Vanden Plas (band)
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Vanden Plas is a German progressive metal band, based in Kaiserslautern and founded in the mid-1980s. In 1991, they recorded the song "Keep On Running" as an anthem for the local national league football club FC Kaiserslautern, and did the same in 1994 with "Das ist für euch" ("This Is for You All"). All of its members have been involved in theatre projects and rock musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar, The Rocky Horror Show, Little Shop of Horrors, and Evita.
In 2004, vocalist Andy Kuntz released an ambitious solo project under the name Abydos. A musical, based on Andy Kuntz's solo project, premiered on 2 February 2006, at the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern.
On 31 March 2006, the band released a concept album entitled Christ 0, loosely based on Alexandre Dumas, père's book The Count of Monte Cristo. In April 2008 the album was brought to theatre stages in Germany; the stage production was named ChristO - Die Rockoper.
The Seraphic Clockwork, was released on 4 June 2010 (Europe) and 22 June 2010 (USA).
The latest two releases Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld (Path One) and Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld II are based on Die Chronik der Unsterblichen by fantasy author Wolfgang Hohlbein,. Both albums are adapted from the theatre play Blutnacht. The first part was released on 21 February 2014 (Europe) and 24 February 2014 (USA). The second part was released on 6 November 2015.
A new studio album, whose working title is The Ghost Experiment, had its original release planned for 2017.
- Andy Kuntz - Vocals
- Stephan Lill - Guitars
- Günter Werno - Keyboards
- Torsten Reichert - Bass
- Andreas Lill - Drums
- Colour Temple (1994)
- AcCult (1996, acoustic EP)
- The God Thing (1997)
- Far Off Grace (1999)
- Spirit of Live (2000, live album)
- Beyond Daylight (2002)
- Christ 0 (2006)
- The Seraphic Clockwork (2010)
- Chronicles of the Immortals – Netherworld (Path One) (2014)
- Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld II (Path Two) (2015)
- The Seraphic Live Works (2017, live album)
- The Ghost Experiment (upcoming 2018 release)
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