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Redemption

Chris Volz

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Album Review

The last few years have been tumultuous ones for Chris Volz. Beginning in 2004, the singer/guitarist lost his label, and along with his band, Flaw, formed Five.Bolt.Main, saw that unit disbanded, recorded a solo album, then re-formed Flaw before his solo set even hit the shops. Much of that upheaval roils through Redemption, an album searching for salvation while cagily refusing to make amends. And never more so than on the title track, which angrily opens the set, with Volz defiantly insisting "you can't change me," even as he admits "we're a meager mess." And messy relationships, contradictory impulses, and emotional maelstroms are the foci of his album, as the artist psychoanalyzes himself, his friends, and his lovers in song. Across the set Volz uses his emotional insights as a weapon, a crutch, a way to distance himself from others, and occasionally as a way to reach out and comfort. In the end, though, problems never really seem to get solved, and for sure no-one ever walks away cured, least of all Volz himself, who's left in a pool of depression in the closing "Don't Save Me." In a way, "Save" is the album's denouement, what's left after Volz strips away all the pretenses and defenses, and few songs better illuminate the apathy that swirls around the darkness of depression. Tellingly perhaps, it's written not by Volz, but by old pal and bandmate Jason Spiewak. Spiewak and guitarist Matt Chiaravalle are the constants on this guest-logged set, one which owes more to Volz's time with Flaw than his time with Five.Bolt.Main. Even so, the set is diverse, running from infectious pop-rockers like "Altercation" and "All My Life," to the shimmering soft rock of "Dear Life" and on to the grinding hard rocker "Your Own Medicine" and back to such downbeat numbers as "Once Again," "Secure," and the glorious "Don't Save Me." Awash in emotion and filled with superb music, Volz may not have found personal redemption, but this set redeems every misstep he's ever made in his musical career.

Customer Reviews

Chris Volz Redemption

I love this CD, but let me start off by saying that for some reason Itunes does not include the 11th song "Don't Save Me" that is on Redemption. So I am pretty pissed right now because I am missing a song. I will probably have to go physically buy the CD now even though I just spent $10 on it here. The CD itself is great. Chris Volz probably has THE best voice I have ever heard in a rock band, and now he has a chance to showcase his voice as the prominant feature in Redemption. He does not quite show the range of his voice totally on this CD like I have heard on some Flaw songs, but everything he does sing seems a lot more polished than his Flaw/Five Bolt Main stuff. "Sometimes" is definitely my favorite song off the album. If you are a huge metalhead you probably won't find much to like here, because although Volz can be a really heavy screamer, he does not do it much at all on this record. That is probably my only complaint with the CD, it would have been nice if there was at least one really heavy song to change things up a bit. Overall though, great CD, great vocals, great lyrics. I really hope more people get interested in Chris Volz so he can keep making music for a long time.

Very, very good album

I was never a fan of flaw, but I heard a few songs from Chris's solo album and was pleasantly surprised. Favorites are Redemption, Don't Save Me and Sometimes. Go to rockridgemusic.com and get Chris's version of Journey's "Send her my love" (It's a free download). I see paople are upset that Don't Save Me can't be bought on itunes. I can only speculate that since that is the only song Chris didn't write, Apple must not have gotten approval to sell that song. Very good CD.

Great album. Better than expected.

I waited for this for a while. And I gotta say it is a different Chris Volz album but it works very well. I'm a huge Flaw,FBM fan and wasn't sure what to expect, but this album totally went a different way but totally pulled it off. Huge range in styles, great vocals, gets better the more you listen.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Before he joined up with guitarist Jason Daunt to form Flaw in 1996, Chris Volz spent much of his childhood in turmoil. Orphaned and then adopted at age two, his life took a turn for the worse ten years later when his mother, an opera singer who had instilled a love of music into her son, committed suicide. Though he received professional help, he also found solace in hard rock and soft drugs. After being sent to a military school, from which he ran away, and a drug rehabilitation clinic, where he...
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