MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have inked a deal with AFM Records for all territories except Southeast Asia and Japan, where the group are signed to the Avalon label.The first single from the band's self-titled debut CD will be released in November, to be followed by the full-length album in January. Touring will start in January and February as well, first as support to another, more established act, and then as a headliner. In other news, AFM Records recently pressed 25,000 promotional copies of a sampler containing music from all of the bands on the label's roster, including a fade-out version of MASTERPLAN's "Enlighten Me". Meanwhile, MASTERPLAN's cover of LED ZEPPELIN's "Black Dog" is finally due to see light of day in September, when the long-awaited Locomotive Music ZEPPELIN tribute album featuring the track is scheduled to be released.
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