Vocalist Mike DiMeo (ex-Riot) has confirmed he parted ways with Masterplan. On a blog on his MySpace he writes as follows:
"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." (Read the whole message here)
Although Masterplan has yet to announce a replacement for DiMeo, guitarist Roland Grapow wrote in an online posting in November that the band had commenced the recording sessions for a new studio album, which is tentatively expected in May/June via AFM Records.
Drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween) has 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.
According to a statement released by Masterplan in May, Lande's exit was caused by increased "musical differences" between the vocalist and the rest of the band. During the songwriting process for the group's third album, it became increasingly apparent that the other members of the band had different visions and plans for the group's musical direction. While Jorn wanted Masterplan to follow a more melodic path, the rest of the band wanted to return to the metallic roots of their debut album.
German power metallers Masterplan parted ways with their singer Jørn Lande due to musical differences. The statement of their label AFM Records reads as follows:
Sometimes ways can separate from each other: due to musical differences singer Jorn Lande has left Masterplan last week. During working on the new album the band had to experience that both sides were having different ideas and wishes for the songwriting. While Jorn would have loved to push the style of the band more into the melodic direction, the rest of the band wanted to go back to the metal-roots of the debut album. So the decision was made to go separate ways in the future.
Drummer Uli Kusch about it: "We are not really happy about Jorn's decision, but on the other side it doesn't make sense to continue if the ideas are that different. The music would suffer from it and the music is why we are doing it. We wish Jorn a successful future and want to thank him for everything he did for us. It was a great and interesting time!"
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.
After 8 month of songwriting Masterplan is ready to record the second album.
"We are really happy and proud of the new material!"
The new CD will contain about 11 songs. This time all bandmembers appeared as songwriters. Songwriting took place in Hamburg, Aachen, Los Angeles, Slovakia and Norway.
Roy Z. was helping as a good friend and for a couple of songs he was an "inspirator / arranger". Once again Andy Sneap and Masterplan are producing the new Album together in the "Crazy Cat" Studio in Hamburg. The mixing will be done at "Finnvox Studios" in Helsinki by Mikko Karmila. Mastering by Mika Jussila.
The album is scheduled to be released in the end of January 2005 through AFM Records and Marquee (for Japan and South East Asia).
Due to many faithful fans, who buy original CD's instead of "copy" or "download" them illegally, MASTERPLAN were nominated to the most successful German Newcomer band of Europe. Therefore they were awarded with the new "EUROPEAN BORDER BREAKERS AWARD". The award took place in Cannes, in the frame of MIDEM. The debut album of MASTERPLAN, simply named "Masterplan" was 2003 the official highest sales debut album of a German band in Europe.
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According to the motto "never change a winning team" the band is at the moment in Los Angeles, to work together with Roy Z (among others Halford, Bruce Dickinson) on their new songs. The new album will be released in the beginning of autumn, previously in summer will be published a new single to while away the time. The German-Norwegian formation is planning their first headliner tour in autumn.
MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, are currently in Los Angeles with producer Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, HELLOWEEN) working on the material for the follow-up to their highly acclaimed self-titled debut, tentatively due this fall through AFM Records. A single will precede the album in late summer. The group are tentatively planning on embarking on their first European headlining tour shortly following the album's release.
As previously reported, MASTERPLAN were honored with a European Border Breakers Award at this year's MIDEM convention in Cannes, France.
The European Border Breakers Awards are a European Commission initiative which reward ten artists or groups (and their record companies, authors and publishers) for achieving the highest sales for a debut album across the European Union, outside their country of production in 2003.
The ten artists were revealed at the European Border Breakers Awards ceremony, which took place on January 25.
In other news, Lande will be releasing his third solo album, "Out To Every Nation", on April 26 through AFM Records.
Joining Lande during the recording sessions for the new CD were bassist Magnus Rosèn (HAMMERFALL), guitarist Jõrn Viggo Lofstad, and drummer Stian Kristoffersen.
The tentative track listing for "Out To Every Nation" is as follows:
01. Young Forever
02. Out To Every Nation
03. Something Real
04. Living With Wolves
05. Vision Eyes
06. One Day We Will Put Out The Sun
07. Behind The Clown
08. Rock Spirit
09. Through Day And Night
10. When Angel Wings Were White
A video clip for "Living With Wolves" is also in the works. Lande's last solo effort, "Worldchanger", was released in 2001.