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Fates Warning

Formed: 1983
From: Hartford, CT, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Fates Warning 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 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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Fates Warning to Re-Release "Perfect Symmetry"

Metal Blade will release a special edition of FATES WARNING's 1989 LP "Perfect Symmetry" in June. The package will include:

* Remastered Audio
* A bonus disc of "Perfect Symmetry" demos
* DVD with over 90 minutes of live footage

Stay tuned for more information, including a possible video preview, as it becomes available.

"Perfect Symmetry" was recorded and mixed between April 1989 and May 1989 at Carriage House Studios, Stamford, CT. The CD was produced by Roger Probert for Major Productions and was mixed by Phil Magnotti and Max Norman. It was the first album to feature Mark Zonder on drums.

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:

Bass:

Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)

Vocals:

Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)

Drums:

André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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Bobby Jarzombek Issues Update

Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH, FATES WARNING) has issued the following update:

"Just a quick update before I head out on the road for a bit. We had our final Fates Warning rehearsal in LA over the weekend and are getting read to jet over to Europe for a couple of weeks. The line-up is the same that did the Evolution Fest earlier this summer in Italy, Ray Alder, Jim Matheos, Frank Aresti, Joey Vera and myself. I've been learning a whole bunch of extra material going back to the No Exit album so get ready for a varied set of Alder-era Fates!

On another note, a while back I was introduced to guitarist George Lynch and he asked me if I was interested in playing on some new stuff he was working on. I liked what I heard, so a couple of weeks ago I spent two days at Henson Studios in Hollywood, formerly A&M Studios (once owned by screen icon Charlie Chaplin who built it in 1917), one of the best places to record around town. Not quite sure who else will be on the album or when/where this thing will see the light of day so keep checking GeorgeLynch.com for the latest on that front.

I also taped the last two episodes, including the series grand finale, of MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar with Sebastian Bach; if you don't blink you can see me with Baz performing 'Slam' by ONYX. Don't forget to mark your calendars - the worldwide release of Angel Down via EMI is set for November 20th!"

The tracklisting for Angel Down is as follows: 'Angel Down', 'You Don't Understand', 'Back In The Saddle' (feat. Axl Rose), '(Love Is) A Bitchslap' (feat. Axl Rose), 'Stuck Inside' (feat. Axl Rose), 'American Metalhead', 'Negative Light', 'Live & Die', 'By Your Side', 'Our Love Is A Lie', 'Take You Down With Me', 'Stabbin' Daggers', 'You Bring Me Down' and 'Falling Into You'.

Confirmed Fates Warning dates are now as follows:

November
10 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands *
11 - Frankfurt, Germany *
12 - Hamburg, Germany *
14 - Ludwigsburg, Germany *
15 - Cologne, Germany *
16 - Weert, Netherlands *
17 - Helendoorn, Netherlands *
19 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205 21 - London, England - Underworld **
22 - Madrid, Spain - Copernico
23 - Barcelona, Spain - KGB

* with PAGAN'S MIND
** with TO-MERA

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Slavior Post 'Swept Away' Video Online

SLAVIOR — the band featuring ex-FATES WARNING/WARLORD drummer Mark Zonder, current MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP guitarist Wayne Findlay, RING OF FIRE/STEVE VAI bassist Philip Bynoe and TRIBE OF GYPSIES vocalist Greg Analla — has posted another video from its trip to Japan in August. Watch the "Swept Away" clip here.

SLAVIOR's self-titled debut album was released on April 3 via Inside Out Music.

The band had originally inked a deal with Greece's Black Lotus Records, but financial turmoil eventually caused the label to fold, leaving SLAVIOR to re-evaluate matters and come to their initial choice of labels, Inside Out.

A versatile, melodic hard rock/metal act, SLAVIOR's debut album features elements familiar to Zonder's progressive metal past, but also introduces a wide array influences including reggae, hip-hop, and modern rock. More...

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Fates Warning Announce More European Live Dates

As previously reported, US progressive metal legends FATES WARNING have announced a string of European live shows for November. The band line-up is as follows: Bobby Jarzombek (drums) and Frank Aresti (guitars) will be joining Ray Alder (vocals), Joey Vera (bass) and Jim Matheos (guitar) for all dates.

