Redemption

Rating: 85/100

Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen, March '03 
Label: Sensory Records
Style: Progressive Metal

Redemption

Nick van Dyk is the man behind Redemption, writing most of the music and co-producing the album with Ray Alder, as well as playing most of the guitars, bass and keyboards. To complete this sort of all-star band he has Rick Mythiasin (ex-Steel Prophet) on vocals, Jason Rullo (Symphony X) on drums and Bernie Versailles (Agent Steel, Fates Warning, Engine) is taking care of the lead guitars. Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine) helps out on 1 track as well, as does Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord) and Michael Romeo (Symphony X) has written the orchestration for 2 tracks.

After introducing the participants on this wonderful piece of progressive powermetal it's time to talk music, and we get an album with 3 very long tracks: "Desperation, Part I - V", "Window To Space" and the 24 minutes mammoth "Something Wicked This Way Comes" - OK "Desperation" isn't really one long track, but a 4 part suite, all the tracks is based on some very intriguing guitar riffs and solid rhythm foundation, I really like the way they use the keyboards - Evergrey springs to mind here, dark and melodic.

This album should appeal to fans of all the above mentioned bands as well as fans of power metal and progressive metal, because this album consists of so much quality and Rick is really singing his lungs out on this one, I can only strongly recommend this great album to all metal fans with an open mind.