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Formed: 2001
From: Hamburg, Germany
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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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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)

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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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Masterplan Posts "The Game" Lyric Video

International melodic metal band Masterplan is posted a lyric video for the new track "The Game." The song will appear on the band's new LP "Nova Initium," which is due out June 14th via AFM Records. The album 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 "Nova Initium" is:

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 (Bonus Track) (Digipak Only)
13. Fear The Silence (Bonus track) (Digipak Only)

Check out "The Game" here: More...

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Masterplan Taps Alex Landenburg For Cruise Shows

Masterplan announced that, due to prior commitments, drummer Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka will be unable to participate in the band's performances on the upcoming Full Metal Cruise, which sets sail on May 5th-12th, 2013. To fill in, the band has tapped Luca Turill's Rhapsody's drummer Alex Landenburg (21 Octayne/Mekong Delta).

Masterplan is about to release the new LP "Novum Initium" on June 14, 2013 through AFM Records. The band welcomes new members: Jari Kainulainen (Ex-Stratovarius) on bass, Skaroupka (Cradle of Filth) on drums and new vocalist Rick Altzi. Landenburg played with Altzi in At Vance, which is how he came to be contacted:

"Rick called me to ask whether I had some time and wanted to do it. I said yes, and later Roland [Grapow] called me and we spoke about the details. Obviously, Rick [with At Vance] and Jari [with Symfonia] are friends of mine, who I have played with before" explains Landenburg.

The Full Metal Cruise starts in Hamburg and will call at three ports: Southampton in the south west of England, La Havre at the French coast of the English Channel and Amsterdam in the Netherlands before returning to Hamburg. Bands scheduled to appear are:

Bembers, Betontod, Blaas Of Glory, Circle II Circle, Devil's Train, Dew-Scented, Doro, Eric Fish, Eskimo Callboy, Firewind, Gamma Ray, Heaven Shall Burn, In Extremo, Kreator, Mambo Kurt, Masterplan, Mutz Unplugged, Onkel Tom, Sabaton, Santiano, U.D.O., Van Canto. More...

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Masterplan Posts New Album Trailer

Masterplan has released a teaser trailer for the upcoming new album "Nova Initium," due out May 17th via AFM Records. Check out the clip below. The track listing for "Nova Initium" is:

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 (Bonus Track) (Digipak Only)
13. Fear The Silence (Bonus track) (Digipak Only) More...

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Masterplan Reveals Track Listing For New LP

German based melodic metal act Masterplan revealed the track listing for the band's upcoming "Nova Initium" album, the first to feature new vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance/Eypsode/Thunderstone), Ex-Stratovarius bassist Jari Kainulainen (Cain's Offering) and Cradle of Filth drummer Marthus Skaroupka (Inner Fear). The album is set for release on April 26, 2013 (EU) and May 17, 2013 (North America) via AFM Records.

The track listing for "Nova Initium" is:

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 (Bonus Track) (Digipak Only)
13. Fear The Silence (Bonus track) (Digipak Only) More...

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Masterplan Announces "Novum Initium" Release

Melodic metal fans have a new Masterplan release to look forward to shortly: the "Novum Initium" album is now due out on April 26th, 2013.

The band, which now features vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance, Thunderstone) and bassist Jari Kainulainen (ex-Stratovarius) in its ranks, also recently filmed a video clip for the first single “Keep Your Dream Alive." More...

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AFM Records Releasing New Compilation

The AFM Records label compilation "All For Metal" now continues with part 3. This time "All For Metal III" includes 26 video clips on DVD and a bonus CD with 15 tracks. The compilation will see release on November 30th, 2012 and the track listing is:

DVD
01. Orden Ogan - The Things We Believe In
02. U.D.O. - Leatherhead
03. Kissin’ Dynamite - Money, Sex & Power
04. Masterplan - Time To Be King
05. Heavenly - Fullmoon
06. Shakra - Back On Track
07. The Last Vegas - Evil Eyes
08. Morton - Weeping Bell
09. Triosphere - Marionette
10. Brainstorm - In These Walls
11. Iron Mask - God Punishes, I Kill
12. Crystal Viper - Witch’s Mark
13. At Vance - Facing Your Enemy
14. Wolfpakk - Reptiles Kiss
15. Sinner - Back On Trail
16. Oz - Dominator
17. Elvenking - The Loser
18. Nightmare - Sunrise In Hell
19. Epysode - Obsessions
20. Stahlmann - Tanzmaschine
21. A Life Divided - Heart On Fire
22. Eisbrecher - Eiszeit
23. The Murder Of My Sweet - Unbreakable
24. Lake Of Tears - House Of The Setting Sun
25. The New Black - The King I Was
26. Lyriel - Leverage
27. All Hail The Yeti - The Art Of Mourning
28. Black Messiah - Windloni
29. Ektomorf - The One
30. Solution .45 - Gravitational Lensing
31. Fear Factory - The Industrialist
32. Ministry - Ghouldiggers
33. Suidakra - Dowth 2059
34. Korzus - Truth
35. Onslaught - The Sound Of Violence
36. Tankard - Rules For Fools More...

