REDEMPTION, the U.S. progressive metal band featuring in its ranks guitarist/songwriter Nick Van Dyk and FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder, will release its sixth full-length, "The Art Of Loss", on February 26 via Metal Blade Records. 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 (ex-MEGADETH).
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), who previously worked with REDEMPTION on 2009's "Snowfall On Judgment Day". The cover artwork was created by longtime 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 (MEGADETH), John Bush (ARMORED SAINT, ANTHRAX), Marty Friedman, Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland (MEGADETH).
"The Art Of Loss" track listing:
01. The Art of Loss (feat. Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland)
02. Slouching Towards Bethlehem (feat. Simone Mularoni and Chris Poland)
03. Damaged (feat. Marty Friedman)
04. Hope Dies Last (feat. Chris Poland)
05. That Golden Light
06. Thirty Silver (feat. Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, and Chris Broderick)
07. The Center Of The Fire (feat. Chris Poland)
08. Love Reign O'er Me (THE WHO cover; feat. John Bush and Chris Poland)
09. At Day's End (feat. Chris Poland and Simone Mularoni)
REDEMPTION's current lineup is rounded out by bassist Sean Andrews, drummer Chris Quirarte and guitarist Bernie Versailles, who is presently on an indefinite medical leave of absence from the band.
REDEMPTION's fifth studio album, "This Mortal Coil", sold around 1,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 32 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.