van Dyk and his Redemption project are back with their second album
called: "The Fullness Of Time". Since their debut album from
2002, a few line-up changes have taken place: Rick Mythiasin (ex-Steel
Prophet), who sang on the first album has been replaced by Ray Alder (Fates
Warning, Engine). The rhythm section on this album is new as well:
Chris Quirarte (drums) and James Sherwood (bass), who some of you
might know from their work with
we continue down the road chosen with their debut album; a cool
combination of heaviness, complexity and melody. Think a big pot of
heavy metal with the ingredients: Kansas, Fates Warning, Iron Maiden, Evergrey, Dream Theater, Megadeth and a
lot of other cool bands ... I know it might sounds like a strange brew,
but I promise you it works.
is a step forward for this band, just the addition of Ray Alder would
appeal to a lot of progressive metal fans, and he doesn't let anyone
down - he is singing with his usual conviction. The entire band is
very skilful and delivers the goods, last member of the band is Bernie
Versailles (Agent Steel, Engine) and he has some nice guitar duels
with Nicholas. 2 epic songs makes up for almost 2/3 of the album:
"Sapphire" clocking in at 15:55, and the title track, once
more a 4 part suite - not really one long track, making up for almost
22 minutes of this album.
Newton has mixed and mastered this cool album, which proves doubters
that Redemption is here to make an impact. Progressive metal fans
should at least give this album a serious listen, and I have no doubt
Fates Warning fans will be pleasantly surprised with this disc.
Recommended tracks: "Parker's Eyes", "Sapphire" & "The Fullness Of Time, Part I-IV"