Confirmed dates are now as follows:

November
10 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands *
11 - Frankfurt, Germany *
12 - Hamburg, Germany *
14 - Ludwigsburg, Germany *
15 - Cologne, Germany *
16 - Weert, Netherlands *
17 - Helendoorn, Netherlands *
19 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
21 - London, England - Underworld **
22 - Madrid, Spain - Copernico
23 - Barcelona, Spain - KGB

* with PAGAN'S MIND
** with TO-MERA

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To-Mera To Support Fates Warning In London

TO-MERA, the U.K.-based dark progressive metal band formed by former WITHOUT FACE vocalist Julie Kiss (photo) and bassist Lee Barrett (ex-EXTREME NOISE TERROR, DISGUST, MUSSOLINI HEADKICK), will support FATES WARNING on November 21 at The Underworld, Camden, England.

In other news, TO-MERA has finished recording the follow-up to last year's "Transcendental" and is currently mixing the effort for a February 18, 2008 release. "We are again working with Brett Caldas-Lima from Tower Studios," says Barrett. "The process of recording, including photos and video clips, was captured in this blog."

Regarding the new CD's musical direction, Barrett said, "All the elements present on the last album have been greatly expanded upon. The music will display a much greater range of moods, tempos and dynamics (ranging from fragile subtlety to epic bombast via everything in between), whilst being simultaneously more sophisticated, yet more melodic and coherent than before. Julie's vocals have become substantially more versatile and powerful. There will be loads more guitar and keyboard (even drum!) solos. But most importantly, we feel this music has a much deeper and more genuine emotional impact to it. We're hoping the finished album will capture that."

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Fates Warning Release Re-Issue Details

FATES WARNING's classic 1988 album "No Exit" will be re-released in Europe on October 8 via Metal Blade Records (except in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, where it will arrive on October 5). The reissue will contain a remastered version of the original album plus outtakes, demos, and a bonus DVD featuring live footage from the "No Exit" world tour 1988 as well as the "making of" the "Silent Cries" and "Anarchy Divine" music videos. The complete track listing is as follows:

CD

01. Anarchy Divine
02. Silent Cries
03. In A Word
04. Shades of Heavenly Death
05. The Ivory Gate of Dreams
I. Innocence
II. Cold Daze
III. Daylight Dreamers
IV. Quietus
V. Ivory Tower
VI. Whispers On The Wind
VII. Acquiescence
VIII. Retrospect

Bonus tracks:

* "Quietus" demo
* "Ivory Gate of Dreams" outtake #1
* "Ivory Gate of Dreams" outtake #2

Bonus DVD

* "No Exit" Documentary
* "Silent Cries" Video
* "Anarchy Divine" Video
* "Valley of the Dolls" Video
* Live in Philadelphia 1998

Running Time: approximately 68 minutes

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Fates Warning Announce European Tour Dates

Progressive metal band FATES WARNING has scheduled the following European dates (venue details to be announced):

Nov. 10 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Nov. 11 - Frankfurt, Germany
Nov. 12 - Hamburg, Germany
Nov. 14 - Ludwigsburg, Germany
Nov. 15 - Cologne, Germany
Nov. 16 - Weert, Netherlands
Nov. 17 - Helendoorn, Netherlands

The band is also planning possible U.S. warm-up shows and one more European date. Bobby Jarzombek (drums) and Frank Aresti (guitars) will join Ray Alder (vocals), Joey Vera (bass) and Jim Matheos (guitar) on all dates.

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Slavior Post New Song Online

SLAVIOR, the new band featuring former FATES WARNING/WARLORD drummer Mark Zonder, has posted the track "Origin" on its MySpace page. The song comes off the group's upcoming self-titled debut album, due in early 2007 via Inside Out Music.

A versatile, melodic hard rock/metal act, SLAVIOR's debut album features elements familiar to Zonder's progressive metal past, but also introduces a wide array influences including reggae, hip-hop, and modern rock. Rounded out by MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay and ex-TRIBE OF GYPSIES singer Gregg Analla, SLAVIOR is a band that has been a long time coming for Zonder.

"For a long, long time, I've always wanted to put something together that was based on the drum parts," stated Zonder. "It is very difficult to take a crazy drum idea and try to apply it to someone else's idea. Most of the time it turns into a mess. If you start with the drum part, and build from there, it seems to work out. With SLAVIOR, the songs are so accessible and groove-oriented, after 15 seconds, anyone should be able to lock into it."

The band had originally inked a deal with Greece's Black Lotus Records, but financial turmoil eventually caused the label to fold, leaving SLAVIOR to re-evaluate matters and come to their initial choice of labels, Inside Out.

"You hear the old saying, 'When one door closes, another opens,' and I think that is the case here," explained Zonder. "Inside Out was always one of our first choices. I've known Jim (Pitulski, Inside Out America President) for 20 years now and to come to his label is certainly something we’re excited about. Even after we inked our deal with Inside Out, we heard from other labels that we were in contact with that congratulated us and said that IO was a classy label. That's always a good thing to hear."

