HellblazerTOP 500 COMMENTATEURS le 4 juin 2010
Ah qu'on l'a attendu ce providentiel Christ'O !
On n'y croyait plus, même... alors forcément, restés sur les puissants "Beyond daylight", "Far off grace" (un peu en deçà), "The God thing" et "Colour Temple", tous d'excellente facture, et au vu du packaging prometteur d'un concept alléchant qu'est ce Christ'O fraîchement débarqué, nos espoirs étaient hauts, très hauts... trop hauts sans doute. Eh oui, il est des artistes qui nous ne nous habituent qu'au très bon, avec lesquels l'on est automatiquement intransigeant, et qui se doivent d'être toujours au top, pour avoir eux mêmes placé la barre haute.
Alors, ce Christ'O ? Loin d'être mauvais (impossible quand on a le talent de V. Plas), cet album - aaargh, ça fait mal à dire - ne marque pas vraiment... Ecoute après écoute, on se dit que l'étincelle va surgir, que le temps va faire son oeuvre pour livrer les secrets de Christ'O, mais non, ou alors difficilement, en se convaincant soi-même. Les titres sont puissants, certes, mais un soupçon de manque d'inspiration mélodique fait la différence avec ses prédécesseurs et ramène ce disque au niveau de beaucoup de concurrents potentiels, que Vanden Plas dépassaient jusque-là de la tête et des épaules.
On reste dans le style propre au groupe, avec tout ce que cela comporte de finesse et de subtilité, cela va sans dire. Puissance, riffs, guitares ciselées, piano sensible, vocaux excellents, rythmiques maîtrisées... bref, tout les ingrédients sont là, et la patte du groupe est reconnaissable immédiatement.Lire la suite ›
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No "Silence" Here....11 janvier 2011
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I find it interesting that on this album and the one that follows (Seraphic Clockwork), that there are three different songs with a form of the word "silent" in the title. This may be the definition of "irony". There is very little approaching "silence" on this album. All the better!!!
This is the second Vanden Plas album I own. After being fully blown away by Seraphic Clockwork, I had high expectations for Chirst 0. While I will contend this album is not quite on the same level, this is still exceptional.
Both albums are concept albums. Christ 0 is loosely based on the storyline from the Count of Monte Cristo. In an approach that Vanden Plas also uses on SC, rather than dumbing down the concept to make it fit into the CD format, they elect to provide a story description in the album liners. The concept here is reasonably straight forward - wrongly accused of murder, "Christ 0" gives into hate and becomes solely focussed on revenge, while "Inspector X", while pursuing Christ 0, is faced with those parts of him that are too close to being like Christ 0.
This is where the two albums differ: where this concept is straight forward, the lyrics seem much more difficult to connect one to the other. For SG, the concept is very complex. Yet, when you understand it, the lyrics connect very well. For this reason, I have struggled, at least initially, coming to grips with the lyrics on this one.
Musically, this band is simply amazing. Typically, the standard barer for "prog-metal" is Dream Theater and rightly so. That being said, this album combined with SG could easly be put up with the best anyone, including DT, has to offer. The riffs are strong and immediate. All the voices, both human and instrument, are generally well balanced and play off each other very well. The sonics of this album are very intricate and engaging. And yet, the focus on this album is on the overall message and the melody. There are some fantastic solos here: they harken back to late 70s and early 80s prog rock with a metal twist. In fact, during "Shadow I Am", the keyboards remind me very much of Dennis DeYoung with Styx at his prog rock best (think '70s, not '80s)! Of course, the guitar solos throughout are all impressive. Yet, that being said, they do not overwhelm the melody or the song as a whole. Rather, they fit very well into the larger whole.
Favorite songs: Shadow I Am is 70s prog rock meets its "grandchild" prog-metal. Very interesting and engaging song. January Sun is very much in the DT vein, even clocking in at just over 10 minutes. In true VP style, it has very Petruci-esque riffs while delivering almost a "broadway musical" style overall sound pallet. My ultimate favorite, however, is Lost in Silence. This song closes the concept and is very effective at wrapping up the story in a way that lays bare Inspector X's feeling very well, even though it is a simple song by VP standards.
Draw backs: There are two points that keep me from calling this a 5 star album. (If I could, this would be a 4 3/4 star) 1st and most important, the mix on this album tends to allow the vocals to get lost, at least from a clariy standpoint. This makes the direction of the album difficult to follow on the concept level, at least initially. 2nd - the songs on this album, with the possible exception of Lost in Silence, really do depend on each other. Therefore, this album is not nearly as effective listened to in parts. The album needs to be played non-stop from beginning to end. Once that is realized, listener enjoyment increases notably.
Bottom line: a very good album with no bad songs. I would call this album great if I had heard it before I heard Seraphic Clockwork. However, it is apparent that the band learned even more between this album and that. 99% of other bands should dream of doing this well! Vanden Plas should be considered along side Dream Theater and will surpass them if their current rate of musical growth continues. This album is certainly a "must have" for anyone who enjoys prog metal, symphonic metal, prog rock, melocid rock...you get the picture.
I love this band18 août 2014
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I love this band, reminds me a bit of Kamelot, of course had I hear Vanden Plan first. Love there music and I'm a 60's rocker!
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AWESOME VANDEN PLAS CD18 juillet 2011
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I WILL SAY THAT I REALLY ENJOY THIS CD AS THIS IS MY FAVORITE VANDEN PLAS CD. IT SOUNDS VERY EPIC AT TIMES, YET THE SOUND IS SO POLISHED SOUNDING. THIS BAND IS REALLY PEAKING AND MAY BE GERMANY'S FINEST PROGRESSIVE METAL BAND I BELIEVE! AS A PERSON WHO ATTENDS THE PROGPOWER FESTIVAL IN USA IN ATLANTA GEORGIA, 2011 WILL BRING THE BAND TO THIS SPECIAL EVENT. WITH THESE GUYS PLAYING WITH EVERGREY ON THE KICK-OFF SHOW ON THURSDAY, I CAN'T WAIT FOR TWO OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE PROGRESSIVE METAL BANDS, PLAYING BACK TO BACK! SO IF YOU LIVE CLOSE, OR IF YOU DON'T, YOU CAN ALWAYS FLY TO ATLANTA TO SEE BOTH OF THESE KILLER BANDS. ME PERSONALLY, I LOVE BOTH OF THESE NEW CD'S THAT VANDEN PLAS AND EVERGREY PUT OUT THIS YEAR, BUT I'M HOPING VANDEN PLAS PLAYS QUITE A FEW SONGS FROM CHRIST-O, CAUSE THIS CD IS A VERY STRONG MELODIC, PROGRESSIVE METAL ALBUMS I WILL ENJOY FOR A LONG TIME. I HOPE TO SEE YOU AT PROG-POWER TO SEE TO GIANTS OF PROG POWER MUSIC AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE NEW EVERGREY LINE-UP AS WELL. GREAT CD, YOU SHOULD BUY THIS!