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REDEMPTION is an American progressive metal band comprising former members of FATES WARNING and PRYMARY. Early incarnations of the group featured members of SYMPHONY X and STEEL PROPHET. Led by guitarist Nick van Dyk, the band originally featured Rick Mythiasin on vocals, Bernie Versailles on guitar, and Jason Rullo on drums, with Michael Romero providing symphonic arrangements. Mythiasin left in 2003, and Corey Brown of MAGNITUDE 9 stepped in and performed live with the band, but Ray Alder of FATES WARNING, who had sung on one track on Redemption's self-titled debut, agreed to join as REDEMPTION'S full-time vocalist, beginning with 2005's "The Fullness of Time". Although highly original, fans of FATES WARNING, ARK, ANDROMEDA & DREAM THEATER will enjoy what they hear.

Although I've only heard one of their albums, "The Fullness of Time", I encourage prog metal fans to check it out, as it's my favourite release of 2005.

Highly recommended.


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Discography:
Redemption, s/t studio album (2002)
The Fullness of Time, studio album (2005)
The Origins of Ruin, studio album (2007)

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3.22 | 59 ratings
Redemption
2002
4.20 | 242 ratings
The Fullness Of Time
2005
4.07 | 165 ratings
The Origins of Ruin
2007
3.91 | 166 ratings
Snowfall On Judgment Day
2009
3.25 | 64 ratings
This Mortal Coil
2011

REDEMPTION Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.86 | 5 ratings
Live From the Pit
2014

REDEMPTION Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.19 | 24 ratings
Frozen In The Moment - Live In Atlanta
2009

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 Live From the Pit by REDEMPTION album cover Live, 2014
3.86 | 5 ratings

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Live From the Pit
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by Spartanj42

4 stars So Redemption's been on a bit of a break since their excellent 2011 release This Mortal Coil. This has seen lots of tours and big live performances at multiple festivals. In doing so they've made quite a name for themselves and they finally decided to grace us with a live album called Live From the Pit that seems to be an average of all the material they've been playing the last three years. At Progpower 2012 they played a rather long set for a festival (at 80 minutes) with quite a wide smattering of material from different albums.

Production and mixing are usually the most important things you look at with a live album so let's see. I found them both to be very well done, I was able to hear every instrument as well as was necessary at the time, maybe the guitar wasn't quite as high as it could have been in the mix, but the keyboards are magnificently mixed so that's good. Also the guitars have a very gritty tone which I really like. The drums are a bit high, but in my experience that's something you'll find in almost every live album ever made. So the mixing and production are good, usually second most important when considering a live album is the setlist. The set they played is pretty representative of their discography. The majority of the setlist is taken from the albums The Origin of Ruin and This Mortal Coil. Only two songs each were played from The Fullness of Time and Snowfall on Judgement day, the former being my favorite that was slightly disappointing, but they did an excellent job with the two they did. Only one song from their self titled debut, but I'm okay with that.

The whole thing starts with Threads which works well as an explosive opener for both the concert and the album it's from, but immediately following it is the real show stopper In the Suffocating Silence, one of my favorite Redemption songs they really did the song justice with some really strong keyboard playi ng. Other standout performances include Parker's Eyes, Fall on You, Stronger than Death and Black and White World. Apparently this was the first time they had ever performed Parkers Eyes live so that's a cool treat for Redemption fans, not to mention they played the pants off it. Now when I say a "standout performance" I mean they really conveyed the emotion of it to the audience, they managed to use the live setting to their advantage and build up to a climax in a way that's difficult to do in studio. Especially on Black and White World, they really nailed that one. Oh also Dreams from the Pit features a really fantastic bass solo, I mean Sean Andrews played the hell out of it and his bass playing really made Dreams from the Pit a very memorable performance.

