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Derek Sherinian


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.68 | 89 ratings

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4 stars Excellent addition to any guitar lover... and yes, it's a keyboard solo project...!!!

Derek Sherinian has been doing maybe more than what it needs since he was kicked off from Dream Theater. His goal is very evident: making the wildest music he can bring out to prove he was on the level of the top musicians of our time. Well, with his 6 solo albums and his 3 Planet X albums he shows us that he wants to be heard and this album is not the exception. A complete legion of wonderful musicians joined him in his most recent work.

The first three songs seem to be a Planet X introduction. The great and underrated drum player Virgil Donati rejoined with guitarrist Brett Garsed and brings out three complex, dynamic, heavy songs with a lot of soloing going on. The jazz fusion elements and groove parts leads to a great mood in the overall. But from the song 4 it really starts, the metal thing. The heavy riffing is courtesy from the master Zack Wilde who really reigns in the songs he is involved. It's and avalanche of solos and unisons from keys and guitars. Just great. Frozen by Fire is maybe the most catchy and heavy song at the same time. The songs flow very well from one to another. There's a piano ballad to relax a little bit the mood of the album and then becomes the main song of the album Molecular Heinosity, a great track, entertaining, acrobatic, moody. The last song is a very dark one, even singed by Wilde with his trademark dramatic and very metal voice.

This album is for those who enjoy metal and instrumental music in the style of Planet X or Liquid Tension Experiment. The difference with the latter is that this album has a better taste in songwriting and less soloing and improvisation, but, don't be wrong, there's a lot of show off hear... it's just that is very tasty and focus. The solos works for the songs and everything sound quite well together. The production is great and the cover, well, Sherinian has a lot with the purple tonalities, all his albums are like that. The material is short, not more than 40 minutes, which is OK for and instrumental album. I'm still waiting for an album from him with complete songwriting, I mean, instrumental albums are great but it would be nice to have lyrics on it and maybe he will gain the respect as a complete songwriter.

Don't ignore this album, this is one of the best musicians in the last decade, very prolific and quite underrated. I know anyone who enjoys metal and jazz fusion can appreciate this kind of work. 4 stars... it's and excellent addition to any album collection.

jampa17 | 4/5 |


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