Rating:
8.8
Masterplan - Aeronautics
24 January 2005


01. Crimson Rider
02. Back For My Life
03. Wounds
04. I'm Not Afraid
05. Headbanger's Ballroom
06. After This War
07. Into The Arena
08. Dark From The Dying
09. Falling Sparrow
10. Black In The Burn
11. Treasure World [bonus]


Damn, I was waiting it, and finally yes the new album of Masterplan the excellent Heavy/Progressive combo of Mr Grapow, Kusch, Eckert, Mackenrott and Lande, is out for our great pleasure. Really I think that Masterplan is on the top of the list of the Heavy Metal bands in reason of their first great release "Masterplan" but also because of the quality of the musicians who plays in this Metal "dream team", especially Jorn Lande who is one of my favourite singer and one of the best Metal singer ever. If like me, you are in love with this band since the release of the first album, no doubt that you were waiting it too… But no need to wait, "Aeronautics" the 2nd album is in the place !!!

The guys of Masterplan know how it works with music, of course they aren't newcomers you know like me that these guys already did some great careers with Helloween or Ark for example, but well your precedent career is not always a success token. We had the proof of their musical talent on "Masterplan", and that's always very difficult when you do a first good release to do something equal or even better, but they did it!!! "Aeronautics" is, for me, better than the first album of the band more mature, with a better production and with some killers songs that you couldn't forget like "Crimson Rider", "I'm Not Afraid" or "Back for My Life". The music of this album is classy, I mean that it's really easy to see if a band did some original and catchy compositions or just some commercial songs. On this "Aeronautics" you have Hits after Hits that's really impressive to see the quality of this album and the great thing is that album is better and better with time, more than you listen to it, more that you like it, that's great Heavy, not something made only to sell CD…
I cant' talk about Masterplan and forget Jorn who is one of the best singer of the Metal scene. I saw and met him in an acoustic showcase for the release of his solo album last year, and in addition to be a very nice and simple person he is before all an amazing singer with a voice which give shivers to all your body. I was talking about him with my Metalstorm mate Marcel [Ozman] the other day and I fully agree with him when he says that Jorn is a bit like a young Ronnie James Dio, I'm sure of it, this guy will certainly have the same career than the "voice of Heavy Metal"… he deserves it anyway… But don't worry I don't forget the others great guys of the band, there nothing to say against their performance on this album, Masterplan is a "Dream Team" no more…
The only problem for me maybe with this "Aeronautics" is the fact that we have a lot of ballads [very nice evidently] but it lacks a bit of powerful "Rock n Roll" songs like "Crimson Riders". I don't say that the album is week, not at all, but I think that the best songs and the more catchy ones of the album are the songs with the fast tempo. But I must be clear all the songs of the album are really nice, the ballads are touching but yeah more it sounds "Heavy" better it is…

If some of you had some doubts with this band "Aeronautics", confirms the quality of the combo. Really believe me or not, but if you like Heavy Metal, this is a MUST nothing else. One more time, the German combo Masterplan give a big kick in the ass of all the Heavy Metal scene which was sleeping lately. If these kinds of album don't help you to fall in love with this music, then I don't understand, but I know at least why all the critics are unanimous .
One last thing by the way, for all the one who download songs on the internet like real junkies and believe that the songs of the album are faded, NO they aren't, but maybe you just found the promo copy where the songs are all shortened [I don't like it because it's us the reviewers who pay the price but that's the method of their label against the piracy…], then maybe it could be better to only buy the album which deserves it anyway…


Band profile: Masterplan
Album: Aeronautics


 


written by Jeff | 07.02.2005



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juanopereira - 26.05.2008 at 02:11  
Excellent review and I have to say that I'm completely agree with you, when you said that Jorn is like a young Dio. The album is just incredible.
Uirapuru - 31.05.2009 at 17:23  
As far as I'm concerned this album's only problem is not being as good as the previous. This band was really a great discovery for the metal scene, impossible being more awesome than that D.

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eally believe me or not, but if you like Heavy Metal, this is a MUST nothing else. One more time, the German combo Masterplan give a big kick in the ass of all the Heavy Metal scene which was sleeping lately. If these kinds of album don't help you to fall in love with this music, then I don't understand, but I know at least why all the critics are unanimous .


hehe Very good this part of the review. Could'n agree more.
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 31.05.2009 at 18:11  
Written by juanopereira on 26.05.2008 at 02:11

Excellent review and I have to say that I'm completely agree with you, when you said that Jorn is like a young Dio. The album is just incredible.

Had the exact same thought (Dio/Jorn) a couple of days ago, before reading this review.
The album is excellent, we all agree on that.
Hopefully, Masterplan's 4th album (as you may know it is 99% certain that Jorn has returned to Masterplan) will live up to its predecessors (not counting the 3rd album, without Jorn, although it is a solid release)!
BlankFile - 20.06.2009 at 16:33  
Another Amazing album! Masterplan were at the peak of their career at this time. Oh yeah and Jorne Lande still rules!

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Paradox0 - 16.09.2009 at 21:50  
Good album. I've recently been listening to this one again and I must say its very different from their debut. Sure instrumentally it isn't as dynamic or have such obvious, in your face writing. Instead they seem to have a more subtle instrumental writing style. In some ways its a bit more linear but at the same time strill pretty good. The lyrics on the other hand feel a bit more natural. Although they all seem to be related to love, it seems like a perfect fit for Jorn with the strong emotions he puts in.

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