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3.33 | 96 ratings

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2 stars fall from grace!

i'm sorry, i tried...i really did but couldn't get around to appreciating this effort from Nick and the boys from Redemption. i only got into Redemption with the beautiful Snowfall on Judgement Day and then went into their back catalogue as far back as the debut (which was the only other albumthat i didn't really like).

given that the calibre of the band - Nick's and Bernie's prowess with guitar, Ray's illustrious "past life", the tight rhythm section of Chris and Sean and the layers of wonderful bars from Greg's keyboards remains unchanged from the previous album, its hard to understand where they went wrong. and they did go wrong somewhere...

the chugging guitars that start in Path of the Whirlwind just seem to go on (and playing the same chords) through the first 4 songs including the lacklustre Dreams from the Pit.

Noonday Devil manages to get away from this mechanised flow but isn't really a great song. The highlight of the album is most likely Let It Rain which is catchy, melodious and in a similar vein to Redemption's "ballads" from their past.

then, its back to the sludge factory and, after listening to the album now some 15 times (like i said, i really tried!) i still cant tell the next 4 songs apart...but hang on, its not over yet!

we still have the closer, the "epic" Departure of the Pale Horse. now, this is a masterpiece in all the wrong ways. yes, its 10-min long but there is probably not a minute-long piece of good prog-metal. somewhere along the way, they try to work in phrases and sections from the first 10 songs and its totally confusing. end-result: 10 minutes of torture...

sorry again, folks! this is almost totally a wasted effort. i was very tempted to go with just the 1 star but hey, these guys were one of my favourite bands after the last album, so give them a break, ok? just hold on for the next one and hope they get it right

sv_godspeed | 2/5 |


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