Derek Sherinian and Bumblefoot unveil new band Whom Gods Destroy

Whom Gods Destroy
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Former Sons Of Apollo bandmates Derek Sherinian and Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal have unveiled a brand new prog metal quintet, Whom Gods Destroy. The band have signed to InsideOut Music and will release their debut album, Insanium, in March.

As well as the former Sons Of Apollo band members, Whom Gods Destroy also features vocalist Dino Jelusick, bassist Yas Nomura and drummer Bruno Valverde.

“Derek and I began writing new music in 2020," Bumblefoot explains. "Soon after, Dino joined, followed by Yas and Bruno. We'd share ideas, and each record parts, building and rebuilding songs, and by June '23 the album was finished. The songs all went through a lot of changes, can definitely hear what each person brings to the music – when it adds up, it's a mix of melody and intense heavy prog.

“These guys are all just mind-blowing! I've known Dino for a few years, we did a collab song a few years ago... his voice is just magic. He's one of the greatest singers out there. Bruno & Yas are downright frightening, there's no limit to what they can do, WTF! And all great guys to hang with.”

“All three of these musicians are super talented with great energy," adds Sherinian. "I think Dino is the real deal. Ron and I knew that we could do something great with him.”

 “What I love about this band is that it doesn't have any limits,"adds vocalist Jelusick. "It came together back in 2020 when we started talking about it. Yas and I started working separately not knowing we were both asked to do this. Bruno was the last piece of this puzzle and I'm glad the recommendation came from me. Love this line-up. Derek and Ron are wizards."

Whom Gods Destory will release their first single in January.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.