C.J. Grimmark (guitar, keyboards) of Swedish epic/melodic metallers NARNIA has collaborated with the German/Norwegian metal act MASTERPLAN on a song called "Fiddle Of Time", to be included on the forthcoming MASTERPLAN album, "Time To Be King".
Commented Grimmark: "I'm proud to say that I've had the opportunity to to collaborate with one of my favorite bands, this time as a songwriter.
"The combination of fantastic compositions, skillful musicianship and one of the most soulful voices in all-time rock history, makes this particular band one of my top 10s.
"Watch out for the song 'Fiddle Of Time', track #2 on the new album 'Time To Be King' by the great MASTERPLAN.
"I share credits with Jorn [Lande, MASTERPLAN singer] and the guys on this one and it turned out awesome — thank you, guys!"
"Time To Be King" will be 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)
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".