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This Mortal Coil: Limited Import

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Bonus material: "A Collection of Songs Originally Recorded by Other Artists that One Would Not Expect Would Be Performed by a Progressive Metal Band" 1. Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (10:31) -> Originally by Elton John 2. Jane (4:03) -> Originally by Starship 3. Hold The Line (3:40) -> Originally by Toto 4. Edge Of The Blade (4:36) - > Originally by Journey 5. Love To Love (7:02) -> Originally by UFO 6. Precious Things (7:23) -> Originally by Tori Amos

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B005GPFHH0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This Mortal Coil is Redemption's fifth studio album and the follow-up to their amazing Snowfall on Judgment Day. My guess is that most Redemption fans will pick up this disc for similar reasons: corrosive riffing, melodic vocal parts that can only be sung by Ray Alder, a powerful and intricate rhythmic tandem, sparingly used keys for atmosphere, introspective lyrics, etc.

However, the album falls short in one important department: production. It is interesting because years ago when Redemption released their debut album which was marred by a subpar mixing job, which totally killed Rick Mythiasin's career-defining vocal performance, I posted my thoughts on a message board which was also frequented by guitarist Nick van Dyk. I argued that Redemption should get Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Spiral Architect) for the next album (The Fullness of Time) because Kernon was easily the best producer on the planet that would achieve the perfect balance between such heavy riffs, mood-reflective atmospheres, and indelible vocals. Nick van Dyk was cool enough to email me personally and discuss the sound he had on mind for the new album. He said he had talked to Kernon, but a co-operation wasn't possible at the time due to conflicting schedules and they were definitely going to make it happen sometime in the future. He had decided to go for another great producer, Tommy Newton (who did the amazing Ark records), because he wanted to explore a warmer sound with more resonance. Every Redemption fan knows the result: The Fullness of Time is still the band's high-water mark, both musically and lyrically.
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Redemption seems to be one of those rare bands that gets better with time. For me, each subsequent album has been an improvement on the preceding albums. "This Mortal Coil" is the same. Fans of the progressive metal genre will be happy to know that this album is basically a solo-fest. I think the band really stretched themselves on this one, and they really delivered.

While I am not a big fan of CD 2, I very much appreciate the spirit in which it was recorded, and it is a lot of fun to hear a different side of the band. Because fans of Redemption already know what they're getting when they buy a new Redemption CD, the bonus disc offers a glimpse into the band's other influences, and it helps you better-appreciate they're original material, in my opinion.

If you're considering buying this CD, it is most likely that you already know how great this band is. Allow me to confirm the fact that this is indeed another great Redemption album.
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Reading the previous review and its comments, I feel I must touch upon the bad news first: yes, this album could have been produced better. By now, Redemption is a grown-up band, and the presence of veterans like Alder alone should ensure a higher quality than This Mortal Coil provides. The vocals at times are buried a bit, and the overall sound is not as crisp as it could have been.

Having said that, for all I know the duller sound was an artistic choice.

Now then, with the elephant in the room properly addressed, on to the album. I like it, and I like it more with every turn it gets on the stereo. Not all compostions are equal in strenght or quality of lyrics, but the album contains a few absolute gems. "Let it Rain" and "Focus" are instant Redemption classics, as far as I'm concerned. LiR partiularly is right up there with "Scarred" or "Life in one Day", in terms of its composition. Wonderful.

Some songs elude me a bit, so far. "Perfect" sounds a little weird to me, and the quirky melodics of "In the Path of the Whirlwind" definitely take time to grow on you. Lyrically, the album might be the best Redemption release so far. I suppose it took a real topic, and indeed real life drama, to eek true poetic quality out of Van Dyk. Thank goodness he's on the mend again.

The second CD with cover versions of Toto and Tori Amos songs is worth about one listen, I'd say. Thanks for throwing it in the mix guys, but prospective buyers: if all you can find is the regular album, just get that one. You're not missing too much.

Overall, I wouldn't rate this album as highly as "Fullness of Time" or "Snowfall on Judgment Day". But it's rrrrrrrright up there. Therefore, 4 instead of 5 stars.
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This disc blew me away. I would call it a masterpiece. The people that complain of the production are knit picking. This is their hardest rocking disc to date . Anyone that gives it less then four stars is nuts. No Tickets to The Funeral is just incredable. Let it Rain is a softer song that again hits the mark. The rest of the songs are right behind. The extra disc is fun to listen to and interesting. A must buy.
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