Famous faces, shameless name dropping and dragging up the old catalogues, all seem to go hand in hand, creating a rinse, reuse, recycle formula for when it comes to writing about the recurring banner that surmises anyone who has been in more than one band, that banner is “Super-group”. So let us leave the history at the door, today.
Sons of Apollo, the God of music, are set to bare a musical lovechild of their own in the form of their debut album entitled‘Psychotic Symphony’. No introductions are needed when it comes to he who is at the helm of it all, Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theatre). Portnoy, being no stranger to side projects, assembled some of the best players in his black book to make up his latest, highly anticipated ensemble. Reuniting with Derek Sherinian, reforming what the two are referred to as The Del Fuvio Brothers, alongside Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex- G n’ R, Art of Anarchy), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex- Journey), together these gentlemen of rock have produced a record full of heart, soul and swagger.
Metal Wani’s Editor in Chief Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi had a chat with SONS OF APOLLO keyboardist Derek Sherinian.
He talks about the positive fan reception to debut Sons Of Apollo album “Psychotic Symphony”, how the band was formed, moment when the members realized that this band is much more than just another ‘progressive metal supergroup’ and how the band wrote 10 songs within a span of 10 days.
He also talks about working with Mike Portnoy after more than 2 decades, sharing production duties on this album, his thoughts on focusing more on the heavy, sonic elements as compared to technical elements, why he is not interested in using iPad’s/Software’s or other gadgets and how such gadgets can screw up the sound of the band.
He throws light on various instruments which he will be using on upcoming Sons Of Apollo tour, upcoming North American tour in February, how they planned to have Jeff Scott Soto on vocals, why the band wanted to avoid high octave singers and preferred someone who is ‘listenable’ and possible set-list on the tour.