The emotion is all very heartfelt the power behind the songs is there and everything sounds really tight. One of the few issues I have with this is that for the most part everything sounds just like it did in studio, like they didn't do anything differently even the solos were pretty much exactly the same. Plus the crowd's really quiet and there's almost no crowd interaction so it hardly sounds like a live album at all sometimes. It's really more of a compilation album with scattered applause here and there. If that doesn't bother you in live albums then more power to you, but I could have done with a little more crwod involvement and maybe some improvised solos. Overall it shows that Redemption does still have it and that Ray Alder is still a great singer, I look forward to their next studio album because so far they've never really let me down.

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 This Mortal Coil by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.25 | 64 ratings

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This Mortal Coil
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Redemption play a deeply personal (no political rants here, just man and his problems), pounding yet melodic type of sophisticated metal, with great guitar-synth interplay, usually fast, but sometimes they slow down for a kind of a cathartic slow burner. This type of music is suitably complemented by the strong and emotional voice of Fates Warning vocalist, Ray Alder (who is a rare type of a Hispanic front man in prog metal).

Redemption's latest album, This mortal coil, does not offer much new to their catalogue, maybe little bit heavier and more aggressive than usual. There are good tunes here - fluid and fast Blink of an eye, for example, the slow burner Let it rain, etc. But this album is marred by poor, muddy production, and out of shape condition of Alder's vocals, who has a slight natural hoarseness in his voice, but sounds more hoarse and tired than usual. This is by itself not a crime, but it stands in strangely glaring contrast with the previous album, Snowfall on judgement day, which was maybe over-polished, but very dynamic in sound. You could always pare down over-production excesses, but not so radically and in a downfall manner.

Now, you could make an argument that such bleakness is appropriate to the subject matter, the struggle with a death-threatening condition of the band leader, Nick van Dyk. But it's no excuse for a rushed production work, which makes this album kinda hard to listen to, if played together with Redemption's earlier work.

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 Frozen In The Moment - Live In Atlanta by REDEMPTION album cover DVD/Video, 2009
4.19 | 24 ratings

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Frozen In The Moment - Live In Atlanta
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by amiltonjr1986

5 stars The First contact I had with this amazing band was assisting the song "Threads", from this DVD. I remember I can't just stop listen, because it sounds so awesome, the double guitars, the bass and the keyboard in an exceptional harmony. It's hard to find progmetal bands with two guitars, and Redemption knows how to do that not fading the other instruments. This style makes the band sounds so powerful, singular and great.

I can't avoid to mention the stage execution of the members, the interaction with the people, and the charisma the singer showed, Ray Alder, one of my favorite singers. Both double guitars makes the band what it is, the bass shows complex melodies and the smashing drums complete the perfect team.

I think it's a heresy a progmetal fan don't listen and watch this great and well elaborated work of Redemption. You won't find so easy another live performances so identic to the studio versions like this DVD. They did an excellent job, our ears are so thankful!

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 The Fullness Of Time by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.20 | 242 ratings

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Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by punxycpa

5 stars Every now and then an album comes along that is so perfect in every way that I wish I could give it 6 stars. This is one of those albums for me. A true six-star, dessert island, run into a burning building to save masterpiece. Highlights are "Sapphire", perhaps the most perfect song ever written, and "Parker's Eyes", an incredibly emotional look at childhood's end. Nick van Dyk's songwritting, both musically and lyrically, is at the top of his game, and Ray Alder's vocals have never sounded better. Not in 25 years with Fates Warning, not in his own project Engine. Never. In every way, this is a perfect masterpiece of progressive metal.

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 This Mortal Coil by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.25 | 64 ratings

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This Mortal Coil
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by progbethyname

4 stars AN ALBUM THAT IS SURE TO GROW ON YOU---

This is the 5th release from the progressive metal elites, REDEMPTION and it's an album that is most likely a need for most to listen a few times to fully appreciate the dark, emotional content of this album, THIS MORTAL COIL. 

What should be known clearly is that in 2008 lead Guitarist, NICK VAN DYKE was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer called, Multiple Myeloma. This album is a very dark, emotional piece  that is about the feeling of mortality, coming to the understanding that death looms over us all and that we have to accept the best things in life even though we as human beings we have to battle the frailty of our own human condition. Ergo, THIS MORTAL COIL is sure to Rick your psyche and make you think about how precious life is and the best way to do that is through fast and Furious prog Metal at a very elite level of musicianship. 

