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   MASTERPLAN
Back For My Life (EP)
2004
AFM Records
http://www.master-plan.net


rating: 4/5

1. Back For My Life (Single Version)
2. Crimson Rider
3. Love Is A Rock
4. Killing In Time
5. Killing In Time (Instrumental Version)
6. Back For My Life (Album Version)
(7. Media Section)

Finally, they have returned!! After the outstanding and self-entitled debut-CD, Masterplan from Hamburg, Germany, are back with the E.P. "Back For My Life". The CD contains six songs plus a media section. The titletrack is represented with two different versions, the single version and the album version, one not too different from the other. For this song being the first single, guitarist Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween) had to mess with the vocalist Jorn Lande (ex-Beyond Twilight, Brazon Abbot, solo), who actually wanted this track only to be a b-side. Well, here it is now, and the original idea for the song was given by Axel Mackenrott (keyboards, Gamma Ray), and although the song isn't as good as the first single of the debut ("Enlighten Me"), it is indeed very catchy and good and easy to sing along! According to Grapow, this is the only song in this simple style, and this theory is supported by the other album track "Crimson Rider", a really great song, that sounds like the first album. A smart idea to putt hat kind of song on the E.P., it might convice some fans to purchase the upcoming album "Aeronautics" (published on January 24th, review soon on Morrigan's Pit!)., where that track is the opener. And they won't be disappointed!!

The other songs are "Love Is A Rock" and "Killing In Time", last one as "normal" version and instrumental version, both songs will not be on the album. "Love Is A Rock" is a bit complex and progressive, heavier and darker than the titletrack, but also not quite as catchy. "Killing In Time" is a bit faster, a bit similar to "Crimson Rider", a typical Masterplan-song. The instrumental version of that song showcast the piano-sounds very good! Of course I must say that the other two members, drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween, ex-Gamma Ray) and Jan-S. Eckert (bass, ex-Iron Savior, ex-Mydra) are doing excellent jobs as well! By the way, the lyrics of all four songs are inside the booklet, a fact that I appreciate, because several bands don't print lyrics at all. Yeah, and there's the media section well, a bit poor, the cover of the E.P. can be used as a wallpaper in two different resolutions, and the screensaver contains just four or five pictures, not really necessary in my opinion.

Well, the comparison of the current (in my opinion excellent) Helloween-record can be faced, due to the fact that Lande is way better than Deris, especially live on stage. As far as songwriting is concerned, the band doesn't have to prove anything since the debut album. And if the 2nd album is almost as good as the E.P. tells, the success of the Masterplan can be assured!!

submitted by Paddy 02.01.2005

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