Pitulski commented: "Mark Zonder has been a friend and colleague for many years and I have long admired his incredible skill as a musician. It is with great pleasure and pride that we now welcome Mark and SLAVIOR to the Inside Out family. The release of 'Slavior' represents a unique challenge for Inside Out in that its sound is not necessarily typical of what we've come to be known for as a label. We're looking at this release as an opportunity to push our own boundaries just as SLAVIOR themselves are pushing the boundaries of modern music."

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Fates Warning Drummer Forms New Band

Fates Warning/Warlord drummer Mark Zonder has formed a new band by the name of Slavior. Slavior have recently been signed to Inside Out Music and are scheduled to put out a self-titled debut album early 2007.

Slavior's line-up also features Michael Schenker Group guitarist/keyboardist, Wayne Findlay, and ex-Tribe Of Gypsies singer Gregg Analla.

Zonder stated the following regurading his new band:

"For a long, long time, I've always wanted to put something together that was based on the drum parts it is very difficult to take a crazy drum idea and try to apply it to someone else's idea. Most of the time it turns into a mess. If you start with the drum part, and build from there, it seems to work out. With Slavior, the songs are so accessible and groove-oriented, after 15 seconds, anyone should be able to lock into it."

Slavior originally inked a deal with Greece's Black Lotus Records, but financial turmoil eventually caused the label to fold, leaving the band to re-evaluate matters and come to their initial choice of labels, Inside Out. Zonder added, "You hear the old saying, 'when one door closes, another opens' and I think that is the case here, Inside Out was always one of our first choices. I've known Jim (Pitulski, Inside Out America President) for 20 years now and to come to his label is certainly something we’re excited about. Even after we inked our deal with Inside Out, we heard from other labels that we were in contact with that congratulated us and said that IO was a classy label. That's always a good thing to hear."

Jim Pitlski, President of Inside Out records said the following regurading Slavior's signing withe label:

"Mark Zonder has been a friend and colleague for many years and I have long admired his incredible skill as a musician," comments Pitulski. "It is with great pleasure and pride that we now welcome Mark and Slavior to the Inside Out family. The release of Slavior represents a unique challenge for Inside Out in that its sound is not necessarily typical of what we've come to be known for as a label. We're looking at this release as an opportunity to push our own boundaries just as Slavior themselves are pushing the boundaries of modern music."

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Just For Fun

Comedian Brian Posehn's "Metal By Numbers" Video

Comedian/Actor Brian Posehn recently completed work on his first music video.

The video, for POSEHN (Brian’s metal band) track “Metal By Numbers” taken from Brian’s upcoming CD ‘Live In: Nerd Rage’, was shot on location in Los Angeles, CA with the team of director Darren Doane (DEFTONES, AFI), producer Jeremy Jackson and editor Dan Dobi. The video illustrates Brian’s view on today’s metal scene and features appearances from POSEHN members Scott Ian (ANTHRAX / DAMNOCRACY) and Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING).

The video can be viewed exclusively at Brian’s MySpace page as part of Brian's stint as the featured comedian this week (7/3 – 7/9/06) on MySpace Comedy.

'Live In: Nerd Rage' reveals the hilarious observations of a self-professed nerd and life-long fan of heavy metal. Recorded as part of Brian's appearances on the Comedians of Comedy tour, and including a sketch with Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show), 'Live In: Nerd Rage' is Brian at his funniest. 'Live In: Nerd Rage' will be released on July 11th in North America, with an international release to follow in August.

'Live In: Nerd Rage' can be previewed via Brian's MySpace site and BriansNerdRage.com. More...

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Frank Aresti Guests On New Eidolon Album

Frank Aresti (ex-Fates Warning) has added a solo for a song on the new Eidolon album called "Parable." The solo is placed in a solo section where Eidolon/Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover and Frank will trade off solos.

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Joey Vera: 'My Time With Anthrax Is Done'

Bassist extraordinaire Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX) has posted the following message on his official web site:

"Coming up in a few days, I leave for a one-off show in Amsterdam (The Netherlands that is) with FATES WARNING. We're headlining the Headway Festival there on April 3rd. We've got Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) sitting in on drums for us this time. I'm really looking forward to it. We've played with Mike before when we did a song with him every night during our set on the 2003 DREAM THEATER /QUEENSRŸCHE / FATES WARNING tour. But this will be our first 90 minute set with him. It should be killer. I'm not sure who else is on the bill except for a band from the early '90s called LAST CRACK. Remember them?

