You know when we always write the sentence “this band will have a bright future”, quite often we won’t come back at it when their new release is out. Well, let just say that this applies to REDEMPTION, as the future really made this band better. Behind this incredible second album comes once again mastermind Nick Van Dyk, which is slowly becoming one hell of a talented Prog Metal writer and performer. This time around, FATES WARNING fame Ray Alder sings every single vocal line (as the old singer of STEEL PROPHET was REDEMPTION’s latest singer, Alder singing just a few songs). Like another renowned writer, let say, AYREON, Van Dyk knows how to get the best out of the singer he uses. Alder never sounded as good since “A Pleasant Shade Of Gray” and this says much, as FATES WARNING released two albums afterwards.
What you’ll get with “The Fullness Of Time”, is a state of the art Prog Metal album, filled with melodies and hooks, not lacking on the heaviness. Van Dyk and Bernie Versailles did an incredible job on guitars, with bone crushing riffs, which are more than welcome in a Prog Metal scene that becomes less heavy with the years. Blistering solos and atmospheric keyboard parts shine throughout the album. Thanks to Tommy Newton’s bright production, everything comes out sounding huge and clear. Minor complaint though, the bass could have been more upfront, especially in the heavy passages. But still, Prog Metal fans will be delighted with this release, as it showcases everything a true Prog Metal release needs to have.
Van Dyk is quite the talented guy, as he managed to play the guitars, the keyboards and write every single note and lyrics. Although this is mainly his project, it doesn’t feel like it at all, as REDEMPTION now really is a true band. Will Ray Alder still want to sing with this band and also continue FATES WARNING? I guess that if Van Dyk still continues to release such quality material, Alder’s decision will just be harder. Finishing this review with the usual “The future looks bright for this young band” is more than welcome here, as their future already is quite shining! (Online November 10, 2005)