MASTERPLAN Part With Keyboardist, Announce Replacement

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have parted ways with keyboardist Janne Wirman, who was unable to commit himself to the group due to his involvement with CHILDREN OF BODOM. Replacing him in the band is Axel Mackenrott, who has previously played in various cover acts, including CATCH THE RAINBOW and MACHINE HEAD (not to be confused with the San Francisco Bay Area mob of the same name), and is currently heading up own group, PUNCH TV.

As previously reported, MASTERPLAN will issue a five-song EP, entitled Enlighten Me, on November 18th through Germany's AFM Records. The group's self-titled full-length album will follow on January 27th and will be released as a special limited edition double-CD, featuring a video clip for "Enlighten Me" and a 30-minute interview with the band.

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