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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sensory Records
  • ASIN: B00008NG9S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on October 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
While the name Redemption is pretty new in the prog metal genre, the people who perform on the project are not. On the contrary, they remind me of an all-star line-up like Arjen Lucassen's Ayreon. Redemption is guitarist Nick van Dyk's offering. After co-writing songs on Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder's Engine album, he finally started work on putting this band together. He seems to have benefitted a lot from having worked with Alder, as we see other Fates Warning members on the CD as well. Prog metal drum god Mark Zonder plays on one song ("As I Lay Dying") and Joey Vera appears as the sound engineer of the album. Alder sings lead vocals on the second track and does back-up on a few others. He also co-produced the album with Nick. The notable line-up also features Symphony X drummer Jason Rullo, and as usual he does a great job. Bernie Versailles from Agent Steel, Fates Warning, and Engine plays lead guitars on the record. He must be another acquintance of Nick's from the Engine project. Behind the mic we have the amazing vocalist Rick Mythiasin formerly of Steel Prophet; now in New Eden and Taraxacum.
As for Nick van Dyk, he co-produces the album, he plays bass, rhythm guitars, keyboards, and he is the main songwriter. A very multi-dimensional musician to say the least.
Michael Romeo from Symphony X appears in the liner notes as a guest musician who helped Nick with the orchestration and keyboard programming, and it shows. The dark cover art has the Travis Smith trademark all over it, and it's a very fitting art as far as I am concerned.
Sensory Records describes Redemption's music as dark prog metal with a sound that reflects a combination of Evergrey, Savatage, Kansas, Iron Maiden, and of course Fates Warning.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dan Solera on March 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes super-groups result in something bland; a collection of musicians from other bands that get together to make something weaker than what their individual members can concoct.

Thankfully, this prog-metal ensemble does not fail. Composed of Jason Rullo (Symphony X), Rick Mythiasin (ex-Steel Prophet), Bernie Versailles (Fates Warning) and headed by mastermind Nick Van Dyk, the album is a dark and rapid progressive effort. Most of the artwork was done by Travis Smith, whose portfolio includes some of the darkest and most lush landscapes in the metal scene. It is very fitting with the dark music that Van Dyk and company have arranged.

The first four songs encompass the "Desperation" suite, based on Stephen King's novel by the same name. It begins with Michael Romeo's (Symphony X) orchestral rendition of Aaron Copland's "Billy the Kid", which leads right into the song's main guitar riff. From there, the four songs are unstoppable, effortlessly churning out amazing progressive melodies and extremely memorable choruses, each individual piece standing alone while contributing to the suite's success. The Desperation suite alone is worth the price of the album.

This shouldn't take away from the remaining songs. "Nocturnal" is a hard-rocker - aggressive and simple, with crunchy guitars and eerily-harmonized vocals. "Window to Space" is a 13-minute progressive beast, covering various melodies, all of which culminate in a keyboard/piano melody. "As I Lay Dying" is another short(er) progressive piece in Dream Theater's vein, but it mostly a prelude to "Something Wicked This Way Comes", a 24-minute disappointment. The song is not as musically diverse as Symphony X's "The Odyssey" or Dream Theater's "A Change of Seasons" to sustain such a tremendous musical narrative. It is, however, the only disappointment in a truly amazing album.

See also: Dream Theater - "Scenes From a Memory", Kamelot - "Epica"
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Chevalier on May 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
My message goes to all progressive lovers and in general to all great music lovers : Redemption is a first class progressive metal band !
But it's not so estonishing, because the line up is excellent : a real dream for all progressive metal fans : Jason Rullo (Symphony X, what a drummer, my God !!), Ray Alder (Fates Warning) and Steel Prophet's singer on vocals, Nick Van Dirk and Bernie Versailles on guitars... !!!
And as expected, the album is a masterpiece !!!
Very rich compositions and lyrics !!! Each song is excellent, very epic, heavy and sensitive... a real combination of what makes a good song an EXCELLENT one !!!
So to you : buy the Redemption album, and if you are not convinced, listen to it and you'll see I'm right !!
Redemption has a BIG potential, as big as the one of bands like Symphony X or Fates Warning !!!!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Y. on August 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After buying and repeatedly listening to Redemption's second disc, "The Fullness of Time," which I consider to be a true masterpiece and the best progressive rock disc of 2005 thus far, I simply had to purchase Redemption's debut disc. I figured that based on the online reviews that I was making a sound investment, but what I got was a disappointment.

First of all, the lineup of musicians seemed to lack chemistry, outside of Nick van Dyk and Bernie Versailles' symbiotic musical relationship; beyond the guitars nothing seemed to meld together well.

Secondly, the vocals were lacking. Rick Mythiasin seemed to be giving a half-hearted performance. To me his voice is somewhat reminiscent of early Geoff Tate, but Geoff Tate holding back and not giving it his all. It seemed to me that Rick Mythiasin didn't really want to be there recording this album and he kinda showed it by cutting away immediately after finishing his parts in the studio.

Third, outside of "Nocturnal," the songwriting doesn't hold up well when compared to other progressive albums that are considered to be great, including Redemption's own second album.

Finally, the disc is POORLY mixed; the vocals, in particular, are set too far back in the mix, making it harder to enjoy the disc.

All in all this is a mediocre release that could have been so much better. Regretably it falls short of the mark.
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