MASTERPLAN: 'Time To Be King' First-Week Chart Positions Revealed

"Time To Be King", the new album from German/Norwegian melodic metallers MASTERPLAN, has registered the following first-week chart positions:

Germany: #31
Sweden: #15
Switzerland: #45

"Time To Be King" was released on May 21 via AFM Records. The CD's first single, "Far From The End Of The World", was issued on April 16.

"Time To Be King" track listing:

01. Fiddle Of Time
02. Blow Your Winds
03. Far From The End Of The World
04. Time To Be King
05. Lonely Winds Of War
06. The Dark Road
07. The Sun Is In Your Hands
08. The Black One
09. Blue Europa
10. Under The Moon
11. Kisses From You (digipack bonus track)
12. Never Walk Alone (Japanese bonus track)

Audio samples of all 10 tracks that appear on the regular edition of "Time To Be King" are available for streaming at Amazon.com.

Check out the cover artwork for "Time To Be King" and "Far From The End Of The World" below.

MASTERPLAN vocalist Jorn Lande told Germany's Rock Hard magazine last year about his renewed collaboration with MASTERPLAN, "We never had problems with each other, but professionally, we decided for to go separate ways for a while. . . I am happy that we are . . . working together again — mainly because the combination of MASTERPLAN's music and my singing [is] truly something special."

Lande left MASTERPLAN in May 2006, citing "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 allegedly wanted MASTERPLAN to follow a more melodic path, the rest of the band apparently wanted to return to the metallic roots of their debut album.

Vocalist Mike DiMeo (RIOT, THE LIZARDS) announced his departure from MASTERPLAN in January 2009 after recording just one studio album with the group — 2007's "MK II".

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