Keyboardist Vikram Shankar joins progressive metal band Redemption

– April 11th, 2018 –

Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral

Keyboardist Vikram Shankar has joined progressive metal band Redemption. Nick van Dyk – the band’s guitarist and songwriter, who has also played the majority of keyboards on Redemption‘s seven studio albums – comments: “We haven’t had a dedicated keyboard player since before 2011′s ‘This Mortal Coil‘. We were very happy and fortunate to have had Greg Hosharian in the band for some time, but when Greg left to focus on composing and conducting classical music, we decided to continue without replacing him and I returned to playing keys in addition to guitar. I’m comfortable enough handling things, but at the same time, from a performance and also from a compositional standpoint, it’s always been in the back of my mind that having a dedicated keyboardist allows us to do more, sound better, and grow.”

Van Dyk continues: “Almost as soon as Tom [Englund, vocals] joined Redemption, he introduced me to Vikram by way of Vik’s YouTube channel, where Vik showcases both original compositions as well as stunning arrangements of some great progressive metal songs. I was utterly floored. This is a guy who has perfect pitch, tremendous feeling to his playing, and is absolutely a virtuoso – I mean he literally plays blindfolded to perfect his technique. I’ve never seen anything like it. Then we spent some time together, both one on one and then with the rest of Redemption, and learned he’s a terrific guy as well as a terrific musician. He came out to LA for a few days and spent some time adding some parts to our otherwise-finished upcoming release, Long Night’s Journey into Day, and it was evident that not only does he have technique and feel for miles to enhance our musicianship, but he and I share a similar compositional sensibility. We hear things the same way, plus Vikram adds fresh ideas and his tremendous talent as an arranger and writer. I can’t wait to involve him more in songwriting for future material, and we are all thrilled to have him join us on stage and in the studio. He’s an absolutely stunning talent.”

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to play alongside the talented folks in Redemption!” enthused Vikram. “The guys are wonderful musicians and wonderful people, and I can’t thank them enough for welcoming me into the fold as they have. Can’t wait to see and play for all the Redemption fans at Progpower USA and elsewhere, and for the future of our music and collaboration!”

Vik’s YouTube channel can be found at: youtube.com/channel/UCal7_PcromdHIiUfD_oa3Uw, and a good example of his technique and composition can be found in his Fugue in B Minor here: youtube.com/watch?v=tfVBTOJOfA8.

Already confirmed to headline ProgPower USA 2018, Redemption – featuring Tom Englund (vocals; Evergrey), Nick van Dyk (guitars and keyboards), Sean Andrews (bass), Chris Quirarte (drums), Vikram Shankar (keyboards) – will release their seventh full-length album, Long Night’s Journey into Day, this summer via Metal Blade Records. The first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.), Long Night’s Journey into Day also features guest guitarists Chris Poland (Megadeth, OHM) and Simone Mularoni (DGM). Stay tuned for more Redemption news coming soon!

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Redemption Announces New Vocalist Tom Englund, Teases Album Details

As just announced at ProgPower USA 2017 this past weekend (September 8th), Redemption is confirmed to headline next year’s edition of the festival, with new vocalist Tom Englund (Evergrey).

This new line-up including Englund, Nick van Dyk (guitars and keyboards), Sean Andrews (bass) and Chris Quirarte (drums) has finished recording Redemption’s seventh full-length album, “Long Night’s Journey into Day” – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen. Guitarists Chris Poland and Simone Mularoni return as guest musicians. Fans can anticipate this upcoming album in early 2018.

“We are delighted to welcome Tom as the voice of Redemption”, said van Dyk. “He has an incredibly powerful, soulful and emotional voice that our music really demands and we are quite confident that people will be blown away by what we have created together.”

