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CD review VANDEN PLAS "Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld II"

Veröffentlicht am 6. November 2015 von Markus W. in Vanden Plas, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Melodic Metal

(8/10) Finally - Vanden Plas releases the second part of their Netherworld saga. The complex story was too much for just one album and that's why Andy Kuntz and bandmates decided to create a double header.

Like in the first part the story about life, death and immortality builds also the thematically framework for "Chronicle of the Immortals: Netherworld II". The cooperation with author Wolfgang Hohlbein has proven already with the first part to be a really successful one and that the German prog band has a fable for theatric music is what they have proven with rock operas like "Bloodnight" and the current "Everyman - A rock Mystery".

But next to the exciting story line it is the music that creates excitement. The guys from Germany are around since the end of the 80's and released well-crafted longplayers during the last years. What makes their music to a real treat for your ears is the combination of hard rock elements with more complex song structures, all merged with melodic metal.

But even the more demanding tunes are still paying enough attention to the song in itself. This makes the numbers comprehensible for non-musicians which is a big benefit of Vanden Plas songs. The guys never find themselves back in endless solo antics; it's the big melodies and the great sense for hooklines that build the red thread though their releases.

As the earlier longplayers also "Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherland II" comes with all those typical Vanden Plas trademarks. Each of you that appreciated the earlier albums of the German prog metal band will also have a great time with this ambitious record that comes with a lot of depth. Go for it.





  1. Vision 11even: In My Universe
  2. Vision 12elve: Godmaker's Temptation
  3. Vision 13teen: Stone Rose Edge
  4. Vision 14teen: Blood of Eden
  5. Vision 15teen: Monster
  6. Vision 16teen: Diabolica Comedia
  7. Vision 17teen: Where Have the Children Gone
  8. Vision 18teen:The Last Fight
  9. Vision 19teen: Circle of the Devil


Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Prog Metal

Release Date EU: November 6th, 2015

CD review VANDEN PLAS "Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld II"

New video from VANDEN PLAS

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Vanden Plas, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, News, Video

German prog metal band Vanden Plas will soon release part 2 of the 'Netherworld' saga. "Chronicles of the Immortals" Netherworlds II" will be published on November 6 and another song of the upcoming album is already revealed on YouTube. "Godmaker's Temptation" is the name of the track that is another great composition. Check it out.


"Everyman" - a new rock opera with VANDEN PLAS

Veröffentlicht am 18. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Vanden Plas, Prog Rock, Rock Opera, Rock, Prog Metal, Hardrock, News

Andy Kuntz and Vanden Plas are known for musical excursions into fields of rock opera. The new production is called "Everyman". "Everyman" is more known as "Jedermann" from Hugo von Hofmannsthal, but it actually goes back to 1490. Written by an unkown britsh poet the story builds the base for this production of "Everyman".

Randy Diamond is playing the role as the 'Everyman' while Andy Kuntz slips into the maks of the 'Death'.

The music comes from Vanden Plas and it is Guenther Werno who has the musical lead for this rock opera.

The first night will take place on 11.4.2015 in the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Some more shows will follow and the dates are:













Tickets can be bought via:


Box office:
Tuesday to Friday 11.00-14.00 Uhr and 16.30-18.30 Uhr
Samstag 10.00 bis 13.00 Uhr

or Online:



Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion


CD review VANDEN PLAS "Chronicles of the immortals - Netherworld"

Veröffentlicht am 16. Februar 2014 von Markus W. in Vanden Plas, Prog Metal, Dream Theater, News, CD Review

(9/10) After a four years German prog metal band Vanden Plas is back with a new CD. After they have released their latest album in 2010 they come back with the newest record called "Chronicles of the world - Netherworld".

The album is an awesome comeback. Not only that the band made again a big step forward on an already high level - it is also the fact that the new album tells a story which makes it standing out. The whole thing started years ago, when Vanden Plas and Wolfgang Holbein started a creative cooperation. Holbein is not a nobody. In fact he is one of the authors selling millions of books all over the world. Since he is also a fan of Vanden Plas he approached the band and suggested to work together. The result was the rock opera called "Bloodnight". During 2012 and 2013 the show became a overwhelming success. All 25 shows have been sold out and the audiance rescted very positive.

The new album from Vanden Plas contains ten songs which represents path 1 of the theater piece.  This leads to the assumption, that there will be also a path 2. And indeed, this is the plan - path 2 is expected to be released in 2015.

So, what to say about the song. I must say that you get 100% Vanden Plas, which means 100% powerful progressive metal. I actually think, that the album is better than the latest releases from Dream Theater. This has to do with the fact that Vanden Plas puts the song much more in focus instead of giving individual musical excellence a front row seat. I appreciate this a lot and Vanden Plas achieve a perfect mix out of musical complexity, hard, powerful music and catching melodies. This combination isn't found too often. I was actually reminded to the last releases of the incredible Savatage.

The album starts with an orchestral intro with spoken word (done by Holbein himself). A dramatic opening for this album, which fits perfect to kick off this album. "The black night" is following this introduction and a is an eight minutes long power prog track. Dense keyboards build the base for this song while a heavy riff gives the song the needed aggressiveness.  It's also Kuntz's fantastic vocals which we know alteady from the past, which makes this album an experience. Crystal clear and still with a lot on passion and strength. A almost brutal riff opens "Godmaker". A start like a thunder, before the song continues a bit more silent with vocals and piano. But of course this doesn't last for too long. Heavy riffing accompanies the song and make it a 5 minutes prog metal masterpiece. After all these energetic eruption it is time for a more peaceful tune. "Misery affection- Prelude" is its name. A short ballad performed as a duett supported by a piano, which lead you to "A ghosts requiem". The style continues. Piano based with beautiful vocals and a choir the song is carrying a lot of emotions - as it needs to be if you want to tell a story. In the end it gets back to more power and the choral passage finalizes a touching track. "New vampyre" is another stunning VandenPlas song, before "The king and the children of lost war" the next eight minute anthem starts. Pounding guitars are pushing this song and the band shows their whole repertoire in this tune. This is my personal fave. "Misery affection" comtinues what tHe prelude introduced a few songs earlier before "Soul alliance" with its pumping cool bassline and "Inside" round off sn excellence musical journey.


"Chronicles of the immortal - Netherworld" became a great album from performed by an awesome band and written by a highly creative team. Great that we can look forward to path 2. in the meantime enjoy path 1. It's worth it. Highly recommended!





  1. Vision 1ne
  2. Vision 2wo The black knight
  3. Vision3hree Godmaker
  4. Vision 4our Misery affection prelude
  5. Vision 5ive A ghost requiem
  6. Vision 6ix New vampyre
  7. Vision 7even The king and the children of lost war
  8. Vision 8ight Misery affection
  9. Vision 9ine Soul alliance


Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Prog Metal

CD review VANDEN PLAS "Chronicles of the immortals - Netherworld"

New infos about coming VANDEN PLAS album

Veröffentlicht am 14. Dezember 2013 von Markus W. in Vanden Plas, Prog Metal, News, Video

Germans prog metal band Vanden Plas, the band around singer Andy Kuntz, will release a new album via Frontiers Records end of February 2014. Here comes a first teaser. Seems to become a bombastic prog metal disc. The title will be "Chronicles of the immortals - netherworld".


And here is the tracklist from thsi conceptual record: