“The Origins Of Ruin” is the highly anticipated follow-up to Prog masters REDEMPTION’s critically-acclaimed “The Fullness Of Time”. Once again, guitarist Nicholas van Dyk proves himself to be a excellent songwriter with a flair for both melody and technique. In addition, vocalist Ray Alder (FATES WARNING) turns in a commendable job at the mic.
The album kicks off with an impressive display of guitar wizardry on “The Suffocating Silence”. The song manages to be heavy, technical, and memorable, with pounding verses and a catchy chorus. Van Dyk dazzles us again later on in the song, this time on the keyboard.
Thankfully, the rest of the album maintains the energy of the album opener, which is something considering that the majority of the songs are five or six minutes long. Two tracks, “Memory” and album closer “Fall On You”, eclipse the nine-minute mark. The shortest song on the album is, in fact, the title track, a quiet little piece that seems to understate its own importance, being the title track and all.
“The Origins Of Ruin” is followed by the distinctly catchy “Man Of Glass”, a song that perfectly straddles the line between melody and technique. Alder’s first lines of the song are sung as soulfully as can be; my only gripe is that the vocals are sometimes buried in the mix, and seem relatively thin.
For fans of REDEMPTION who have been waiting anxiously for the sequel to the classic “The Fullness Of Time”, this album will surely not disappoint. Listening to “The Origins Of Ruin” is a fantastic experience that gracefully dips you from soaring melody into hardened technique and back again. Fans of more melodic Progressive Metal ala SEVENTH WONDER or DREAM THEATER (and certainly FATES WARNING) should pick up this album without a second thought.
(Online May 24, 2007)