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Formed: 2000
From: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Redemption News

Below is our complete Redemption news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Redemption Guitarist Issues Health Update

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

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Redemption Announces First Shows Since 2007

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...

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Redemption Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

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!"

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Redemption Readies New Album

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.

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Redemption Posts New Song Online

Los Angeles progressive metal band Redemption has posted a new song on their MySpace page. the song, entitled "Black And White World," comes off their upcoming album "Snowfall On Judgment Day." The new album will be released on September 28th via Inside Out Records.

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Fool's Game Readies New Album, "Reality Divine"

CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC has announced the release of FOOL'S GAME's debut album, “Reality Divine,” in September 2009.

FOOL’S GAME is the brain-child of guitarist/song-writer MATT CROOKS, pursuing new musical experiences after leaving his previous band DIVISION.

To carry on this project, Crooks recruited some excellent musicians among the ranks of his friends, and so FOOL’S GAME was born with the participation of MATT JOHNSEN (PHARAOH, guitars), LARS F. LARSEN (MANTICORA, vocals), JOHN MACALUSO (STARBREAKER, ex YNGWIE, ex ARK, drums) and NICK VAN DYK (REDEMPTION, keyboards).

The music of FOOL'S GAME is best described as a modern Judas Priest, mixed with an old-fashioned Iced Earth. Add a bit of each of the bands, the members have represented earlier on or are still part of, and you have a dark, thrashy, melodic power metal album.

Here is the "Reality Divine" tracklisting:

Mass Psychosis
When The Beginning Meets The End
Sowing Dead Seeds
As the Field Of Dreams Was Abandoned
The Conqueror Worm
Prelude To The Fair
She Moved Through The Fair
The Wild Swans At Coole
On Endless Planes Of Ignorance

You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Redemption Reveals New DVD Details

LA progressive metallers, Redemption, will be releasing a live DVD, titled "Frozen in the Moment: Live in Atlanta," through Inside Out on the following release dates:

Germany, Austria and Switzerland: February 27, 2009
Rest of Europe: March 2, 2009
North America: March 3, 2009

The DVD will contain nine tracks and a 12 minute video, photo tour diary set to an unreleased instrumental from a Dream Theater songwriting contest from 2003, and outtakes.

The track listing for the DVD is as follows:

1. Threads
2. Bleed Me Dry
3. Nocturnal
4. Memory
5. The Suffocating Silence
6. Release
7. Fall On You
8. Sapphire
9. The Death of Faith & Reason

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Redemption Announce New Keyboardist

REDEMPTION, the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING, has issued the following update:

"We are in the finishing touches of the video edit for our upcoming DVD, and in finalizing distribution terms with InsideOut. We're putting together some great bonus materials for it, including a performance of us with our friends in PAGAN'S MIND, a video montage of our tour with DREAM THEATER, and some other goodies. We've also selected a winning entry from our contest where YOU, our fans and friends, pick the name of our DVD. The name is great, and we'll announce it as soon as the 'ink is dry' on our deal with InsideOut."

"I'm pleased to announce that Greg Hosharian, the immensely talented keyboard player who joined us last year for our tour with DREAM THEATER, has joined us full-time. He will be playing keyboards along with me on our next CD, and will be touring, recording and writing with us in the future."

"Lastly, those of you in Southern California on March 15th may be interested in seeing Chris [Quirarte] at his drum clinic at Timbo's drum shop."

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Dream Theater Announce Philadelphia Live Date

DREAM THEATER have announced a live date in Philadelphia on August 26th in support of their new album, Systematic Chaos, will be released on Tuesday, June 5th via Roadrunner Records.

