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CHRONICLES OF THE IMMORTALS, PT. I: NETHERWORLD

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

01 Vision 1ne
02 Vision 2wo * The Black Knight *
03 Vision 3hree * Godmaker *
04 Vision 4our * Misery Affection Preluse *
05 Vision 5ive * A Ghosts Requiem *
06 Vision 6ix * New Vampyre *
07 Vision 7ven * The King And The Children Of Lost World *
08 Vision 8ight * Misery Affection *
09 Vision 9ine * Soul Alliance *
10 Vision 10n * Inside *


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Line-up / Musicians

- Andy Kuntz / vocals
- Stephan Lill / guitars
- Günter Werno / keyboards
- Torsten Reichert / bass
- Andreas Lill / drums

Releases information

Label: Frontiers Records
February 21, 2014 (Europe), February 24, 2014 (North America)

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3.55
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
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Review by Second Life Syndrome
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4 stars This isn't a progressive metal album. You can argue with me about that, but I will never admit it to you. Vanden Plas, a progressive metal band, has crafted the first chapter of a two-part concept (based on a story by author Wolfgang Hohlbein) that utilizes progressive metal, classical music, dark ballads, and truly sophisticated structures to tell the theatrical story of the battle between heaven and hell through eyes of the immortals. Honestly, I don't quite understand the story completely, though I'm sure I will after I hear the second part (due out in 2015). I simply understand that it follows a young man that every one knows is different, and he seems to have bottomless understanding.

So, then, "Chronicles of the Immortals, Part 1: Netherworld" (takes breath) is no progressive metal album. This is because the metal portion of this album is rather subdued. Again and again, I kept telling myself that this might be the progressive metal album for the entirety of the prog world. While it certainly contains its fair share of dark, gigantic riffing, Vanden Plas has crafted what may be the most balanced metal album I've heard in some time. Nowadays, I expect an album of this genre to be technical throughout, focused on showboating and the number of notes per second that can be jammed into a verse. Vanden Plas, though, has changed the game.

Starting off with a narrated track (voiced impeccably by vocalist Andy Kuntz), "Chronicles of the Immortals" seems to have two things as its focus: melody and anticipation. The latter is the first impression I got of the album. Again and again, the band would play a track that never quite climaxed, but you could feel something was coming soon. The first couple tracks are especially this way: They instill an excitement in the listener. This anticipatory songwriting also helps this album swerve away from the standardized sound of many modern progressive metal releases.

The music is constructed using hefty riffs, piercing synth lines, delicate piano passages, and a deep, throbbing heart of mystery. Andy is incredible on vocals, as his unmistakable voice is always there, emoting furiously. However, he is joined by female vocals and a haunting children's choir to tell the story. Indeed, the vocal performances on this album are some of the best I've heard this year so far; memorable and spine-tingling.

However, the musical structures are pure gold. The album seems to use metallic riffing only as a framework for melody and emotion. Again and again, the band utilizes metal to accent the portions of a song that contains none at all. Therefore, much of this album is made up of smooth vocals, piano, and atmosphere. That's it, but somehow it's elating and completely realized. On top of this, the album also features a large amount of ballads. I'm not sure "ballad" is the correct word, as it feels more like a theatrical interlude featuring the interplay of the different vocalists; a setting for dialogue and beauty and further anticipation.

By far, my favorite tracks are "The Black Knight" with its synth lines, the "Misery Affection" couplet with their delicacy, and "The King and the Children of the Lost World" with its catchy chorus. All of the tracks, though, are necessary and truly great.

Vanden Plas, then, has crafted an album that defies the norm in progressive metal. They have surely composed masterful riffs and heavy portions, but they have also shown their expertise in creating atmosphere, gorgeous melodies, and odd structures that belay themselves against criticism. From the anticipation of "Vision 1ne" to the melody of "Misery Affection" to the metal of "Soul Alliance", part one of "Chronicles of the Immortals" is an album that should be heard by all in the progressive world this year, a progressive metal album for the entirety of the prog world. Its fathoms of mystery, firm grasp on the story, and perfect execution all combine to form a truly special production.

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars As I said before in other reviews about this band, Vanden Plac carved their own path in prog metal zone since the beggining 20 years ago, being today one of the respected bands in this field,. I like all their albums, is one of the few prog metal bands from old school that has a constant quality in their song writting and implicit the releases all are above good. The latest album of the band is Chronicles of the immortals part I issued this year in february. Well, I must admit, even I like the album I was not impressed at all by the arrangements and overall atmosphere. The last 3 albums I found them ok, good for sure, but the magic moments of their '90s period is kinda far. The god thing, Farr of grace and Beyond daylight are corner stones of prog metal, har to beat them in terms of sound , songwritting, tight musicinship, so their lates album is for sure not their best. The album is far as I understand a concept based on a story by author Wolfgang Hohlbein and is a battle between heaven and hell through eyes of the immortals, an ok story to me, nothing more nothing less. As always on every Vanden Plas album the vocal parts are impressive, Andy Kuntz is definetly one of the better singers in this field for more then 20 yers, here he does no wrong again, his tone, his voice, from mellow to more angry is excellent, being on every release the cherry on the cake. The duel between guitars and keybords while are good, are no close to perfection like on their older stuff. The music is constructed on same coordonates as on previous 2-3 albums,Andreas Lill heavy riffs over Günter Werno waving keybords and beating drums. No particular pices is better then other, maybe The Black Knight is little more catchy then the rest. All in all decent, good but not among their most intrsting ones like first 4 albums. Still a band to watch in the future, thay have the same line up since the beggining and that si for sure a winning point in any bands career for that matter they have constant quality on every album. 3 stars for sure.

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3 stars On their latest offering, Vanden Plas continue with their European prog power style with symphonic and gothic touches, with maybe an added layer of gothic cheese in form of some female vocals, choirs and wimpy tragic ballads. This moves them closer to Kamelot territory, which comes, I think, at ... (read more)

Report this review (#1245322) | Posted by Progrussia | Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Non-existed dream came true... I am a fan of Vanden Plas from day one. They stand out from the crowd of prog-metal bands by exceptional vocal and tasteful approach to their genre of music, which excluded brainless speed-drumming. However, for their 7th album band changed direction quiet a lo ... (read more)

Report this review (#1163605) | Posted by toilet_doctor | Saturday, April 19, 2014 | Review Permanlink

5 stars "Immortals" A fantastic release from one of the best prog-metal bands on the planet! Frankly, I didn't think it would be possible for Vanden Plas to transcend their previous effort, The Seraphic Clockwork, but they have certainly done so with Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld (Path One ... (read more)

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