"I've been home for about 2 weeks now since my last haul with FATES and ANTHRAX. Here's a (not so) brief synopsis: More...

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Fates Warning Announce Drummers For European Dates

Fates Warning have announced the drummers for the upcoming European shows.

"Ray, Joey, Frank, and I are pleased and honoured to announce that Mike Portnoy (Dream Theatre) will be playing drums for us at the Headway festival April 3rd in Amstelveen, Netherlands", says guitarist Jim Matheos.

For the February gigs, none other than Nick D´Virgilio of Spock's Beard will handle the drums!

Fates Warning tourdates:

Feb. 16 Wigwam - Budapest, Hungary
Feb. 17 Hristo Botev Hall - Sofia, Bulgaria
Feb. 18 Vox - Istanbul, Turkey
Feb. 19 Hydrogios - Thessaloniki, Greece
Feb. 20 Gargarin 205 - Athens, Greece
Apr. 03 Headway Festival Amstelveen, Holland (special guest drummer: Mike Portnoy)

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Fates Warning To Shoot Video For "Simple Human"

Fates Warning will be making a video for the song, "Simple Human", off their latest release "FWX". Director Jerry Clubb will be shooting the video with the band on January 23.

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Fates Warning Announce European Dates

Progressive metal masters Fates Warning have confirmed the following European tour dates:

Feb. 16 Budapest, HUN @ TBA
Feb. 17 Sofia, BUL @ TBA
Feb. 18 Istanbul, TUR @ TBA
Feb. 19 Thessaloniki, GRE @ TBA
Feb. 20 Athens, GRE @ TBA

Fates Warning will be out on the road in support of their latest album, "FWX", which was released back in October of 2004 through Metal Blade Records.

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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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Fates Warning Singer To Be On Chaos Metal Show

Ray Alder from Fates Warning will be on the Chaos metal show on Indie 103.1 (L.A.) Wednesday, September 29th from 11pm to 12am to promote the new "FWX" album. If you live in the Los Angeles area please tune in and check it out.

You can also listen to the interview via the internet here.

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Fates Warning Singer Joins Redemption

Sensory Records recording artists Redemption have 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. 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," commented Nicolas van Dyk, Redemption's primary songwriter and guitarist/keyboardist. "He's always been my favorite vocalist in progressive metal and his voice sounds amazing with the new Redemption material."

Alder and van Dyk have been friends for some time. 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. The two also collaborated previously on a track on the first Engine CD.

When writing began for the upcoming Redemption CD, the band had planned to work with Corey Brown (Magnitude 9, Section XVI) who had stepped in to sing for the band at ProgPower. However, that changed when Alder heard the new material.

"When I heard the new songs that Nick had written, they immediately struck me as really heavy, and progressive but more focused at the same time," said Alder. "Not to take anything away from the debut, but this CD is a big step forward. They're just great, heavy songs and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of."

"I want to emphasize, Corey Brown is a talented friend and a true professional," said van Dyk. "The decision to work with Ray is in no way indicative of any discord with Corey, whose performance with us in Atlanta was awesome and who possesses an amazing voice. I was fully prepared to work with Corey and I would have been very happy with him in the band. But there was no way I was going to turn down the chance to have Ray in Redemption. It's a unique opportunity to work and perform with a vocal legend, as well as a close friend. I think Ray's voice will take Redemption to a truly special level."

Alder, of course, remains the vocalist for Fates Warning (who are releasing their new CD, "FWX", on October 5) and Engine. "Ray has a fair amount on his plate, and before we began work on Redemption together we had to make certain that his ongoing commitments to Fates Warning and Engine would still allow him to commit himself to Redemption as well," explained van Dyk. "I didn't just want to hire a session vocalist. Redemption is a band. Ray and I are comfortable that Redemption will fit into his schedule, both for recording and live performance."

Recording for the new CD, other than vocals, is nearly completed. "It's significantly heavier than the previous CD, but it's very melodic at the same time," said van Dyk. "It's still quite progressive but I think it's more song-oriented and the songwriting, both musically and lyrically, is much more mature than our debut. I'm really looking forward to people’s reactions — I think it's going to surprise a lot of people. We'll be letting people know a bit more about the CD, including its production details and track information, as the release date gets a bit closer."

In addition to van Dyk and Alder, Redemption's other members are guitarist Bernie Versailles (Agent Steel, Engine), and bassist James Sherwood and drummer Chris Quirarte (both of Prymary). Versailles has been a member of the band since its inception, while Sherwood and Quirarte joined for last year's ProgPower performance and have been members since that time.
The group's new CD will be released by Sensory Records, a division of The Laser's Edge.

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