Vanden Plas – The Seraphic Clockwork

The Seraphic Clockwork is another concept story surrounding a character name Tio a clockmaker in 16th century Rome, okay I know what you're thinking, well don't because I'm not...

Released by Frontiers Records

Release Date: Out Now

Genre: Progressive Metal

Links: http://www.vandenplas.de/


Line Up:

Andy Kuntz – vocals

Stephan Lill – guitars

Torsten Reichert – bass

Andreas Lill – drums

Günter Werno – keyboards


Tracklist:

1. Frequency

2. Holes In The Sky

3. Scar Of An Angel

4. Sound Of Blood

5. The Final Murder

6. Quicksilver

7. Rush Of Silence

8. On My Way To Jerusalem

9. Eleyson (Bonus Track)


Vanden Plas is one of the most ingenious bands around when it comes to progressive metal. Their music can best be described as early Dream Theater or Spock’s Beard. These germans have been in the scene since mid 90’s and lead by the infectious voice of Any Kuntz and the talented songwriter Andreas Lill (drummer) they have formed a unique parallel universe of enticing melodies and concept storytelling from the first time I heard these guys on “Beyond Daylight” which was a superb release.

The Seraphic Clockwork is another concept story surrounding a character name Tio a clockmaker in 16th century Rome, okay I know what you’re thinking, well don’t because I’m not explaining the whole concept because as progressive music itself, is complicated and intertwining. It had been 4 years since their last release so some fans of the band may not have expected another concept, but such is the case. The music remains as melodic and moody as ever and Kuntz voice is still strong and dependable. Each song is classified as Psalm 1, 2 3 etc representing this tablet Clockwork some would say. Let’s get to the music where they really shine, specially on “Scar Of An Angel” which provides a super melodic and catchy chorus line with some bottom heavy guitars to speed up the tempo. The lyrical content in “Sound of Blood” is particularly impressive, well that goes for most of the album as it focus on the story concept quite well and the band makes it more accessible to the listener without getting completely lost. “Quicksilver” is another tasty treat as the guitar lead buildup reminds of material from Pagan’s Mind excellent prog album “Celestial Entrance” for you progressive metal fans.

Even for those maybe reading this and maybe thinking is too much on their cup, well even if it was just a basic no concept album, Vanden Plas has the ability to tone their arrangements and make them stick but the mature writing adds more of playwright feel to each song. The bands fascination with classical history definitely shows in each song and the way they write their music which to some  may be boring, but to be able to put it all together and not make some mumble jumbo sounds is something of an art all in itself. I would probably rank their newest effort up there with Beyond Daylight and Chris 0. To any fans of the band be sure to check this one out , I shouldn’t have to remind you since you already know this.

Written by Denys

Ratings Denys   8/10


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