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

Vanden PlasAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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: #197,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Special Edition 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
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Vanden Plas album 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A new era for hard rock / progressive Metal April 11, 2000
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Future Not "Far Off".... October 28, 2011
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Check out Spirit of Live June 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Many reviewers have criticized the album for the lack of production and "poor" vocal performance. Well, it is not totally unfounded.

I do not have any other VD studio albums and the only album that I heard before FOG is their live album Spirit of Live (SOL).

SOL is a great album for those new to VD. It contains 5 or 6 songs from FOG. The sound is much thicker and the vocals much more powerful. I much prefer the live version of the songs. Also, the songs flow more easily on SOL.

Still I give this album 4 stars for great guitars, good compositions and for being a heavy prog album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars In-between
Vanden Plas musically rivals Symphony X. The main difference between the two, however, is the singer. Symphony X's Russel Allen enhances the songs. Read more
Published on February 9, 2005 by Paul Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
Vanden Plas may be classified as a little bit prog, a whole lotta metal. They are more complex than heavy metal, but not quite as complex as excellent prog metal bands like Dream... Read more
Published on August 6, 2003 by geetarfreak
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, lacking production and mix.
German metal masters Vanden Plas had me from the opening notes of their previous release THE GOD THING, easily one of the best progressive-metal albums ever recorded (see my... Read more
Published on November 20, 2002 by Andy Williamson
2.0 out of 5 stars Generous at best
I read with interest the other reviews on this site and, being a huge DT fan, decided to take the plunge. And what a plunge! Read more
Published on March 12, 2002 by Martin Hurst
2.0 out of 5 stars Fine music, unfortunate singer.
Vanden Plas lingers in the ether realm between progressive metal and power metal, with tendency to lean more to the former, although some of the arrangements favor the forthright... Read more
Published on April 5, 2001 by Lord Chimp
5.0 out of 5 stars This cd is great ! ----- melodic & heavy
VANDEN PLAS are a great group ! ---- FAR OFF GRACE , is a great follow up to THE GOD THING , these guys can play & write catchy songs as well ! Read more
Published on August 19, 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Dream Theater...buy this!
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... Read more
Published on April 13, 2000 by NEO-CS-
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