $11.20 Buy It Now 21 days
DEREK SHERINIAN Black Utopia JAPAN CD DREAM THEATER YNGWIE MALMSTEEN ZAKK WYLDE US $9.99 Buy It Now 22 days
Mythology - Derek Sherinian (2014, CD New) US $8.69 Buy It Now 22 days
Inertia - Derek Sherinian (2014, CD New) US $8.67 Buy It Now 22 days
Molecular Heinosity - Derek Sherinian (2014, CD New) US $8.68 Buy It Now 22 days
Black Utopia - Derek Sherinian (2014, CD New) US $8.69 Buy It Now 22 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - OCEANA NEW VINYL US $22.59 Buy It Now 23 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - MOLECULAR HEINOSITY NEW CD US $29.24 Buy It Now 23 days
Inertia Derek Sherinian CD US $9.76 Buy It Now 23 days
Mythology Derek Sherinian CD US $10.49 Buy It Now 23 days
Black Utopia Derek Sherinian CD US $9.83 Buy It Now 23 days
Molecular Heinosity Derek Sherinian CD US $9.76 Buy It Now 23 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - INERTIA NEW CD US $19.28 Buy It Now 23 days
Derek Sherinian - Black Utopia (2014) - New - Compact Disc US $10.51 Buy It Now 23 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - MOLECULAR HEINOSITY NEW CD US $19.28 Buy It Now 23 days
DEREK SHERINIAN - BLOOD OF THE SNAKE NEW CD US $19.28 Buy It Now 23 days

More places to buy DEREK SHERINIAN music online Buy DEREK SHERINIAN & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for DEREK SHERINIAN DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

DEREK SHERINIAN Black Utopia ratings distribution


3.47
(66 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
12%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
39%
Good, but non-essential (36%)
36%
Collectors/fans only (11%)
11%
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)
2%

DEREK SHERINIAN Black Utopia reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Muzikman
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars I noticed an immediate change in Derek Sherinian's music right from the beginning of his latest release Black Utopia. The cover evokes a futuristic (?) civilization of what looks to be a post nuclear holocaust image(s) on the outskirts of a "normal" city with an interesting design of a crucifix in the shadows of the skyline. The music is most certainly darker and heavier than it ever has been before and the best that I have heard yet from Sherinian and his mates. He always creates magnificent music and I was wondering how he was going to come up with something fresh and different being that he plays strictly instrumental progressive rock, which actually provides more flexibility than music with vocals. He has not strayed off course too much over the last two releases. This time out is an entirely different approach than you have heard before so get ready for some changes. For starters, he decided to invite an all-star cast to support this project. Legends such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Al DiMeola, Steve Lukather and Simon Phillips, amongst others, are all part of this determined instrumental onslaught of prog-rock.

Deep in the corners of our minds there are dark places we all have whether we want to admit it or not. Sounds, images and words place or prompt these thought processes inside our heads. As disturbing as they may be at times we must be realistic and acknowledge those thoughts and feelings. I think musicians such as Derek do just that through their music. It must be a wonderfully therapeutic experience releasing those demons. Even though his utopia is black, there is always hope for change, and if you look to the horizon of the image on this cover, there is light and life beyond the doom and gloom. Therefore, the message is more than clear to me, allow the acceptance of all our feelings and you unlock the gate to immersion in the music. This is what this is all about for me and it can be for you as well.

