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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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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)

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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:

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.

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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Jorn's "Dio" Tribute Album Revealed

Jorn Lande (Masterplan) has offered his talents to honour the musical legacy of Ronnie James Dio, with his new album aptly entitled “Dio,” to be released on Frontiers Records on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the U.S.

Handpicking some lesser known tunes of the Dio era, along with some of the true classics, Jorn offers a fine collection of songs that present the music of the Man and the Artist, with a unique twist. In Jorn Lande’s own words: “Throughout the years I have had the privilege of both meeting and working with many of the musicians that have inspired me on my musical journey. Ronnie James Dio has inspired me through decades, and this man's influence continues to add colour to my creative spirit. Ever since the first time I heard his royal roar back in the 70's, I have been fascinated by this extremely talented man's creative force and dedication to music. His career has been going on for so long and includes so many great songs, that it was a challenge to decide which songs and what era to focus on. I ended up focusing on the DIO era.”

The album also includes an original song for which a videoclip, shot by Thomas Tjader (Pretty Maids, In Flames) was produced. Jorn says: “I wrote 'Song for Ronnie James' as a tribute and a personal thanks to the man who has been my mentor for more than 35 years. This great man has affected my life and career in such a way that without his presence, I would not have become the artist I am today.”

The “Song for Ronnie James” music video can be watched below.

“Dio” was mixed by Tommy Hansen, Jailhouse Studios, and the final tracklisting includes the following tracks:

Song For Ronnie James
Shame on the Night
Stand Up And Shout
Don't Talk to Strangers
Lord Of The Last Day
Night People
Sacred Heart
Sunset Superman
Lonely Is The Word / Letters From Earth (2010 version)
Kill The King*
Straight Through The Heart (live)

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Masterplan Announces New Single

MASTERPLAN has unveiled their new single, "Far From The End Of The World," which will be released on April 16th. The single comes off of their new album, "Time To Be King," which will be released on May 21st.

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Jorn Lande Rejoins Masterplan

German metal band, MASTERPLAN, has issued the following update:

"JORN LANDE will once again join forces with his old bandmates, and work on what is expected to be yet another MASTERPLAN Masterpiece."

"The new album is already in the works and JORN is right now in Roland Grapow Studios in Slovakia recording his vocals. The release date is not yet decided, but the album is scheduled to hit the market sometime in early 2010."

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Masterplan Parts Ways With Vocalist

The German metal band Masterplan has parted ways with vocalist Mike DiMeo. Mike issued the following year-end recap message that also includes his confirmation of leaving the band:

"Hey Guys, I just wanted to take a minute to say thanks to everyone that writes me here and give a quick update…. 2008 was a great year with a lot of cool shows around the states with Tommy James and another great tour with Bonnie Tyler around North America. I had the chance to work with a lot of amazing musicians… The Groove Kings were joined by John Scofield at one of our live gigs one night!! That was cool…I did some really cool session work and have a bunch of releases slated for 2009 of which I am really looking forward to… One of them is with Australian band “Ilium” and I am really happy with how it turned out… I also do want to confirm that I am no longer working with the Masterplan guys…..although I have nothing but profound respect for them and continue to wish them nothing but success in the future… More...

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:


Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)


Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)


Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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Mob Rules Announce Tour Dates For 2007

MOB RULES have announced tour dates in support of their latest album, Ethnolution A.D., set for February and March 2007. Their schedule is as follows:

10 - Oldenburg, Germany at Amadeus
23 - Bremen, Germany at Aladin (festival with MASTERPLAN)
26 - Hamburg, Germany at Headbangers Ballroom (with Masterplan)

March (with UFO)
1 - Hamburg, Germany at Fabrik
3 - Worpswede, Germany at Music Hall
4 - Berlin, Germany at Columbia Club
5 - Hannover, Germany at Musikzentrum
13 - Copenhagen, denmark at Pumpe Huset
14 - Malmö, Sweden at KB
16 - Götheburg, Swedend at Tradgar´n
17 - Stockholm, Sweden at The Arena

More dates are expected to be announced soon

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Masterplan Drummer Leaves

Shortly after the departure of singer Jorn Lande, drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween) has also left Masterplan, the German melodic metal band he formed with guitarist Roland Grapow. An official announcement on the matter is expected shortly...

Masterplan recently began recording its third album — the group's first without singer Jorn Lande, who announced his departure in early May. The band's final show with Lande took place on August 8 at Lokersefeesten in Belgium. More...

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