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5.0 out of 5 stars Better with every listen.
I can't agree with the other reviewer - I'm a great fan of VP, love everything they've done (and hate the comparisons with the overblown and pretentious Dream Theater.) I was a bit unsure on first listen - this is a complex CD as all of their music tends to be - but it grew with every playing and now I think it stands as one of my favourites, up close with The Seraphic...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid follow-up to 'The God Thing'
Vanden Plas's previous disk 'The God Thing' had been amongst my favourite disks of 1997. Beautifully orchestrated, moving and very definately progressive metal. This disk shows them trying to find a half-way point between this and their first disk 'The Colour Temple', but I find the overall effect a little disappointing.
Starting off with a fearsomly heavy number...
Published on 13 Dec 1999 by charlie_farrell@email.msn.com


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid follow-up to 'The God Thing', 13 Dec 1999
This review is from: Far Off Grace (Audio CD)
Vanden Plas's previous disk 'The God Thing' had been amongst my favourite disks of 1997. Beautifully orchestrated, moving and very definately progressive metal. This disk shows them trying to find a half-way point between this and their first disk 'The Colour Temple', but I find the overall effect a little disappointing.
Starting off with a fearsomly heavy number 'I can See' in contrast to their earlier disks, it either grabs you or startles you. This is followed by more typically Vanden Plas tunes like 'Far Off Grace' (one of the best tunes on the disk), 'Into the Sun' and 'Where is the Man' which display the classic Vanden Plas talent for nifty time and mood changes from lush orchestration to chunky heavy guitar.
'Iodic Rain' is another heavy number, which is followed by the main ballad of the disk, the touching 'Don't miss you' - a personal song telling of Singer Andy Kuntz's break-up with his girlfriend. It is a very sparse, yet emotional number with Andy just being joined by Gunter Werno on keys.
The final three tunes are among the stronger one on the disk 'Inside of your Head' speaks about a ficticious game which allows its creators access to the minds of the players - a nightmarish prediction of the future and is by far the best track on the disk. If all the songs were of this standard, it would truely be an excellent disk.
'Fields of Hope' and the excellent 'I'm in You' close out the disk strongly.
I have to admit that I find the second half of the disk more interesting than the first. Gunter Werno inserts lots of interesting sounds via his new synthesiser, Stephan Lill's guitar impresses as usual, but sometimes seems a bit too brutal and heavy for the music and Andy Lill adds lots of interesting drum patterns that help fill out the sound. Torsten is solid as ever on bass and Andy Kuntz's improved pronounciation will be well received by those who didn't like his performance on the earlier disks. All round the band have made improvements in terms of technique, but in taking on the production of the disks themselves (aided by Denis Ward of Pink Cream 69), maybe they were just too close to the music. I find the disk as a whole their least satisfying, but there are many who disagree and like the heavier emphasis in the sound.
One could liken the heavier numbers to the sound of 'Amake'-era Dream Theater, but it is an easy comparison to make. Sure there is an element of Dream Theater in the mix of influences that goes into Vanden Plas, but there is so much more as well. A solid 3rd disk, but by no means 'The God Thing - part 2'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better with every listen., 23 Oct 2011
I can't agree with the other reviewer - I'm a great fan of VP, love everything they've done (and hate the comparisons with the overblown and pretentious Dream Theater.) I was a bit unsure on first listen - this is a complex CD as all of their music tends to be - but it grew with every playing and now I think it stands as one of my favourites, up close with The Seraphic Clockwork.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 21 Oct 2011
I don't really know what to say to put over how much I love this cd. It's melodic, emotional, intelligent, powerful. Amazing songwriting, vocals by Andy Kuntz and blistering musicianship. It's Vanden Plas. That's all you need to know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars far off Grace, 3 May 2014
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a beautiful album by a very underrated band!
inspired prog metal, melodic and lyrical, but never ridiculous
a band to discover
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