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The Seraphic Clockwork

4 Jun 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 4 Jun 2010
  • Label: Frontiers Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2010 Frontiers Records
  • Total Length: 1:12:26
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  • ASIN: B003LQOORK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,335 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Linden on 11 Jun 2010
Format: Audio CD
Almost as good as Beyond Daylight. I think much heavier than the previous offering in Christ O... Andy Kuntz steals the limelight on vocals.. All the tracks are strong. Stephan Lill has found those heavy riffs again... Frequency, Holes in the sky, On my way to Jerusalem are for me the stand out tracks....For a tenner money well spent!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Hudec on 10 Dec 2010
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Have been a Vanden Plas fun for years and all I can say they are getting better and better. Christ 0 was one of the best albums ever made in my opinion and this one is at the same level. Takes a short while to digets but then you just love it. As always incredibly rich full of ideas and drama. As always it took them few years to make a new cd but as always it was worth waiting for. Nothing for fast food music lovers though :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Metaltoe on 5 Dec 2011
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I find this album quite transcendent in its beauty and the whole emotional, imaginative concept. I can't stop thinking of it. On My Way To Jerusalem is just amazing and almost brings tears to my eyes. But the whole cd is just - awesome. Listen on headphones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Transcendence on 24 April 2011
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From many quarters, Vanden Plas can be placed into the higher echelons of progressive metal alongside Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Redemption and Kamelot to name just a few. The band have been on a richly deserved hiatus over the past four years, busying themselves with musical theatre (producing their own musicals) in their native Germany, playing musical festivals around Europe and finding the time to put thoughts and ideas down for this album. `The Seraphic Clockwork' is a welcome return from the thought provoking and inspirational `Christ O' opus, which graced us in 2006. From listening to the `The Seraphic Clockwork' half a dozen times, I have concluded in years to come this will be heralded as a progressive metal masterpiece. Being an ardent fan of Vanden Plas' music, as well as having a sound knowledge of all their work, this is by far their most muture work to date.

From the complexity of the arrangements, lyrical content that wraps itself around an incredible concept story, lush keyboards and stunning guitar work that a prog metal connoisseur will lap this up in a heartbeat. Like a vast majority of Vanden Plas' work, the album is a concept story which revolves around their fascination for classical history. There aren't too many bands in this ilk able to pull a concept off with ease like Vander Plas, but over time, they have truly perfected the art of concept writing mainly to the wordsmith skills of vocalist, Andy Kuntz. The story is fictional, chronicling a journey in place and time from 16th century Rome to 33 Anno Domini. A rather elaborate concept as the subject matter does make for some fascinating reading if you open your mind and imagination to it.

I will not elaborate any further as one can see how comprehensive it is.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. White on 10 Jun 2010
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So Vanden Plas are back with this long-overdue album. It's been four years since Christ 0 and this album had originally been slated for release for last autumn - I can only assume that they've had problems with a distribution deal, as they're no longer with Inside Out.
Anyway, having listened to this a couple of times, now, it's very good indeed, but not quite up there with the last album (though this could change as these things have a habit of growing on one). It's great to hear that again, they've chosen to use choirs and authentic string sections, in places, particularly on what, for me, is the stand-out track "Quicksilver", which is very much in the vein of "Fireroses Dance".
I really enjoy VP's music, because it tends to have a very solid rock/metal foundation, plus some inventive interludes, good playing, but above all, a focus on melody. In fact, I think the lack of focus on melody is where Dream Theater fall down (IMO), because their chops are certainly up there, but it seems awfully soulless, an accusation you couldn't level at VP.
The final bonus track does nothing for me, personally and neither does the multimedia clip, but each to his own.

As for criticisms: I wish they'd release material more regularly. It's only going to get harder for them to retain a fan base, so they'd do well to keep fans interested. Also, Andy Kuntz's lyrics worked really well on Christ 0, but he's slipped into old habits and I'm sometimes left wondering what the hell he's on about.

Finally, I think it's fair to say that with lengthy compositions on this disc and the previous one, the days of the more easily accessible songs such as "Healing Tree" and "Scarlet Flower Fields" may be gone. But with such a wonderful melodic sound overall, do we care?

Nah!
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