(8/10) Redemption could be seen as a prog metal supergroup. Now, maybe 'supergroup' is a too big word, but however, the band isn't just a bunch of newcomers too.
The main pillar of Redemption is founder, guitarist, keyboarder and songwriter Nicolas van Dijk. He managed to also gain guys like Ray Alder (Fates Warning) and Bernie Versailles (Agent Steel) for his band. Already those two fellows add a lot to Redemption. The line-up is completed by a tight rhythm section consisting out of Chris Quirartes (d) and Sean Andrews (b).
Van Dijk and his bandmates released so far five full-length records. The last one was called "This mortal coil" and was released in 2011. Over time the five-piece band from Los Angeles, California gained a bigger and bigger fan base. This was mainly due to the fact of live several activities like the support tour for prog icons Dream Theater.
Redemption had the honor to co-headline the ProgPower festival in Atlanta. This show was put on tape and the result is from mid September out in the stores as CD/DVD. Since I only had the chance to spend some time with the CD the review is only about the acoustical impression.
A crucial thing with live records is the sound. Sometimes it's really bad and sometimes it got too many adjustments later on. "Live from the pit" has a sound that isn't the one ot the other. It reflects the live atmosphere in an authentic way, while being still as transparent as possible. From this perspective already 'thumbs up'.
From a setlist standpoint the band played a good mix that covers all their records (except "Home"). There is "Nocturnal" from the self-named debut, but also songs like"Stronger than death" from their latest 2011 release. In general I can say that the focus is however a bit more on the newer discs. A tune that also found the way on the setlist is "Parker's eye"; a song the band hasn't played performed before.
The musicians had obviously fun during the performance. Alder's vocals are excellent, the guitar sound is heavy, but also soulful and the rhythm section plays tight together.
"Live from the pit" is an excellent prog live album which should be a part of each prog metal collection.
- The suffocating silence
- Dreams from the pit
- Parker's eyes
- Fall on you
- Noonday devil
- Stronger than death
- The origins of ruin
- Black and white world
- The death of faith and reason
Label: Sensory Records
Genre: Prog Metal