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The Empyrean Equation of The Long Lost Things
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The Empyrean Equation of The Long Lost Things

Vanden Plas

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Germany

After a wait of four years, Vanden Plas returns with their twelfth studio offering, "The Empyrean Equation of The Long Lost Things." This German progressive metal band has once again delivered a substantive record, comprised of six tracks spanning 55 minutes, demonstrating their propensity for longer, complex musical tracks and emotive storytelling.

This album is an ideal fit for the metal side of Prog Radio, as it continues to showcase Vanden Plas’s knack for blending intricate progressive metal with a touch of melodic elements, reminiscent of bands like Dream Theater. The tracks are predominantly mid-tempo, each unfolding over extended durations which is typical for the band. "The Sacrilegious Mind Machine" and "They Call Me God" are standout tracks, the former for its progressive quirks and the latter for its emotive lyrical depth. The production on the album ensures that every instrument is heard clearly, from the twining synths to the robust guitar solos, creating a cohesive sound that is both rich and engaging.

Vanden Plas

This album is an ideal fit for the metal side of Prog Radio, as it continues to showcase Vanden Plas’s knack for blending intricate progressive metal with a touch of melodic elements, reminiscent of bands like Dream Theater.

Overall, "The Empyrean Equation of The Long Lost Things" by Vanden Plas is a solid album that displays the band's consistent ability to produce compelling music. While it may not venture into new territories, it reinforces their strengths in musicianship and composition. For those unfamiliar with Vanden Plas but fond of the progressive metal genre, particularly fans of Dream Theater, this album is likely to resonate well. It’s a commendable addition to their discography and to the broader progressive metal landscape.

Tune in to Prog Radio to hear tracks from this album, and look for it to be featured in next week’s “What’s New Proggy Cats?” broadcast.

4.5 Stars

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Apr 19, 2024
55 min
The Empyrean Equation of The Long Lost Things • My Icarian Flight • The Sacrilegious Mind Machine • They Call Me God
Kevin Carmony
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