Flashback Interview 1997: STEPHAN LILL (VANDEN PLAS): “He Came Up With The Band Name Because He Saw It On A Jaguar”

Vanden Plas - The God Thing cover art

Germany’s leading Prog Metal act, Vanden Plas, has just released their new album, The Empyrean Equation of the Long Lost Things. Through seven studio albums since 1994, the band has consistently delivered quality Progressive Metal. Back in ’97, to hype up their sophomore album, The God Thing, Vanden Plas hit the road with the legends themselves, Dream Theater. Metal Express Radio managed to snag guitarist Stephan Lill for a chat about the band’s mysterious name and their latest masterpiece. Was Dream Theater their secret musical crush? What’s the story behind The God Thing, and seriously, what’s up with that name, Vanden Plas? Dive into this retro interview with Stephan Lill for all the juicy details!


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    Stig is the founder and the president of Metal Express Radio, based out of Oslo, Norway. He has been around doing Metal radio since the mid-eighties. In fact, running Metal Express Radio takes almost all of his time. Is it worth it...? "Most times, yes," Stig says. "My philosophy is to try to give all Metal releases a fair chance to get promoted in one way or another. As you can imagine, it can be an arduous task to listen through about 20 albums every week! Still, I know we have the best METAL dedicated radio on this planet, and that is a reward in and of itself. I hope one day the whole Metal community can and will make listening to Metal Express Radio part of their daily rituals! Yeah, right..."

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