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Formed: 2001
From: Hamburg, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Masterplan News

Below is our complete Masterplan news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Internal Bleeding Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

New York death metal veterans Internal Bleeding, who are credited for bringing a "slam metal" style to the extreme genre, has been confirmed as the latest band to perform at next year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, with fifteen more groups still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Internal Bleeding
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Exhumed Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

American death metal favourites Exhumed has been announced as the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 44, with 16 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Exhumed
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Sirenia Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Norwegian gothic metal act Sirenia are the latest band to be confirmed for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 43, with 17 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Amberian Dawn
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sirenia
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Amberian Dawn Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

Finnish symphonic metal outfit Amberian Dawn has been announced as the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 42, with 18 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Threshold Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

British progressive metal veterans Threshold are the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 41, with 19 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Alestorm
Battle Beast
Benediction
Benighted
Beyond Creation
Cannibal Corpse
Dark Tranquility
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Enslaved
Evergrey
Exciter
Freedom Call
Goatwhore
Gyze
In Extremo
Insomnium
Korpiklaani
Kreator
Masterplan
Meshuggah
Metal Church
Naglfar
Necrophobic
Obscura
October Tide
Primal Fear
Rhapsody
Sabaton
Samael
Septicflesh
Sepultura
Sinister
Sonata Arctica
Swallow The Sun
Threshold
Voivod
Witchery
Wolfchant
Wolfheart

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Voivod Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

Canadian progressive thrash metal legends Voivod are the latest band to be announced for the original heavy metal cruise, 70000 Tons Of Metal. This addition takes the list of confirmed bands to 40, with 20 more bands still to be announced. The cruise will set sail from Port Lauderdale, Florida on February 1st and head to the Grand Turk and Caicos Islands and back in a trek that will last until February 5th.

The current list of confirmed bands are as follows: More...

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MasterPlan Streams "Escalation 666"

German power metal act MasterPlan, featuring ex-Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow, is streaming the re-worked Helloween song "Escalation 666" in the player below. The song appears on the new album "PumpKings," a release years in the making in which Grapow re-recorded a collection of classic Helloween tracks from the 1989-2001 era of Helloween, in which he was a songwriter.

The album is available via AFM Records. Check out "Escalation 666" here:

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MasterPlan Unveils "PumpKings" Album Release

German power metal act MasterPlan, featuring ex-Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow, announced the new album "PumpKings." The album is a re-recorded collection of classic Helloween tracks from the 1989-2001 era of Helloween, in which Grapow was a songwriter.

The album is expected for release on June 30th via AFM Records. The track listing is as follows:

1. The Chance
2. Someone's Crying
3. Mankind
4. Step Out Of Hell
5. Mr. Ego
6. Still We Go
7. Escalation 666
8. The Time Of The Oath
9. Music
10. The Dark Ride More...

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Ana Metal Charity Project To See Release In May

The ANA Metal For Charity project will be released by Into The LimeLight Records this coming May 5th, 2017. Founded by Marius Danielsen and Anniken Rasmussen, Ana features a truly impressive all star lineup we will raise money for cancer research. Anniken and Marius stated:

"We have seen this horrible disease up close. It seems to affect everyone in some case. For quite a while we have had a wish to contribute to the fight against cancer. Now just felt like the time. Ana was originally written in remembrance of someone who died of cancer. We wanted to use it for an even greater cause. However, we wanted to make a fight song, so we had to rewrite some of the lyrics. We are grateful for all the contributing parts and hope that we can make a difference."

The project will include "Ana," written by Marius and Anniken, a cover of Dio's "Holy Diver," as well as bonus tracks donated by participating bands. The album will be made available as a digipack as well as a download through all major streaming sites. The insanely long list of contributors begins after the cover artwork (prepare to use your scroll button): More...

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AFM Records Announces 20 Year Compilation

2016 marks the 20th anniversary for Germany-based metal label AFM Records. Being in the business for two decades now and working with the “who's who” of the scene, the company is proud to present a special compilation of highlights and new tracks titled “20 Years - Metal Addiction."

