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Founded in Los Angeles, USA in 2001

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.

See also: WiKi

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3.26 | 80 ratings
Redemption
2003
4.16 | 302 ratings
The Fullness Of Time
2005
4.08 | 203 ratings
The Origins Of Ruin
2007
3.92 | 208 ratings
Snowfall On Judgment Day
2009
3.32 | 91 ratings
This Mortal Coil
2011
3.72 | 93 ratings
The Art Of Loss
2016
3.78 | 41 ratings
Long Night's Journey Into Day
2018

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

3.84 | 10 ratings
Live From the Pit
2014

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

4.24 | 27 ratings
Frozen In The Moment - Live In Atlanta
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Alive in Color
2020

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 Long Night's Journey Into Day by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.78 | 41 ratings

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Long Night's Journey Into Day
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by praj912

4 stars Sorry, there's just too many guitar solos on this album. If I wanted to listen to constant blistering guitar solos combined with great songs then I would listen to Redemption. And Tom Englund, he's not from America. He's Svenska-ish. This is a return to form. Englund proves again he is the best voice in melodic metal. He sounds like Alder at times, but Englund knows how to lift a melody out of the noise. The guitar solos are sublime, sublime. The songs have meaning and the cheesiness lost. Quirante, I missed thee. Explosive tasteful drumming. Everything else solid. Backing harmonies adding depth. Great choruses. Not progresive by today's standards, quality smart metal performed by maestros. 4/5 because it ain't prog.

 Long Night's Journey Into Day by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.78 | 41 ratings

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Long Night's Journey Into Day
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Redemption is a reliable source of killer riffs, shredding solos, vocal hooks and melodic arrangements, and this album is no different. Tom Englund (of Evergrey) replaces Ray Alder (of Fates Warning) on the mic here. Both gentlemen are well-suited to this kind of dramatic music, although Tom, probably having been a last-minute replacement, in places sounds kind of subdued here.

Long Night's Journey Into Day probably won't be judged as Redemption's finest - there is less variety here than on earlier albums, which were a bit more atmospheric, and the guys, probably sensing it, seem to try to cover this deficiency with more hyperactivity - but it's still very solid.

 Long Night's Journey Into Day by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.78 | 41 ratings

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Long Night's Journey Into Day
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by javajeff

3 stars Let me start out by saying that I am a huge Ray Alder fan, and A Pleasant Shade Of Gray is a favorite album of mine that I play regularly. I love Fates Warning, so naturally Redemption has been another progressive metal band to interest me with the Fates Warning connection. Ok, so you decide to replace Ray with someone else. Say, what? I do not understand why this happened, but I cannot take anything away from Tom Englund as he does a fine job on the album. As you would expect from a Redemption album, there is excellent musicianship. Long Night's Journey Into Day is another album with Nick Van Dyk's signature flavor of progressive metal. But it is missing a spark. Let me state my second beef with the album. U2's New Year's Day in the middle of the album. Now, I love the original song by U2, and listened to it a ton the 80s. The Redemption cover is decent, but it should be a bonus track at the very least and placed at the very end album. Do not interrupt your creativity with a cover. I am not a fan of covers to begin with, and I rarely find ones that I like. When bands release deluxe versions of albums where the second disc is a covers disc, I buy the standard version. If I want to hear an album by a band, I will buy that band's album. I am really not into these types of novelties, and I wish bands would stop doing it. Is there some sort of loss of creativity where the need is to leverage other band's stuff? I am finding Long Night's Journey Into Day tough to swallow, and I doubt it will have the longevity that I put into Snowfall On Judgment Day or The Fullness Of Time. I thought The Art Of Loss was an excellent release as well. I will give some more listens to Long Night's Journey Into Day, but when New Year's Day starts, it really is a bizarre addition to this lackluster release.
 Snowfall On Judgment Day by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.92 | 208 ratings

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Snowfall On Judgment Day
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars I think that Snowfall on Judgment Day is Redemption's best, at least, sound-wise, album. I don't mind if it's not "organically" produced, smooths some of the rougher edges of their previous albums and is too calculated to hit all the sweet spots of those who like their metal both heavy and a little cheesy. A crunchy riff, a poppy synth line, a shredding solo and an earnest power ballad all come when you expect them to come. And there is even James LaBrie of the genre's godfathers Dream Theater guesting. A lot of bands repeat their successful formula, but at least you could say that Snowfall promises the prog power metal goods and delivers.
 The Fullness Of Time by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.16 | 302 ratings

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The Fullness Of Time
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

3 stars California-based Redemption is one of the better bands of the Dream Theater-lite style, combining crunchy riffs, cheesy synths, an abundance of shredding solos and an overdramatic vocal. You know, a kind of band you know is unoriginal, but technically very impressive and kind of fun to listen to. Redemption does have a specialty though - cathartic songs about tramautic interpersonal relationships delivered in a "sensitive macho" vocals style of Ray Alder. And the truth is, there is a certain limit to the amount of this lyrical stuff one can digest, and I think they slightly overdid it here. Especially the 20-minute suite, the Fullness of Time, which I find to be not as seamless as I'd like and kind of unneccesarily harsh in the beginning.
 The Art Of Loss by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.72 | 93 ratings