Thanks to the music, for a while, I can have some kind of release during my day. Unleash "The Fury" chained inside you and it becomes a "Sweet Lament," such is life in the danger zone of emotions; this is how this music speaks to me. That says it all. It is easy enough to let it all go and then move on to the next chapter of your life. I know I am waxing prophetic and getting intense but I feel this music provokes this mindset and for me that can be a good thing to acknowledge. And how about you fellow prog- heads? Can you let the music take you away for 60 minutes of your life to find some other place inside your head you have not visited for a long time? Let Derek Sherinian and his music show you the way, I promise you will enjoy the trip. Sherinian has become the consummate bandleader and virtuoso with few equals; once again, he provides an album that serves as his truth.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Muzikman (BETA) | Report this review (#17339) | Review Permalink
Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Review by Bob Greece
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars For me, this album is just perfect. It's heavy and instrumental, in a similar vein to Liquid Tension Experiment. Surprising that even though Derek Sherinian is a keyboard player, he has let the guitarists take the lead on this album and it is the guitarists that give each track their form. The Yngwie Malmsteen tracks are fast guitar shredding. The Zakk Wylde tracks are heavy and rythmic and very much like his playing on Ozzy Osbourne albums. Al DiMeola's playing on "Gypsy Moth" sounds like Spanish guitar. Jerry Goodman plays violin on this album but I have real trouble picking out the violin sound, which is a shame.

This album is pure prog metal fusion. It has no connection with jazz fusion except that it's totally instrumental. There are no weak tracks on this album. If you like Liquid Tension Experiment then you might well like this too.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Bob Greece (BETA) | Report this review (#57394) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars 4.5 stars.This was an absolute blast ! Hey when you have Al DiMeola, Zakk Wylde and Yngwie Malmsteen as your featured guitarists you know the metal is going to fly. And fly it does ! Simon Phillips is on drums, he's played with Jeff Beck and Joe Satriani. Jerry Goodman on violin from MAHIVISHNU ORCHESTRA of course, while Billy Sheehan and Tony Franklin take care of the bass duties. Oh and Steve Lukather plays lead guitar on a couple of the mellower tracks. Of course this is Derek Sherinian's baby, yet he really does not take the spotlight very often, rather he leaves that role to the virtuoso guitar players for the most part.

"The Fury" is just that from the hands of Malmsteen.The synths and drums add some support as well. "The Sons Of Anu" is an uptempo rocker with great riffs as Malmsteen's fluid and fast guitar comes in. This is a shred-fest ! It calms down 2 minutes in but the guitar continues to play so beautifully with background synths. A change before 4 1/2 minutes as we get some intricate nylon guitar from DiMeola as Sherinian answers with a flury of keys. Not to be out done DiMeola comes back with his electric guitar, and he's on freaking fire ! More keys and guitar before Malmsteen ends it with a blazing solo. "Nightmare Cinema" is probably my favourite. I love the contrast between Wylde's heavy guitar attacks and the atmospheric calm with Shreinian's dark keys. Just an incredible track. Dark and very heavy. "Stony Days" features Lukather on guitar and he does a beautiful job on this more fusion influenced track. "Starcycle" is actually a cover of a Jan Hammer tune. Lukather is back but much more aggressively. He's outstanding on this one as Sherinian does his Hammer impression. Nice. Incredible guitar though.

"Axel Of Evil" joins Malmsteen and Wylde for the only time on the album.They do not disappoint. Crushing opening as drums pound and Keys run wild. Malmsteen and Wylde trade fire. Unbelieveable ! A wondrous calm 2 1/2 minutes in. Check out the guitar 4 minutes in as this gets pretty emotional as these two guitarists display how gifted they are. It gets chaotic a minute later before the song ends explosively. "Gypsy Moth" is obviously a nod to DiMeola who plays his nylon guitar with presicion as Goodman offers up some violin melodies. Sherinian plays keys throughout. "Sweet Lament" places the focus squarley on Lukather and his soaring guitar melodies. "Black Utopia" is the closing track with Zakk on guitar. There is some atmosphere to this one early before violin and drums come in. Heaviness arrives 1 1/2 minutes in and it steam rolls everything in it's path. It gets even heavier 2 minutes in. Check out the guitar ! Keys and calm 5 1/2 minutes in continue until the song fades out after 7 minutes. Silence until some brief weird sounds to end it.

