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Vanden Plas


Progressive Metal

3.81 | 32 ratings

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4 stars 'The Empyrean Equation of the Long Lost Things' with the soaring piano arpeggio opening, the spleen tune of Anathema, the storm in the distance; the deafening riff, the keyboard of Alessandro, new replacement for GŁnter, and the vocal choirs are imposing; emotion, solos, epic symphony, return of their original creation; final louder to silence the provocative detractors and those of metal who had forgotten them. 'My Icarian Flight' with Andy at the helm setting the tone on a warm, intoxicating, melodic track; the touch is there, the bass suddenly brings the break with organ and guitar solo, you would say you are in a Dream Theater with this duo displayed; the finale on the bewitching and metronomic Vanden Plas touch. 'Sanctimonarium' with the intro one minute flat to heat up the atmosphere; Andy gently, the symphonic riff which will leer on vintage prog metal with the Hammond, it feels like a remake of Deep Purple from the 2020s; the synth wants to be modern before letting the Teutonic riff come back in force, with pads stamped 12.7; the elegiac finale to deliver the fatal blow, the air of Epica younger than them.

'The Sacrilegious Mind Machine' tumbles in, sharp heavy riff; a minute to forget time before leaving on the tune calibrated melodic prog metal with choirs and hearts, just bleeding; the riff more cutting than that you die, Andy which lacerates, the synth which tears; soothing melodic-acoustic break before returning 20mm cannon riff; the organ still there to cause confusion and melt. 'They Call Me God' for the piano arpeggio ballad, remembering the group's enjoyable orchestral drifts; a plaintive guitar that we found on the Anathema, a sampled violin to cast doubt; the romantic ballad is played as often with a moving guitar solo before the rise to a divine Kashmiri tune; effective, simple, pompous, epic. ' March of the Saints ' heavy intro to the progressive track at heart; adding time gives breaks, heaviness, desired repetitions which can become redundant; piano interlude break before returning to the calibrated riff, the supercharged drums and the syncopated bass; the orchestration becomes bombastic with the guitar solo and Andy's bewitching voice eyeing a musical maelstrom; the final crystalline piano recalls the neo-classical sound.

Vanden Plas releases a melancholic opus, epic sticky spleen of heavy dark and enlightened with its elegiac, epic and crescendic scents; a fusion of feelings, of emotions for a conventional prog metal which has not aged a bit but which does not bring much of anything unique, a good repeat opus full of technical prowess which makes our past resonate. Originally on ProgCensor!

alainPP | 4/5 |


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