Christ 0

Christ 0 is the fifth full-length studio album by the German progressive metal band Vanden Plas, released on March 31, 2006[1] by InsideOut Music. This concept album interprets the novel The Count of Monte Cristo, exploring the story of a man imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit and following his chain of vengeful murders through the eyes of "X," an Interpol detective assigned to the case. Throughout the course of the album, both characters come to terms with their goals; X realizes just how similar the nature of his work is to Christ-0's, while 0 repents for the sins of his vengeance and commits suicide. The lyrics make several contemporary references, alluding to modern movies (e.g. Silence of the Lambs) and organizations (Interpol).

Christ 0
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 21, 2006
Recorded2005
GenreProgressive metal
Length67:15
LabelInside Out Music
ProducerMarkus Teske
Vanden Plas chronology
Beyond Daylight
(2002)
Christ 0
(2006)
The Seraphic Clockwork
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic link
Sea of Tranquility link

The band employed a forty-piece choir[2] for the first time in this album. Lead vocalist Andy Kuntz stated that such orchestral elements were new to Vanden Plas and attributes this experimentation with the four-year wait since their previous album, Beyond Daylight.[3]

Track listing

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Christ 0"KuntzWerno5:34
2."Postcard to God"KuntzS. Lill6:17
3."Wish You Were Here"KuntzWerno9:14
4."Silently"KuntzS. Lill8:31
5."Shadow I Am"KuntzS. Lill5:28
6."Fireroses Dance"KuntzWerno6:03
7."Somewhere Alone in the Dark"KuntzS. Lill5:30
8."January Sun"KuntzWerno/Kuntz10:05
9."Lost in Silence"KuntzKuntz4:19
bonus track edition
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
10."Gethsemane"Tim RiceAndrew Lloyd Webber6:18

Bonus track

The first copies of Christ 0 contained a bonus track, Gethsemane.[1] This track is a cover of a song from Jesus Christ Superstar of the same name.

Musicians

Personnel

  • Thomas Ewerhard – Artwork
  • Markus Teske – Producer, Mastering, Mixing
  • Vanden Plas – Arranger, Producer
  • Stefanie Veenstra – Photography

References

  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-04. Retrieved 2007-02-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2007-02-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Ytsejam.com (2005-04-28). "INTERVIEW: Andy Kuntz / Vanden Plas". Ytsejam.com. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
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