THIS MORTAL COIL starts off with a huge bang with the track, PATH OF THE WHIRLWIND which is a very energetic song that is full of life with blistering drums and a strong chorus to boot. Excellent opener. The next track, BLINK OF AN EYE is absolutely sublime and is my personal favourite song on the album. The sound arrangements are incredibly well thought out and Ray Alder's voice is perfectly on key to complement this speed demon of a song.  Another notable track on the album is the emotionally laden, NO TICKETS TO THIS FUNERAL. This obviously has some deep rooted connection with VAN DYKE beating his cancer and saying to the NOONDAY DEVIL, that I'm here to stay and you can't take my life just yet, so tickets for my funeral to you! It's quite a theme with this track, but it really works and sparks some incredible guitar from Van Dyke and well as a few nice keyboard solos to slow things down a bit. Also, the chorus for NO TICKETS is very catchy and will surely get stuck in your head. It's like I said, this album will grow on you. Lastly, the power ballad LET IT RAIN is a wonderful track and really helps round out the album by slowing things down a bit so the listener can catch his/her breath because REDEMPTION don't take their foot off the gas for very long on this release. It is a serious prog metal ambush that attacks the senses boldly. 

All in all, I have to say that this album is not as bad as others have lead on for it to be. Personally, I feel that it would make a nice edition to any prog metal collection, especially if you were to obtain the 2 disc special edition of the album where by the 2nd disc contains a 6 track cover set done by the band. Cover tracks include, FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND/LOVE LIES BLEEDING which is fairly well done 2) JANE 3) HOLD THE LINE 4) EDGE OF THE BLADE 5) LOVE TO LOVE and 6) PRECIOUS LITTLE THINGS. A very enjoyable set list and fans of UFO will be in for a treat because REDEMPTION nail LOVE TO LOVE. The opening keyboard solo by VAN DYKE is melodic bliss. 

I'm giving THIS MORTAL COIL a 4/5. It was a fairly enjoyable experience, although it does contain some recycled material from their previous works, but i say 'who cares! It sounds good.' Enjoy prog heads. 

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 The Fullness Of Time by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.20 | 242 ratings

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The Fullness Of Time
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by amirima

5 stars I admire Nick Van Dyk, the mastermind behind Redemption. He's one of the best music composers and arrangers on this planet. If you are a fan of progressive metal you need to listen to Redemption.

"The Fullness of Time" is the second album by Redemption and their first album with the master vocalist Ray Alder. They are really heavy and don't trespass the boundaries; they stick to the main purpose of their music, filled with melodies and heavy riffs and never give you extra annoying parts or stuff like intolerable instrumental sections or unattractive keyboard solos that need to force themselves into the ears of the listener.

"Sapphire" is one of the masterpieces of progressive metal. Almost 16 minutes of pure mastery. The lyrics are so powerful and full of emotions. The music arrangement is perfect and excellent so that it stands alone among many other bands. It is almost unlike Dream Theater or Symphony X. Nick Van Dyk has a unique relation-of-parts on his mind. He always surprises you with his melodic connections and vocal lines that are somewhat extraordinarily the glue of the songs. Nobody could bring the vocals such amazingly to this style of progressive metal music.

"Parker's Eyes" is yet another great track from this album. You can always enjoy great melodic solos and melodic structures integral to the song.

"The Fullness of Time" is a four-part song. Again, the vocal melodies stand out. Nick Van Dyk seems to know where to take us with his powerful imagination in music. The lyrics on this series is dealing with realities of life and the relationships (specially one's relation with their own "Self") and may serve many of us perfectly.

I end this review with one of my favorite lines from the last song: "No more false facades, covering my feelings, preventing a connection!"