Of course all the big names who were (and are) crucial for the label’s evolution during the years are featured here: Doro, U.D.O., Fear Factory, Evergrey, Avantasia, Rhapsody Of Fire, Danzig, Leaves’ Eyes, Edguy, Destruction, Masterplan, D-A-D, Ministry and many more.

Two brand new, previously unreleased songs by Iron Mask and Eden’s Curse perfectly round off this extensive release, which comes up with a total of 52 tracks on 3 CDs. More...

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MasterPlan Releases "Spirit Never Die" DVD Clip

Germany's MasterPlan - featuring ex-Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow, At Vance vocalist Rick Altzi and ex-Stratovarius bassist Jari Kainulainen - released a clip from the upcoming live DVD/CD entitled "Keep Your Dream aLive." Check out "Spirit Never Die" in the player below. The live package is set to drop on October 9th (EU) and October 16th (USA) via AFM Records and will be available as a DVD/CD and a Blu Ray/CD.

"Keep Your Spirit aLive" features the band's full performance from Masters Of Rock festival and recent recordings from Wacken Open Air, the band's latest Asian tour and ProgPower USA, as well as all five official Masterplan music videos. The audio CD features the performance at Masters Of Rock.

The track listing is:

CD:

1. Enlighten Me
2. Spirit Never Die
3. Lost And Gone
4. Crystal Night
5. Betrayal
6. Crimson Rider
7. Back For My Life
8. Time To Be King
9. Keep Your Dream Alive
10. Heroes
11. Soulburn
12. Kind Hearted Light
12. Crawling From Hell
13. Black Night Of Magic More...

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MasterPlan Details "Keep Your Dream aLive" Release

Germany's MasterPlan - featuring ex-Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow, At Vance vocalist Rick Altzi and ex-Stratovarius bassist Jari Kainulainen, posted details from the upcoming live DVD/CD entitled "Keep Your Dream aLive." The package is set to drop on October 9th and will be available as a DVD/CD and a Blu Ray/CD.

The release features the band's full performance from Masters Of Rock festival and recent recordings from Wacken Open Air, the band's latest Asian tour and ProgPower USA, as well as all five official Masterplan video clips. The audio CD contains the Masters Of Rock festival show.

The track listing is:

CD:

1. Enlighten Me
2. Spirit Never Die
3. Lost And Gone
4. Crystal Night
5. Betrayal
6. Crimson Rider
7. Back For My Life
8. Time To Be King
9. Keep Your Dream Alive
10. Heroes
11. Soulburn
12. Kind Hearted Light
12. Crawling From Hell
13. Black Night Of Magic

DVD (Masters Of Rock show):

1. Intro
2. Enlighten Me
3. Spirit Never Die
4. Lost And Gone
5. Crystal Night
6. Betrayal
7. Crimson Rider
8. Back For My Life
9. Time To Be King
10. Keep Your Dream Alive
11. Heroes
12. Soulburn
12. Kind Hearted Light
13. Crawling From Hell More...

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ProgPower USA XV: Day 2 (Saturday)

The fact that Friday’s ProgPower events went off without a hitch despite numerous technical issues that the audience generally wasn’t aware of and bands weren’t very delayed from their assigned time slots was a real credit to the ProgPower crew. Unfortunately, Saturday would bring its share of more obvious challenges. Waking up on Saturday had Friday’s attendees feeling as if they’d just collectively experienced the same dream for the entire day before. For some, that dream had lasted until dawn clawed its way overhead. As difficult as it was to believe, the festival was already half over. A full writeup on day one’s shows can be read here.

