“The Origins of Ruin”, Redemption’s third release, is the first I’ve ever heard of them. The lineup on this disc is: Nicolas van Dyk (guitar, keys), Bernie Versailles (guitar), Sean Andrews (bass), Chris Quirarte (drums), and Ray Alder (vocals). Nicolas wrote all the songs and the lyrics. My first impression of their music reminded me of a melodic Vanden Plas with a dash of Dream Theater, not an original sound or charting any new territory in the power/prog-metal genre, however, this disc has an abundance of melody.
Highlights – “The Suffocating Silence” a heavy tune with crunching guitars, airy keyboards, all grounded by a tight rhythm section. “The Death of Faith and Reason” a hard rock tune that would fit nicely on a BLS album. I like the contrast between the frantic intro that effortlessly segues into the calm beginning of the verse on “Used to Be”. This song really shines with strong melody, great solos, and solid interplay between musicians. The rhythm of this intro is quite similar to “Holy Wars” by Megadeth. The last track, “Fall on You”, starts out with a lone clean guitar, vocals are added, and then a keyboard-bass interlude precedes the slamming presence of the entire band. The vocals really kick and this tune ties together everything great about this album. If you like melodic metal you should check this out.