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Derek Sherinian
Blood of the Snake
June 2007
Released: 2006, Inside Out Music
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: MetalChick

Very few musicians that leave well-known bands for a solo career actually succeed. Derek Sherinian is one of those few. Most known for his work in Dream Theater, Derek eventually went off to create his own keyboard oriented fusion style music. BLOOD OF THE SNAKE arrives as his fifth solo record, complete with a cast of musician friends gathered throughout his career.

Former bandmate John Petrucci appears on the opening track, "Czar of Steel." They do some back and forth soloing; a great way to showcase the extensive skills of both musicians. Lending a hand in a number of songs is Zakk Wylde, who adds a bit of bluesy rock flavor to the tracks, especially in the song he sings on, "Man With No Name." The heavier songs, "Blood of the Snake," "The Monsoon," and "Viking Massacre," feature the great Yngwie Malmsteen, with whom Sherinian does some dual soloing as well. Those songs are very guitar oriented however, so even though Sherinian wrote the songs, he and his keyboards are far in the background.

BLOOD OF THE SNAKE demonstrates Sherinian’s very eclectic taste with his mix of jazz fusion and metal. Though metal fans will probably only cling to the heavier tunes, this is a solid album for those into instrumental keyboard driven music.
Track Listing

1. Czar of Steel
2. Man With No Name
3. Phantom Shuffle
4. Been Here Before
5. Blood of the Snake
6. On the Moon
7. The Monsoon
8. Prelude to Battle
9. Viking Massacre
10. In the Summertime


Derek Sherinian - all keyboards
Zakk Wylde - guitar, vocals
Yngwie Malmsteen - guitar
Brad Gillis - guitar
Tony Franklin - fretless bass
Jimmy Johnson - bass
John Deservio - bass
Brian Tichy - drums, bass, guitar
Simon Phillips - drums

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