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Formed in Los Angeles, California in 2000 by guitarist / keyboardist / songwriter Nicolas van Dyk, the band features legendary progressive metal vocalist Ray Alder of Fates Warning, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles (Agent Steel), the phenomenal rhythm section of Chris Quirarte (drums) and Sean Andrews (bass) and the keyboard talents of Greg Hosharian. The band's 5th studio-album, This Mortal Coil, features more mature songwriting than ever before and shows the band taking several steps beyond the quality of their previous output, and standing out from the rest of the crowd in the progressive metal scene with their unique brand of heavy, melodic and emotionally powerful music.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • ASIN: B005JLNAMA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the second album by Redemption I have (the 1st being Snowfall on Judgement Day). My reaction has been like this; I feel like this is a better album than Snowfall, but I am struggling to really identify why I feel that way. Somehow, Redemption strikes me the same way as a group, I like their music, but I am not always sure why...

As noted in several other places, Mortal Coil seems to follow the emotional journey of the lead guitarist as he went from diagnosis through treatment of cancer. The liner notes indicate that this is not intentional but this was what the lead guitarist went through. However, intentional or not, this underlying theme is easier to follow than many concept albums done intentionally.

The album starts out average, at least for Redemption. The first three or four songs are what I have come to consider "typical" for Redemption. Again, good songs, played very well, yet nothing seems to stick when each song is over....enjoyable, but dare I say it, forgettable when they end. I don't like writing it because I like playing this CD. It just doesn't jump out at me.

The reason I feel this album is better than its predecessor begins with the song Noonday Devil. At this point, the lyrics start to standout and begin to develop the emotion hinted at by the prior songs. At this point, resistance to the cancer and hope for a cure begin to become a part of the mood of the music. The remainder of the album begins to really grab onto this point and bring it home. In fact, the final three songs on this album, Begin Again, Stronger Than Death, and Departure of the Pale Horse are the standout songs from this album, both musically and lyrically.

As far as the production arguments are concerned, I tend to agree with several of the other reviewers.
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With This Mortal Coil, Redemption once again dives deep into a full array of thoughts and emotions, this time by chronicling a riveting and intense struggle with death. Fear, disbelief, recognition of one's mortality, despairing doubt, resolve, hope, regret, peace, contentedness, willful determination and victory. These are the themes visited in this conceptual work - inspired by Nick van Dyk's real life battle with myeloma - which essentially focuses on dealing with our mortality - something every human will grapple with (physically and/or spiritually) at some point before exiting this world. Musically, everything this band is known for - great compositions, melody with aggressive riffs and spectacular musicianship - is present in full force. There are a few changes this time around, though, that are noteworthy: the guitar tones and riffs are heavier, more relentless - the shredding solos really noticeable; Andrew's bass stands out in the mix now and Quirarte's drumming is even more frenetic than ever. Also, this is the first time where Alder's voice takes a bit of a back seat to the instruments - not in a bad way, just different than what we've heard from Redemption. There is no less emphasis on melody, but I suppose the nature of the subject matter demands this dark, raw, almost live sound; it works well. Producer Neil Kernon (Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Nevermore) is on board, no doubt contributing to this big metal sound. While the early songs are extremely urgent, dark and heavy, the second half of the CD lightens up a bit and the melodies become more memorable.Read more ›
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This band is great. We had the privilege of seeing them live at ProgPower USA 2003 and they were good then and now. The bonus CD has several cover songs, some of which work, some don't. Ray is singing great without trying to make this sound like Fates Warning, the lyrics are emotive, and the production is excellent. Proper prog metal.
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This is a good album, but nowhere near as good as their previous stuff. I feel that Fullness is their best work, followed by Snowfall, then Origins. There is good music on this album, but this isn't their best work. Maybe we are just spoiled because this band has already set the bar so high.
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I really enjoyed Redemption once Ray Alder came on board. It added the one element that they were missing. And as they evolve, so does their music. I found that some of their songs push the boundries of their melodic side, which is good. You don't want to stay stagnant with a sound. However, I think they can push it a bit more.

I also enjoy the a-typical cover song choices, as bland as some of them are. "Jane" form Starship, (yes, Starship!) is a bit flat in places, but "Love to Love" from UFO sounds great. Even "Precious Things" by Tori Amos, which is NOT sung by Alder himself is a great cap to the album.
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I do not know what people are complaining about, my copy sounds fine. This album is as good as any of the previous ones, the powerful sound is there, and you have to add the very personal touch do mostly to Van Dyke's disease and recuperation. I agree that Ray's voice did not sounds his best but as my buddy Fernando Figueroa says, is not the 80's anymore. But he is there and it sounds good anyway. The production values are fine, period, this record wasn't rushed. One thing most people ignore is the covers cd included with this release. They are correct, I do not believe anybody thought I progressive band would be playing this stuff, what a cool surprise, every track sounds AWESOME, get over it people! Redemption is without a doubt the true heirs of the Fates Warning legacy, Ray and all included. And that legacy is in good hands.
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