ABYDOS The Little Boy's Heavy Mental Shadow Opera About The Inhabitants of
SPV/Inside Out (2004)
You may have already gathered from the title that this is a concept album
but what you probably don't know is that it is only part of a bigger story
that its author has written as a play for theatre.
Who is the author? Who is the musician behind this epic? If the name Vanden
Plas means anything to you then it will mean something that VP vocalist Andy
Kuntz is the man behind this project. Andy is joined by fellow VP member
Andreas Lill on drums plus Stefan Glass and Michael Krauss (both keys &
The range of styles incorporated into this album are wide - ranging from
Vanden Plas type progressive metal ("Coppermoon") to Pink Floyd style prog
("You Broke the Sun") to piano plus orchestra numbers ("Far Away From
Heaven"). Mr Lloyd-Webber beware!
I'm not too sure about the opening instrumental that sounds like a drum solo
helped along by a grand piano - but it doesn't last for long.
"Hyperion Sunset" must be mentioned for its heavy guitar riffing and
distorted vocals during the choruses. "God's Driftwood" uses the very famous
Puff Daddy riff - oh sorry I mean Led Zeppelin riff - as a repeating
Title track "Abydos" opens with vocals only with ominous drums and brass
soon joining in. The track features many changes of pace - piano plus vocals
to epic kitchen sink choruses. The Dream Theateresque "Wildflowersky"
precedes closing epic "A Boy Named Fly".
What about the project name I hear you ask? Well all right then - "Abydos"
is the place where ancient Egyptians worshipped the god Osiris and is
regarded as the birthplace of theatre.
The songs require a bit of patience but overall a thoroughly enjoyable trawl
through the inhabitants lurking in the little boy's diary.
Review by Phil Berisford
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly