Christ 0 (2006) is the fifth full-length album from Vanden Plas, a progressive metal/rock act from Germany. This release follows Beyond Daylight last one which was released back in 2002.
I've never been a huge fan of progressive metal, but this album blew all my expectations. Throughout the album, you will be carried on a journey that musically interprets the story of the famous novel The Counte Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. The story line crossed with the use of orchestral classicism, and alongside with the invigorating guitar solos make this album a unique and epic experience.
The vocalist's (Andy Kuntz) exposure to the musical theater leaves a very obvious mark vocally. In songs like Fireroses Dance (Lyrics) you will see a very interesting mix of vocals, starting with Kuntz's mature one in the beginning, then to a very raw power metal one, and ending by a requiem-like choir.
The application of fusion between classicism in the 40-piece orchestra band, and the hard-hitting metal experience on the guitars by Stephan Lill not only comes very similar to Metallica's S&M album, but also surpasses it.
This now goes up there, with my top albums of 2006. Absolutely magnificent.
Track list :- 1. Christ 0 (5:34) 2. Postcard to God (6:17) 3. Wish You Were Here (9:14) 4. Silently (8:31) 5. Shadow I Am (5:28) 6. Fireroses Dance (6:03) 7. Somewhere Alone in the Dark (5:30) 8. January Sun (10:05) 9. Lost in Silence (4:19) 10. Gethsemane (6:18)
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;By Snooky, at
February 18, 2007 12:05 AM
gThanks a lot for passing such an incredible band. I am not a huge fan of Progressive Metal either, but there is something about this album. Fireroses Dance is an indescribeable song.