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 Snowfall On Judgment Day by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.91 | 166 ratings

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Snowfall On Judgment Day
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by dtguitarfan

5 stars It's strange to me how people's opinions on music differ so vastly. I came to Redemption's area on Prog Archives to review this album, and saw that their previous albums had averages above 4 stars, and this one was the first to dip below. But the funny thing is that this is the album that finally convinced me that I loved Redemption. After this album, I went back to their older albums and discovered I loved them too, but before this album I used to tell a good friend of mine who was a big Redemption fan that I felt like the band was 5 instrumentalists soloing at the same time. When I heard this album, I felt like I was hearing how the band had matured and cohered. I remember also that it seemed like every time I listened to this album, my favorite song on the album changed as I discovered I loved another song on the album. It is still hard to pick a favorite, though I would like to mention the song, Keep Breathing. This song was written by one of the two guitarists, Nick Van Dyk, about his daughter Parker, who has a degenerative disease causing her to lose her eyesight. The lyrics explain how as a father he can't stand to see his daughter in pain, but at the same time is amazed at her strength and bravery and tells her that it inspires him to go on. As a Progressive Metal fan, this doesn't happen to me very often, but the first time I heard this song I had to pull over as the tears began to flow. The whole album is powerful, and don't be surprised if your speedometer begins to climb as you listen to this album.

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 This Mortal Coil by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.25 | 64 ratings

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This Mortal Coil
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by sv_godspeed

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

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 This Mortal Coil by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.25 | 64 ratings

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This Mortal Coil
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by praj912

3 stars I often say to myself: "Self, a song without a guitar solo isn't worth listening to". Now, that just may be my reaction to people that don't appreciate solos, but what is abundantly clear in all of Redemption's work, and in particular this one, is that they feel the same.

The guitar solos on this release are superb and BV deserves special credit. Redemption put all the things that make metal good into their sound. Progressive? Well if musicianship, skill, dexterity, melody and songwriting are hallmarks, then yes. But they do fit better into the straight ahead metal with a bit of thrash category, where this album should receive 4 stars.

Again, the lyrics are very personal and mature, a hallmark of their sound and particularly poignant considering NVD's recent battle with cancer, but ultimately this record falls a bit short of their last 2-3 releases. It just sounds a little 'tired' for want of a better word and like other reviewers here, I too question the production, it's a bit too raw for my liking, but I find the mix fine (especially the solos!).

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 This Mortal Coil by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.25 | 64 ratings

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Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by Sophocles

4 stars This is a difficult review that I 've tried to avoid writing. In a year that EVERYONE released great (to say the least) albums you expect mindblowing releases from your favorite bands. So here we have a very good album but few things hold it down.

My first problem is the production, which is a mystery if you consider the previous works of Neil Kernon. Some called it uneven, I will call it lame, too fuzzy guitars, no depth to the whole music. It feels like an old vinyl through a poor stereo. I agree with the comment that they should re-produce it.

And the second problem is Alder's sound. In some songs (especially the heavy ones) it doesn't fit. It is too low for this kind of song and the production drowns it. Is like a noose around his throat, it sounds single-dimensional. I don't believe that he lost it, something went wrong I think.

Third problem, there are great compositions that could gone better, I mean 3-4 songs here are at the level of Sapphire but the band choose to be more power than prog, more heavy. Nevertheless in the second part of the album things went better, since it is more emotional.

If you put these aside, what you get? Strong compositions, great melodies, incredible and technical instrumental parts. It is all heavier and dark, I think due to Nick's health issues. This is working well, Redemption were always heavy, early thrash infuences were always around, check No Tickets To The Funeral. Sometimes you wonder if these guys can play slow riffing. Noonday Devil is the heavier moment of this, just like Leviathan Rising was for the previous album. And then you get Let It Rain, one of this year's best songs and a couple more that are emotional like this, f.i. Perfect.

So after 3-4 spins I started really liking it. It is a grower, it is so strong that you forget about the problems. You just hold on to what you love about this band, powerfull riffing with emotional voice. This is no Snowfall and I don't ever consider comparing it with Fullness of Time, but it is a very good album. At the end of the day, I still consider myself a die hard fan of them.

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