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VANDEN PLAS is a band which incorporates elements of progressive and pop rock, keyboards, layers and specialize in longer songs. This is an interesting band which started out life as a modern hair metal band. However, the band really cleaned up their act for their most recent albums which take their cue more from DREAM THEATER. Fans in France and Japan have already pushed the band to much success and after half a dozen albums it is time for the band to resign itself to those countries or make a push for itself elsewhere as well.

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Far Off GraceFar Off Grace
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Inside Out 2004
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Seraphic ClockworkSeraphic Clockwork
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Christ 0Christ 0
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AccultAccult
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3.38 | 64 ratings
Colour Temple
1994
3.92 | 94 ratings
The God Thing
1997
3.84 | 82 ratings
Far Off Grace
1999
4.01 | 134 ratings
Beyond Daylight
2002
4.04 | 189 ratings
Christ 0
2006
3.84 | 158 ratings
The Seraphic Clockwork
2010
3.77 | 88 ratings
Chronicles Of The Immortals, Pt. I: Netherworld
2014

VANDEN PLAS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.02 | 28 ratings
Spirit of Live
2000

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VANDEN PLAS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.09 | 17 ratings
Colour Temple / AcCult (1994)
2002

VANDEN PLAS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.80 | 26 ratings
AcCult
1996
3.33 | 9 ratings
Inside Your Head
1999
3.93 | 9 ratings
I Don't Miss You
2000

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 Chronicles Of The Immortals, Pt. I: Netherworld by VANDEN PLAS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.77 | 88 ratings

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Chronicles Of The Immortals, Pt. I: Netherworld
Vanden Plas Progressive Metal

Review by javajeff

5 stars This is a must buy for any fan of Vanden Plas, Progressive Metal, or Progressive Rock. While this release has less metal, it does have so much more in the form of variety. Yes it has the heavy metal, but you get a theme oriented album with slow moving passages, stellar vocals, and amazing musicianship. Both Misery Affection tracks mix in female vocals as a duet, and they really break up the hard hitting parts of the album. Like the previous release Seraphic Clockwork, this is another must get album. I am new to Vanden Plas, and everything I have heard feels like they can do no wrong.

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3.84 | 158 ratings

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The Seraphic Clockwork
Vanden Plas Progressive Metal

Review by javajeff

5 stars I have turned into a prog metal enthusiast, and have collected a bunch of the highest quality releases. I do not think that Seraphic Clockwork gets much love because it is one of the best Progressive Metal albums ever made. From start to finish, it is straight forward hard hitting melodic Progressive Metal bliss. It is a masterpiece in every sense of the word and should be in everyone's collection. Holes in The Sky is such an amazing track, that it anchors this gem. If you don't have it and enjoy Progressive Metal or Vanden Plas, it is highly recommended that you pick it up.

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 Chronicles Of The Immortals, Pt. I: Netherworld by VANDEN PLAS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.77 | 88 ratings

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Chronicles Of The Immortals, Pt. I: Netherworld
Vanden Plas Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars German band VANDEN PLAS has a history that goes back more than 30 years, and even if they didn't release their debut album until 1994 they merits to be reckoned among the veteran bands in the European metal scene, and coming rather close to merit a description as elder statesmen fairly soon too I'd imagine. If you count in their 1996 release "AcCult" they have 8 studio productions to their name as of March 2015. "Chronicles of the Immortals - Netherworld (Path 1) " is the most recent of these, and was released through Italian label Frontiers Records in early 2014.

Vanden Plas has earned themselves a name as a quality progressive metal band, and especially early in their careers they were often compared to the likes of Dream Theater. While I'm not overly familiar with their earlier material, comparisons of that nature doesn't come easy with this latest production of theirs, and I presume that the fairly soon to be released continuation of this disc will be rather similar in nature to this one as far as that detail goes, as this conceptual CD is the first of a series that will include at least one additional chapter. The music is still quite clearly one that resides within the progressive metal realm, but one that orients itself much closer to a different territory altogether.

