The Ghost Xperiment - Awakening 23/9/19
The new album from German Progressive Metal masters Vanden Plas, 'The Ghost Xperiment - Awakening' (Track Of The Day), due to be released on Friday 11th October, is part one of a two part concept project and is based on an actual documented paranormal experiment. The ninth studio release by the quintet, once again offers up a perfect combination of heavy and melodic styles, albeit with the orchestral arrangements less to the fore in comparison to their previous album and the band returning closer to its roots via Progressive elements heard in songs such as ‘The God Thing’ or ‘Far Off Grace’. Overall, the six lengthy tracks achieve an impressive and fascinating effect via band-oriented arrangements, so that the clear, intense urgency of the songs shines through naturally. A product of the band’s trusted collaborations with Markus Teske at Bazement Studios, ‘The Ghost Xperiment - Awakening’ is a phenomenal album that yet again proves why Vanden Plas are among Prog Metal's elite class.