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4 stars Redemption's last album ticked all the boxes, almost. This one again ticks them all, but the songs are a little less memorabel. This one is harder-edged, thrashier, and a bit less melodic.

The 'formula' is pretty set, pretty much straight ahead metal with progressive complexity, with tastes of Fates Warning, Iron Maiden and thrash. Not overly progressive as such, but with accomplished instrumental breaks, guitar playing, keyboards, drums and bass. Ray Alder is a bit better on this one, the vocal lines stretching a bit further. Both guitarists excel at producing quality guitar solos, keyboards provide the usual backgrounds, but also many other interesting parts too, there's some cool bass lines and I really like the drum patterns.

A key part of the Redemption mix are the lyrics, which avoid the usual pitfalls of tring to be heavy by talking about murder, destruction, evil, demons, etc. Topics cover relationships, love, loss, emotions, death and other stuff most of us can relate to. Ray Alder breaths emotion into the lyrics and knowing that the main songwriter and guitarist Nick Van Dyk is struggling to hold on to life makes the lyrics all the more poignant. Black and White World and the first two tracks are the standouts for me.

praj912 | 4/5 |


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