Vanden Plas
Beyond Daylight


5.0
classic

Review

by RideTheSpiral USER (3 Reviews)
January 15th, 2005 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


Vanden Plas - Beyond Daylight

2002 - InsideOut


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Vanden Plas is a German Neo Prog Metal band that has mastered the genre. They combine virtuoso instrumentation and infectious rhythm.


In my opinion they are the premier German Prog band. (perhaps surpassed by Poverty's No Crime)





Beyond Daylight is possibly their solidest album so far. Catchy hooks everywhere and the songwriting is excellent. They are not a band that consists soley of songs constructed around solos.



Highlights:



Track 1
Nightwalker - Great album opener. The intro is a little synth section then the riff which is full of pinch harmonics. Andy Kuntz voice is not that of a typical prog metal vocalist. Ecellent orchestration in this track. One of the most noticable things about VP are their very textured songs. Good solo spot too.

Track 2
Cold Wind - Another excellent track. The chorus is incredibly catchy and like most of there stuff is immaculatly produced. A few whacky time signatures make this track interesting.

Track 3
Scarlet Flower Fields - One of my favourite songs on the album. Soft intro builds up to a powerful chorus. I haven't really analysed the lryics but this one sounds like it means something. Kuntz uses all his vocal range on this one. The drumming is a hightlight here.


I'll leave it here or I would just end up reviewing them all and no one wants to read a long boring review.




Positives:


Excellent production
Virtuoso instrumentation
No poor tracks or fillers


Negatives:

May be written off a DT clone
Most of the album is fairly similar sounding



Overall:


Excellent album and highly recommended for any prog metal fan. Similar to LTE and Symphony X.


5/5


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Distorted Vision
October 13th 2004


184 Comments


Well, that was brief.

I've only heard a few songs by these guys, they sound pretty good, but your review wouldn't convinc me to buy the album.

denboy
October 13th 2004


85 Comments


Vanden Plas - Scarlet flower fields... I heard this song 2 years ago.. ****, forgot all about this band!.. I remember loving that song

Per Ardua Ad Astra
October 13th 2004


106 Comments


Short review, but i will check them out.

RideTheSpiral
October 13th 2004


26 Comments


I like short reviews. Long reviews are boring to read. :p

lost_profits
October 14th 2004


59 Comments


if your even remotely interested in these guys check out evergrey (and my review ;)

Id have to say evergrey- in search of truth just edges this one out.

just

the2stranger
October 14th 2004


130 Comments


only 3 tracks, but since it's prog metal I expect the album to be long, what's it's running time?

ps.
good review

manuscriptreplica
November 7th 2004


431 Comments


I highly suggest this to everyone.

Lionheart1827
June 26th 2006


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To Lost_Profits: Evergrey and Vanden Plas have two different vocal styles, they can't even be compared.

Anyway, this album is one of my favorite prog albums. When I got it, it was in my cd player for 2 weeks. I highly recommend it.

CaptainDooRight
June 24th 2014


29131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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