VANDEN PLAS – The Ghost Xperiment – Illumination (2020)

About a year ago, German melodic progressive metal band VANDEN PLAS delivered to the music world part one of their concept album, “The Ghost Xperiment”. Now comes the dramatic conclusion of the story with their new album, “The Ghost Xperiment – Illumination”, to be released by Frontiers Music tomorrow.
Musically “The Ghost Xperiment: Illusion” sounds so much like its predecessor; this band is a precision built war machine that swaggers and bludgeons while being able to stop on a dime. Years ago, I heard people reference them as Germany’s version of Dream Theater, and while that’s not entirely accurate, I will concede that the level of musicianship blended with melodic metal on a bombastic, theatrical scale is certainly applicable.

VANDEN PLAS – The Ghost Xperiment; Awakening (2019)

To be released by Frontiers Music Oct. 11, “The Ghost Xperiment; Awakening” is the title of the new album from German progressive melodic metal combo VANDEN PLAS. This is the ninth studio release by the quintet, part one of a two-part concept project, with the second album to be released in 2020.
Despite of being a concept LP – which supposes a story to follow and sometimes intricate arrangements – this is not the case with “The Ghost Xperiment; Awakening”; this should be the band’s more commercial, melodic and even catchy album to date, and while these are pretty lengthy, each track can be enjoyed standalone.

“The Ghost Xperiment – Awakening” continues to underscore the high artistic level of musicianship and lyrical creativity that the band have sustained for so long, but as said – and I can see Frontiers’ direction here – this is an extremely catchy and melodious set of songs.

VANDEN PLAS – The Seraphic Live Works (2017)

VANDEN PLAS – The Seraphic Live Works (2017)

Frontiers Music Srl will release tomorrow VANDEN PLAS‘ forthcoming live CD/DVD entitled “The Seraphic Live Works” on May 12th. Since formed in the late Eighties, this German progressive metal band combined the creativity of progressive rock with the aggression of metal and the vivid dynamism of the theater in their live performances (all of the band’s members had roots in...

VANDEN PLAS – Chronicles Of The Immortals, Netherworld Path Two (2015)

Last year Germans VANDEN PLAS released the first part of a new concept album, now on November 6th the band will present the second chapter entitled “Chronicles Of The Immortals – Netherworld path II“, again through Frontiers Music.Frontiers Music have been expanding their roster (mostly integrated by melodic hard rock bands) with products like Vanden Plas, always associated with heavy...

VANDEN PLAS – Chronicles Of The Immortals, Netherworld Path One (2014)

* Germans VANDEN PLAS is one of these increasingly rare occasions where a band is formed in 1986 and still is playing in the same line-up, 28 years later! After having explored more progressive waters in the last few albums, their new CD in four years “Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld (Path 1)” – just released by Frontiers Records –...