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Redemption announces Tom Englund as new vocalist

– September 11th, 2017 –

Confirmed to headline ProgPower USA 2018; new album, ‘Long Night’s Journey into Day’, due out 2018

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As just announced at ProgPower USA 2017 this past weekend (September 8th), Redemption is confirmed to headline next year’s edition of the festival, with new vocalist Tom Englund (Evergrey)! This new line-up including Englund, Nick van Dyk (guitars and keyboards), Sean Andrews (bass) and Chris Quirarte (drums) has finished recording Redemption‘s seventh full-length album, Long Night’s Journey into Day – the first to be produced with Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Doro, etc.). Guitarists Chris Poland (Megadeth, OHM) and Simone Mularoni (DGM) return as guest musicians. Fans can anticipate this upcoming album in early 2018.

“We are delighted to welcome Tom as the voice of Redemption, said van Dyk. “He has an incredibly powerful, soulful and emotional voice that our music really demands and we are quite confident that people will be blown away by what we have created together.”

Stay tuned for more Redemption news coming soon!

Redemption‘s most recent release, The Art of Loss, contains over 70 minutes of the band’s unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity, with an array of songs ranging from hard-hitting melodic metal to the 23-minute epic “At Day’s End”– plus, special guest appearances from Chris Broderick, John Bush, Marty Friedman, Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland. To preview and purchase The Art of Loss, please visit: metalblade.com/redemption

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Redemption streams new album, ‘The Art of Loss’, via Prog.TeamRock.com

– February 25th, 2016 –

Tomorrow (February 26th), Redemption – featuring Nick van Dyk, Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), Sean Andrews, and Chris Quirarte (as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical hiatus) – will release their sixth full-length, The Art of Loss, via Metal Blade Records worldwide! For a preview of the album, fans can head over to Prog.TeamRock.com now, where the record is streaming in its entirety: prog.teamrock.com

To pre-order The Art of Loss, please visit metalblade.com/redemption

Containing over 70 minutes of their unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity, The Art of Loss was produced once again by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pagan’s Mind, Pretty Maids, etc.), who worked with the band on 2009′s Snowfall on Judgment Day. The cover artwork was also created by long-time Redemption collaborator Travis Smith (Opeth, Amorphis). Musically, The Art of Loss follows its predecessor (2011′s This Mortal Coil), but their newest work finds composition, musicianship and production taken up another notch, with an array of songs ranging from hard-hitting melodic metal to the 23-minute epic “At Day’s End“– plus, special guest appearances from Chris Broderick, John Bush, Marty Friedman, Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland. See below for the official track-listing!

The Art of Loss track-listing
1. The Art of Loss (featuring Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland)
2. Slouching Towards Bethlehem (featuring Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland)
3. Damaged (featuring Marty Friedman)
4. Hope Dies Last (featuring Chris Poland)
5. That Golden Light
6. Thirty Silver (featuring Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, and Chris Broderick)
7. The Center of the Fire (featuring Chris Poland)
8. Love Reign o’er Me (The Who cover; featuring John Bush and Chris Poland)
9. At Day’s End (featuring Chris Poland and Simone Mularoni)

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Redemption launches video for “The Art of Loss” online, featuring guest guitarist Chris Poland

– February 18th, 2016 –

On February 26th, Los Angeles prog-metal outfit Redemption – featuring Nick van Dyk, Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), Sean Andrews, and Chris Quirarte (as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical hiatus) – will release their sixth full-length, The Art of Loss, via Metal Blade Records worldwide! In anticipation of its release, the band has launched a video for the album’s title track online (featuring guest guitarist Chris Poland). Directed by Brian Cox / Flarelight Films (flarelightfilms.com), “The Art of Loss” video can be viewed here: metalblade.com/redemption

Director Brian Cox comments: “It’s very easy to dwell on the past. To stew in pain, wishing you could get someone or something back that you may have lost. But in the end, you will always have yourself, no matter how much things might change. Nobody can ever take that from you and that’s the message I tried to convey with this video.”

