MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, 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. In a recent interview with Rockdetector.com's Garry Sharpe-Young, MASTERPLAN vocalist Jorn Lande revealed the new album has taken on a distinctly different shape to its highly successful predecessor. "This record has a far more natural feel to it and it's even very progressive I feel in a lot of parts," Lande said. "We had to cut two epic songs back to six minutes. The 'Masterplan' album was very intense, even schizophrenic, but with this one we have really used space a lot more. Vocally, it is slightly different too, I'm using a lot more darker moods, almost Peter Gabriel- or David Bowie [-like]. Don't worry though — it's still a very heavy record, great riffs, solos and songs, but a bit more of a challenge." MASTERPLAN have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include ACCEPT, OVERKILL, THE HAUNTED, CHILDREN OF BODOM, UNLEASHED, AMON AMARTH, SONATA ARCTICA, ENSIFERUM and HEAVEN SHALL BURN.
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