Black Utopia cd cover

Sherinian, Derek

Black Utopia

This album is more about the music than it is about the keyboards. Itís about his writing as much as it is about his playing. And itís about finding musicians good enough to play what he had written. The music is more riff oriented than you would expect from a keyboard guyís solo album, but thatís what Iím saying. It wasnít about him, it was about the songs, and the songs are actually really good. Itís not the usual neo-classical fare you would expect from an instrumental cd and itís not the jazz fusion fest that I was afraid it would be. Itís sort of like a heavy Satriani or MacAlpine with some of the more recent Savatage stuff thrown in and overall it just really works. --Scott

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Track Listing

  1. The Fury
  2. The Sons of Anu
  3. Nightmare Cinema
  4. Stony Days
  5. StarCycle
  6. Axis of Evil
  7. Gypsy Moth
  8. Sweet Lament
  9. Black Utopia


KEYBOARDS: Derek Sherinian
GUESTS: Yngwie Malmsteen
Al DiMeola
Zakk Wylde
Steve Lukather
Simon Phillips
Billy Sheehan
Tony Franklin
Brian Tichy
Jerry Goodman


LABEL: Inside Out / SPV
PRODUCED BY: Derek Sherinian
“Brace with steady hand. He takes the dagger that lays before him. Collects his thoughts for the last time...”