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)
1. Liquor & Poker
2. Road Trip
3. Long Gone Creed
4. Given Up To Praise
5. Never Leaves My Mind
Are you ready? Good, let’s go! With what feels like a blasting start from the first track on this EP you are given solid rock music. The music is well paced rock with good riffs and a good steady tempo to get your body rockin’. ‘Liquid and Poker’ is good for a first track and has that “Skater” element to it, but forget about the solo, it is yawn worthy with no real expressions. From song to song throughout the EP the same thing remains, although the songs are quite catchy and the vocals have good anthem qualities to them the lead solo’s may as well be non-existent as they seem to be being used mainly as a filler as opposed to showing something special and the drums are great for time-keeping but really lack any expression.
Overall the EP isn’t bad and would be great in the skater environment but it lacked so much for me. The mix is that poor it forced me to turn the volume up very loud just to hear everything that was going on. In total not bad, but nothing special.
Phil Werbelow (Vocals)
Alexander Staschko (Guitar)
Christian Meinke (Guitar, Backing-Vocals)
Florian Schmitz (Bass)
Sven Dirkschneider (Drums, Backing-Vocals)
Reviewed by Dylan Raine
It was simply a matter of time before Sven Dirkschneider, son of the notorious metal-legend Udo Dirkschneider, Alex Staschko and Florian Schmitz picked up their instruments in the Summer of 2008. This summer the band recorded their first professionaly produced EP “Road Trip”. The CD provided for much positive feedback, and further more three support shows for U.D.O. in November of 2011, in Germany and Czech Republic. .DAMAGED are: Phil Werbelow (Vocals), Christian Meinke (Guitar, Backing-Vocals), Alex Staschko (Guitar), Flo Schmitz (Bass) and Sven Dirkschneider (Drums, Backing-Vocals). Some days ago MSFinland‘s Kostya had a chance to interview Sven Dirkschneider, please join to their conversation…
1. Hi, Sven. Welcome to metalshokfinland!
1.Hello and thank you for inviting us to the interview.
2. Let’s begin with a warming up question – What did you eat today on breakfast?
I ate nothing, didn’t have time for breakfast I had to hurry up because I slept too long.
3. You are a drummer and a founder of the band .damaged, tell me about its first steps…
Yes i’m the drummer but i didn’t found the band just by myself, it were Alex Staschko (the guitarist), Flow Schmitz (the bassist) and me who founded our band .damaged in 2008. In fact we didn’t have any name in the beginning until my mum fortunately heard the Beatsteaks’ song “Cut off the top” and remarked the word “damaged” in the chorus.
4. Which musicians have influenced on your band style?
Thats hard to say… we are very open-minded to many kinds of music and I listen to everything I like but when its about making music we need this Heavy Rock’n’Roll thing.
5. This summer you released your first EP “Road trip”. Tell us about its creation process.
After we changed our style of music from Punk Rock into Heavy Rock’n’Roll in 2010 we started writing new songs. We handed the demo to Stefan Kaufmann and told him that we wanna record the songs anywhere. He listened to the CD and apparently liked it, because he gave us the opportunity to do it in his own studio called “Roxx Studios”.
6. On the last week you performed with your father and played the song of Accept “I am a rebell”. Tell more about this concert.
That was very spontaneous. A day before the concert my dad called me and said:” Hey Sven, just get ready for “I’m a Rebel” tomorrow and tell Alex that he is also up with us. The song starts on E! I was lucky that I didn’t do it for the first time. I already had played the song twice with the band. For Alex it was a whole new experience. But for both of us it was really gorgeous.
7. The last year .damaged performanced on Ibiza. To be honest I was surprised when I heard that rock-concerts are organized there. Usually I hear about Transe/House parties from that place.
Originally the isle was under the influence of Rock music. In the 90’s the House and Electro music undertook Ibiza. But now they wanna bring back the Rock’n’Roll vibes to ibiza and there’s a lot of rock concerts going on.
8. I know that probably everybody annoys you with this question but anyway, how it is to be a son of a great musician like U.D.O.?
To be honest, for me it’s normal. When I was around 12 it was very special to be on that big festivals and everything, but now I’m working for U.D.O. in the summer as drum tec for the festivals. But it’s still a pleasure to meet all those big musicians.
9. Which plans has .damaged band for 2012?
We hope that our EP furthermore will get a good feedback and we can play a lot of big concerts, and maybe even a little tour as a support band or something.
10. And the last one – would you like to tell something to the metalshokfinland’s readers?
Hey guys, if you wanna hear some great stuff just check us out on facebook. And soon you can also visit us on our own homepage. Keep Rock’n’Roll alive!!!
Interview by Kostya Aronberg
For more information, please visit: http://www.damaged-music.de