Origin: Germany
Genres: Hard Rock
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Masterplan  


Masterplan is a European power metal super-group of sorts, with its members previously spending time in such bands as Helloween, Iron Savior, Ark, and Sinner, among others. Their self-titled debut album is a potent slice of Euro melodic power metal, though given that the guitarist (Roland Grapow) served major time in Helloween, the style is less the happy speed metal of that band than one might expect, as it's really more rooted in hard rock and 80's melodic metal. Vocalist Jørn Lande has excelled in every band he's been in, and he's in top form here as well. The songs vary enough from each other to give the album a fair sense of diversity. and while this isn't a cutting-edge sound, it's done well enough to disregard criticisms of heard-it-before. After the group released its second album, Aeronautics, in 2005, Lande and drummer Uli Kusch left the group, but capable replacements were found, in the form of Riot frontman Mike DiMeo and drummer Mike Terrana, who's played with all sorts of bands in recent years.

Current Members

Rick Altzi

vocals (At Vance, Thunderstone)

Roland Grapow

guitars (Helloween)

Jari Kainulainen

bass (Evergrey, Stratovarius, Symfonia)

Axel Mackenrott

keyboards (Beautiful Sin)

Martin Skaroupka

drums (Cradle Of Filth)

Former Members/Guests

Jørn Lande

vocals (Ark, Beyond Twilight, Jorn, Mundanus Imperium)

Mike DiMeo

vocals (Riot)

Jan S. Eckert

bass

Uli Kusch

drums (Beautiful Sin, Gamma Ray, Helloween, Holy Moses, Mekong Delta, Ride The Sky, Sinner, Symfonia)

Mike Terrana

drums (Artension, Yngwie Malmsteen, Metalium, Axel Rudi Pell, Rage, Savage Circus, Squealer)


Discography



Masterplan 
2003 AFM
  1. Spirit Never Die
  2. Enlighten Me
  3. Kind Hearted Light
  4. Crystal Night
  5. Soulburn
  6. Heroes
  7. Sail On
  8. Into The Light
  9. Crawling From Hell
  10. Bleeding Eyes
  11. When Love Comes Close
  • Jørn Lande
  • Roland Grapow
  • Jan S. Eckert
  • Axel Mackenrott
  • Uli Kusch

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal 



Aeronautics 
2005 AFM
  1. Crimson Rider
  2. Back For My Life
  3. Wounds
  4. I'm Not Afraid
  5. Headbanger's Ballroom
  6. After This War
  7. Into The Arena
  8. Dark From The Dying
  9. Falling Sparrow
  10. Black In The Burn
  • Jørn Lande
  • Roland Grapow
  • Jan S. Eckert
  • Axel Mackenrott
  • Uli Kusch

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



(EP) Lost And Gone 
2007 AFM
  1. The Master's Voice
  2. Lost And Gone
  3. Dying Just To Live
  4. Keeps Me Burning
  • Mike DiMeo
  • Roland Grapow
  • Jan S. Eckert
  • Axel Mackenrott
  • Mike Terrana




MK II 
2007 AFM
  1. Phoenix Rising
  2. Warrior's Cry
  3. Lost And Gone
  4. Keeps me Burning
  5. Take Me Over
  6. I'm Gonna Win
  7. Watching The World
  8. Call The Gypsy
  9. Trust In You
  10. Masterplan
  11. Enemy
  12. Heart Of Darkness
  • Mike DiMeo
  • Roland Grapow
  • Jan S. Eckert
  • Axel Mackenrott
  • Mike Terrana

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Time To Be King 
2010 AFM
  1. Time To Be King
  2. Fiddle Of Time
  3. Lonely Winds of War
  4. Blue Europa
  5. Far From The End Of The World
  6. The Dark Road
  7. Under The Moon
  8. Blow Your Winds
  9. The Black One
  10. The Sun Is In Your Hands
  • Jørn Lande
  • Roland Grapow
  • Jan S. Eckert
  • Axel Mackenrott
  • Mike Terrana

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground 



Novum Initium 
2013 AFM
  1. Per Aspera Ad Astra
  2. The Game
  3. Keep Your Dream Alive
  4. Black Night Of Magic
  5. Betrayal
  6. No Escape
  7. Pray On My Soul
  8. Earth Is Going Down
  9. Return From Avalon
  10. Through Your Eyes
  11. Novum Initium
  12. 1492 (digipack bonus track)
  13. Fear The Silence (digipack bonus track)
  • Rick Altzi
  • Roland Grapow
  • Jari Kainulainen
  • Axel Mackenrott
  • Martin Skaroupka


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