Masterplan
Latest Release
Novum Initium

Novum Initium

Release : 2013-06-14

Media :
CD, Ltd. Digipak, Vinyl

Members

Rick Altzi:
    vocals

Roland Grapow:
    guitars

Axel Mackenrott:
    keyboards

Jari Kainulainen:
    bass

Martin Marthus Škaroupka:
    drums

Live

2014-10-13 CH Pratteln

2014-10-14 FR Lyon

2014-10-15 FR Bordeaux

2014-10-17 ES Madrid

2014-10-18 ES Bilbao

2014-10-19 ES Barcelona

2014-10-21 DE Köln

2014-10-22 FR Paris

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Novum Initium - a clean new start.
MASTERPLAN, the band founded by ex-Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow in 2002, now returns with a whole new line-up, three years after their latest album "Time To Be King".
"We just wanted to play live again and be more visible," explains Grapow. "In the previous band constellation, this was not so easily possible. We are glad to be back now with a strong team right at the start."
New in the line-up of the band are vocalist Rick Altzi (known from his work with At Vance, Herman Frank and others) and ex-Stratovarius / Devil's Train bassist Jari Kainulainen who fitted perfectly to MASTERPLAN.
"The chemistry is just right," Grapow points out. "Even in terms of their musical preferences, Jari and Rick fit MASTERPLAN really, very well. Rick's voice is not too different from Jorn’s, but he also has his own characteristics. And Jari is simply one of the best bassists I've ever met and also a super affable guy."
And the band is rounded out finally by Martin Škaroupka (Cradle Of Filth) who joined MASTERPLAN some time ago now. Roland refers to him simply as, "a hell of a drummer."
Any doubts that MASTERPLAN 2013 would not be able to deliver, will be erased by "Novum Initium" easily. No other band in the genre has such a high recognition value and compositional brilliance. MASTERPLAN celebrate catchy Melodic Metal with finesse, and with the occasional shimmering, progressive touch. Songs like speedy moment "The Game", the first single "Keep Your Dream Alive" or “Black Night Of Magic (which is vaguely reminiscent of "Kind Hearted Light" from their 2003 debut), are typical MASTERPLAN and will amaze fans worldwide.
"Not only was it fulfilling for me to integrate three new members (Rick, Jari and Martin), but I had a master plan for the first time; complete album mixed and mastered alone," says Grapow, reflecting on the genesis of "Novum Initium". As a result, there is another great album under the MASTERPLAN belt. One which is a lot more reminiscent of the legendary debut than maybe last album, "Time To Be King".
When MASTERPLAN was formed in 2002, the band was quickly hailed as THE Melodic Metal sensation. Two ex-Helloween men Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch connected at once with first-class vocalist Jorn Lande, then adding to this mix Axel Mackenrott (keyboards) and bassist Jan S. Eckert. In fact something of a supergroup was created. The debut album "Masterplan" achieved huge impact in 2003, the band celebrating their first chart success throughout whole Europe and the immensely quick buildup of a huge, worldwide fanbase. A European tour with Hammerfall followed in addition. The second album "Aeronautics" was released in January 2005 and continued this path. Part of the "Flying Aces Tour”, MASTERPLAN played their first shows as a headliner. But, for third album ("MK II" (2007), change was on the way as singer Lande and drummer Kusch left to be replaced by Mike DiMeo (ex-Riot) and veteran drummer Mike Terrana. On a European tour with Saxon, the new MASTERPLAN line-up was presented for the first time. Before again, with the fourth album "Time To Be King", Lande briefly returned to MASTERPLAN and sadly, despite numerous requests, no live activity resulted.
This is now definitely changing with "Novum Initium" though: MASTERPLAN are back to full strength and motivated just like the old days. In the summer festival gigs are already confirmed (The "Wacken Cruise" (May) and Bang Your Head Festival (July), but the autumn will see a headlining tour already in the planning, and the boys can’t wait!

MASTERPLAN - Novum Initium

AFM 396-1

AFM 396-2

AFM 396-9

Release Date: 2013-06-14

CD, Ltd. Digipak, Vinyl


MASTERPLAN - Keep Your Dream Alive

AFM 396-5

Release Date: 2013 May, 24th

Media: Digital 1-Track


 

MASTERPLAN - Time To Be King

AFM LP  234-1

AFM CD 234-2

AFM CD 234-9

Release Date: 2010-05-21

Media: LP/ CD/ Ltd. Digipak


 

MASTERPLAN - Far From The End Of The World - Single

AFM SG 234-5

Release Date: 2010-04-16

Media: CD


MASTERPLAN - MK II - Special Pack

AFM CD 282-3

Release Date: 2009-03-06

Media: CD/ EP Set


MASTERPLAN - MK II

AFM CD 148-2

AFM CD 148-3

AFM CD 148-9

Release Date: 2007-02-23

Media: CD/ Metalcase/ Ltd. Digibook


MASTERPLAN - Lost And Gone - EP

AFM SG 148-5

Release Date: 2007-01-26

Media: CD


MASTERPLAN - Aeronautics

AFM CD 084-2

AFM CD 084-9

Release Date: 2005-01-24

Media: CD/ Ltd. Digibook/Gtf. Golden 2-Vinyl


MASTERPLAN - Back For My Life - EP

AFM SG 084-5

Release Date: 2004-11-29

Media: CD


MASTERPLAN - Masterplan

AFM CD 061-2

AFM CD 061-9

AFM 061-1

Release Date: 20.01.2003

Format: CD/ Ltd. 2-CD Digibook, Gtf. Golden 2-Vinyl


MASTERPLAN - Masterplan

AFM CD 061-2

AFM CD 061-9

Release Date: 2003-01-20

Media: CD/ Ltd. 2-CD Digibook


MASTERPLAN - Enlighten Me - EP

AFM SG 061-5

Release Date: 2002-11-18

Media: CD


Pics 2013:

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Live-Pics:

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