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Artist:

Sherinian, Derek

Album:

Blood of the Snake

Year: 2006
Format: CD
Label: InsideOut
Genre: [Progressive Metal/Fusion]
Overall Rating: 6.5
Music: 6.0
Production: 7.5


Derek Sherinian has once again invited a bunch of well-known musicians to play on his solo album. While there are some familiar names on the guest list such as Zakk Wylde, Tony Franklin, Simon Phillips and Brian Tichy, also some new musicians have made it to Sherinian's latest record - for example, the former bandmate John Petrucci appears on the album opener "Czar of Steer". Despite of noteworthy guests, Derek Sherinian's most recent opus is fairly unimpressive, to say the least.

The musical offering on Blood of the Snake is pretty much what one can expect from Sherinian. Songs are quite varied and spotty, and stylistically they flow between the soundscapes of progressive metal and fusion jazz. Regardless, this album isn't particularly good when it comes down to judging the song material. In my book something's really wrong when a record is only faintly above average at its best. Unfortunately this is just the case with Blood of the Snake, which actually has some duds amongst the somewhat adequate songs. In addition, this isn't exactly a cohesive record. If I had to name a highlight, I'd probably pick Prelude to Battle, though it isn't an easy choice. Nevertheless, the main disenchantment on Blood of the Snake are the tacky over-the-top keyboard solos that Sherinian excitedly throws in on some songs - for example, his mindless banging ruined the end of the song "Man with No Name".

Production on this album is pretty good, though some sounds could have been better. Especially bothersome are the changes in instrument tones, but it's understandable since the guitarists among others change between songs. I was also somewhat disappointed to hear how Zakk Wylde's guitar tone had been mixed to sound really wimpy. In any event, it's the musical shortcomings that are the stumbling block of this record. While some fans of Sherinian may find Blood of the Snake worthy of their attention, I recommend giving a brief listen before purchasing.

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- MAGE (August 13th, 2006)



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LINE-UP:
Sherinian, Derek: Keyboards

Featuring:
Petrucci, John: Guitar
Wylde, Zakk: Guitar
Malmsteen, Yngwie: Guitar
Idol, Billy: Vocals
Slash: Guitar
Franklin, Tony: Bass
Phillips, Simon: Drums
Gillis, Brad: Guitar
Tichy, Brian: Drums
Producer: Sherinian, Derek
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Sherinian, Derek - Blood of the Snake  CD  Cover Image
01. Czar of Steer
02. Man with No Name
03. Phantom Shuffle
04. Been Here Before
05. Blood of the Snake
06. On the Moon
07. The Monsoon
08. Prelude to Battle
09. Viking Massacre
10. In the Summertime

Length: 53:00
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