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FROZEN IN THE MOMENT - LIVE IN ATLANTA

Redemption

 

Progressive Metal

4.18 | 22 ratings

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Queen By-Tor
Special Collaborator
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars ''Are we having a good time!?''

Oh yes Ray, we are. Frozen In The Moment is Redemption's first DVD after 3 major cd releases, the later two of which have been received by nothing but open arms in the progressive metal community. For those unfamiliar, Redemption is a project born out of the creative minds of guitar player Nick van Dyk and former Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder, the voice behind seminal progressive metal projects like Parallels and A Pleasant Shade of Gray. They play a style of progressive metal that can be roughly compared to Dream Theater with their heavy guitars, melodic hooks and use of keyboards that is more reminiscent of DT's Kevin Moore era, and this is probably why Dream Theater decided to take them along as a supporting act for their Chaos In Motion tour in 2007, on which this concert was filmed.

The concert itself is quite the sight to see, these guys are quite seasoned musicians. It also helps that Ray Alder has a good lot of experience as a major front man and knows how to work a crowd. They may be on a small stage, but they certainly make good use of what room is available to make for quite an energetic concert. While it is something of a short show this actually works to the dvd's advantage - the band seems to have picked the cream of the crop for the set list and there's never a dull moment or a snoozer that one might find in a 3 and a half hour concert that could be on by one of the better known bands of our time. Highlights are abound, and the camera crew does a pretty good job of finding the best moments and exposing them. One particularly impressive moment is when Greg Hoshariah goes on a mighty keyboard rampage in the middle of The Suffocating Silence and there's a perfect shot from directly above his showing the keyboard wizardry in all its glory.

The set is actually a very good one to get familiar with the band. Being that it goes through their entire discography this set is much more interesting than any compilation that could have been released. While the band only plays one song from their self titled debut, Nocturnal, it's pretty easy to see looking at an overview of their discography that their later two albums are much more representative of their sound and they focus their interests there. Bleed Me Dry shows the band in top form as they perform their latest single with a terrific amount of energy to get the show going after the particularly well done opener, Threads, and they never let up from there on in, unless it's just a second of silence to let Ray Alder thank the crowd. The prog fan in all of us will also be interested to know that some of the band's more lengthy songs are also included on the release, including the epic Sapphire, (which Alder introduces by warning the crowd that, ''this is a long one!''), the pounding Memory and the quick building Fall On You.

Of course the dvd would not be complete without some bonus material, now would it? Of course the band adds in a good deal of extras to make for some more good entertainment. This includes the full video for the single Bleed Me Dry, outtakes from the tour and an 11-minute featurette of the boys on the road set to pictures taken by the band and video as well which includes just about everything from the band dressing up as giant ants to invade Dream Theater on stage to lighting each other on fire. Of course this is set to an 11-minute instrumental tune previously unreleased by the band that apparently has no title, but whatever, it rocks.

Combine the fact that the DVD set also includes the CD of the same concert and you've got an excellent collection for anyone who happens to like progressive metal. Fans will be delighted and people who have no idea who Redemption are will finally be able to get a good overview of their discography with some pleasing visuals. This set is going to get 4 out of 5 - excellent stuff!

Queen By-Tor | 4/5 |

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