Redemption‘s Nick van Dyk (guitars/keyboards) adds: “We’re very excited to have worked with Brian to bring this song to life in this medium. The story of regret, survival, transcendence and the realization that we have the ability to be authors of our own destiny is brought home with the visuals that Brian has directed. Needless to say, it’s also surreal to perform with the great Chris Poland. This video is a great representation of what Redemption stands for, musically and thematically.”

For another preview of The Art of Loss, please visit metalblade.com/redemption to view the lyric video for the first single, “Damaged” – featuring guest guitarist Marty Friedman – and to pre-order the album in various formats. The second single, “Thirty Silver” – featuring guest guitarists Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, and Chris Broderick – can be heard here: soundcloud.com

Containing over 70 minutes of their unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity, The Art of Loss was produced once again by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pagan’s Mind, Pretty Maids, etc.), who worked with the band on 2009′s Snowfall on Judgment Day. The cover artwork was also created by long-time Redemption collaborator Travis Smith (Opeth, Amorphis). Musically, The Art of Loss follows its predecessor (2011′s This Mortal Coil), but their newest work finds composition, musicianship and production taken up another notch, with an array of songs ranging from hard-hitting melodic metal to the 23-minute epic “At Day’s End“– plus, special guest appearances from Chris Broderick, John Bush, Marty Friedman, Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland. See below for the official track-listing!

The Art of Loss track-listing
1. The Art of Loss (featuring Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland)
2. Slouching Towards Bethlehem (featuring Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland)
3. Damaged (featuring Marty Friedman)
4. Hope Dies Last (featuring Chris Poland)
5. That Golden Light
6. Thirty Silver (featuring Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, and Chris Broderick)
7. The Center of the Fire (featuring Chris Poland)
8. Love Reign o’er Me (The Who cover; featuring John Bush and Chris Poland)
9. At Day’s End (featuring Chris Poland and Simone Mularoni)

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Redemption premieres new track, “Thirty Silver” via HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com

– February 1st, 2016 –

Featuring guest guitarists Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, and Chris Broderick

On February 26th, Los Angeles prog-metal outfit Redemption – featuring Nick van Dyk, Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), Sean Andrews, and Chris Quirarte (as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical hiatus) – will release their sixth full-length, The Art of Loss, via Metal Blade Records worldwide! In anticipation of its release, the band has premiered a new track, “Thirty Silver” – featuring guest guitarists Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, and Chris Broderick – via heavyblogisheavy.com.

For another preview of The Art of Loss, please visit metalblade.com/redemption to view the lyric video for the first single, “Damaged” – featuring guest guitarist Marty Friedman – and to pre-order the album.

Containing over 70 minutes of their unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity, The Art of Loss was produced once again by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pagan’s Mind, Pretty Maids, etc.), who worked with the band on 2009′s Snowfall on Judgment Day. The cover artwork was also created by long-time Redemption collaborator Travis Smith (Opeth, Amorphis). Musically, The Art of Loss follows its predecessor (2011′s This Mortal Coil), but their newest work finds composition, musicianship and production taken up another notch, with an array of songs ranging from hard-hitting melodic metal to the 23-minute epic “At Day’s End”– plus, special guest appearances from Chris Broderick, John Bush, Marty Friedman, Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland. See below for the official track-listing!

The Art of Loss track-listing
1. The Art of Loss (featuring Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland)
2. Slouching Towards Bethlehem (featuring Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland)
3. Damaged (featuring Marty Friedman)
4. Hope Dies Last (featuring Chris Poland)
5. That Golden Light
6. Thirty Silver (featuring Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, and Chris Broderick)
7. The Center of the Fire (featuring Chris Poland)
8. Love Reign o’er Me (The Who cover; featuring John Bush and Chris Poland)
9. At Day’s End (featuring Chris Poland and Simone Mularoni)

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Redemption reveals details for new album, ‘The Art of Loss’

– January 14th, 2016 –

Launches lyric video for first single, “Damaged”, featuring guest guitarist Marty Friedman, online

On February 26th, Los Angeles prog-metal outfit Redemption – featuring Nick van Dyk, Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), Sean Andrews, and Chris Quirarte (as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical hiatus) – will release their sixth full-length, The Art of Loss, via Metal Blade Records worldwide! The album is available for pre-order now in various formats at metalblade.com/redemption, where fans can also watch the lyric video for the first single, “Damaged” – featuring guest guitarist Marty Friedman!

