The Art of Loss

Redemption – Long Night’s Journey into Day Review

Redemption – Long Night’s Journey into Day Review

“Once upon a time I went all in for the larger than life prog bombast of Fates Warning and later, Dream Theater.  I admired the cerebral nature of both their works and the mind-blowing level of technical proficiency with which they delivered it.  Over the years, Dream Theater lost their way and the ability to deliver memorable material, but Fates Warning modified and ultimately streamlined their sound to remain a reliable, engaging act 30-plus years into their career arc.  Redemption, a sort of prog super group helmed by Fates Warning‘s Ray Alder and some Fates expats, has managed a successful run of albums by following Fates‘  blueprint and delivering songs first, with wankery added in a relatively unobtrusive way.” A long noodle’s journey.

Steel Druhm’s Top Ten(ish) of 2016

Steel Druhm’s Top Ten(ish) of 2016

“Well, it looks like we made it to the end of another year of music, mayhem and interweb tomfoolery! And while 2016 kicked most of our asses in unpleasant ways, it was an outstanding year for metal music. In fact, I think it was the best overall since I joined the AMG meat grinder way back in 2010.” Don’t shoot the messenger gorilla.

Redemption – The Art of Loss Review

Redemption – The Art of Loss Review

“Over my life as a metal fan I’ve had my share of issues with proggy musical endeavors. Though there was a time when I loved everything Dream Theater did, they eventually drifted into a grey purgatory of wanking and showboatery which left those of us who appreciated actual songs out in the cold. I loved early Fates Warning even more dearly, but they too took their progressive tendencies too far afield for my liking, losing their traditional metal charm entirely. Somehow, Redemption managed to avoid alienating my affections over their career though they embody the exact same tendencies as the aforementioned acts.” Don’t put the W in wank and everything will be just fine.