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Blood of the Snake is the fifth solo album by keyboard player Derek Sherinian. It has contributions from Billy Idol, Zakk Wylde, Guns'n'Roses guitarist Slash, John Petrucci of Dream Theater, in addition to previous collaborators Simon Phillips, Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony Franklin, Steve Lukather and Brian Tichy.

Blood of the Snake
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1, 2006
GenreInstrumental metal
LabelInside Out
ProducerDerek Sherinian, Simon Phillips
Derek Sherinian chronology
Blood of the Snake
Molecular Heinosity
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A video for a cover version of Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime", with Sherinian, Idol, Slash, Franklin and Tichy, was released in conjunction with the album. In a reference to Idol, the bass drum is painted with the script "Derek Sherinian and The Rebellious Yellers!".

Sherinian also worked with duduk master Djivan Gasparyan on the song "Prelude to Battle" on the release, written for his great grandmother, who had survived the Armenian genocide.[citation needed].

Track listingEdit

  1. Czar of Steel – 6:01 (Sherinian/Phillips)
  2. Man with No Name – 6:55 (Sherinian/Tichy/Wylde)
  3. Phantom Shuffle – 4:21 (Sherinian/Phillips)
  4. Been Here Before – 4:30 (Sherinian)
  5. Blood of the Snake – 6:09 (Sherinian/Tichy)
  6. On the Moon – 4:34 (Sherinian/Phillips)
  7. The Monsoon – 6:08 (Sherinian/Tichy)
  8. Prelude to Battle – 2:55 (Sherinian/Tichy)
  9. Viking Massacre – 4:58 (Sherinian/Tichy)
  10. In the Summertime – 3:51* (Ray Dorset)

* Note: The official time printed in the CD liner notes is 3:51, but the track actually extends to 6:32, and includes a little hidden audio clip of Sherinian and his friends supposedly celebrating the new album release.