Containing over 70 minutes of their unique blend of passion, melody, aggression and complexity, The Art of Loss was produced once again by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pagan’s Mind, Pretty Maids, etc.), who worked with the band on 2009′s Snowfall on Judgment Day. The cover artwork was also created by long-time Redemption collaborator Travis Smith (Opeth, Amorphis). Musically, The Art of Loss follows its predecessor (2011′s This Mortal Coil), but their newest work finds composition, musicianship and production taken up another notch, with an array of songs ranging from hard-hitting melodic metal to the 23-minute epic “At Day’s End“– plus, special guest appearances from Chris Broderick, John Bush, Marty Friedman, Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland. See below for the official track-listing!

The Art of Loss track-listing
1. The Art of Loss (featuring Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland)
2. Slouching Towards Bethlehem (featuring Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland)
3. Damaged (featuring Marty Friedman)
4. Hope Dies Last (featuring Chris Poland)
5. That Golden Light
6. Thirty Silver (featuring Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, and Chris Broderick)
7. The Center of the Fire (featuring Chris Poland)
8. Love Reign o’er Me (The Who cover; featuring John Bush and Chris Poland)
9. At Day’s End (featuring Chris Poland and Simone Mularoni)

Stay tuned for more Redemption news coming soon!

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Metal Blade Records Inks Deal With Redemption, New Album Completed

Los Angeles based progressive metal act Redemption has completed work on the new album and follow up to 2011’s “This Mortal Coil.” The band has signed on to Metal Blade Records for the reelase.

Redemption is helmed by Nick van Dyk (guitars, keyboards), and includes legendary prog vocalist Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Engine), bassist Sean Andrew and drummer Chris Quirarte, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on a medical leave of absence from the band.

Nick van Dyk commented on signing with Metal Blade: “We are incredibly fired up to join the Metal Blade family. Brian and his team have been friends for years and many of them have been supporters of the band from early days, and the influence of Brian and his label on the history of heavy music is indelible. We’re working with friends who are passionate about the music and who are and some of the best in the world at what they do – Redemption is really excited about our collaborations to come!”

With the new record, Redemption is returning from a longer than usual break – van Dyk explains: “We’ve taken the longest break between records in our history, for a number of reasons. But we are excited to return with what I honestly believe may represent the best record thus far in our career. We are just putting the finishing touches on it now. The songs are unmistakably Redemption, with the combination of energy, urgency, melody and heaviness that marks all of our work. But the songwriting and performances have been taken up a notch across the board. The music ranges from short, hard-hitting power/prog to sprawling epics, including the longest song we’ve ever recorded. The album is being mixed as we speak and we’re very excited for our fans to hear it!”

Finally, Redemption would like to update everyone on the status of Bernie Versailles: “This is also the first record we have done without the involvement of our dear friend and bandmate Bernie Versailles, who is recovering from the aneurism he suffered last October. We are thrilled with his progress but his road to recovery is going to be a long one. After numerous conversations with Bernie, his family and close friends, we have collectively decided that Bernie’s recovery should be directed by what is needed to fully restore his physical well being, not by the needs of this band. Bernie is a founding member of this band and his place will be kept for him while he is on extended medical leave. We have been fortunate to have a tremendous guitarist step in, as well as a couple of other special guests. I look forward to announcing these gusts in the coming week as the album is finalized. The guitar playing on this record is insane – and I think fans of a particular band are going to have their mind absolutely blown and can’t wait for the big reveal!”

New music and more details surrounding the band’s sixth album will be released in the coming weeks.

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