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Vanden Plas - "The Lonely Psychogon" (audio)

Ο δίσκος των Vanden Plas "The Ghost Xperiment - Illumination"
I was born in the brain of science
Epic recognitions built a ghost of me
So many years searching grand enlightment
I am just a psychogon

My churches will burn down today
I´m just a golem lord
Some form of living clay

Save me I´m lost along the way
My gods invite me for my dying day
Save me
I´m lost along the way
I´ll be there
I´ll be there
On my dying day

So my world is a big illusion
An absurd plan of gods
To build a spectre´s universe
Nothing more than a gaol of lies surrounds me
In this architecture of a ghost
I live inside the matchbox of their brain
Like a dragonfly lost in the tide´s hurricane

Save me I´m lost along the way
I'm invited for my dying day
Save me
I´m lost along the way
I´ll be there
I´ll be there
On my dying day

I´m a lonely psychogon
I am just pretended
A shakespearian tragedy
By some gods invented
A disgraceful inhuman being
See the world on my shoulders

Save me I´m lost along the way
I´ll be there for my dying day
Save me
I´m lost along the way
I´ll be there
to be reborn...
on my dying day

Την λογική της διλογίας που ξεκίνησαν με το "Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld" (το πρώτο μέρος "βγήκε" το 2014 και το δεύτερο το 2015) συνεχίζουν οι Vanden Plas. Οι Γερμανοί progsters κυκλοφορούν το "The Ghost Xperiment" σε... δύο "δόσεις".

Το πρώτο μέρος τιτλοφορείται "The Ghost Xperiment - Awakening" και κυκλοφόρησε πέρυσι, ενώ το δεύτερο φέρει τον τίτλο "The Ghost Xperiment - IIlumination" και "βγήκε" χθες.

Οι Vanden Plas υπάρχουν στο heavy metal σύμπαν από το 1986! Έχουν κυκλοφορήσει δέκα "ολοκληρωμένους" δίσκους, έξι singles, ένα demo, ένα ep, ένα split (μαζί με τους Angra) και δύο live albums. Το εντυπωσιακό είναι πως η μπάντα αποτελείται ακόμη από τα μέλη που την δημιούργησαν!

Δελτίο τύπου: «About a year ago, the German progressive metal band Vanden Plas delivered the music world part one of their two part concept album, “The Ghost Xperiment”. Entitled "The Ghost Xperiment - Awakening," the album ended on a cliffhanger, where during a séance, Gideon Grace, the main character, at last encounters the ghosts who have haunted him since his childhood.

Ghosts? Exactly! Now comes the dramatic conclusion of the story with their new album, “The Ghost Xperiment - Illumination”.

"For years, I've felt driven by the idea of writing a ghost story that casts a different light on the genre, and ... at the end leaves the audience with a plausible explanation," author and Vanden Plas lead vocalist Andy Kuntz elucidates.

As for his inspiration for the story, Kuntz came across the Phillip-Experiment, an authentic and credibly documented investigation of necromancy…literally, conjuring dead spirits. "I knew immediately that I had found the basis for the story that I had been seeking for so long."

Thus developed the story for "The Ghost Xperiment," which continues in the second part "Illumination," and reaches its startling conclusion. But of course these intelligent, inventive story telling lyrics need a strong musical vehicle for delivery and Vanden Plas astounds in that respect.

While the orchestral arrangements in the first album in the saga had been reduced compared to the two previous "Chronicles of the Immortals" series, this time the progressive aspects of the band’s sound are even more apparent.

Along with the band's brilliant musicians, Stephan Lill (Guitar), Günter Werno (Keyboards), Andreas Lill (Drums), and Torsten Reichert (Bass), prestigious guests also add to this incredible showing.

Alea from the leading German medieval rock band Saltatio Mortis joins Kuntz for a duet on the bonus track 'Krieg kennt keine Sieger,’ Snow White Blood singer Ulli Perhonen shines in 'Black Waltz Death' and 'The Ghost Engineers,' and the backing vocals team is made up of longtime musical colleagues including Oliver Hartmann from Avantasia and Herbie Langhans from Firewind.

This highly concentrated musical power, paired with unexpected twists such as in 'Black Waltz Death' or the 13-minute long 'The Ouroboros' is what makes "The Ghost Xperiment - Illumination" so incredibly gripping.

In addition, with the opener 'World is Falling Down,' Vanden Plas has created an unbelievably driving steam hammer engine and with 'Under the Horizon,' a true prog anthem. After hearing its hypnotic refrain just once, it's already impossible to imagine the band's musical universe without it.

In short, Vanden Plas continues to dedicatedly pursue their own unique path. The band’s creativity has not been deterred by the current pandemic.

Theater engagements naturally had to be temporarily suspended, but in the months preceding, Vanden Plas had already showcased their own rock opera "Everyman" in Pforzheim, "Der Herbst des Winterkönigs" (The Autumn of the Winterking) in Amberg, and "American Idiot" at the Prinzregententheater in Munich as well as at the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck.

Those kinds of productions are no small undertaking, but despite the limits being pushed, the band performed "Concerto For Group and Orchestra," the masterwork from Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, in Kaiserslautern and also found time to finalize the song material for "The Ghost Xperiment - Illumination.

Even in a time of crisis, the band has managed to progress, to give their best, and to present their fans with another glorious work that literally explodes with variety and vitality. "The Ghost Xperiment - Illumination" is precisely the medicine that we all need right now.»

Band: Vanden Plas
Country of origin: Germany
Location: Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate
Formed in: 1986
Genre: Progressive Metal
Lyrical themes: Existence, Philosophy, History, Religion, Personal
Years active: 1986-present

Audio: "The Lonely Psychogon"
Music: Günter Werno
Lyrics: Andy Kuntz

Album: "The Ghost Xperiment - Illumination"
Type: Full length
Release date: December 4th, 2020
Label: Frontiers Records
Format: CD, Vinyl, Digital

Track listing:
1. When the World is Falling Down 07:06
2. Under the Horizon 06:46
3. Black Waltz Death 08:11
4. The Lonely Psychogon 08:22
5. Fatal Arcadia 08:22
6. The Ouroboros 13:02
7. Ghost Engineers 04:49
8. Krieg Kennt Keine Sieger (feat. Alea/Saltatio Mortis) 04:27

Band members:
Andy Kuntz - Vocals
Stephan Lill - Guitar
Günter Werno - Keyboards
Andreas Lill - Drums
Torsten Reichert - Bass

Guest/Session: Alea der Bescheidene - Vocals (track 8)

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