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Far Off Grace Enhanced, Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Special Edition

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Vanden Plas are Germany's leaders in the progressive metal genre. After having achieved substantial recognition with the release of their second album "The God Thing", and a successful European tour supporting Dream Theater, they returned 1999 to the forefront of the progressive metal scene with there album "Far Off Grace". After the release of the first Vanden Plas album "Colour Temple" as a special edition, are now following the second and third CD with special packaging, remastered and with bonus material.


1. I Can See
2. Far Off Grace
3. Into The Sun
4. Where Is The Man
5. Iodic Rain
6. I Dont Miss You
7. Inside Of Your Head
8. Fields Of Hope
9. Im In You
10. Kiss Of Death
11. Shape Of My Heart
12. Iodic Rain (Live Video)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Extra tracks, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Special Edition
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001B7TVG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
1999's Far Off Grace is album #4 from German melodic progressive metal band Vanden Plas. The band, whose sound is perhaps best described as Dream Theater meets Dokken, didn't offer up any real surprises on this album. The songs on Far Off Grace could just as easily have fit on Colour Temple or The God Thing. Despite their progressive sound, the band really doesn't progress very much from one album to the next.

That aside, Far Off Grace is still a very impressive album. Vanden Plas has totally mastered the marriage of technical metal, lush melodies, and stirring, emotional vocals. I've read some reviews bashing him, but as far as I'm concerned Andy Kuntz's vocals are a huge part of what makes Vanden Plas's sound work so well. His songwriting skills are also first rate. Into the Sun and Fields of Hope are among the album's better tracks, and I don't think I've heard anything as equally lovely and malevolent as the ballad I Don't Miss You.

If you can overlook the "more of the same" aspect, Far Off Grace is a great progressive metal album. It may not break any new ground, but Vanden Plas is one of the best at this kind of music, and they never fail to deliver.

NOTE: The 2004 Special Edition of Far Off Grace comes housed in a slipcase and features two bonus tracks. The first is a cover of the Dokken hit Kiss of Death, which the band totally nails. It was included on the earlier CD release though, so I don't see how it counts as a "bonus track" here. There's also a cover of Sting's Shape of My Heart. I loathe Sting, but I have to admit this song sounds great in Vanden Plas's hands.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NEO-CS- on April 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have never heard of Vanden Plas before stumbling across a review of their CD at HardRadio.com. I figured that they could not possibly come close to Dream Theater, who in my eyes, are the kings of Progressive Metal. Well Far Off Grace really changed my mind, Vanden Plas's music isnt quite as complicated as Dream Theater's but nonetheless, it Rocks. The vocalist has very much the same range if not more than James LaBrie from DT. However the music isnt quite as tight...the drums are not as good, and the keyboards are a little weaker, overall though, Vanden Plas is a great band. Far Off Grace is a great CD. The cover of Dokken's Kiss of Death was very cool (with keyboards added in for a different sound). Bottom Line...this CD Rocks....if you are a fan of Dream Theater buy this CD....you will love it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. Zeppa on June 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For those who do not know, Vanden Plas is a German progressive metal band, and a damn good one.

The album features a nice tight guitar sound from Stephan Lill. Andreas Lill adds some damn fine drumming. Of course the vocals are top notch as expected from Andy Kuntz.

This album is not as melodic as "Beyond Daylight" or "The God Thing", it has a more aggressive sound which I like.

When I first got this album, it didnt leave my player for like 3 weeks, and to this day I still spin this CD on a regular basis.

If you like heavy prog metal, this album is a must have.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
What do you get, when you take old Queensryche, a taste of Dream Theater, and a hint of Dokken? You get Vanden Plas, and their newest CD "Far off grace" takes you on a musical ride, you wont want to get off. Soaring high melodic vocals, catchy melodies, and bone crunching guitars mixed in with amazing keyboards, has you wondering why bands like this arent more popular. Fans of Dream Theater may want to take note from this band from Germany. Vanden Plas, has been around since the late 80's, and Far off grace, is their 4th CD from this 5 piece band. Highly recommended!
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By P. Zeller on October 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This review comes from the point of view of a listener working backward in Vanden Plas' catalog. I am fast becoming a fan of this band and this CD does nothing but help build that view.

These guys are excellent musicians and that point comes through again in Far Off Grace. It is clear to me that these guys can stand up technically to anyone in the business. Maybe not the best at any given instrument, but they can present a challenge to the best.

As with the CDs that follow, the music is lyrically deep, intricately arranged, and sonically very full. Yet, as with the other discs, dynamics still play an important part in their music. I, for one, prefer that, even in heavier metal music, than just an all-out attack on the senses. Musicallity caries alot of weight with me. This album is certainly musical.

Unlike the albums that follow, this album's over-arching theme is not prevelant. There is no great concept or story driving this album as there is with Christ 0 and Serephic Clockwork. In that respect, the songs are lyrically simpler. However, looking backward as I am, you can begin to see the hints of theatrics the band is so very good at begining to sneak into the music. As with their later CDs, you will find yourself involved without being overwhelmed.

So, why only 4 starts you ask? I understand that this was originally released in 1999. As such, at that time, there was a trend among producers to make the base be more direct and harsh (a fall-out of post-grunge styles popular at that time). In this case, the base drum is very direct and forward in the mix, having somewhat of a "tinny" sound to it. It has taken some getting used to and tends to distract from some of the music, even after many plays.
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