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While the rest of the world went to work or whatever it is they normally would do on a Friday, the contingent of the lovers of loud and fast music down on Peachtree St in Atlanta were being awesome. The day that many metal fans were waiting for since Day Two of the 2011 festival had finally come around -- Day One of the 2012 festival had arrived, bringing with it headliners Epica and support bands Sinbreed, Kingcrow, Amaranthe, Serenity, Primordial, and Redemption. The night before, Nightwish and Kamelot had thrilled in the same venue.
With several levels of ticket options available to attendees, gold badge attendees were given early access to the festival's merchandise room. Like the gaping maw of a hungry beast, the doors to the merchandise room were opened at noon and soon swallowed absurd amounts of money with little effort from the wallets of attendees. For attendees who found the dilemma of "I just need ONE more CD," without having the money for it, there was an ATM around the hall so that "one more" could then turn into "ten more" without a worry. More...
The ProgPower USA festival is approaching its thirteenth year, but if you were to look at the number of international bands who have made the Atlanta-based festival the site of their US debut, you would find that number even more impressive – a solid eighty-two. That number includes bands such as Nightwish, Blind Guardian, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus, Stratovarius, Riverside, and more. The US is not known for heavy metal festivals – at least not of the level that Europe is known for, with Wacken, Hellfest, and all sorts of other open-airs. In the US, ProgPower is the longest-running and most well-known of the handful of festivals we do have. Moreover, as evidenced by the title, this is a pointedly progressive- and power- metal themed festival, with performances by an average of 14-16 bands over several days.
Last year, I had the privilege of attending the festival and contributed a series of write-ups about each of the days afterwards. The experience was much like a Comic-Con or anime convention, only geared around highly amplified sound aimed at rattling my brain and rocking my soul. It was like another world altogether, given that everyone I interacted with on that three-day stretch could talk for hours on end about the juxtaposition of synthesizer and guitar solos with no reservations. It felt like a family reunion. More...
ProgPower XIII posted the band announcement video for the event in Atlanta, Georgia. The event lineup is:
ProgPower USA XIII
September 12-15, 2012 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia USA
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012:
Sinbreed (Germany) +
Kingcrow (Italy) +
Amaranthe (Sweden) +
Serenity (Austria) +
Epica (The Netherlands & Belgium)
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012:
Above Symmetry (Norway) +
Lanfear (Germany) +
Solution .45 (Sweden & Finland) +
Mystic Prophecy (Germany & Greece) +
Mayan - with special guests (The Netherlands & Belgium) +
Pretty Maids (Denmark)
Symphony X (USA)
(+ USA Debut)
Tickets are now on sale at this location.
Check out the announcement video here:
U.S. progressive metal band Redemption, featuring in its ranks guitarist/songwriter Nick van Dyk and Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder, will release its 5th studio album, "This Mortal Coil", in North America on October 11th, 2011 via InsideOut Music.
Redemption has now confirmed a North American record release show on October 15th in Tarzana, California at Paladino's. The show is slated to start at 11:00 PM and for tickets and more info visit this location. A teaser clip for the new album is also available here.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Path Of The Whirlwind
2. Blink Of An Eye
3. No Tickets To The Funeral
4. Dreams From The Pit
5. Noonday Devil
6. Let It Rain
9. Begin Again
10. Stronger Than Death
11. Departure Of The Pale Horse
Redemption, the U.S. progressive metal band featuring in its ranks guitarist/songwriter Nick van Dyk and legendary Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder, will release its 5th studio album, "This Mortal Coil," in North America on October 11th, 2011 via InsideOut Music (out now in Europe).
Nick van Dyk checked in with the following comment: "Our fifth CD, 'This Mortal Coil', is now formally released in Europe and will be shortly in the US. We've been buried in rehearsals for our upcoming European dates and we're very excited to be playing some material from the new CD that we think is going to go over really well live. Dating back to the production of the record, we've been on a crazy schedule to make sure that our fans can actually get the CD before our shows, so we're really excited that it's finally out!"
A trailer featuring samples from the album has been posted online and can be found below.
The track listing for "This Mortal Coil" is as follows: More...
