REDEMPTION's primary songwriter and guitarist/keyboardist Nicolas van Dyk has posted the following message on the group's official web site:
"We have finished the writing for our new CD, 'The Origins of Ruin', and we have scheduled studio time in March and April to record the CD with a hopeful release in September.
"We are once again collaborating with well-known producer Tommy Newton (UFO, CONCEPTION, HELLOWEEN, ARK, ELEGY, etc.) and he will be joining us in Los Angeles to start tracking in a few weeks.
"The new material is in a similar vein as 'The Fullness of Time', and the band has really hit our stride in terms of songwriting. With the exception of our new bass player, we retain the same lineup as last time and that will go a long way to making the record sound more organic and consistent. And since Sean, our new bass player, is stylistically similar to James, I think the sound will be very much a natural extension of 'Fullness'. You can expect the bass to be more prominent on this record, as well.
"Some of the working titles for our songs are 'The Suffocating Silence', 'Bleed Me Dry', 'Memory', 'Martyr', 'Used to Be', and 'Fall On You'. We also plan on recording two unconventional cover songs for bonus tracks.
"Our lineup is:
Ray Alder - Vocals
Nick van Dyk - Guitar and Keys
Bernie Versailles - Guitar
Sean Andrews - Bass
Chris Quirarte - Drums
"I promise an update from the studio once we have something meaningful to report. Until then, thanks, as always, for your interest and support.
"We look forward to getting this new CD out and in your hands later this year!"
REDEMPTION's sophomore album, "The Fullness of Time", featuring FATES WARNING frontman Ray Alder, was released last June via Sensory Records. Alder was a guest musician for one track on REDEMPTION's self-titled debut (released on Sensory in 2003), and he joined the group on-stage at Atlanta's ProgPower festival in September of that year to perform this song. Alder and van Dyk also collaborated previously on a track on the first ENGINE CD.