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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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Cage Confirmed For Earthshaker Festival

CAGE has been confirmed to play at the Earthshaker Festival 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. MANOWAR will headline the festival and will also feature TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, RHAPSODY, GRAVE DIGGER, MASTERPLAN and many other bands.

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Testament, CoB Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

Testament, Overkill, Children of Bodom, Rhapsody, Grave Digger and Masterplan are among the latest bands confirmed for Earthshaker Fest 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:

Bludgeon
Cage
Children of Bodom
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Disbelief
Ektomorf
Evidence One
Feinstein
Grave Digger
Graveworm
J.B.O.
Manowar
Masterplan
Overkill
Rhapsody
Testament

A poster for the festival can be viewed at this location.

As previously reported, festival headliners Manowar are currently in studio working on a new song to be performed at EarthShaker Fest 2005. The band warn the fans that this will be only one of the many great surprises they are preparing for this show and the Mega Fan Convention.

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Masterplan To Release 'Aeronautics' in January

Masterplan are to release their second album through AFM Records on January 24. It's called 'Aeronautics' and was produced by Andy Sneep. A four-track EP from the band is now available. This is titled 'Back For My LIfe'. Apart from the title cut, the EP also includes non-album songs 'Crimson Rider', 'Killing In Time' and 'Love Is A Rock'.

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New Masterplan Sample Posted Online

A one-minute, 12-second sample of the new Masterplan track "Back For My Life" has been posted online at AFM-Records.de.

"Back For My Life" is the title track of the group's four-song EP , due on November 29 via Germany's AFM Records. The songs included on the EP are as follows: "Back For My Life" (single and album version), "Crimson Rider", "Killing in Time" (two different versions, non-album cut) and "Love Is a Rock" (non-album cut).

Masterplan, the new band featuring ex-Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-Helloween drummer Uli Kusch and former Yngwie Malmsteen/Ark singer Jorn Lande, have set "Aeronautics" as the title of their sophomore full-length album, due on January 24, 2005 via AFM.

"Aeronautics" was produced by Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Exodus, Skinlab, Nevermore) and mixed by Mikko Karmila. Mastering duties were handled by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios.

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Witness Masterplan's 'Aeronautics' In January

Power metalheads Masterplan, who feature former Helloween duo Roland Grapow (guitar) and Uli Kusch (drums), are to release their second album in January. It's to be titled 'Aeronautics', and was produced by Andy Sneap.

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Masterplan To Release New Album In January

Masterplan, the new band featuring ex-Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-Helloween drummer Uli Kusch and former Yngwie Malmsteen/Ark singer Jorn Lande, have set "Aeronautics" as the title of their sophomore full-length album, due on January 24, 2005 via Germany's AFM Records. A four-song EP, containing two non-album cuts plus a multimedia section, will precede the album on November 29. The songs included on the EP are as follows: "Back For My Life" (single and album version), "Crimson Rider", "Killing in Time" (two different versions, non-album cut) and "Love Is a Rock" (non-album cut).

The material was produced by Andy Sneap (Machine head, Exodus, Skinlab, Nevermore) and was mixed by Mikko Karmila. Mastering duties were handled by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios.

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Overkill Confirmed For ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Long-running New Jersey-based metallers Overkill are the latest band confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include The Haunted, Children Of Bodom, Unleashed, Amon Amarth, Masterplan, Ensiferum and Heaven Shall Burn. More information (in German) is available at this location.

Overkill's last studio album, "Killbox 13", was released in 2003 via Spitfire Records.

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Russell Allen And Jorn Lande Working Together

Italy’s Frontiers Records report that vocalists Jorn Lande (Masterplan) and Russell Allen (Symphony X) have teamed up for an album together that will go under the name Lande/Allen.

The album is still in the recording stages, but is backed up by a stunning set of songs provided by Swedish guitar hero Magnus Karlsson (Last Tribe).

More information on this project will be revealed as it becomes available.

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Primal Fear Members To Record With Tribuzy

Primal Fear vocalist Ralf Scheepers and bassist Mat Sinner will soon start recording their parts for Renato Tribuzy's new album, "Execution."

The musicians met up in Rio de Janeiro, during Primal Fear’s recent Brazilian date in support of their "Devil’s Ground" album, where they talked about the final recording details.

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickenson recorded his parts for the album in April in Los Angeles with producer/guitarist Roy Z, who is also performing on the record.

Execution also features the following list of performers: Michael Kiske (Supared, ex-Helloween), Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), Magnus Rosén (Hammerfall), Kiko Loureiro (Angra) and Marco Barzo (Thoten).

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