Former HELLOWEEEN and current MASTEPLAN guitarist Roland Grapow made a special guest appearance, along with Timo Kotipelto (STRATOVARIUS), during a SHAMAN gig in Martin, Slovakia on Saturday (Nov. 20). Roland and Timo played two songs with the band: "Pride" and a cover of JUDAS PRIEST's "Breaking the Law".As previously reported, MASTERPLAN 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. The "Aeronautics" tour will probably begin on March, but the band is planning to do a small promotional tour in December.
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