Masterplan - "Far From The End Of The World" (CD/EP)
"Far From The End Of The World" track listing:
1. Far From The End Of The World (Single Version) (3:22)
2. Lonely Winds Of War (4:37)
3. Far From The End Of The World (Album Version) (3:36)
Reviewed by bloodofheroes on April 19, 2010
Masterplan is a power metal super group featuring former members of Helloween, Iron Savior, and power metal legend Jorn Lande himself, and they have released two prior long players. As the release of Masterplan’s upcoming full length, “Time To Be King,” continues to be pushed back they released an EP to tide fans over until the end of May. Featuring two tracks from the upcoming album, the single is a preview of the good quality stock power metal coming up.
“Far From The End Of The World” is, head-scratchingly, presented twice here - once as a single version and once as an album version. But with only a 14 second difference between the two and obvious cuts in the single version, Masterplan would have been better off including just the album version. As a song it is impressively tight in both playing and songwriting, with Lande’s distinct vocals getting a good showcase and Roland Grapow’s guitar is lithe and energetic. At much less than four minutes the band packs an excitingly quick wallop into “Far From The End Of The World.”
“Lonely Winds of War” is more of a power metal ballad, and doesn’t fare as well. An acoustic picked guitar-with-flute intro jarringly moves into a middle-eastern melody carried by Axel Mackenrott’s keyboard. But the meat of the song is fairly bland with more generic chords and a more banal delivery from Lande, as the herky-jerky intro doesn’t carry over much. The over-dramatic solos and ending sequence ultimately doom “Lonely Winds of War” to the boring bin.
While this EP is a mixed bag, it portends fairly well for Masterplan’s upcoming full-length. If “Time to Be King” follows the tight songwriting of “Far From The End Of The World” we may have a good album come May. If not, these guys will solider on anyway.
Highs: “Far From The End Of The World” is tight, energetic and fun.
Lows: “Lonely Winds of War” is just boring.
Bottom line: Short and uneven EP shows potential for quality and failure on upcoming full-length.
Get more info including news, reviews, interviews, links, etc. on our Masterplan band page.