I will be getting Sherinian's next two recordings after being knocked over by this one. A must for Prog-Metal fans. Very impressed.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Mellotron Storm (BETA) | Report this review (#171780) | Review Permalink
Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Review by JLocke
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars Wow, how utterly dissapointing this was for me. Here I was expecting to get some good keyboard-charged Fusion music froma n undeniably great ex-DT member, and instead I get this. I mean, seriousely, there is nothing progressive about this. It's just a bunch of guitar wankers with some input from Sherinian, but really, this is a guitar album, and I am very dissapointed by what I heard. Not only are the keyboards nearly non-existant, but there is absolutely no soul whatsoever to this music. Can it even be called music, is my question? Yes, there are some moments on the record that got me bopping my head, I'll admit, but at the end of the day, what it progressive about this? It sure isn't true Jazz/Fusion. It's just Sherinian hiring a bunch of crappy guitar 'legends' to play every single note known to man as fast as possible while he backs them up. Sorry, but that isn't my idea of good or original music.

Such a shame, as I really enjoyed Derek's work while he was with Dream Theater. Ah well, you can't win 'em all, I suppose. This album may grow on me over time, but one thing is for certain: it will never be a 'progressive' record in my eyes. Too much thrashing and not enough heart. This is straightforward metal trying to be something more, and it fails. Sorry, Derek fans, but this just isn't my cup of tea. I'll be lucky if I listen to this thing once every five years. Sadly, another dust-collector on my shelf. This one's only for the most dedicated of fans.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to JLocke (BETA) | Report this review (#180788) | Review Permalink
Posted Monday, August 25, 2008

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Third Derek Sherinian's solo album is made in the tradition of previous one: even more participated guitar heroes added in. If debut album was ambitious and experimental but raw one with team of unknown musicians, strarting from his second album, Sherinian plays with music stars all around.

Second album was real success, mainly because of new drummer Simon Phillips and perfect session guitarist Steve Lukather participated on it. Using the same formula for his third solo album, Sherinian made some mistakes, in my opinion.

First of all, just physical growth of star musicians participated can't guarantee high standard of music automathicaly. So, Yngwie Malmsteen is very fast guitarist for sure, but his Kalashnikov- style solos destroyed musical structure of this album. Zakk Wylde plays his usual Ozzie Osbourne's style heavy metal, which is not bad if used in right place.Even Lukather was pushed to play as fast and heavy as he can. Acoustic piece played by Al Di Meola is nice, but out of place again. All album sounds like sountrack of guitar heroes technique demonstration championship ( if you still remember, it's a keyboardist solo album!).

The total result is eclectic collection of very competent but fast,heavy and very formal guitar instrumental pieces ( in many cases it's difficult to name these compositions as songs, it's more guitar technique demonstration).

So, after really successfull second album, third one missed that high musical level ( still saving high technigue level). It's a good album for axe-heroes fans, but it gives not too much to music lovers.

Still 3, because of high musical technique.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to snobb (BETA) | Report this review (#243553) | Review Permalink
Posted Thursday, October 08, 2009

Review by b_olariu
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Derek Sherinian is a musician that needs no introduction, so I will stop only on the music here on this third album from his solo career from 2003 named Black utopia. Jazz fusion with progressive metal elements is what everybody will find here, a good doze of guitars that at some point , at least I, I sweared I'd listened to some album of a guitarist. To me, he never take the lead, is present on every piece, he's work is very well melted with the rest of the instruments. Again a line up that will make envy every band involved in this kind of music, among others Malmsteen, DiMeola, Phillips, etc. A solid and well known musicin who contriputed a lot to the sound of this album, who seams to be more as a unit sound then a solo project. Anyway a good album, that worth to be investigated, not his best but a good one. The pieces are well developed, crunchy guitars, specialy Zakk Wilds unique style, excellent druming by Simon Phillps, and above all Sherinian keybords are always whre must be. 3 stars for this one.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to b_olariu (BETA) | Report this review (#294319) | Review Permalink
Posted Friday, August 13, 2010

Review by Starhammer
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Knitted by nanas...

Derek Sherinian is joined by an all-star cast for his third solo release. As well as previous collaborators Simon Phillips, Steve Luthaker, Jerry Goodman and Zack Wylde this album also features contributions from Billy Sheehan, Brian Tichy, Yngwie Malmsteen and Al Di Meola.

