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Derek Sherinian

Keyboard virtuoso Derek Sherinian made a name for himself in the post-Dream Theater world of progressive metal both as a sideman and a solo artist in his own right. Sherinian grew up in California and studied at the Berklee School of Music, where he perfected his hard rock and fusion chops. He landed touring gigs with Alice Cooper and Kiss in the late '80s/early '90s, and became a full-time member of Dream Theater in September 1994. Sherinian was fired in January 1999, and shortly thereafter hooked up with the neo-prog outfit Platypus. Sherinian recorded his solo debut, Planet X, for release in 2000, and subsequently formed a band of the same name featuring drummer Virgil Donati and guitarist Tony MacAlpine. Sherinian issued his second solo album, Rhapsody in Black, in the spring of 2001. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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chakkababy
Personally I think these Planet X albums are the Cream of the Crop for all the players involved. Amazing progressive rock! Hearing Jeff Beck flavors all over this one! Great Playing! These albums are worth owning!
greenlhm
Nothing new here... they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
I hear like killer Jeff Beck influence all over the end.....awes o m e . . . . . . .
I met Sherinian in the '00s, recording some of my compositions at his place. He's an amazing shredder on rock keyboards, knows his equipment and programming, and knows how to record to get real balls on his tracks. Doesn't have the classical background to be a lyrical pianist, but when you can shred like him, you capitalize on that! While Sherinian's springboard was Dream Theater, he is actually much more into rock than prog. (He says he doesn't really even like DT's music). So I think that
d d d d d-bag
awesome!
scotty_bee33
Sounds like Zack Wylde on Guitar
imitation is the highest form of flattery - Jeff Beck did it first - but hey, this is good music...
I am pretty sure that is Simon Phillips on drums (who played on the original Jeff Beck track in '78) Wikipedia lists Phillips as the drummer on Inertia and Black Utopia.
While I can understand Ruddess of all people replacing this guy, Sherinian certainly is a monster musician!
some pretty amazing stuff here! =D
all I can say is,...kick.. . . . a s s s !
I agree with you Herb! It does sound dregs-ish! LOVE IT!
guitarists is McAlpine--an d yes he is pretty sick.
sccytogal
Inspiring! I really like the fact that it is not all keyboards! Makes me want to hit the road...in a car or on a bike!!!
The only piece by Sherinan that shows up on my station is "One Way or the Other," which sounds like a cross between the Dixie Dregs and Jean-Luc Ponty. Whatever it is, it's a pleasure.
I sure thought it was Beck who I love...very impressive work.
i dont know who the guitar player is on what i'm hearing,he kind of reminds me of alan holdsworth,e i t h e r way he kicks a**
Thank God for progressive Rock! Keeps the hopes and dreams for true music lovers alive!
I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought they were listening to Jeff Beck at first.
maka2ra1960
Can't wait to hear him in "Black Country Communion"!! ! ! !
love progressive talents
I like it!
orionkovach2
Nice blend! Original score with influences from Beck, VanHalen, E.L.O. and even John McLaughlin. KIller guitar licks!
> I thought i was listening to Jeff Beck before i saw who it was

Yup, sounds a LOT like modern Beck, mixed in with some Ronnie Montrose.
Wow, PurpleWolf, that must've been one heck of a show. Anybody know who's playing the fiddle for these guys??
Dude sounds eerily similar to Zakk Wylde.
a real cooker. bring the noise
I thought i was listening to Jeff Beck before i saw who it was.Excellen t Musician
14739578
I saw Derek with Dream Theater back in 98 in Pin Knob near Detroit the other bands that night were Emerson lake and Palmer and Deep Purple with Steve Morse on Guitar the Best concert I ever went to
fbardol
Tight band, powerful, cohesive, and original.
fbardol
WOW!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
good
Planet X is def. some of my fav Sherinian stuff...mast e r f u l ! I remember hearing that Derek went into D.T. knowing it wasn't a permanent position...I could be wrong...but i swear i heard that somewhe
Derek's Planet X releases is where Derek sounds the tightest track to track. His solo releases with guests are titch variable with "hit or miss" trax. But every now and then a cut on a solo releases is phenomenal.

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Poo.
Derek Sherinian is stupid.... ALL his music ROCKS!!! Great choices for musicians to play on his albums every time. Check out "God of War", it might be his best work.
This is amazing!
maxhammer200 5
How could DT fire a Master like this?? Lucky for them they scooped up Jordan Rudess.
The drummer is Simon Phillips.

http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / M y t h o l o g y _ ( D e r e k _ S h e r i n i a n _ a l b u m )
I think the drummer is Virgil Donati.
hennisbaseba l l
It's not Portnoy. At least, Wikipedia says it's not Portnoy. He has a different band listed for each album, so I can't really help you out ajg.
This guy rocks!
the drummer is mike portnoy
ajg0103
Can you please tell me who the drummer is on this album
HEAVY KEY THEORY GUY. STRING AX BUDDIES?
Yeah, it sux he got the boot from DT he's def got a ton of talent/No one can beat J.Rudess though
this guy kicks butt!

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