Released: 2009, Inside Out
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
LA´s progressive metallers, Redemption, have returned amongst us with their new, 4th album titled SNOWFALL ON JUDGEMENT DAY. Those of you who don´t know anything about this band, let me enlighten you this much: Redemption has been basically built around the magnificent voice of Ray Alder, of semi-legendary Fates Warning fame. Also, in the same breath I think it needs to be mentioned that Bernie Versailles (Agent Steel) and Nick van Dyk (Fools Game) that both are important yet essential links to the sound of this highly talented prog metal act Redemption, making the band sound the way it sounds nowadays.
Sure, undoubtedly many fans of the whole prog metal genre will find some connections to bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X and the like, but it´s pretty much unavoidable. Nearly every band tends to sound like some other band around them, having a thing or two in their sound that in some strange way - somehow bring up all these similarities between bands, creating some déjá vu in your head.
Redemption´s latest tour de force for the prog metal world is – to put it simply, pretty amazing again on SNOWFALL ON JUDGEMENT DAY on the whole. There´s really no weak spots within their effortlessly and so painfully flowing progressive metal. Ray Alder is undoubtedly one of the most gifted and enchanting vocalists out there within the world of prog metal, sounding as great and passionate as ever. Both Bernie´s and Nick´s guitar work – riffing and soloing, are thoroughly excellent, sounding like the guys are challenging themselves all the time when putting their strings on fire. Despite keeping their songs constantly on a complex and somewhat tricky level, they still sound catchy as fuck and are easily accessible after all, which is a great thing about this album. In fact, I would go into so many several details on this album and say what is good – and what is even better here, but saving all of you from all that trouble and headache, I simply suggest to check the album out because Redemption truly is guilty of magnificent song writing on their latest effort as well. If you are having a hard time swallowing all my shameless praising about them and this particular album in question for some reason or the other, then there´s hardly anything else I could do for you to make you convinced enough about the brilliance of SNOWFALL ON JUDGEMENT DAY. I honestly think you are gonna love this album - just believe me.