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Vanden Plas


Progressive Metal

4.01 | 176 ratings

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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.
Progrussia | 4/5 |


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