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Masterplan Comments On New Members

As was recently announced, Masterplan is back with a new line-up and big plans for upcoming activity. Swedish vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance, Thunderstone) is replacing Jorn Lande and Masterplan's new bass player is Jari Kainulainen (ex-Stratovarius/Evergrey).

"The last years have not been easy for Masterplan," band leader Roland Grapow comments. "Because of several factors we have been unable to play festivals and tours - even though we had plenty of offers. But this will definitely change now. I’m very happy to welcome Rick and Jari on board now. Beside their undoubted musical qualities they both fit perfectly into our team. We feel a huge motivation to get things going now. 2013 will be see a new Masterplan album, several festivals and a tour! It’s time to return with full force."

First confirmed Masterplan gigs for 2013 include:

Wacken Cruise
Rocknacht Tennwilm (Switzerland)
Norfest (Portugal)
Masters Of Rock (Czech Republic) More...

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Masterplan Names New Lineup, Rick Altzi To Sing

German melodic metal act Masterplan have unveiled the new lineup, which sees two new members joining the fold in addition to the previously announced new drummer Marthus Skaroupka (Cradle of Filth/Inner Fear). Rick Altzi (At Vance/Epysode/Frequency/Herman Frank/Sandalinas/Thunderstone) has been named new vocalist to replace Jorn Lande and Jari Kainulainen (Ex-Stratovarius/Ex-Symphonia) has been named the new bass player.

The new members will join band mainstays Roland Grapow (Guitars) (Ex-Helloween) and Axel Mackenrott (Keyboards) (Ex-Beautiful Sin).

The band is currently recording the follow up to 2010 release "Time To Be King," with the bass recordings having been completed today. More information on the release is expected shortly.

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Masterplan To Reveal New Lineup On November 5

German melodic metal act Masterplan announced that on Monday, November 5, 2012, the band will unveil its new lineup. The official announcement reads:

"Melodic Metal heroes Masterplan have set next Monday, November 5th, to announce their new line-up. So there's a lot of room for speculations until then..."

The lineup on the latest release "Time to Be King" (2010) was:

Jørn Lande (Vocals) (Allen/Lande & Jorn)
Mike Terrana (Drums) (Axel Rudi Pell/Tarja)
Axel Mackenrott (Keyboards) (Ex-Beautiful Sin)
Jan-Sören Eckert (Bass) (Grimmark/Iron Savior)
Roland Grapow (Guitars) (Ex-Helloween)

Earlier this year, the band welcomed Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka (Cradle of Filth/Inner Fear) as new drummer, however, Monday's announcement will tell all about the status of every band member.

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Timo Tolkki Joins Metal Super-Group Symfonia

Symfonia, the new melodic metal project featuring former members of Helloween, Stratovarius, Angra and Sonata Arctica, has announced that it will enter Studiomega in Varberg, Sweden on November 25 to begin recording 12 songs for its debut album, which is scheduled for a March 25, 2011 release. Symfonia has signed a four-album deal with the biggest Japanese metal and rock label Marquee Avalon for the territory of the entire Asian region, including China. Negotiations for the other territories are still in progress.

SYMFONIA is:
Timo Tolkki - Guitar
André Matos - Vocals
Jari Kainulainen - Bass
Mikko Härkin - Keyboards
Uli Kusch - Drums

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Crystal Viper To Appear On "Metallic Dawning"

Crystal Viper has issued the following update about appearing on the upcoming "Metallic Dawning" compilation album:

"AFM Records will release a double CD compilation titled 'Metallic Dawning,' which will include some of the hottest True, Power and Heavy Metal tracks recorded during last few years. The album will be available for a special price, and except exclusive front cover artwork, painted by Dimitar Nikolov (father of the Keep It True Festival mascot!), it will also include 3 previously unreleased songs. This impressive double release will surely satisfy both old Metal fans, and the new guys that are just starting their adventure with Metal music, and need some guidance.

The "Metallic Dawning" track listing is as follows: More...

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Masterplan Completes Filming of New Music Video

Melodic metal kings MASTERPLAN just finished shooting the music video for the title track of their new album, "Time To Be King," yesterday in Hamburg. The “Time To Be King” album marked the return of the band´s original vocalist Jorn Lande.

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Heaven & Hell Announces Dio Tribute Set

The surviving members of Heaven & Hell, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice, has announced that they will be performing a special set at England's High Voltage festival on July 24th, which will serve as a tribute to their late frontman Ronnie James Dio, who passed away as a result of stomach cancer last month. The band will be joined by former Deep Purple singer Glen Hughes as well as Masterplan vocalist Jorn Lande. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.

Says Geezer Butler: "It's going to be a very emotional occasion. Ronnie loved his fans like no-one else I know - and they loved him. It will be a privilege doing a gig in honour of his memory, and to help towards his charity. Above all, I hope it encourages people to have regular check-ups for this disease. Early detection is vital, and greatly improves the chance of a cure. I know everyone has heard that a million times before, but seeing one of your best friends die because we all think we're immune from this disease, really brings it home. Do it for yourself, your family, your friends. Ronnie would be proud of you."

Tony Iommi says: "Ronnie's passing has left a huge hole, we hadn't anywhere near finished what we set out to do as a band together. He was so looking forward to the European tour and we hope this appearance will go some way to fulfilling that."

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