ProgPower USA XIII is shaping up to be the event of the year in the United States in 2012. The current lineup for each day is as follows:
Symphony X (Headliner)
Redemption, the U.S. progressive metal band featuring in its ranks guitarist/songwriter Nick van Dyk and legendary Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder, is about to release a 5th studio album titled "This Mortal Coil." The album is set for release on October 11th, 2011 in North America via InsideOutMusic (September 26th in Europe).
The band is now launching a first promotional song sample for the release by making the track "Noonday Devil" available for streaming ("Like" required) via Facebook. Nick van Dyk comments on the song "Noonday Devil" as follows:
"The 'Noonday Devil', as a concept, is about doubt. Are my efforts worth it? What's the point of going on in the face of this adversity? Is there any meaning to my struggle or is this just pointless? These whispers of desperation can creep into all of us. As part of 'This Mortal Coil', all of which represents reflections on morality, 'Noonday Devil' is the point at which we decide to dig in and kick this specter of doubt in the teeth. It's one of the most in-your -face songs we've ever done, with musical energy that matches the determination in the lyrics."
The album's track listing is as follows: More...
Redemption, which features in its ranks guitarist/songwriter Nick van Dyk and Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder, has announced that the band's 5th studio album release and follow-up to "Snowfall On Judgment Day" will be entitled "This Mortal Coil." The new album is to be released October 11th, 2011 in North America and on September 26th, 2011 in Europe and via InsideOut Music.
The band recorded and mixed "This Mortal Coil" with producer Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Nevermore, Kansas, etc.). The album's artwork, available for viewing below, was created by
acclaimed artist and longtime band collaborator Travis Smith.
Redemption's Nick van Dyk checked in commenting on the album as follows:
"I'm extremely pleased to announce that work on 'This Mortal Coil' has been completed.
It was a pleasure to work with Neil Kernon during the production, although I dare say we had more challenges and curve-balls in this process than either of us is accustomed to. Nonetheless we overcame everything in our path, from internet failures to lightning strikes, and since one of the themes of this CD is essentially overcoming adversity, the production process served as a bit of a metaphor for the whole concept!
"The new CD continues our creative effort to combine heaviness with melody -- fusing those disparate elements has always been part of Redemption's sound, along with an element that I have called emotional urgency, which we've maintained here. All in all, it sounds like Redemption -- although importantly I think it's by far our best-sounding record, owing to the work of Neil Kernon and the mastering of Alan Douches."
And Van Dyk adds regarding the artwork:
"We have worked once again with the incredibly talented Travis Smith on our art; we work very well together and he has a proven knack for bringing my concepts to life visually."
The 2011 edition of the ProgPower Europe festival will take place in the Netherlands from September 30th - October 2nd. Additional details on the festival are available here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:
Friday September 30
Saturday October 1
Long Distance Calling
Sunday October 2
California's Redemption has checked in with the following announcement about finishing the band's upcoming new album:
"This Mortal Coil is finished!
"I'm pleased to announce that after what can only be described as a very challenging production experience that threw every possible curve ball at us, we have finished the record. Fortunately Neil kept a steady hand at the tiller through rough waters but it really tested us all: computer failures, internet failures, missing files, strange 'ghost in the machine' type elements, scheduling challenges, lightning strikes (I'm not kidding), etc.
"At any rate, the masters are in the hands of the label. Now we just wait for it to be released! Hope you all enjoy it."
California based act Redemption has issued the following update about performing European shows:
"Hello everyone! We have been very, very busy working on new material -- so busy, in fact, that we haven't really had time to comment on the brief release about our upcoming headlining performance at ProgPower Europe this coming October. It's a long way off, but we are very excited to be able to perform for our European fans and play material not just from Snowfall but also from our upcoming release, This Mortal Coil.
"I'm extremely excited to confirm that in addition to ProgPower Europe, we'll be playing several other dates so we will finally have the opportunity to perform in several countries in Europe, where we know our fans are awesome! The dates, which are still being finalized, are as follows:
1 Oct - London, UK, The Underworld
2 Oct - Baarlo, The Netherlands, Progpower Europe
4 Oct - Basel, Switzerland, z-7
5 Oct - TBA
7 Oct - Essen, Germany, Turock
8 Oct - Copehnagen, Denmark, Denmark Rock Festival
"Again, we can't wait to get over there and perform for you. We appreciate your patience!! And, as always, your interest and support."
