Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of “The Epic Works 1991-2015”, a stunning box set collection from the German masters of progressive metal Vanden Plas Official on July 12, 2019.
The box set will include eight studio albums, one EP, a live recording, and a bonus disc (exclusive to the physical edition) entitled “Bonus Treasures,” that will include all unreleased, bonus, rare, and demo tracks from Vanden Plas.
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i. “Colour Temple” ii. “AcCult” iii. “The God Thing” iv. “Far Off Grace” v. “Spirit of Live” vi. “Beyond Daylight” vii. “Christ 0” viii. “The Seraphic Clockwork” ix. “Chronicles Of The Immortals: Netherworld [Path One]” x. “Chronicles Of The Immortals (Netherworld II)” xi. “Bonus Treasures” (Physical Edition Only)
A strictly limited edition of 1500 copies worldwide, this box set includes a booklet with notes written by Stefan Glas (freelancer ROCK HARD Germany, editor of UNDERGROUND EMPIRE) and Marco Magin (BREAKOUT Magazine) plus never-before-seen pictures and band notes for each album. In addition, Frontiers will make available, for the first time, a selection of vinyl releases on 2xLP, 180g, gatefold, color vinyl including: “Colour Temple,” “The God Thing,” “Far Off Grace,” “Beyond Daylight” and “Christ 0.” These will be pressed in very limited runs and then discontinued, so fans will want to snatch these up quickly.
“We are very proud of the release of our box set “The Epic Works 1991 – 2015”, which contains the demos, singles, and studio albums we released during that period,” says guitarist Stephan Lill. “Lots of time was spent gathering these releases, that covers almost 25 years, into a very nice package with a detailed band history, lots of pictures with our fans and us together, and much more. For us, and I think for our fans too, it is very exciting to follow our musical development from the melodic power rock style we played in the beginning of our career to the progressive metal we are known for today. Eight studio albums, a live release, an acoustic release, and a collection of all the bonus tracks we did during this period are on display here. The bonus track collection showcases the other side of Vanden Plas: acoustic versions of songs of our own, covers of musical influences like Dokken or Kansas, and special treats like a cut from our rock opera “Ludus Danielis” or the song we wrote for our favourite soccer club 1. FC Kaiserslautern. It almost seems a bit unreal when you see all these releases together, considering the fact that at the same time all the band members were engaged in many theatre productions, like “The Rocky Horror Show” or “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and that we wrote five rock operas as well, which were performed in several German theatres. I hope our fans will enjoy this musical journey as much as we did and still do.”
For more than 20 years, Vanden Plas have been flag bearers for intelligent, intense, progressive metal. Since their debut album, “Colour Temple” up to their most recent saga, “Chronicles Of The Immortals,” which saw the band collaborate with Wolfgang Hohlbein, a writer who sold more than 40 million books worldwide, Vanden Plas have wowed progressive metal fans with their amazing music.
This set is an unmissable occasion to get to know in-depth the abilities and art of one of progressive metal’s greatest bands.
“Bonus Treasures” tracklist: 1. Kiss Of Death 2. Point Of Know Return 3. Gethsemane 4. Shape Of My Heart 5. Combien De Larmes (How Many Tears – French Version) 6. Raining In My Heart 7. Godmaker (Acoustic Radio Version) 8. Days Of Thunder 9. Fire 10. Ridin’ The Wind 11. Eleyson 12. Das Ist Für Euch
In their long career, Vanden Plas Official has only released one live album, “Spirit of Live,” recorded in Paris at the legendary Elysée Montmartre, in 2000. With the upcoming release of “The Seraphic Live Works,” the wait for another documentation of the band’s immense talents asa live act is finally over!
Through many tours and countless concerts, Vanden Plas has proven again and again that it is among the world’s leading progressive metal bands. The quintet’s glowing reputation carries across the pond to the U.S. where Vanden Plas was invited to appear at the renowned ProgPower USA in Atlanta in 2011. Regardless of a band’s fame, an invitation to this prestigious event is an honor and their performance is certainly a high note in Vanden Plas’ history. And it is for exactly that reason that Vanden Plas decided to captutre that unique moment.
“The Seraphic Live Works” shows unmistakably how extraordinary this gig at Center Stage Theater was for everyone involved. A performance exploding with energy, euphoric audience, and the venue’s own special flair. The recordings will captivate every viewer and there is no question that Vanden Plas made the right decision to preserve this performance for eternity.
“The Seraphic Live Works” captivates and enthralls for nine songs, beginning with straightforward opener “Postcard to God” through the atmospheric “Far Off Grace” to the brilliant closer, “Silently.” In this extended live version of the song, Vanden Plas ignites a prog metal fireworks display that is unparalleled, leading the listener through more than 11 magnificent minutes to a spectacular conclusion.
Vanden Plas has fans all over the world, but for those who have not yet been able to experience the band, they wanted to give them the next best thing with “The Seraphic Live Works.” The audio and video capture an authentic band that stands out in the prog metal genre.
“The Seraphic Live Works” includes:
Tracklisting (CD & DVD):
1. Postcard To God
2. Rush Of Silence
3. Holes In The Sky
4. Far Off Grace
5. Scar Of An Angel
7. Cold Wind
Stephan Lill – Guitar
Andreas Lill – Drums
Günter Werno – Keyboards
Andy Kuntz – Vocals
Torsten Reichert – Bass
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