Rock opera is a description that have grown fairly popular in the last couple of decades, and a growing number of metal bands have approached productions of that kind in fairly different manners. The conceptual story is a key element shared between them, but apart from that you have everything from metal bands doing what they have always done, but with a storyline and often multiple vocals roles, to the ones that take it all out and develop multiple person stories with an extensive use of vocalists to have lead vocal roles and unfolding more or less grandiose stories, of which the greater part have a foundation in fantasy and science fiction.

Vanden Plas approach to the rock opera is a different one. There's a narratoir in place for the opening part, there's a female guest vocalist given a few leads, but more often used as a backing vocalist and as a supplement to the powerful, melodic lead vocals of Andy Kuntz. There is a story told here, but mainly from a lead person point of view from what I can grasp, and the opera part of the rock opera is in this case one that revolves around arrangements and instrumentation more than anything else.

Orchestral details and arrangements is a just about constant presence throughout here, and executed in a manner that indicates that this is a band with a true affection for classical symphonic music. Not that we're given all that many instances where the orchestral arrangements dominates through and through, but they are a constant presence, and as with traditional operas we're given a fair share of sequences that highlights the lead vocals on top of a more sparse and frail instrument backing. As this is a metal band we're also treated to a liberal amount of guitar riff driven excursions of course, if you're fond of powerful and grinding guitar riffs as standalone features and as part of majestic arrangements with keyboards and orchestral textures in multiple layered, expressive runs you'll get your fill of both of these. Occasional exotic timbres and unexpected frail piano details is also a part of the big picture here, and you get a distinct impression that this is a production written and planned for a stage performance with full symphony orchestra and old fashioned opera vocalists as this creation unfolds.

I suspect this aspect of this production is the main drawback here. On an album with material impeccably performed that has been mixed and produced to just about perfection, the lacking magical extra ingredient is the power this material would have if performed with a full symphonic orchestra in a theater. That power is difficult to capture on a studio production. Still, if a band that blends progressive metal inside a framework built with heavy inspiration from classical music in general and classical opera in particular sounds intriguing, and you fancy such material performed by quality metal vocalists rather than traditional opera singers, then Vanden Plas have made an album you should enjoy through and through.

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 Chronicles Of The Immortals, Pt. I: Netherworld by VANDEN PLAS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.77 | 88 ratings

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Chronicles Of The Immortals, Pt. I: Netherworld
Vanden Plas Progressive Metal

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 GŁnter 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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 Colour Temple by VANDEN PLAS album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.38 | 64 ratings

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Colour Temple
Vanden Plas Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 for sure

The debut of this excellent and in same time one of my fav prog metal bands ever is more then a decent release in this field. Released in 1994 and named Colour temple, showing right from the start how mature was the songwritting and overall playing. Incorporating besides prog metal elements some '80s metal in overall sound, the combination is a winning point here, because they really knew to make an accesible but yet solid album. I was really impressed by Andy Kuntz vocal arrangements, really really great, a very strong voice and very inspired vocal passages, one hell of a singer. Also the musicianship is more then ok, I mean these guys are playing here like is their fifth album not the debut. Andreas Lill is definetly one of the major guitar influence in prog metal zone, he has her some spectacular parts like on When The Wind Blows or Soul survivor maybe the best tune of the album and one of their better pieces from entire career, For me a solid debut that gets better and better with the time, no dull or boring moments here, the album aged very well and is at least for me among their better albums. 3.5 stars for sure

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 The Seraphic Clockwork by VANDEN PLAS album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.84 | 158 ratings

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The Seraphic Clockwork
Vanden Plas Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars The more conceptual Vanden Plas become, the harder they are to penetrate. More often than not story-driven concept albums tend to consist of shorter songs-chapters. Here, after two deceptively catchy rockers (check out the 3 back-to-back widely different bridges of Frequency) songs average 9 minutes in length and include long instrumental parts. But I think that they managed to stop right at the point beyond which more would have been tough to digest.

Stylistically, this is their most eclectic album. Their brand of Dreamtheatre-esque esoteric but catchy prog metal enriched with more symphonic and classic rock (by way of rumbling organ and some folkish inserts) influences. Andy Kuntz has finally shed his early- days hair metal histrionics and developed into a more serious type of a theatrical singer. Give this a couple of spins at least.