The Good: Sherinian moves even further away from fusion for this shredalicious, strictly metal affair. The standard of composition is high, the musicianship higher, and the album remains interesting and engaging throughout. Whilst it is one of his heavier releases, it also has some lighter moments in the form of Satriani-esque Stony Days and Sweet Lament. However for me the main events are the cover of Jeff Becks' Starcycle, and a nylon-string Al Di Meola solo on The Sons of Anu, which segues into a heavy riffing section and blows me away every time.

The Bad: Whilst I respect Malmsteen as a technically gifted guitarist I also find his particular brand of playing to be a bit boring. The guitars in general do also have a tendancy to overpower the keyboard parts in the mix which is shame, especially considering this is, by definition, a keyboardist's solo album.

The Verdict: Strong from start to finish.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to Starhammer (BETA) | Report this review (#457219) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, June 05, 2011

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Neo Prog Team
3 stars In 2003 a tireless Derek Sherinian launches his third solo album entitled ''Black Utopia'', released again on Inside Out.For this album the line-up of ''Inertia'' took an upgrade with three more musicians added to the guest list of Sherinian: Bass parts are provided in a few tracks by Billy Sheehan, Jazz/Fusion legend Al Di Meola also contributes with his guitar in a pair of tracks and the virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen appears also in three pieces.The later was touring with Sherinian since 2002, propably this was the reason of his appearance on the album.

''Black Utopia'' sounds so much the same yet different to ''Inertia''.This is still a heavy-sounding album, especially when Zakk Wylde takes over with his guitar, having a strong Heavy Metal sense throughout and flirting constantly with modern Jazz/Fusion.Malmsteen's influence on the tracks he appears is more than evident, these two pieces along with the opening introduction have an obvious Neo-Classical flavor due to his highly technical solos.The rest of the album can be actually labeled as Fusion Metal with plenty of atmospheric soundscapes added for good measure.Sherinian again provides a virtuosic keyboard performance with tremendous pyrotechnics, grandiose preludes and powerful solos, while the guitars remain aggressive and punchy all the way.The biggest suprise comes from the brief but highly original acoustic crescendos of Di Meola, which have their own sound and spark.However the ghost of DREAM THEATER seems to keep haunting Sherinian's composing approach, who's albums have a strong vibe from his past with the milestone US Prog Metal legends.

Sharp, rich and pounding Fusion/Heavy Prog/Metal with huge waves of guitar and keyboard attacks is what ''Black Utopia'' is all about and anyone fond of the more virtuosic side of Prog has find his heaven.Recommended.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to apps79 (BETA) | Report this review (#927591) | Review Permalink
Posted Sunday, March 10, 2013

Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
3 stars Derek is of course keyboard player with Planet X, among others, but while this is a solo album of his it has to be said that it sounds as if it has been recorded by a master guitarist. When looking into the album a bit more closely the reason becomes apparent in that Derek has seen himself as composer, arranger and musical director and has then invited some guests such as Zakk Wylde and Yngwie J Malmsteen (among others) to come in and let rip. While Derek does provide some extremely complex melodies (aided and abetted by a rhythm section of Simon Phillips and Tony Franklin), it is the guitars that are centre stage.

While there are places where the music calms down, and indeed there is room at times for some acoustic guitar, it is where the guitars are at their most ferocious that this album really flies. Derek has brought in guitarists with quite different styles and has used this to great effect. "Axis Of Evil" sees Zakk and Yngwie shredding and trying to outdo each other on a rock song that just blasts. The note density on this album must be phenomenal yet there are few times when it seems over-indulgent. Over the top definitely, but it is music that makes the listener want more, not reach for the off switch. Derek may be a keyboard player but buy this not if you want to hear a Rick Wakeman soundalike but if you want to hear guitarists going for it at top speed.

