Fireworks

CD Reviews

Vanden Plas - 'Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld II' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/c5/96/aa/Vanden-Plas-Chronicles-Of-The-Immortals-Netherworld-II-13-1449516392.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 07, 2015    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
3202   0   1   0   0   0

Still in a class all their own, Vanden Plas continue to spellbind with another superb slab of Progressive heaven.

One of but a mere handful of post Dream Theater Progressive Metal bands who could actually be said to have developed and refined a sound all their own, it's hard to believe that Kaiserslautern's favourite sons Vanden Plas have been treading the boards for the best part of thirty years now!

Steeped in all the best traditions of musical theatre (a calling that still occupies quite a lot of their time), their recorded output over the years has been sparing, yet each new release has proven to be nothing short of a precision engineered masterpiece. That "unique" VP sound first came into its own on sophomore outing 'The God Thing' back in 1997 (don't get me wrong, debut 'Colour Temple' was awesome as well, but it had a slightly more Traditional Melodic Metal sound), and ever since they've continued to hone and tweak it to the point of perfection and beyond.

Second and concluding instalment in their 'Chronicles Of The Immortals' tome, 'Netherworld II' sees them once again combine forces with author Wolfgang Hohlbein to conclude their epic musical interpretation of his bestselling literary series. The culmination of a partnership that began several years ago when VP vocalist Andy Kuntz helped turn Hohlbein's books into an instant stage hit ('Bloodnight'), This release picks up the story where last year's first part left off and concludes the heroes epic struggle for peace and enlightenment... I won't delve too deeply into the story itself as that's not really the remit here.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


What is very much the remit however is the VP musical interpretation of the age old good vs evil struggle, a meandering sojourn which delights at every unexpected twist and turn. Incandescent melodies, soaring crescendos and thought provoking troughs, deft keyboard orchestration, spiralling guitars and haunting vocals... everything you'd expect really from the band and then some.

Kuntz has the ability to convey more emotion in one line than most bands can muster in their entire back catalogue, and with a band of finely honed players behind him, the brooding melodrama that unfolds takes on a mantle of near biblical proportions! Precious little point in singling out individual tracks as 'Netherworld II' is meant to be digested whole, but I will say the ebb and flow of the epic 'Blood Of Eden', the ethereal 'Circle Of The Devil' and slow burning opener 'In My Universe' will brighten up those fast approaching cold winter evenings no end!

Still in a class all their own, Vanden Plas continue to spellbind with another superb slab of Progressive heaven!

Dave Cockett

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  December 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
        1
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
  9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 week ago
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
  • Berny : @el nowy: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. Pls. check your mail!
  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @l.thijs: Apologies for the delay, your digital copy can now be downloaded from your "My Downloads" section.
  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.
  • Johns Band : I have ordered FM Live video and £1.99 taken from my PayPal account. How do I download video. Something gone wrong at processing with Fireworks. The links to report it do not work.
  • Berny : @kevinw01: Have you received the mail containing the donwload instructions? It seems as if you are downloading the bonus CDs from the "Fireworks" menu, those are meant for our readers in the USA and Canada whose copies do not come with the CD. I will send you a mail now. Thanks, B.
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site