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5.0 out of 5 stars Pushes the boundaries and sets new standards, 30 Mar. 2007
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Nicky Brown (Copenhagen, Denmark) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Fullness of Time (Audio CD)
Let me tell you: This is one monster of an album. It pushes the boundaries of rock music in several ways and sets new standards for progressive rock. Now let me tell you why I think that this is such an amazing album:

First, the concept. It's about a person - it could be me or you - who midway through life experiences that his/her life falls apart. Everything falls into doubt. All emotions peak - agony, despair, sorrow, rage, release - the fullness of time.

Second, the composition. Well, what can I say: overwhelming, at first. Everything is pushed to its limit, and beyond. Pressed to find a genre designation, I would say: melodic heavy metal. But then I have to add that this is very intelligent music. There is some thrash, but it doesn't take over; it substantiates the music. And there's plenty of beautiful melody and ingenious riffs.

The person behind the concept and composition is Nick van Dyk. We haven't heard much of him yet, but you can be certain that he is setting his mark on rock music. He's trained as a classical pianist. This shows in Fullness, as there's some fine piano playing underlying the frenzied guitars and binding together the four parts of the title piece.

Third, the vocals. Ray Alder. Need I say more? Everything this guy touches, he turns to gold. Listen e.g. to his gripping vocals on Fates Warning's "A Pleasant Shade of Gray".

Fourth, the musicianship. Nick, Ray, Bernie Versailles, James Sherwood, and Chris Quirarte. All fabulous musicians in their own right, but when they get together in Redemption, wonders happen. Most of the music goes at a pretty wild pace, but it's precise and punchy. A lot of fine details emerge with many listens. Nick and Bernie complement each other nicely, as Nick has the atmospheric solos and Bernie has the stinging ones. James keeps the show together and occasionally, during the quieter passages, says hi gently. Chris' drums are all over the place in a very exciting way.

Fifth, the production. As good as it gets, crystal clear. Trust Tommy Newton, and now, seemingly, Nick van Dyk. I was especially happy to hear Ray's voice coming out so clearly with all its marvelous facets.

Sixth, the illustrations. These are the work of Travis Smith. On the front cover, there's a man who gives the impression of having just fallen from Heaven, or, more symbolically, having awakened to the human condition. On the back cover, it's as if he's saying: Almighty God, I surrender to You. In-between, there is: the fullness of time. On the inner cover, there is, in a true Michelangelan sense, first two hands that reach out for each other, then two hands that have found each other. Ingenious.

Ok, the lyrics. This is the major beef among Amazon reviewers. Let's put it this way: They're very good, but not outstanding, which does make them the weak limb in this production. For people somewhat literate, we've pretty much heard it all before. And as T. Lemos notes, they're narrative, not poetic. However, Nick wanted them to be introspective, and that they are.

Fullness Of Time is a slow grower, because it's dense. With time it will be widely acknowledged to be in a select class together with Abbey Road, Dark Side Of The Moon, Zep II, and A Pleasant Shade of Gray.

It has been an unbelievable struggle for Nick van Dyk to make Fullness the masterpiece it is, and without the help of experienced buddies like Ray Alder and Tommy Newton, it would have been a vain effort. Now, under the knowledgeable aegis of Intromental (I know 'em) and InsideOut, conditions should be favorable for the Redemption guys, and we can hope to hear more great music from them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest, 13 Oct. 2006
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G. R. Copnall "cyberfloat" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Fullness of Time (Audio CD)
If you love intelligent, expertly played and well written hard rock, then this album is a must buy. The track Sapphire is well worth the cost of the CD on it's own. I urge you to give this a go, you certainly won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shining Brilliance, 7 July 2011
This review is from: The Fullness of Time (Audio CD)
The Fullness of Time This cd is the first of a run of three ( so far ) releases from Redemption- who for me are the most essential and emotive progressive-metal band. The vocals are SO stirring- the lyrics so captivating- and the playing and songwriting that wraps this package up is so glorious. This cd never tires and never does less than enthrall and create a sense of wonder.. a perfect journey in sound and thought from beginning to end. This is such heart-stirring music that cannot be considered anything less than a shining light in a genre of music that id always reach for even before my other titanic essential favorites such as Symphony X and Adagio.. this is magical stuff.
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