Originally appeared in Feedback #73, Jun 03

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Send comments to kev rowland (BETA) | Report this review (#978697) | Review Permalink
Posted Saturday, June 15, 2013

Latest members reviews

3 stars This is a good album by Derek Sherinian, but unfortunately it nowhere near lives up to what it could have been. The problem with this album is that it is basically one of the world's most flamboyant keyboard players taking a backseat and providing backing keyboards to a guitar shred-fest Now, as ... (read more)

Report this review (#189221) | Posted by Valarius | Friday, November 14, 2008 | Review Permanlink

2 stars i sew the names Yngwie Malmsteen, Al DiMeola, Zakk Wylde, and Billy Sheehan on this release, and i was sure its going to be awesome....GOD I WAS WRONG!!! this release is much heavier then his other releases, some times i like it, but its not one of this times. this album is not focusing on the ... (read more)

Report this review (#169417) | Posted by bluesynight | Thursday, May 01, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars DEREK SHERINIAN Black Utopia.what an album !!!!!! is really good .every song is just amazing .and an all star players line up [ Yngwie Malmsteen Al DiMeola Zakk Wylde Steve Lukather Tony Franklin Billy Sheehan Jerry Goodman ] what really get my atention is that the guita ... (read more)

Report this review (#158149) | Posted by martinprog77 | Wednesday, January 09, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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 ... (read more)

Report this review (#143604) | Posted by progadicto | Thursday, October 11, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars For me this album contain some of the best music i have heard in a long time. Beeing a musician, i mostly play the keyboards but i was at first a guitarist, i spend 10 years lerning classical guitar, this album really touch everything i like about music. Incredible musicianship, lots of feeling ... (read more)

Report this review (#84411) | Posted by Fido73 | Friday, July 21, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Basically the same concepts described in my review for Planet X are good ones for this album. But: This is an album by a keyboardist but is full of guitars. Well, take a look at the line-up. What would you expect with Yngwie Malmsteen and Zakk Wylde? This makes this album closer to progressi ... (read more)

Report this review (#60946) | Posted by Proglodita | Tuesday, December 20, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Ah well i have to say this is a very poor atempt indeed to write music. Here you got a 44 minute total instrumental album feauturing guitar greats as Lukather, Wylde ,Di meola and Malmsteen and although there are several other talents on this album the guitars is what it is really focusing abo ... (read more)

Report this review (#52107) | Posted by Lindsay Lohan | Monday, October 17, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This will be short. As Derek Sherinian himself states: "Black Utopia is the evil cousin of Inertia". Ive always been a Dream Theater fan and since Derek Sherinian left Dream Theater, Ive tried to follow his work, specially because Im playing guitar myself and there are always some guitar h ... (read more)

Report this review (#17342) | Posted by | Tuesday, May 10, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I have to say that the sound of DEREK SHERINIAN is not a copy of the sound of DREAM THEATER! First of all, there is no annoying "average guy" vocal (as one of the reviewers of DREAM THEATER called it :-)) in DEREK SHERINIAN - the music is solely instrumental. For this reason "Black Utopia" is eas ... (read more)

Report this review (#17341) | Posted by | Thursday, April 14, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Thats the style of music i like , Derek Sherinian is one of my best keyboards players in other word , he is my idol, I like his style he is one of the best keyboards players, a previous member of Dream Theater will be strong enough to shake the world with his records his music is spirtual i li ... (read more)

Report this review (#17338) | Posted by | Wednesday, November 17, 2004 | Review Permanlink

3 stars With albums like this it is no wonder why Sherinian was fired by Dream Theater.That's not for being an inadequate musician but due to his mainstream orientation and his preference to a lot more simplified formats compared to D.T stuff.However, this album will make you do the headbanging thing ... (read more)

Report this review (#17337) | Posted by | Thursday, August 19, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Actually, I'm not a big fan of Derek Sherenian or his Planet X. When he was in Dream Theater still I'm not impressed with his playing. I prefer Kevin Moore and Jordan Rudess. But... when I listen to this album, wow, the music blows me away. So bombastic! His collaboration with Yngwie -who?- Ma ... (read more)

Report this review (#17336) | Posted by | Tuesday, August 03, 2004 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of DEREK SHERINIAN "Black Utopia"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 2.81 seconds