A lyric video for “The Chance”, a track taken from MASTERPLAN‘s upcoming release “PumpKings” (out July 28th via AFM Records), is available now, watch below.
MASTERPLAN’s upcoming release will be a special one for band leader Roland Grapow, because it shows the man revisiting his Helloween past. “PumpKings” includes 11 songs which Roland contributed to Helloween’s rich legacy during his time in the band. These songs have been re-recorded by Masterplan’s current line-up recently. “PumpKings” will be released on July 28th as Digipak and colored (of course orange) double Vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
“The idea for this project was born more than three years ago”, Grapow recalls. “I’m proud of the songs, but these days I’d do certain things a bit different. So it was an easy decision to re-record them with Masterplan now. It took quite a while to come up with the album because I was busy with other productions in my studio and in addition we had just released our “Keep Your Dream aLive” DVD with Masterplan in the Fall of 2015, so there was no reason to rush things.”
The 11 tracks featured on “PumpKings” were written by Roland from 1990 – 2000 and can be found on Helloween’s albums “Pink Bubbles Go Ape”, “Chameleon”, “Master Of The Rings”, “The Time Of The Oath” and “The Dark Ride” in their original versions. Some of them were even released as singles and rank among Helloween fan favorites.
“Our new versions of the songs are heavier definitely”, Roland says. “It would have been pointless to just reproduce the tracks exactly as they were back then. But I feel that with our new take on it, the different vocals and overall more rough attitude, “PumpKings” could be an interesting thing for both Masterplan- and Helloween fans. However, it was great fun to revisit this very important phase of my career – like meeting old friends.”
MASTERPLAN’s upcoming release “PumpKings” will be a special one for band leader Roland Grapow, because it shows the man revisiting his Helloween past.
“PumpKings” includes 11 songs which Roland contributed to Helloween‘s rich legacy during his time in the band. These songs have been re-recorded by Masterplan‘s current line-up recently. “PumpKings” will be released on July 28th, via AFM Records, as Digipak and colored (of course orange) double Vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
01. The Chance
02. Someone’s Crying
04. Step Out Of Hell
05. Mr. Ego
06. Still We Go
07. Escalation 666
08. The Time Of The Oath
10. The Dark Ride
11. Take Me Home
Melodic metal kings MASTERPLAN have unleashed a brand new live clip for the song ‘Spirit Never Die’, which is taken from the band’s upcoming DVD “Keep Your Dream aLive”, due for release on October 9th as DVD/CD and Bluray/CD. Check out the video below:
“Keep Your Dream aLive” can be ordered via AFM Records at this location.
Power metallers MASTERPLAN have announced that they will play at Finland’s Radio City South Park Festival this summer.
The festival, which takes place in Tampere on 5th and 6th June also has ACCEPT, HELLOWEEN, DEF LEPPARD and EXTREME amongst the line-up. For further details visit the official festival website at this location.
Check out a clip of MASTERPLAN from Masters Of Rock 2013:
According to Bravewords.com, Next year’s Wacken Open Air festival will take place in Wacken, Germany from July 31st – August 2nd, 2014. At the Hamburg Metal Dayz the promoters of Wacken Open Air announced new bands for the 25th edition of the festival. A total of 13 bands were confirmed for the big anniversary in 2014.
The latest acts confirmed are HEAVEN SHALL BURN, J.B.O., DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, SODOM, ONKEL TOM, DECAPITATED, FOR THE IMPERIUM, THE OCEAN, ENDSTILLE, TORMENT, MASTERPLAN, KNORKATOR and A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH, who join the previously announced acts AMON AMARTH, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AVANTASIA, BEHEMOTH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, EMPEROR, ICED EARTH, KING DIAMOND, KREATOR, PRONG, and SCHANDMAUL.
Complete festival details here.
Check out a new teaser video below:
According to Blabbermouth.net, OVERKILL, STRATOVARIUS, JON OLIVA’S PAIN, PAIN OF SALVATION, MASTERPLAN and SEVENTH WONDER are among the confirmed bands for next year’s edition of the ProgPower USA festival, set to take place Septemebr 12-13, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Friday, September 12, 2014
DISCOURSE, ORDEN OGAN, LEPROUS, OVERKILL, SEVENTH WONDER (performing “Mercy Falls” in its entirety), STRATOVARIUS
Saturday, September 13, 2014
WITHEM, DIVIDED MULTITUDE, VOODOO CIRCLE, MASTERPLAN, PAIN OF SALVATION (performing “Remedy Lane” in its entirety), JON OLIVA’S PAIN (performing SAVATAGE’s “Streets: A Rock Opera” in its entirety)
Tickets will go on sale on October 1.