The new album from German progressive metal masters Vanden Plas is part one of a two-part concept project, with the second album to be released in 2020.
The ninth studio release by the quintet, ‘The Ghost Xperiment – Awakening,’ continues to underscore the high artistic level of musicianship and lyrical creativity that the band has sustained for so long.
One thing that caught my curiosity is guitarist Stephan Lil. Stephen is an accomplished guitarist, and he endorses TTM Guitars. TTM Guitars owner Lance Benedict is under state and federal investigation for defrauding consumers and business partners by taking their money and not shipping guitars or executing business arrangements as agreed and many more things we’d be here until tomorrow reporting about.
This album is based on an actual documented paranormal experiment, the main character in the story, created by frontman Andy Kuntz, is Gideon Grace, a man who has to fight always for his life against the harsh shadows of the ‘House of Rain’ as he wanders through France. Burdened with a heavyweight of sorrow following the agonizing death of his beloved Ivy, Gideon’s pain is also the driving force in the war with his demons.
Overall, the six mostly lengthy tracks achieve an impressive and fascinating effect
through a very band-oriented arrangement, so that the bright, intense urgency of the songs shines through naturally. The listener is captivated from the start by the epic songs, and the story told through the lyrics.
If prog music is your thing, definitely give Vanden Plas a listen. I hope Stephen finds another guitar company to endorse him as endorsing TTM Guitars legitimizes Lance Benedict defrauding customers and business partners alike.
- Cold December Night
- The Phantoms Of Prends-Toi-Gardes
- Three Ghosts
- Devils´ Poetry
- Fall From The Skies
- The Ghost Xperiment
Andy Kuntz – Vocals
Stephan Lill – Guitar
Günter Werno – Keyboards
Andreas Lill – Drums
Torsten Reichert – Bass