Vanden Plas (different to The Vanden Plas British electronic act) is a German progressive metal band, based in Kaiserslautern and founded in the mid-1980s. They started as a band which incorporated elements of progressive and pop rock in longer songs, but they cleaned up their act for their most recent albums which take their cue more from Dream Theater. 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. The band have succeeded in making a name for themselves on an international level, achieving almost cult status in France, touring all over Europe with established acts like Dream Theatre, Savatage or Angra and releasing a number of impressive records, among them six studio albums, a live cut, an unplugged recording, and several EPs. The band’s line-up is formed by Andy Kuntz (vocals), Stephan Lill (guitars), Andreas Lill (drums), Günter Werno (keyboards) and Torsten Reichert (bass).
Since 1986, when the band first got together, Vanden Plas never lost sight of their ambitious goal: expressive music with emotional depth and a melancholy prog metal outfit. Starting off with their debut album Colour Temple (1994) -that featured a straight metal style that highlighted Lill's guitar playing- the band continued to gather an ever-increasing following with their versatile, intuitive and always unbridled lust for playing. With their next album, the EP AcCult (1996), they went in a completely different direction, making an entirely acoustic album that contained four fascinating covers, including "Kayleigh" by Marillion. In 1997, Vanden Plas brought out their epic bombast successor The God Thing, which was praised by renowned magazines like Metal Hammer, Rock Hard, Burrn!, Aardschock and Flash. That album ventured off in prog metal territory, combining Lill's great guitar arcs with heavily orchestrated sections, showing a heavy Dream Theater influence. A six week tour with Dream Theater followed.
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