Being in a band would keep most people busy.

Being in a band would keep most people busy. But Andy Kuntz, frontman for German progressive act Valden Plas, finds the time to take on such roles as Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar" and record a solo album under the moniker Abydos. His onstage experience colors "The Little Boy's Heavy Mental Shadow Opera About the Inhabitants of His Diary." Although billed as a concept piece related to a play Kuntz wrote, its storyline is unclear. This is for diehard prog fans, who will hear Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, Yes and even early Elton John in the epic passages. Kuntz keeps the theatrics from becoming too grandiose, but his ambition sometimes exceeds his capabilities ("You Broke the Sun"). He has a firmer grip on more straightforward cuts ("God's Driftwood," "Abydos"), which could translate well on Broadway and concert stages.—CLT

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