Derek Sherinian

Rating: 75/100

Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen, November '04
Label: InsideOut Music
Style: Progressive Metal


If Derek Sherinian hadn't played for some time with Dream Theater, then I highly doubt he would have been able to get this bunch of very talented artists to participate on this album: Zakk Wylde, Steve Stevens, Steve Lukather, Simon Philips, John Sykes, Tony Franklin, Allan Holdsworth, Jerry Goodman, Brian Tichy and Marco Mendoza.

This is instrumental show off music - each and every participant on this album is extremely talented and the music is actually very interesting. I am usually not a big fan of instrumental albums, but must admit, that this one is really good. Just listen to Holdsworth on track 7, or him and Wylde on the opening track: "Day Of The Dead" - great metal fusion. Or how about John Sykes on "God Of War" - actually what makes this album a bit more interesting than most instrumental albums is the fact, that Derek is working with so many different guitarists and they all bring in something special to the songs.

Off course there's still plenty of room for Derek to show just how great a keyboard player he is, and he puts his fingerprints on every track with a lot of conviction. All right the album isn't completely instrumental because the last track: "The River Song" is with vocals, but I think the album would have been better without this song!

A good collection of mostly instrumental songs, extremely well played, a good production and really an album for fan s of guitar shredding and I think this is one of the better ones ...

Recommended tracks: "Day Of The Dead", "Trojan Horse" & "One Way Or The Other"