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Redemption – Long Night's Journey Into Day album review

West Coast prog metallers Redemption seize victory from jaws of defeat with Long Night's Journey Into Day

Redemption Long Night's Journey Into Day album cover
Long Night's Journey Into Day

Redemption Long Night's Journey Into Day album cover

1. Eyes You Dare Not Meet in Dreams
2. Someone Else's Problem
3. The Echo Chamber
4. Impermanent
5. Indulge In Color
6. Little Men
7. And Yet
8. The Last Of Me
9. New Year's Day
10. Long Night's Journey Into Day
11. Noonday Devil
12. Someone Else's Problem (Radio Edit)

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For these LA prog metallers times have been tough. In 2014, a brain aneurysm forced co-founding guitarist Bernie Versailles into indefinite hiatus and two years later Ray Alder ended a more than 10-year stay by stepping away to concentrate on singing with Fates Warning. 

Ray left an especially big hole, but Tom Englund – also a member of Evergrey – brings his own quiet authority, and more importantly a voice that’s rich and versatile. Its title adapted from that of a Eugene O’Neill play, Long Night's Journey Into Day is Redemption’s seventh full-length album. 

Its standards of musicianship and composition match the genre’s lofty demands, and despite the bleakness of their subject matter, material such as Indulge In Color, And Yet and the epic title track offers a rugged optimism befitting a band that have overturned the odds stacked against them. 

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.