Black Utopia

        Back in 2004 I was pretty much buying anything done by Dream Theater including all side projects by current and former members and listening to them approximately zero times. Well that's not really true, I really only bought LTE stuff, and this one album by Derek. Never have I heard Mullmuzzler or The Jelly Jam, I didn't really like Transatlantic, and Chroma Key's greatness didnt hit my ears until several years later. But, I digress.

        Derek put together a pretty good group of musicians for this album, the only two that I can think of at the moment, however, are Malmsteen and Wylde. Not everyday is a day for a full instrumental album of progressive metal, but just like with the Liquid Tension Experiment albums, this record has its time and place. It is a crazy hodgepodge of keyboards, distortion, and screaming guitars that could never ever attain mainstream buzz.

        If you like singing along to music, then this won't be your cup of tea. However, if you like a full sonic assault every now and again, Derek has the cure for what ails you.