05:45 - ScreamingSteelUS That was the problem; I was working so hard on other things I didn't have time to kick back and criticize people. But now I've got my first publication of the new year under my belt.
The first new song from Vanden Plas' new album is here and it is called "Godmaker". The band just released a video for the track off Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1), which will be released on February 21st in Europe and February 24th in North America via Frontiers Records. Take this chance to listen to the first new material from the band since The Seraphic Clockwork. What do you think about it?
Prog/power metallers Vanden Plas have recently revealed the cover artwork of their new album called Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1). Now it's time to feast your eyes on the album trailer right here. Frontiers Records will release this new concept album on February 21st in Europe and February 24th in North America. While you wait, hear the first new tunes below.
Vanden Plas have finally revealed more about their new album that will follow The Seraphic Clockwork. The prog/power metallers have been preparing the new opus and now shared the cover artwork that will grace it. You can check it out below. The album title seems to read Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1). You can expect to grab it on February 14th, 2014. The wait is almost over.
Long time no see Vanden Plas. Three years have passed since the release of The Seraphic Clockwork, the band's latest album, and today there's finally some news about what's next for the power/prog metallers. Be prepared for a new Vanden Plas album next year, more precisely in January. The band has been recording new material and preparing the new release.
The new Vanden Plas album The Seraphic Clockwork will be released on the 4th of June 2010 by Frontiers Records. The 8 songs were recorded at Bazement Studio by engineer Markus Teske and produced by the band.
The story of the concept album was written by Andy Kuntz and tells about a journey in time. The protagonist, who lives in 16th century Rome, comes under the spell of an Old Testament prophecy. He travels back to Jerusalem in the year 33 Anno Domini where he must face his God-given destiny.
Stephan Lill states about the new album: "I think that my preference for heavier bands shines through more than ever before. Heavy riffs, elaborate keyboard and orchestra arrangements plus catchy hook lines come together in a perfect symbiosis which marks Vanden Plas' characteristic style. I feel that we were much more adventurous on The Seraphic Clockwork than ever before."
"Here's a little Christmas present from Vanden Plas: On the Vanden Plas MySpace Page, you can now listen to the yet unreleased "Ouverture Of The Christo Musical"! The Ouverture features parts and melodies from different songs from the musical. Enjoy!
In addition, we will hold a little contest in order to see how many of the songs you are able to recognize: listen to the ouverture, find out which songs are included and note the song titles and the time period where they appear in the Ouverture(!). Send your submissions via e-mail to contest vandenplas de and do not forget to include your name and address. The winner will be picked among those who find the highest number of correct songs (actually, the band doesn't believe that there will be anyone who recognizes all!). The prize will be a Vanden Plas surprise package. Please send your submissions before January 31st. Good luck!"
The following announcement was posted on the official ProgPower Scandinavia homepage a while back:
"Finally we can announce the last band for PP Scan '08 - the headliner for Friday October 31st:
Vanden Plas from Germany is one of the most well-respected melodic progressive metal bands around. With a 20 year history behind them, the band made their big mark on the scene back in the mid-nineties with such great discs as "Colour Temple" and "The God Thing". Their latest release, the impressive conceptual album "Christ O" from 2006 see the band taking another step further in combining easy-listening hard rock melodies with technical prog-metal.
Last time Vanden Plas played in Copenhagen was almost 10 years ago, as support for Dream Theater in front of 5.000 fans. With their show on ProgPower Scandinavia, Friday October 31st 2008, we're bringing back Vanden Plas for a long overdue performance here in Denmark."
As posted on the German Progressive metallers' website, here's a message from the band about the cancellation of today's ProgPower show:
"Dear Fans and people who wanted to see us play at PP 2007!
We feel deeply sorry about what happened and that we couldn't make it this year. Unfortunately we couldn't pass the immigration control when we arrived in Detroit on Wednesday October 3rd. The immigration service told us that we had the wrong papers. We don't understand the problem because we did it in the regular way. They were sending us back home after six hours of questioning. We had no chance to go to Atlanta. Now that we're back home after 40 hours of non-stop travel we are sad and empty to face this disappointing situation. We've been really looking forward to PP VIII for such a long time. Nevertheless we whish you a great festival in our absence with all the other great bands."
Vanden Plas have updated their website with a few of the following messages:
"The Vanden Plas show at the ProgPower USA VIII Festival on the 4th of October will be recorded for a possible DVD release if the recording turns out well.
The Vanden Plas rock musical "Christ 0" will be played at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Germany! The musical will feature all songs from the "Christ 0" album plus other Vanden Plas songs and two new ones. Holger Hauer and Andy Kuntz are responsible for the libretto. Holger Hauer will be director, Günter Werno musical director and Vanden Plas will be responsible for the songs. Here are the dates:
11 April 2008 (Premier) / 18 April 2008 / 25 April 2008 / 03 May 2008 / 17 May 2008 / 07 June 2008 / 14 June 2008 / 28 June 2008 / 04 July 2008 / 11 July 2008 / 18 July 2008 / 24 July 2008 / 26 July 2008 / 28 July 2008 / 30 July 2008
Amaseffer is the new "holy project" from Andy Kuntz, enigmatic lead singer of German progressive metal band Vanden Plas.
The story of Exodus will be told in the eventual trilogy of albums with the Hebrew name of Amaseffer referring to the name chosen for the Israelites in the Bible.
Originating from Israel, the musical side of Amaseffer features Yuval Kramer (guitar), Hanan Abramovitch (guitar) and Erez Yohanan (drums). The unique progressive sound of the trilogy is a mixture of Middle Eastern spices with an epic, cinematic scope polished with philharmonic orchestrations.
Andy Kuntz will co-produce the albums, with the second and third albums due nine and eighteen months respectively after the release of the first CD. The band are not yet signed but hope a deal can be arranged soon.
The release date of the new Vanden Plas album had to be pushed back a little due to a delay of the final mix. "Christ 0" will be in stores at the end of April. The concept of the album is based on Alexandre Dumas' novel "The Count of Monte Cristo". The first edition comes in a special packaging and will feature the Andrew Lloyd Webber song "Gethsemane" from the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" as a bonus track.
The new Vanden Plas album "Christ.0" will be released on the 24th of February 2006. It is a concept album inspired by Alexandre Dumas' novel "The Count of Monte Cristo". The recordings are taking place at the moment at Bazement studios near Wiesbaden, Germany. Here is the track listing:
1. Christ 0 (music: G. Werno/lyrics: A. Kuntz)
2. Postcard to god (music: S. Lill/lyrics: A. Kuntz)
3. Wish you were here (music: G. Werno/lyrics: A. Kuntz)
4. Silently (music: S. Lill/lyrics: A. Kuntz)
5. Shadow I am (music: S. Lill/lyrics: A. Kuntz)
6. Fireroses dance (music: G. Werno/lyrics: A. Kuntz)
7. Somewhere alone in the dark (music: S. Lill/lyrics: A. Kuntz)
8. January sun (music: A. Kuntz, G. Werno/lyrics: A. Kuntz)
The recordings for the next Vanden Plas album "Christ 0" will finally start mid october in the Bazement Studios (where the band already recorded "Beyond Daylight"). The band will probably record 9 songs, plus one bonus track. Out of the nine selected songs, 4 are written by Stephan, 3 by Günter and 2 by Andy. As usual, Andy was also responsible for all the lyrics. As stated before, "Christ 0" will be a concept album based on Alexandre Dumas' "Monte Cristo". No exact release date has been confirmed yet, but it is likely to come out around March/April 2006.