Vanden Plas – Beyond Daylight

Vanden Plas – Beyond Daylight

Ever prolific, Germany’s Vanden Plas returns with “Beyond Daylight” and continues in the vein of early period Dream Theater and recent Balance Of Power.  “Nightcrawler” is an excellent opening track clocking in at about 7 1/2 minutes of melodic progressive metal.  Andy Kuntz has a pleasant voice that blends well with the various instruments behind him.  Keyboardist Gunter Werno fills the back end with Hammond organ and intricate keyboard passages that are quite pleasing.

Stephan Lil’s guitar work is well-accented by Werno’s keyboards.  “Cold Wind” is much more intense than the title suggests featuring beautifully layered vocals.  “Free The Fire” is pure progressive bliss with its sudden guitar riffs.  “End Of All Days” is a musical journey that takes you through various high and lows always enhanced by Kuntz’s superb vocals.  End track and title cut “Beyond Daylight” is ambitious as well with its extremely subtle parts contrasting with its extremely melodic finish with keyboard fade.  Overall, an enjoyable composition that never overextends itself to the point of being too progressive for metal fans to enjoy.