California's Redemption has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming album:
"Hello everyone. Time for a long overdue update on a few things! So sit down with this when you’ve got a few minutes .... it's an extensive update! First off, we are hard at work in pre-production for our upcoming fifth studio CD, which carries the working title of This Mortal Coil. The band was really happy with Snowfall on Judgment Day and so when it came time to put together new material, with our own expectations for ourselves always on the rise, we gave a lot of thought to how to deliver the goods and step up our game yet again.
"We have worked well with some excellent producers in the past and they have put their mark on our sound, especially Tommy Newton with whom we did two records and who we tried to involve early enough in the production process to help shape the records. But even with Tommy, most of the involvement came after we were finished with songs.
"For this record, I thought we could bring in an outside producer very early on. Someone to help shape the music and raise the bar for us, challenging our ideas and getting the best from the band. I knew I wanted somebody with a depth of experience that reflected the many things Redemption pursues in its music: melodic but heavy; intricate and complex when called for, but accessible; a bit of virtuosity but always in the service of the song. This is a tall order, when you think about it. We would need a producer, ideally, who had extensive experience in pop music but also maybe jazz fusion, had worked with somebody like Kansas, had worked with somebody like Nevermore, had extensive experience in heavy technical music (like, say, Spiral Architect or even somebody like Nile) and hopefully also had particular domain expertise in prog metal (maybe someone like Queensryche).
"Fortunately, such a producer exists! I am delighted to announce that we will be working on This Mortal Coil with Neil Kernon, whose extensive CV includes all of those bands. He has immense experience in song craft, creating compelling intricate music across a variety of genres. It's a great fit for what we are looking for right now. He is, simply put, a legendary producer and we are really fired up to work with him. More...
California's Redemption has issued the following update about working on a new album:
"Hello folks, and sorry for the long silence from us. It's been a very busy summer for us away from Redemption, particularly for Ray who as most of you surely know did a reunion tour with the Parallels lineup of Fates Warning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of that fantastic release.
"I (Nick) remain in complete remission with no trace of the disease that I announced publicly about a year ago. I remain on three powerful medications to ensure that the cancer does not return. Of the five original active lesions in my bones, none are active for cancer and one of them has resolved (i.e. been completely repaired with new bone). The other four are in the process of being repaired and that is the next big milestone. Patience is required but I believe they will get there. If that happens, it is a good sign that I am well down the road to being cured (according to the very aggressive doctor to whom I entrust my care). However I must remain on these medicines for two more years. They have many unpleasant side effects but I am resolved to stick with the program and beat 'incurable' blood cancer. Thank you all very much for your prayers, positive vibes and words of support -- they mean a lot. More...
California's Redemption has issued the following statement regarding the passing of Ronnie James Dio today:
"I lost a musical hero today, and the news has hit me harder than I thought it would. Ronnie James Dio was one of the first concerts I saw, and Holy Diver one of the first records I bought once I started liking this thing called 'heavy metal.' Over the years, I have seen him perform more than anyone else (with the exception of my friends in Dream Theater, given our tour together!) and the past several times I've seen him with Black Sabbath have been truly phenomenal.
"I was hoping that Ronnie would be able to perform a guest vocal on a future Redemption CD, and the vocal line I had in mind for him was an expression of triumph over cancer. Obviously, this takes on a horrible irony now. And given my own diagnosis, obviously I'm particularly attuned to what Ronnie endured. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ronnie's family and friends. The world of heavy metal has lost its voice. Rest in peace, Ronnie."
Los Angeles metal act Redemption recently canceled all of their previously scheduled European tour dates due to time constrains of vocalist Ray Alder. The band has now checked in with the following brief update about booking two new shows in California with Primal Fear: "Hello friends! We will be playing two shows in Southern California with Primal Fear -- June 6th in Santa Ana and June 8th in Hollywood. Check our page for more details. Hope to see you there!" You can also check out sample Redemption tracks via the band's official MySpace page.
Los Angeles metal act Redemption has issued the following update about the band canceling their European tour dates:
"Dear friends: I am sorry to say that we are faced with the reality of having to cancel Redemption's intended European shows the summer.
"Part of our unique sound comes from our vocalist, Ray Alder of Fates Warning. As a long-time fan of Fates myself, I have always maintained that Redemption would not interfere with Ray's commitment to Fates, and we have worked very carefully and diligently since Ray joined Redemption in 2005 to ensure that both bands would be able to record and perform without conflict.