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The Art Of Loss
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Redemption plays prog metal that is bombastic and emotionally intense. Like Dream Theater without the quirks or stylistic detours of the more adventurous prog metal bands, though they are not beneath pop sensibilities. Redemption's about crunchy riffs, cheesy synths, sing-along choruses and the manly voice of Ray Alder, which distinguishes them among similar bands but with high-pitched vocalists. As the themes of their albums mainly revolve around human psychology, I'd say this is about 90 percent tension and 10 percent release. At Redemption's longest, the 70-minute plus of this stuff may seem a bit overwhelming and monotonous, so the guys spice things up with gazillions of shredding, courtesy of the bandwagon of guest guitarists. In short, Redemption doesn't break new ground, but the Art of Loss is better than This Mortal Coil and is one of their most enjoyable releases.
 The Art Of Loss by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.72 | 93 ratings

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The Art Of Loss
Redemption Progressive Metal

Review by Mebert78

4 stars One band's "loss" is another man's gain. That "loss," in this case, is Redemption's latest album, The Art of Loss, which explores the themes of love, fear and loss over the course of nine emotional and melodic tracks. The man, of course, is me -- or any other fan of this superbly talented progressive metal band. We are the ones who gain a collection of spectacularly-crafted songs that will help strengthen, inspire, and -- most importantly -- kick our metal-loving asses over the remaining days of our lives.

Before we go any further, I should note that I'm among the most diehard fans of Redemption. For example, I was one of the fans to pledge funds in support of the band's Live from the Pit DVD filmed at ProgPower USA in Atlanta in 2012 (which I also attended). The band's 2009 album, Snowfall on Judgment Day, also ranks as one of my top five all-time favorite albums. The lyrics of guitarist/keyboardist Nick van Dyk have touched me like those of few others -- even changing the way I'll look at life, in some cases -- and the band's exhilarating music is able to be both beautiful and soul-crushingly heavy at the same time. It's a unique mix that few bands can pull off, but Redemption has done it album after album for over a decade now. Oh, and there's also that gorgeous voice of Ray Alder, who is better known for his work with Fates Warning, one of the pioneering bands of progressive metal. If he's singin', I'm listenin'.

The first matter to address when discussing The Art of Loss is that it's the band's first album without top-notch guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is continuing to recover from an aneurysm. In classy fashion, the band dedicated the album to Versailles, stating in the liner notes they "await his recovery from medical issues and return to the band when is ready." Considering van Dyk recently overcame his own medical issue -- a cancer scare that inspired the band's 2011 album This Mortal Coil -- it's no surprise that Versailles' mates handled his situation in a compassionate and kindhearted way. To fill his shoes, they recruited a handful of special guest guitarists: Simone Mularoni, Marty Friedman, Chris Broderick and lastly Chris Poland, the latter three of which are best known for their tenures with heavy metal legends Megadeth.

I couldn't help but admire the album's artwork before even listening to the disc. It features a broken wine glass on its side with red liquid spilt on a white background -- almost appearing like blood. Very simple, yet very powerful. It prompted several questions in my mind before even hearing a song, such as who dropped the glass and what caused he or she to drop it? Was it someone experiencing some sort of horrific news and dropping it in shock and, if so, what was the news? You've gotta love the thought-provoking nature of progressive metal art. The album, though, took a few listens to click with me for some reason. But once it clicked, it clicked. A very solid and satisfying Redemption album. One I know I'll be turning to when I'm in need of emotional comfort or intense headbanging. And that's all you can ever ask for.

The album starts with the catchy title track and then hammers out a string of six songs that are on par with some of the band's best work. The highlights for me start with "Thirty Silver," a blistering track that features solos by all three former Megadeth axemen, and "The Center of the Fire," which has a stunning and addicting chorus. Other favorites include the uplifting "That Golden Light" and "Hope Dies Last," which has a piano intro reminiscent of Snowfall's "Black and White World." I also must praise the brilliant rendition of The Who's 1973 song, "Love, Reign O'er Me," which boasts an impressive performance by Armored Saint vocalist John Bush, as well as the 20-minute epic closer, "At Day's End," which is a major grower.

My only critique is that I would've liked for the band to indicate in the liner notes if the songs were inspired by a poem or other creative work. For example, the second track," Slouching Towards Bethlehem," was evidently based on Irish poet W.B. Yeats' "The Second Coming," which van Dyk explained in the comments section of Coverkiller Nation's YouTube review of The Art of Loss. In addition, "The Center of the Fire" seems to be based on Oriah Mountain Dreamer's "The Invitation," which I discovered by accident. I ended up enjoying much of her work, and it would've been cool to know if other songs were based on, or inspired by, poems.

If you're a fan of Redemption, you won't be disappointed. If you ask me, The Art of Loss has everything we've come to love about the band, despite the four-year break between releases and the unfortunate absence of Versailles. With a back catalog that grows more and more mind-blowing with each release, let's just hope they find a way to perform live again soon.

- Michael R. Ebert (progzombie.blogspot.com)

 Live From the Pit by REDEMPTION album cover Live, 2014
3.84 | 10 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.

 This Mortal Coil by REDEMPTION album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.32 | 91 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.

 Frozen In The Moment - Live In Atlanta by REDEMPTION album cover DVD/Video, 2009
4.24 | 27 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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