Dream Theater's North American tour schedule with special guests REDEMPTION and INTO ETERNITY is currently as follows:

24 - OAT - San Diego, CA
25 - Dodge Theater - Phoenix, AZ
27 - Gibson Amphitheater - Los Angeles, CA
28 - Berkeley Community Theater - Berkeley, CA
30 - E Center - Salt Lake City, UT
31 - Paramount Theater - Denver, CO

2 - Nokia Theater - Dallas, TX
3 - Verizon Wireless - Houston, TX
6 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
7 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
9 - State Theater - Minneapolis, MN
10 - Rosemont Theater - Chicago, IL
11 - Tower City Amphitheater - Cleveland, OH
13 - State Theater - Detroit, MI
14 - Pier Six - Baltimore, MD
16 - Expocite Site - Quebec City, QC
17 - Bell Center - Montreal, QUE
18 - Molson Amphitheater - Toronto, ON
20 - University Of Buffalo Center for the Arts - Buffalo, NY
21 - Bank Of America Pavillion - Boston, MA
22 - Chevrolet Theater - Hartford, CT
24 - PNC - Holmdel, NJ
25 - Jones Beach - Wantagh, NY
26 - Tower Theater - Philadelphia, PA

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Dream Theater Release More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for DREAM THEATER’s Summer North American tour with REDEMPTION and INTO ETERNITY:

July 24 - San Diego, CA @ OAT
July 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theater
July 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
July 28 - Berkeley, CA @ Berkeley Community Theater
July 30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
July 31 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theater
August 2 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theater
August 3 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless
August 6 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
August 7 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
August 9 - Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
August 10 - Chicago, IL @ Rosemont Theater
August 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Tower City Amphitheater
August 13 - Detroit, MI @ State Theater
August 17 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Center
August 18 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
August 21 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavillion
August 24 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 25 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach

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Watch Live Redemption Footage from Holland Online

A video clip of REDEMPTION — the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING — performing the song "Nocturnal" at this year's Headway Festival (held April 7-8 at P60 in Amstelveen, the Netherlands) has been posted online at YouTube.

As previously reported, Sean Entrikin of PRYMARY will fill in for REDEMPTION guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk for several dates on the latter band's upcoming U.S. tour with DREAM THEATER.

Said Dyk: "For those of you aware of my rather demanding 'day job,' I personally will be making as many of these shows as possible (hopefully the significant majority of them). For the dates where I am unable to make it, we will be fortunate to have the talents of Sean Entrikin of PRYMARY taking my place. The rest of the band will be there at all dates." More...

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Into Eternity Comment on Dream Theater Tour

Canadian progressive death outfit INTO ETERNITY has been confirmed for a month-long summer U.S. tour alongside the legendary DREAM THEATER. The trek, which kicks off in late July, is the opportunity the group has been waiting for since their inception, and a perfect chance to reach a new, open-minded audience that has yet to bear witness to their perfect blend of technicality, memorable songwriting and traditional heavy metal.

Commented Tim Roth (guitars, vocals): "I still can't believe I'm going to be saying this, but we are blown away to be going on tour with DREAM THEATER! There would be no INTO ETERNITY, without DT's influence on our music. The progressive sound that we have comes directly from them. There is no question that they are one of our favorite bands of all time!

"A huge thanks to Mike Portnoy for going to bat and getting us on this tour. It will be interesting to leave the clubs for one tour and get back into large venues again. We hope that the loyal DT fan base will be cool to us as a support act. We also can't wait to meet the REDEMPTION guys. FATES WARNING was also an influence on our sound." More...

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Redemption Leader Sits Out Part of Up Coming Tour

Sean Entrikin of PRYMARY will fill in for REDEMPTION guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk for several dates on the latter band's upcoming U.S. tour with DREAM THEATER.

Said Dyk: "For those of you aware of my rather demanding 'day job,' I personally will be making as many of these shows as possible (hopefully the significant majority of them). For the dates where I am unable to make it, we will be fortunate to have the talents of Sean Entrikin of PRYMARY taking my place. The rest of the band will be there at all dates."


July 27 - Gibson Amphitheater - Los Angeles, CA
July 30 - E Center - Salt Lake City, UT
July 31 - Paramount Theater - Denver, CO
Aug. 07 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
Aug. 09 - State Theater - Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 10 - Rosemont Theater - Chicago, IL
Aug. 11 - Tower City Amphitheater - Cleveland, OH
Aug. 21 - Bank Of America Pavillion - Boston, MA

INTO ETERNITY will also be on the bill.

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Dream Theater Reveal More US, Euro Tour Dates

Dream Theater have announced their latest Chaos In Motion 2007 World tour plans including Eurpoean shows with Riverside as support, a multitude of festivals and a summer US tour with Redemption and Into Eternity. Here are the confirmed tour dates, with many more to come: More...