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 Beyond Daylight  by VANDEN PLAS album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.01 | 134 ratings

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Beyond Daylight
Vanden Plas Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Vanden Plas is one of the more established bands of the European power symphonic prog school, that pays a premium on melody and atmosphere rather than just technicality. Their feature is that combine heavy, loud guitars with softer vocal. I know that doesn't paint a very flattering picture - like a less adventurous Dream Theater - but Vanden Plas know their riffs, intriguing synth lines and melodies. Beyond Daylight is a step up for them in this respect, all while avoiding excessive musical cheese found in their later works. Aside a couple of weaker tracks, this album is loaded with "hits" (well, in a prog sense of the word). They sure know how to set up a song. Check out the playful classical intro to Nigthwalker, mysterious keys at the beginning of Cold Wind an Phoenix, or the dreamy start to End of All Days. Cheerful and fast this music isn't. But what follows is a solid 60 minutes of headbanging, sing-alongs and lighter-lighting moments.

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 Chronicles Of The Immortals, Pt. I: Netherworld by VANDEN PLAS album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.77 | 88 ratings

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Vanden Plas Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

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 the expense of certain intelligence present in their music. Prog-wise, even though this is a two-part concept album, it's a step down from their previous effort, Seraphic Clockwork.

The second, and first proper track, The Dark Knight, showcases the best that the band has to offer - great, driving opening riff, nice contrast between heavier and softer passages, anthemic choruses. It goes on basically in the same vein, interspersed with filler ballads. And even though Vanden Plas' riffs and melodies would put 99 percent of power bands to shame, towards the end you get a feeling of sameness. Let's hope the second part has more interesting stuff to offer besides some head banging and air guitar.

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Vanden Plas Progressive Metal

Review by toilet_doctor

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 lot to... Epic Melodic Symphonic. As a lover of this genre, I was very pleased to learn that. To say that I was wishing on a star and it happened, would not be true. Like it was, when Tarja left Nightwish, I was dreaming: It would be nice, if disbanded After Forever Dutch soprano lead vocalist Floor Jansen will take her place. And it did happen. But in case with Vanden Plas, I, to be honest, even didn't dare to dream about it.

Guys entered in new genre with weighty luggage of prog and fit in so perfectly, as they are doing it for last 20 years. Everything is on the right place: brilliant compositions, crunchy riffs, prominent guitar solo, huge choruses, heart-wrenched ballads, even female vocal blends in for duets to elevate sound to the next level. And everything with good taste and right measure. And Andy, Andy's vocal on a top of all of that shines through, makes sound unique Vanden Plas trademark.

Is it Prog? Sure, it is. It's definitely Rock - nobody will argue with that. Is it progressive music? No doubts, as song's structure of concept album is pushing boundaries of the songs. And that what matters. It's no accident that guys named their songs - visions: Vision1, Vision2 and on... That is how they see their new direction in music. And they are on a right track. The band is unstoppable now. Someday I will buy Live performance Blu-ray with full range orchestra and Tarja Turunen as a guest. But now, I cannot wait for Part 2. In two words: Good Job. 5 epic symphonic stars.

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Chronicles Of The Immortals, Pt. I: Netherworld
Vanden Plas Progressive Metal

Review by opethfantim

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). With exceptionally beautiful vocals from Andy, brilliant instrumentation by Torsten, Andreas, and Gunter, and powerfully heavy guitar work from Stephan... this is nothing short of an epic masterpiece.

Another spectacular concept album, this time penned by Andy and Germany's biggest-selling author, Wolfgang Hohlbein. The story evolves around an immortal being who desires only to be human, but is incapable of sharing his life with mortals. While wandering through the centuries searching for answers, he is confronted by a dark shape-shifter with the temptation of giving up his humanity forever to become a god.

With hauntingly gorgeous melodies, lush orchestration, angelic vocal harmonies (featuring a special guest), a full choir, and plenty of progressive inspiration, Netherworld is bound to win over thousands of new fans, while deeply satisfying long-time followers. I have lovingly enjoyed every release from Vanden Plas and remain astonished that each output somehow surpasses their last, while always remaining true to their unique sound.

Very nicely done guys!

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