This Mortal Coil
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 26 September, 2011
Playing time: 72:17

"Snowfall on Judgment Day" is in my opinion one of the best progressive metal album in the past five years, and an album many thinks is Redemption's magnum opus. And a very hard act to follow, but "This Mortal Coil" is a very strong album on its own terms, just like it was the case with "...and Justice for All", which is an great album, but just not the album everyone is talking about.

Redemption anno 2011 has strong ties to all of it's previous albums, maybe a bit more to "The Origin of Ruin" than "Snowfall on Judgment Day" but the trademarks are still the same, just in a bit harder and darker version, which is the main reason I prefer "Snowfall" to this; I think some of the finer details are lost in the sound. But that is just me nitpicking because this album still belongs amongst the best progressive metal albums of 2011, no doubt about that at all.

Nick van Dyk has once more composed a brilliant selection of progressive metal gems; each song sounds great and takes the listener on a roller-coaster ride into the sound universe of Redemption. Ray Alder sings as brilliant as ever before and he proves once more why he should be mentioned when the talk is about outstanding progressive metal vocalists. The supporting cast is tight and delivers on all fronts.

September is on one hand a sheer pleasure for progressive metal fans, on the other hand a very expensive month! I strongly recommend that you buy "This Mortal Coil" as well as a few others that see the light of day in September...


01. Path of the Whirlwind (5:26)
02. Blink of an Eye (5:27)
03. No Tickets to the Funeral (6:26)
04. Dreams from the Pit (9:11)
05. Noonday Devil (5:03)
06. Let It Rain (7:21)
07. Focus (5:43)
08. Perfect (4:48)
09. Begin Again (6:11)
10. Stronger than Death (5:29)
11. Departure of the Pale Horse (10:15)

Label: InsideOut Music
Distribution: EMI (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 20 September, 2011