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Progpower USA Sold Out

The organizers of the ProgPower USA festival have announced a surprise headline set for this year's sold-out edition of the internationally renowned festival. Saturday night (October 6) will now finish with an all-star cover set featuring vocalists from both the showcase and the festival. Each vocalist will be given the opportunity to perform 1-2 cover songs of their choice with the music being provided by the members of PAGAN'S MIND. Additional guests will join them throughout the set.

"The fans have made this festival a success and it's time to give something back to them," said ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston. "I wanted to announce this after the sell-out as a reward instead of in advance as an incentive. It's going to be one hell of a party on stage."

As a result of the additional performance, there has been a major change in the schedule and door times. "I had to shake things up quite a bit to make this work," Harveston explained. "However, the fans can relax knowing that not one band will have a single minute cut from their previously announced set lengths."

The new schedule and door times can be found at the festival web site. More...

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Redemption To Headline Holland's Headway Festival

REDEMPTION, the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist/keyboardist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING, has been confirmed as the headliner of the Headway progressive rock and metal festival, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2007. The festival will be held over two days — April 7 and April 8 — at P60 in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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Redemption Sign Deal With Inside Out Music

REDEMPTION, the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist / keyboardist / songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING, has signed a worldwide multi-album deal with Inside Out Music. The first title released under this agreement will be the band's third release, "The Origins of Ruin", tentatively slated for release in March/April 2007.

Injecting traditional progressive metal with an uncommon degree of heaviness and melody, REDEMPTION's new CD follows up 2005's breakthrough release "The Fullness of Time", the band's first with Alder, which generated tremendous critical and popular acclaim. With Bernie Versailles (guitars, AGENT STEEL), Chris Quirarte (drums, PRYMARY) and new bass player Sean Andrews (who performed on Henning Pauly's CHAIN project), REDEMPTION is one of the most prominent up-and-coming progressive metal bands. More...

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Redemption Sign With Intromental Management

California-based progressive metal band REDEMPTION, featuring vocalist Ray Alder of FATES WARNING, has signed with Intromental Management.

Intromental has worked closely with REDEMPTION for the past four years, promoting the band's 2003 self-titled debut and 2005's critically acclaimed "The Fullness of Time" (released by Sensory Records in the U.S. and Massacre Records in Europe).

"Intromental has done a terrific job promoting our previous two CDs," said REDEMPTION mainman Nicolas van Dyk. "They always put 100% effort behind their bands — some of whom are labelmates of ours — and they've been instrumental in helping build a strong base for us in Europe. I can't think of a better worldwide management home for REDEMPTION and I'm extremely pleased to be working even more closely with Claus [Jensen, managing director of Intromental] and his team." More...

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Redemption To Begin Mixing New CD

Sensory Records recording artists Redemption are going to be utilizing the servives of "an amazing producer" during the mixing process for their new album, tentatively titled "The Fullness of Time", according to a posting on their web site. "Got to keep in a secret for a few more weeks but Bernie [Versailles, guitar] and I are getting on a plane to Europe in 9 days to go get it done," Nicolas van Dyk, Redemption's primary songwriter and guitarist/keyboardist, writes. "This is going to be a great-sounding CD and I can't wait for you all to hear it!" An eary 2005 release is expected.

As previously reported, Redemption recently announced that Ray Alder, legendary vocalist of progressive metal icons Fates Warning and of his solo project Engine, has become the group's new vocalist. Alder was a guest musician for one track on Redemption's self-titled debut (released on Sensory in 2003), and he joined the group on-stage at Atlanta's ProgPower festival in September of that year to perform this song. Alder and van Dyk also collaborated previously on a track on the first Engine CD.

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Ray Alder Joins Redemption

Sensory Records have announced that Ray Alder as Redemption’s new vocalist. He is currently recording vocal tracks for Redemption’s second CD, tentatively titled "The Fullness of Time," scheduled for release in early 2005. "I’m incredibly excited that Ray is our singer," comments the leader of the band Nicolas Van Dyk.

For more info, visit the Redemption website.

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