"We intended to play several shows in several countries this summer in support of our new CD, Snowfall on Judgment Day. Our management and local promoters in Europe worked hard to line up some great shows that we were very much looking forward to playing. Originally, there was no conflict, even when Fates announced some special shows and festivals to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their fantastic Parallels CD. More...
Guitarist Nick of Los Angeles metal act Redemption has issued the following update regarding his health:
"Hello friends. Thank you very much for all the expressions of concern and well-wishes. It has been a rough year behind me, but I believe I am on the mend. I went for the most aggressive treatment possible with the hopes of killing the disease, and right now there is no trace of the disease left in me. I remain on three kinds of medicine for the next three years, and I will be glad when I don't need to take it -- but in the meantime the hope is it will keep my body toxic enough to kill off any remaining cancer cells.
"As of now, while it's certainly not a guarantee, there is a pretty good chance that I have been cured, so long as I can tolerate this ongoing treatment. Thanks again very much for your concern -- I hope to see many of you soon as we play out in support of Snowfall on Judgment Day."
Redemption has the following upcoming tour dates:
2/4 2010 The Whiskey a Go Go Los Angeles, California
2/5 2010 UB’s Mesa, Arizona
Los Angeles prog metal band REDEMPTION will be playing out in 2010 in support of their recently-released fourth CD, "Snowfall on Judgment Day," on Inside Out Music. The first two headlining shows have been announced for:
February 4th, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Whiskey
February 5th, 2010 – Mesa, AZ @ UB’s
Multi-instrumentalist / songwriter Nick van Dyk comments, "We're very excited to get back out and play together, including new music from Snowfall. These first shows will be headlining gigs and they may be the only headlining shows we play in the US next year. We have plans for some very cool US support dates later in the year, and hope to announce some additional dates in Europe as well." More...
Los Angeles metallers Redemption have announced the following two upcoming U.S. tour dates:
2/4 2010 The Whiskey a Go Go Los Angeles, California
2/5 2010 TBD Phoenix (Mesa), Arizona
Redemption also commented on the dates:
"Happy Thanksgiving to everybody (apologies to our non-US fans for whom that has no relevance...in which case have a great weekend!) I'm very pleased to report that the first of hopefully a few stretches of live shows both in the US and Europe (if things come together as we hope) are ready to announce. Redemption will headline the world famous Whiskey-a-Gogo on Los Angeles' renowned Sunset Strip on February 4th, 2010. Tickets are on sale now and are a paltry $16! We will be playing in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, on February 5th, also headlining. Exact venue details will be announced here as soon as they are available.
"We hope to play a third date in February in Northern California, but no date has been set. These will in all likelihood be the only headlining shows we play in the states in 2010, so they will feature our longest set times of any domestic performance next year. We are extremely excited to get out and play for you all, and to showcase some of our new CD, Snowfall on Judgment Day. More news as it becomes available. And thank you, as always, for your interest and support!"
Progressive metal band REDEMPTION is readying their much anticipated fourth full-length release, "Snowfall On Judgment Day," which is set for a September 28th European release date (October 6th in North America) via Inside Out Music.
Formed in Los Angeles, California in 2000 by guitarist/keyboardist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk, the band features legendary progressive metal vocalist Ray Alder of Fates Warning, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles (Agent Steel), the rhythm section of Chris Quirarte (drums) and Sean Andrews (bass) and the keyboard talents of Greg Hosharian.
Nicolas van Dyk further comments: "We're very excited for the release of our fourth CD. We've continued to push the envelope of our unique combination of aggression and melody and the result is our heaviest and also our most melodic CD to date. There's a healthy variety in the songwriting, ranging from very heavy tracks to more ‘proggy’ songs, all of which share the melodic focus and emotional urgency that make our signature sound. We've had the opportunity to play a lot more together prior to the recording of Snowfall and I think the band is both organic sounding and tighter than ever. It's a record we're really proud of and we're glad to get it in the hands of our fans."
Throughout spring 2009 the band finalized Snowfall On Judgment Day, which was mixed by well-known producer Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Jorn Lande, Circus Maximus). The album also features James Labrie (Dream Theater) performing a duet guest vocal spot on the song “Another Day Dies.”
Redemption recently posted a new song, "Black and White World" on their MySpace player.