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Born in the late 60's, Chesy hails from a Welsh mining village with a long name and was pretty glad when he got the Hell out of there. He got into Rock/Metal in about 1980, thanks to a TISWAS related incident (Rainbow video for All Night Long) and thankfully has never looked back. Chesy often sang solo in the school choir, but thanks to a puberty related incident his voice is now completely bolloxed, although in his own head Paul thinks he sounds like a blend of Coverdale and Dio (R.I.P). He was brought up on the classics - Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Rush, Whitesnake and loved melodic rock and the Hair Bands of the 80's. (Nowadays, he has progressed a little and prefers a more technical and/or progressive metal - Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Spock's Beard. He hates Black and Death Metal (can't stand the grunting) but for some unknown reason loves the magnificent Opeth! He wont stop this blog until his beloved FM finally play the likes of the NEC as a headlining act!!!

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Vanden Plas - 'The Ghost Xperiment: Awakening' Album Review


Vanden Plas - The Ghost Xperiment - Awakening

I love reviewing bands that I don’t know much about especially established bands such as Vanden Plas who have been around for a long time.

This album may only have 6 tracks but it still runs the best part of 45 minutes and it’s a very interesting 45 minutes at that. This album actually had my head spinning because I simply didn’t know what was coming from minute to minute, the opening bars of this album is a thundering classic heavy rock intro and sets a good pace, just as you’re getting used to the anthemic opening there’s a slight twist and the next thing you know you’re listening to a cross between Fates Warning and Set The World On Fire era of Annihilator and that’s just the first 2 minutes of Cold December Night.
This constant mix of styles is present throughout the entire album and it is a real pleasure to hear the amalgamation of so many genres in one place and I spent the whole time writing this whilst immersing myself into the music.

Vanden Plas have managed to combine multiple musical styles flawlessly, even when there’s a change of direction the transition is beautifully smooth.

Old fans of Vanden Plas will absolutely love this album and music fans new to the band will want to check out their extensive back catalogue.

This album gets a solid 8.5

Review by Marc

Line-up:
Andy Kuntz - Vocals
Stephan Lill - Guitar
G√ľnter Werno - Keyboards
Andreas Lill - Drums
Torsten Reichert - Bass

*Tracklist:*
* Cold December Night
* The Phantoms Of Prends-Toi-Gardes
* Three Ghosts
* Devils´ Poetry
* Fall From The Skies
* The Ghost Xperiment

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