Saturday’s shows were to kick off with two of Norway’s more progressive bands - the young upstarts in Withem and the veterans of Divided Multitude. Divided Multitude’s drummer wasn’t available to come to America due to postal delays in getting him his visa, which forced the band to cut down their set and bring in the talents of two experts playing off the cuff: Withem’s Frank Røe and Pagan’s Mind’s Stian Kristoffersen. Following them would be Germany’s Voodoo Circle, whose vocalist would cause instant pregnancy among several of the female -- and male -- fans in the audience. Germany’s MasterPlan would round out the last of the power metal for the festival in huge fashion afterward, followed by a passionate full album performance by Sweden’s Pain of Salvation. Jon Oliva’s Pain would close out the festival with rare fire and what will surely be noted as one of the strongest performances of Oliva’s second half of his musical career - Savatage’s “Streets” performed in its entirety.

First, however, as is the tradition at ProgPower each year, gold badge holders were treated to a special additional set of music -- this time, by Seventh Wonder, performing non-Mercy Falls songs exclusively bright and early. More...

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New Act Serious Black To Feature Breed/Grapow

Serious Black, the new supergroup featuring Roland Grapow (Guitar/Masterplan, Ex-Helloween), Thomen Stauch (Drums/Savage Circus, Ex-Blind Guardian), Mario Lochert (Bass/Emergency Gate), Jan Vacik (Keyboards, Ex-Dreamscape) and Dominik Sebastian (Guitar/Edenbridge), along with vocalist Urban Breed (Trail of Murder/ex-Tad Morose), is set to release a debut album via AFM in the beginning of 2015.

More information on the release is expect shortly, but a trailer can be heard in the player below. The band will perform an abundance of live shows on the upcoming Hammerfall tour along with various festivals already confirmed for 2015.

Check out the trailer clip here: More...

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Thought Chamber Pulls Out Of ProgPower USA

Glenn Harveston, promoter for ProgPower USA, has announced that San Francisco's Thought Chamber has been forced to pull out of this year's festival to be held from September 10-13th, 2014 in Atlanta Georgia.

The following announcement was made by vocalist Ted Leonard: "Ted Leonard here….We regret to announce that, due to my scheduling conflicts, Thought Chamber will not be able to participate in ProgPower USA 2014. I feel terrible about this, but have had unforeseen commitments arise that unfortunately cannot be changed. We are truly honored to have been invited to perform at ProgPower USA. Glenn Harveston has built one of the best progressive metal festivals in the world, and we hope that Glenn will forgive our unforeseen cancellation and allow us to return in the future. This was totally unexpected, and evidence that I've completely overloaded my plate. I would like to personally and publicly apologize to Glenn Harveston, my band mates, and to any ProgPower USA fans that may have purchased tickets solely to see Thought Chamber."

Harveston has named the replacement act as Greek progressive metal band Need. The band released the latest album "Orvam - A Song for Home" in January. As a preview, check out the track "Mother Madness" from the album here: More...

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ProgPower USA XV Mid-Week Mayhem Show Revealed

The annual ProgPower USA festival announced the mid-week mayhem lineup for Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The lineup will feature Pain of Salvation (playing a regular set as opposed to the special set during the main festival comprising of "Remedy Lane" in its entirety), along with Atlanta's Theocracy and Oklahoma's Vangough. Ticket information will be announced soon.

The festival previously announced the kick-off show for Thursday, September 11th: Pagan's Mind (playing the debut LP "Celestial Entrance" in its entirety for the first time ever), Italian power/progressive act DGM and Indiana's Draekon. Tickets for the kick-off show will go on sale on November 1st.

The main festival, which is held from September 12-13, 2014, will feature:

Friday (September 12, 2014)

Thought Chamber (replaces Disperse)
Orden Ogan
Leprous
Overkill
Seventh Wonder (playing "Mercy Falls" in its entirety)
Stratovarius (Headliner)

Saturday (September 13, 2014)

Withem
Divided Multitude
Voodoo Circle
MasterPlan
Pain of Salvation (playing "Remedy Lane" in its entirety)
Jon Oliva's Pain (playing "Streets" in it's entirety) (Headliner)

Tickets for the main festival - as of this morning - are 70% sold after the first 24 hours, so head over to this location fast. More...

