MASTERPLAN – PumpKings (Album Review)

MASTERPLAN – PumpKings (Album Review)

Masterplan‘s PumpKings launches off the starting line like a stone being fired from Dennis The Menace‘s slingshot! The album features new recordings of old Helloween compositions. Revisiting his former band, Masterplan leader Roland Grapow has re-vamped the material. The album became available on August 11, 2017, thanks to AFM Records. Guitarist Roland Grapow joined German trail blazing power metallers Helloween in 1989 taking over for founding guitarist Kai Hansen. Remaining with Helloween for twelve years, Grapow also recorded…

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MASTERPLAN – PumpKings (August 11, 2017)

MASTERPLAN – PumpKings (August 11, 2017)

Masterplan’s upcoming release will be a special one for band leader Roland Grapow because it shows the man revisiting his Helloween past. PumpKings includes 11 songs which Roland contributed to Helloween‘s rich legacy during his time in the band. These songs have been re-recorded by Masterplan‘s current line-up recently. PumpKings will be released on August 11th as Digipak and colored (of course orange) double vinyl in gatefold sleeve. “The idea for this project was born more than three years ago”,…

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Masterplan – Keep Your Dream A Live (DVD/CD) (October 16, 2015)

Masterplan – Keep Your Dream A Live (DVD/CD) (October 16, 2015)

Keep Your Dream A Live is the first ever live release by melodic metal kings Masterplan. The package includes (DVD and BluRay) the entire concert from Masters Of Rock Festival 2014, as well as Wacken 2014, footage from Asia tour, footage from Prog Power USA and all official Masterplan video clips. The Masters Of Rock show is featured on the CD. Keep Your Dream A Live was mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow, who formed…

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Rocktoberfest (Celebrating Some Awesome German Bands)

Rocktoberfest (Celebrating Some Awesome German Bands)

In conjunction with last week’s Decibel Geek podcast episode #157, Rocktoberfest, in which Aaron & Chris celebrate some excellent bands from Germany, I decided to add a few more to the list.  A veritable hotbed of Power Metal, I decided to focus/concentrate mainly in that genre with a few strays along the way.  As the boys discussed many German players tie into other bands and have been or are still involved in multiple groups.  Here’s another…

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