2018 Best of Metal: #12 Redemption-Long Night’s Journey Into Day

Release Date:  July 27, 2018

Personnel:  Tom Englund-vocals, Nick van Dyk-guitar, Sean Andrews-bass, Chris Quirarte-drums, Vikram Shankar-keyboards

Origin:  Los Angeles, CA

Redemption saw a switcheroo in the vocalist department in 2018 with former frontman Ray Alder (Fates Warning) stepping aside and Tom Englund (Evergrey) now manning the mic.  Overall, the switch was fairly painless with Englund providing a similar delivery to that provided by Alder.  Musically, this latest album just flat out smokes.  If you are a geek for flashy guitar leads, this one should scratch that itch for you.  And it’s not all flash.  The songs are really put together well and this is definitely a bounce-back album for Redemption, who seemed to be in a bit of a rut over there past couple of albums.

4.5 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

12.  Redemption-Long Night’s Journey Into Day
13.  Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats-Wasteland
14.  Panopticon-The Scars of Man Upon the Once Nameless Wilderness
15.  Arkona-Khram
16.  Agrimonia-Awaken
17.  Between the Buried and Me-Automata I & II
18.  Clutch-Book of Bad Decisions
19.  Harakiri For The Sky-Arson
20.  Behemoth-I Loved You At Your Darkest

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