The newest release by Derek Sherinian is yet another treat for not only the fan of Progressive music but also those that enjoy a most creative use of the keyboards. Derek seems to have taken them into the 21st Century even further with rich colors and experimentation in his music. He also makes sure to have a cast of talented players joining him on each CD. People participating this time around are Zakk Wylde, John Sykes, Allan Holdsworth, Simon Phillips, Brian Tichy, Tony Franklin, Marco Mendoza and others. This cast of musical luminaries assures you that the music while fun at time plays no games. It is intelligent and well composed. It also is a progression from his last release and that is what one expects from a professional like Sherinian.
“Day Of The Dead” is no-nonsense and perhaps my favorite track on the entire CD. Zakk lays down some killer guitar riffs and I admit reaching for my air-guitar for this one in particular. When you combine this with the magic of Allan Holdsworth you can see why it rocks so much. It is also the most epic of the pieces on the recording running a full 8 minutes plus. The Prog-head might enjoy that there is a lot more difference on this piece than the straight-forward heaviness of the last CD “Black Utopia” (also on InsideOut Music). Songs that try a little difference are most apparent in “El Flamingo Suave” and “Goin To Church”. “Flamingo” employs a lot of Latin flavors while “Church” could almost pass for a slow Steve Vai tune. People don’t always realize that sometimes where seems to be a guitar, it is actually Derek on the keyboards.
“One Way Or Another” is interesting in its use of violin by Jerry Goodman. There are also some fast movers as well like “God Of War” and “Trojan Horse”. Overall the CD does not disappoint and the booklet has a nice little Derek Sherinian “Bandology”. You can trace his career from this point with no difficulty. I look forward to Derek’s future since the past has become a memory. One that can be reflected upon with pride and inspiration.