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ProgPower USA XV Lineup Revealed

The annual ProgPower USA Festival held in Atlanta, Georgia announced the lineup for its 15th year just after Soilwork's set On Friday, Sept 6th. The festival will be held from September 12-13, 2014.

The lineup was revealed to be:

Friday (September 12, 2014)

Disperse
Orden Ogan
Leprous
Overkill
Seventh Wonder (playing "Mercy Falls" in its entirety)
Stratovarius (Headliner)

Saturday (September 13, 2014)

Withem
Divided Multitude
Voodoo Circle
MasterPlan
Pain of Salvation (playing "Remedy Lane" in its entirety)
Jon Oliva's Pain (playing "Streets" in it's entirety) (Headliner)

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Masterplan Announces European Tour

Melodic metal act Masterplan announced a fall European Tour with Mystic Prophecy, Jaded Heart, Siren's Cry and Sebastian beginning on October 1st, 2013 at the C Club in Berlin.

The tour is in support of the new album "Novum Initium," which is available now via AFM Records (see review at this location). Mystic Prophecy will be supporting upcoming new album "Killhammer."

Confirmed dates are as follows:

01-10-13 - Berlin (DE) - C Club *
02-10-13 - Hamburg (DE) - Ballroom Warehouse RnR *
03-10-13 - Bochum (DE) - Matrix *
04-10-13 - Uden (NE) - De Pul *
05-10-13 - Kerkrade (NE) - Rock Temple *
06-10-13 - Vosselar (BE) - Biebob *
07-10-13 - Paris (FR) - Le Divan Du Monde *
09-10-13 - Aschaffenburg (DE) - Colosaal *
10-10-13 - Siegburg (DE) - Live Club Kubana **
11-10-13 - Pratteln (CH) - Z7 **
12-10-13 - Memmingen (DE) - Kaminwerk **
13-10-13 - Munchen (DE) - Backstage Halle **
15-10-13 - Milan (ITA) - The Factory **
16-10-13 - TBA - TBC **
17-10-13 - Vienna (AT) - Aera **
18-10-13 - Budapest (HU) - TBC **
19-10-13 - Prague (CZ) - Club Matrix **
20-10-13 - Erfurt (DE) - From Hell ***
21-10-13 - Nurnberg (DE) - Hirsch ***

(* - with Jaded Heart; ** - with Sebastian; *** - with special guest) More...

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Masterplan Posts "Novum Initium" Sampler

International melodic metal band Masterplan posted a sampler clip for the upcoming new release "Novum Initium," which is due out June 14th via AFM Records (see review over at this location).

"Nova Initium" marks the first to feature new members: vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance/Thunderstone), Ex-Stratovarius bassist Jari Kainulainen (Cain's Offering) and Cradle of Filth drummer Marthus Skaroupka (Inner Fear).

The track listing for "Novum Initium" is:

1. Per Aspera Ad Astra
2. The Game (see lyric video)
3. Keep Your Dream Alive (see music video)
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 (Bonus Track) (Digipak Only) (Digipak Only)
13. Fear The Silence (Bonus track) (Digipak Only)

Check out the sampler here: More...

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Masterplan Posts "Keep Your Dream Alive" Video

International melodic metal band Masterplan posted a new music video for the track "Keep Your Dream Alive." The song will appear on the band's new LP "Novum Initium," which is due out June 14th via AFM Records.

"Nova Initium" marks the first to feature new members: vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance/Thunderstone), Ex-Stratovarius bassist Jari Kainulainen (Cain's Offering) and Cradle of Filth drummer Marthus Skaroupka (Inner Fear).

The track listing for "Novum Initium" is:

1. Per Aspera Ad Astra
2. The Game (see lyric video)
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 (Bonus Track) (Digipak Only) (Digipak Only)
13. Fear The Silence (Bonus track) (Digipak Only)

Check out "Keep Your Dream Alive" here: More...

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