23:59 - Netzach Czerny, I get your point but I'd say the same about "Ashes"... It just gets too droney and gaze-ish in sections. Limbs and Not Unlike the Waves are awesome though... The Mantle has this "whiskey fueled regret"-feel I adore
23:55 - Netzach Btw, AMA on Reddit with A.A Nemtheanga if anyone's interested [link]
23:51 - Czerny Reiter Ashes Against the Grain & Marrow take the cake for me. The Mantle has some sections where it loses steam and gets all too mellow.
23:45 - Overrwatcher The Mantle is beautiful. It's not technical or experimental, it's just a well-crafted album made with simple instruments. I show it to non-metalhead friends and they love it.
23:12 - Netzach 3rd, compared to those albums, The Mantle contains a lot more post-rock and acoustic/folk.
23:10 - Netzach Agalloch are so damn uneven though. The Mantle is fantastic and I also really like Marrow... but as for the rest, meh.
Here is some more orchestrated prog from Vanden Plas! The German veterans have released another song from their upcoming album Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld II, due for release on November 6th via Frontiers Music Srl. The song is titled "The Last Fight" and tracks over 7 minutes. Check it out below and tell us what you think.
It's time to hear a new Vanden Plas song. The German metallers just premiered a new video for "Stone Roses Edge" off of their new album Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld II, the sequel to last year's Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1). And they give us a 6-minute song as an introduction. It's exactly what you would expect from the prog/power metallers and they deliver. What do you think about it?
More Vanden Plas is always a good thing, right? And it's coming. The prog/power metallers are set to release the second chapter of the rock opera written in collaboration with famed German author Wolfgang Hohlbein. Chronicles Of The Immortals - Netherworld II will be out on Frontiers on November 6th. As Chronicles Of The Immortals - Netherworld, Path I ended, deliverance comes in the second half of the story, where the creative duo of Vanden Plas and Wolfgang Hohlbein has merged again. The trailer is already sounding promising. Listen to it below!
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.