DEREK SHERINIAN

Progressive Metal / Non-Metal • United States
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Derek Sherinian is a keyboardist based in Los Angeles, California. His most notable achievements are as a member of the bands Alice Cooper, KISS and Dream Theater. Sherinian has been called the "King of the Keys" and the "Caligula of keyboards" due to his performing style. His influences include Jan Hammer (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer and The Nice), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Elton John, and a variety of guitarists. Sherinian endorses various equipment, including Korg and Clavia keyboards. He is of Armenian and Greek descent.

With Dream Theater, he recorded the albums A Change of Seasons (1995), Falling Into Infinity (1997) and Once in a Livetime (1998) before being replaced in 1999 with Jordan Rudess due to creative differences.

Since 2000, Sherinian has recorded several solo records on which artists like Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde and Steve Lukather have lent their talents. Most notable of all
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DEREK SHERINIAN Planet X album cover 4.69 | 4 ratings
Planet X
Progressive Metal 1999
DEREK SHERINIAN Inertia album cover 3.94 | 5 ratings
Inertia
Progressive Metal 2001
DEREK SHERINIAN Black Utopia album cover 3.48 | 8 ratings
Black Utopia
Progressive Metal 2003
DEREK SHERINIAN Mythology album cover 4.28 | 5 ratings
Mythology
Progressive Metal 2004
DEREK SHERINIAN Blood of the Snake album cover 4.03 | 8 ratings
Blood of the Snake
Progressive Metal 2006
DEREK SHERINIAN Molecular Heinosity album cover 4.05 | 7 ratings
Molecular Heinosity
Progressive Metal 2009
DEREK SHERINIAN Oceana album cover 3.62 | 4 ratings
Oceana
Non-Metal 2011

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In the Summertime
Progressive Metal 2006

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DEREK SHERINIAN Black Utopia

Album · 2003 · Progressive Metal
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With an all-star lineup featuring some stellar musicians, this album almost feels like a bit of a letdown. Main man Derek Sherinian takes a backseat to endless guitar acrobatics by some of the world's most renowned players, yet it all seems rather dull and uninspired.

Now, I love heavy music, I have a bit of a taste for what's called "fusion", though I could never totally come to grasps with what that really means, and enjoy a bit of guitar shredding. But none of it seems coherent on this album. You have guys like Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Lukather, Al Di Meola and Zakk Wylde all on one record, and yet, with the exception of a few passages, it feels like they're all just going through the motions.

There's an abundance of great riffs though, which is evident in massive headbangers like 'The Sons of Anu' and the title track, 'Black Utopia', while songs like 'Starcycle' and 'Gypsy Moth' have some nice, exotic flavors to them. But overall, while none of the tracks are bad, I struggle to really listen to any of them all the way through without being bored.

And then of course, there's Mr. Sherinian himself. The fact I've discussed the guitar playing more than the keyboards pretty much goes to show how low-key Sherinian's performance seems to be. Or perhaps I'm just struggling to pay attention. As a whole, I do feel kind of bad giving this album such a low score, but I struggle to justify to myself rating it any higher.

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