Bumblefoot, Derek Sherinian & Dino Jelusick Form New Band ‘Whom Gods Destroy’

December 13, 2023

Can you say supergroup!? Whom Gods Destroy is a new band formed by keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Sons of Apollo, Black Country Communion), guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses, Sons of Apollo) and singer Dino Jelusick (Whitesnake, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)! Bassist Yas Nomura and drummer Bruno Valverde fill out the rhythm section.

As you know, Sherinian and Bumblefoot played together in Sons of Apollo, so the creative spark is already there. Now, with Whom Gods Destroy, they’re ready to showcase their latest; their debut album, “Insanium”, is coming March ’24.

Bumblefoot talks about how the band got started, “Derek and I began writing new music in 2020. 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, developing…you can definitely hear what each person brings to the music – when it adds up, it’s a mix of melody and intense heavy prog.”

Bumblefoot adds, “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 and Yas are downright frightening; there’s no limit to what they can do, WTF…! And all great guys to hang with.”

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

Jelusick expresses his excitement too, “What I love about this band is that it doesn’t have any limits. 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 lineup. Derek and Ron are wizards.”


Bruno Valverde – Drums
Yas Nomura – Bass
Dino Jelusick – Vocals
Derek Sherinian – Keyboards
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal – Guitars

Feels like a good place to drop our chat with Bumblefoot, going back to 2016 for this one! 

Which band is your favourite ‘super group’?


Written by Todd Hancock