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Review: Masterplan - Masterplan

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 46:47
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: March 11, 2003
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating

Rated 4.08/5 (81.62%) (37 Votes)

I can’t say that I was surprised by how good this album was simply by the talent of the people in this band. Hell, I would have been surprised if the album wasn’t this damn good. The band features Roland Grapow and Oli Kusch of Helloween fame, Jan S. Eckert who used to play bass for Iron Savior, Jorne Lande who used to be vocalist for the band Ark, and Axel Mackenrott who is highly regarded as a keyboardist in the metal community. There is certainly a lot of talent here and it is certainly being put to good use.

They are playing a traditional style of metal with the majority of the songs being mid-tempo and slightly faster. The songs are infectious from the first listen through with some absolutely killer riffs that bring you right into the song from the very first strains coming out of your speakers. The musicianship throughout the band is top-notch which is exactly what you would expect from this talented line-up. The vocals are absolutely brilliant with tons of range and emotion. I also like the fact that he uses this range quite often and doesn’t get bogged down and sing in a high pitch which is a problem I have with a lot of Pure/Power metal vocalists.

There are a couple of minor complaints I do have however. The final track is a ballad and I feel as though you should always end albums with a bang rather than a whimper. Don’t get me wrong the song is good it just seems a downer to end the album this way. The only other complaint I had was for the promo itself, which is all one track. The songs are all blended together at the end of one and beginning of the next so the last five seconds of one song blends into the first five seconds of the next. Which is a real inconvenience when I am jumping from track to track. I understand this is done so the album doesn’t hit the internet before the release date but anyone with a wave file editor can get around this very easily so I really don’t see the point. (Hopefully this will not continue). I don’t fault the band for this since it sounds like a typical record label move and we all know some of the brilliant ideas that some of these people have…heh. At least all the songs are there so you can make an informed opinion.

Overall I was quite impressed with this album and it is getting harder and harder to get it out of the CD player. Highly Recommended

Favorite tracks – Kind Hearted Light, Soulburn, Heroes

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