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Defining a Genre : Progressive Thrash,
This review is from: Snowfall On Judgment Day (MP3 Music)
For those who are unfamiliar with Redemption's previous three albums: Know that this is one of the preeminent prog-metal bands on the scene today. Top of the genre. Alder's vocals are easily some of the best in metal, with a combination of melodic and rhythmic talent rarely found in any musical genre. His range is huge, both high and low, but not only can he hit the notes like others, he FEELS the words like few--and you will feel them too. Nick Van Dyke, formerly of Agent Steel, is the primary songwriter and guitarist, and is not only technically proficient, but is uniquely gifted with a powerful musical inventiveness. The entire band is as tight as a . . . really tight thing. If you like Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Symphony X, Zero Hour, Queensryche, Ayreon, Guilt Machine, Iced Earth, Iron Maiden, Metallica . . . the list goes on . . . BUY THIS ALBUM. Then buy their previous three. The Fullness Of Time, their sophomore disc, is one of the great masterpieces of intelligent metal for our time.
For those who are familiar with Redemption's previous work: SOJD is likely the most cohesive album of their career. Start to finish there is nothing but great songwriting, expressive playing and interesting vocals. There is so much going on in this disc that it will take many listens to really soak it in. The bass in particular is awesome and terribly complex, but fell totally under my radar the first couple times I listened. In fact this disc is SO good that, if it had a song called "Sapphire" in it, I would pronounce it to be their undisputed best. This is the tightest and most blisteringly intense prog-metal disc of 2009.