Former MASTERPLAN drummer Uli Kusch has commented on his departure from the band, explaining that "we haven't inspired each other anymore," according to a press release. "And without inspiration it is not possible anymore to make music together."Uli will concentrate on his new band BEAUTIFUL SIN with plans to release a new album in 2007. MASTERPLAN recently announced the addition of singer Mike DiMeo (RIOT, THE LIZARDS) and drummer Mike Terrana (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, AXEL RUDI PELL, METALIUM, RAGE) to its ranks. The band also began recording its third album — the group's first without singer Jorn Lande, who announced his departure in early May. A February 2007 release via AFM Records is expected. 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. The band's final show with Lande took place on August 8 at Lokersefeesten in Belgium. MASTERPLAN's new lineup will make its live debut as the support act for SAXON on their upcoming European, set to take place next spring.