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3.42 | 98 ratings | 4 reviews | 7% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Father (5:38)
2. Push (4:15)
3. When The Wind Blows (7:10)
4. My Crying (5:25)
5. Soul Survives (9:05)
6. Anytime (7:06)
7. Judas (6:01)
8. Back To Me (5:30)
9. How Many Tears (8:19)

Total time 58:29

Bonus track on 1995 Japanese edition:
10. Fire (5:27)

Bonus track on 1995, 1998 & 2002 releases:
11. Days Of Thunder (4:45)

Bonus Disc from 2002 SE:
- AcCult (EP)
1. Πελεκάνος (Pelekanos) (0:34)
2. My Crying (4:54)
3. Theme From "Pseudo Silk Kimono" (0:41)
4. Kayleigh (4:56)
5. Father (5:03)
6. Georgia On My Mind (5:04)
7. How Many Tears (7:09)
8. Des Hauts, Des Bas (4:18)
9. Spanish Rain (7:15)
10. Days Of Thunder (4:39)
11. Raining In My Heart (4:38)

Total time 49:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Andy Kuntz / vocals
- Stephan Lill / guitar, backing vocals
- GŁnter Werno / keyboards, backing vocals
- Torsten Reichert / bass
- Andreas Lill / drums

- Robert Kohlmeyer / backing vocals, production
- Miriam Bonmarchand / backing vocals (6)

Note: The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

CD self-released ‎- 1.2304-94 (1994, Germany)
CD Far East Metal Syndicate ‎- APCY-8258 (1995, Japan) With 2 bonus tracks; New cover art
CD Inside Out Music ‎- IOMCD 019 (1998, Germany) With a bonus track; New cover art
2xCD Inside Out Music ‎- IOMCD 094 (2002, Germany) 12 bonus tracks expanded to extra disc, including acoustic EP "AcCult"; Different cover art

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VANDEN PLAS Colour Temple ratings distribution

(98 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (40%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)

VANDEN PLAS Colour Temple reviews

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Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars Great debut from VANDEN PLAS, with a bit of an eighties Metal sound to it, and I like the way the synths add to the atmosphere of many of these songs. I wouldn't call Andy Kuntz a powerful singer, but I really like the way he sings. It's hard to believe these guys are German when there isn't even a hint of an accent on the vocals. I found this album got better as it went along.

The first song "Father" has a classical intro that is replaced by some great guitar and some good crisp drumming.The sound quality is excellent. There are some good riffs towards the end of the song. "Push" is a harder hitting song with lots of guitar solos. "When The Wind Blows" is a song like the album, that gets better as it goes. From atmospheric to intense. "My Crying" is a great heavy tune with synths, heavy drums and more beautiful guitar melodies. "Soul Survives" opens with piano and vocals.The song picks up in intensity, and the highlight is the guitar solo that turns into a long guitar melody.

"Anytime" is a slower ballad like song with two tasteful guitar solos, the second one just seems to go on and on. "Judas" is pretty much a straight up rocker that at four minutes sounds like JUDAS PRIEST.This song has some awesome scorching guitar. "Back To Me" has some great riffs like their fellow German band the SCORPIONS. "How Many Tears" is slower paced to open, but gets very powerful sounding, with some beautiful ripping guitar.

It's a good thing the album is over because after these last three songs I need a rest. If your into Prog-Metal you should really check this record out. Impressive beginning for these German rockers.

Review by b_olariu
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

Latest members reviews

3 stars My point of view about this record is simple, good debut!!! The first time that I heard the name of "Vanden Plas" maybe was two or three years ago, in a coversation with some friends and then we are talking about this guys from Germany and somebody told me that they were a terrific prog-metal ... (read more)

Report this review (#93705) | Posted by | Saturday, October 7, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars I've read many good reviews about this German band and this record is the first thing I 've heard from them. COLOUR TEMPLE is not a progressive metal record, in turn it's a collection of straight hard rock/heavy metal songs. This is not a bad thing since the songwriting is outstanding, most of ... (read more)

Report this review (#43601) | Posted by Prosciutto | Saturday, August 20, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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