Redemption Drummer Chris Quirarte KickStarter Project


Jul 9, 2003
Hello Everyone,

In the hiatus between Redemption albums I have made a solo album. I played drums, keyboards, and sang on the album. While you are all used to my drumming I have actually had a lot of fun writing, arranging, playing keys, singing lead vocals on this. It is definitely not just a drummer's album but more a showing of my influences including my more traditional prog influences.

I have had a lot of friends come out of the woodwork to help me with the guitar and bass parts. the list of players is as follows:

Nick Van Dyk (Redemption) - Guitar
Bernie Versailles (Redemption) - Guitar
Sean Entrikin (Prymary) - Guitar
Don Schiff (Rocket Scientists) - NS Stick
Randy George (Neal Morse) - Bass
Ed Platt (Enchant) - Bass
Sean Andrews (Redemption) - Bass

Please take a look and support me if you can. If you can't contribute please help me share the news.
The song on the site sounds awesome.....pledge given...looking forward to the release.
Oh hell yeah, chris. I'm in for sure, I'll kick something you way when I get home tonight. You're one of the two best drummers in the biz, the other being Thomas Lejon of Andromeda. I bet you get the funding by this time next week dude.
Sign me up! Chris is one of the most underrated drummers in the genre..... Even back in the early Prymary days, his style of playing stands out. When DT's slot opened, he's the first name I thought of (although I'd hate to see Redemption lose him).

Love the first song! Good luck, and can't wait to hear the rest!
Chris, Count me in. I have greatly enjoyed your work with Redemption and Prymary. Besides being a great musician, you are a really nice dude, as well. So, how the hell could I refuse? Best of luck!
Thanks for the comments and support guys. It's very humbling to hear the things you guys say. Especially right now as I am putting myself out there big time like I never have before. It's easy to hide behind my drums and not have to be the main focus. But when you choose to write, drum and then have the cajones to try and sing the thing then there is nowhere to hide. This is me, exposed more than I ever have been before.

For those who want a direct link, take a listen and look at the firsttrack of the album called "Mending Broken Bridges".
I am putting myself out there big time like I never have before. It's easy to hide behind my drums and not have to be the main focus. But when you choose to write, drum and then have the cajones to try and sing the thing then there is nowhere to hide. This is me, exposed more than I ever have been before.

Well, thanks for stepping out! I always thought you were a phenomenal drummer, turns out you can sing and write, too! :)

Glad to support the project...just made my contribution!!

P.S. Also, any status update on Redemption?
Thanks for the help Craig. It is much appreciated.

Regarding Redemption! Lets just say that maybe, just maybe we are cooking something up as we speak. Maybe not. Maybe I'm not allowed to say. Maybe? :dopey:


Redemption Drummer Steps out from the Drum Kit to Deliver Solo Album

From Chris Quirarte, the drummer of Redemption and Prymary comes his solo debut album entitled "Mending Broken Bridges". Completely written and produced by Chris Quirarte the album features guest performances by Don Schiff (Rocket Scientists), Randy George (The Neal Morse Band) , Ed Platt (Enchant), Nick Van Dyk (Redemption) , Bernie Versailles (Redemption, Agent Steel) , Sean Entrikin (Prymary), and Sean Andrews (Redemption). The album lyrically deals with themes of relationships in different states of disarray and deterioration. Musically the album covers a wide area with the sounds of progressive metal and old school prog.

“I had a lot of music that I was writing without a real outlet to channel it into”, says drummer, keyboardist, and vocalist Chris Quirarte. “Both my bands Redemption and Prymary were on extended hiatus and I found myself getting restless. I began amassing a lot of music that I was really excited about and I felt that I was personally breaking some new ground in my songwriting. I tried unsuccessfully to find local musicians and form a new band. After much thought I realized that I would forgo the band route and make a solo album. I may first and foremost be a drummer but this is not a drummer’s album. This is a very vocal-oriented album and it really allowed me the opportunity to express myself as a vocalist.”

When it came to getting some musician’s to lend a hand Chris did not have to look far. As Chris explain ,”Luckily for me I had a lot of friends to call on for help. Obviously the guys in my bands Redemption and Prymary were no brainers. I’ve known Ed Platt for years and love his playing in Enchant. I really wanted him to contribute. Randy George was someone I had played with a couple of years ago and when I felt I really needed that old punchy prog bass, I turned to him. Don Schiff was someone I played in Rocket Scientists with and he has a beautiful NS Stick instrument that just produces the most amazing sound. He added so much color and creativity to the tracks.

Another important decision Chris made was to illicit help from the KickStarter community which specializes in funding projects by fans making donations.. As Chris explains “ I really needed funding but I was really apprehensive about asking for a money. Its very humbling to walk with hand out , asking for people to blindly support and pay for something they haven’t even heard yet. I cannot begin to thank all of the people that donated to fund. It really amazes me. I suppose that speaks to the true champions of art out there in the world.”

The final ingredient was a uniting theme not so apparent at first. “I have always written lyrics of a personal nature and this was no different, comments Chris on the how the lyrics came together. I was thinking about relationships how they can fall apart so easily if not maintained. Whether it’s with a spouse, partner, loved one, for friend, they all require work from both sides and it can creates lots of resentment and misunderstanding if the balance is not maintained. A sadder truth is that complacency can set in and people can live like this for years and never have real happiness. It was only when all the lyrics were done that a unifying theme appeared and the songs could fit together like a conceptual whole. A song like “Half Life” is about a couple that have become so cold to each other that they have lost all love. Yet they can neither leave each other because they have grown comfortable in there loveless relationship and have lost the will to think that life can offer anything more.” While dark in the nature of the emotions the album does remain hopeful. “Songs like “Mending Broken Bridges” and “When is it Time” are all about the struggle to surpass the feeling of betrayal and regret to reach a level of peace and forgiveness.”

With feet firmly planted in the progressive rock/metal world and lyrics based on the feelings of loss and regret “Mending Broken Bridges” album will surely take you on an journey of emotional discovery.

“Mending Broken Bridges is available now online at:…/mending-broken-bridges

Listen hear to "Dark in the Light"
This is a terrific disc. The musical similarities to Redemption and Prymary are clear but this album borrows and channels their raw, intense emotionality as well. A lot of the subject matter hit home.

This is undoubtedly going to be one of the biggest surprises of the year.
The eagle landed yesterday at the Miller residence with the arrival of Chris's Mending Broken Bridges. I would echo what ManipulatorGeneral404 said above. This is definitely a very "personal" and emotional offering. Apart from the obvious similarities/influences, the biggest surprise for me is a definite British prog rock vibe that is present in Bridges. Chris's vocals are warm, haunting, and familiar in a way that I can't quite put my finger on - I know that it will come to me with repeated listens. I have now been through it twice, and it is already leaving an aftertaste resonating with in my head.:)