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Time to Be King [Import, Limited Edition]

MasterplanAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition
  • Label: Afm Records Germany
  • ASIN: B003DI3L7K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album, but probably their weakest May 25, 2010
Format:MP3 Music
Masterplan hasn't had an album since 2007 and now Jřrn Lande is back and he is as good as ever. Unfortunately, the album isn't.
Masterplan and Aeronautics are solid 5 stars for me even though some of their songs were either fillers or a tad weird ("Bleeding Eyes", "Into the Light" on Masterplan, "Dark from the Dying" on Aeronautics). Mike DiMeo did a good job on MK II and I like the album enough to give it 4 stars.

Time To Be King is not a bad album by any means; I bet that if this is your first Masterplan album you're going to be impressed. If you listened to them all along, it's all stuff you've heard before, but less punchier and I think less elaborate too. The musicianship is very good, but they seem to lack (new) inspiration although the cohesion of the group is obvious: Mike Terrana is really good on vocals and Grapow matches him on vocals. Keyboards, although plenty present, don't feel as punchier as before.

The album starts off pretty good with "Fiddle Of Time" (excellent riffing and drumming), continues with the very catchy "Blow Your Winds", but then it starts trailing off pretty abruptly after the middle of the album. "The Sun Is In Your Hands" starts feeling like filler songs. "Blue Europa" is catchy, but the way he sings the chorus - I don't know, it just felt weird. "The Black One" is another catchy one (powerful bass work and the keyboards felt more like early Masterplan) towards the end of the album.
Overall, the lyrics are not very inspiring either (particularly "Blue Europa" which tells a fairly incoherent story of WWII).

Overall, I liked the album, but I'm slightly biased as the first two Masterplan albums are part of my "Always Favorite" playlist, which I guess makes me a bit of a fan. But when compared against their previous work, I just couldn't find as appetizing. I don't know, maybe it'll grow on me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was hoping for, but still impressive February 12, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Melodic metal supergroup Masterplan returned with their fourth album Time To Be King in 2010, and obviously the buzz around its release had a lot to do with the return of original vocalist Jorn Lande. Obviously I'm a total Jorn fan, but I have to say I was a bit bummed when Mike DiMeo left/was pushed. I thought Mkii was Masterplan's strongest album overall, and wasn't sure if the band could recreate that same energy.

Time To Be King sounds a lot like a Jorn solo album. I'm not sure if that's because Jorn wrote most of the lyrics, but just about all of the songs on this album sound like Jorn songs. I don'tget much in the way of a uniquely Masterplan sound here, which is something the band's first three albums definitely had. Of course, I love Jorn's solo albums so I can't complain too much. Besides, the musicianship is pretty terrific (it's always good to hear Roland Grapow cut loose) and Jorn's vocals sound incredible as always. My favorite tracks so far are "Time To Be King" and "Lonely Winds of War," but there really aren't any duds on this one.

It may not be Masterplan's best work, but Time To Be King is still a very good melodic metal album that should appeal to fans of the band's earlier albums as well as fans of high quality melodic metal along the lines of Pretty Maids, Starbreaker, At Vance and of course Jorn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterplan - Time To Be King - Another Solid Release October 2, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The new Masterplan may not be as good as the rest, but I still really like it. Fiddle of Time, The Dark Road and the rest of the tracks are very solid. But how can you not like an album with Jorn Lande singing on it. This dude's ability to sound like the real king of metal Ronnie James Dio is incredible. I find it sad the world will never get more music from Dio. He also sounds like David Coverdale as well. So if you enjoy albums like Dio - Holy Diver, The Last In Line or heavier Whitesnake or the great stuff Coverdale did with Deep Purple check out Masterplan. All the Masterplan releases are worth having. Also check out the other stuff Jorn Lande has done most of the stuff is really good, though some might cost a few bucks, like the 2 Vagabond releases.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jorn does it again!! July 9, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Well, Jorn Lande is back and you can definitely tell! While the "Jornless" Masterplan albums were by NO means bad albums, there was still something missing, that certain "something" that Jorn brings to every project he is involved in.

And, on "Time to Be King" he brought it back in abundance!! This might even be my favorite Masterplan album of all, though time will tell because I do realize some of my enthusiasm is probably due to it simply being new material (see the other, less favorable, reviews). But don't let that stop you, this is an excellent album and, if you are a Jorn fan you should already have it or at least have it on your wish list!

The 8th track, The Black One, is the stand out track but several others (Blow Your Winds, Blue Europa, Far From the End of the World, and the title track) also caught my ear upon first listen. And I would swear that the bonus track, Kisses From You, was a Queen cover if it wasn't credited to the band. When you hear it don't tell me it doesn't remind you of songs like "You're My Best friend" and "Somebody To Love"!!

Overall an outstanding album and, between this and Jorn's recent solo album Spirit Black, he seems to be having a banner year!! Can't wait to hear what's next, I saw where another Allen/Lande album is due this year!! And just maybe, with his increasing popularity, he'll finally commit to a full-blown tour of the US and not just hit festivals.
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I have all of this band's releases...and not one of them possess any shortcomings compared to the lot... Read more
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Published on May 15, 2012 by ieeb2002
5.0 out of 5 stars BB, Place
Jorn in Masterplan is Metal at its best. There is a flavor from the past "80's" and this new European blend that I just love. I wish these guys would tour the states! Read more
Published on November 1, 2011 by Leti
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Entry Album
Since I have not heard many tunes by this band prior to this album I will not compare to prior releases. Read more
Published on December 16, 2010 by FelixtheMetalcat
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid piece
Masterplan's first album since Jorn Lande came back--it is an overall good album. It is not quite as thrilling as their first or second, but a very well rounded piece nevertheless. Read more
Published on September 28, 2010 by Isildur
3.0 out of 5 stars solid effort
This disc is solid throughout, and Jorn seems to need the structure of this band, since his recent solo works have been somewhat misguided, if not borderline bad. Read more
Published on August 2, 2010 by bladerunner
5.0 out of 5 stars A new direction for `Masterplan's' fourth album!
Fourth album by highly acclaimed European melodic/power metal band `Masterplan'; as most are aware `Time to be king' sees the return of original vocalist and metal icon Jorn Lande. Read more
Published on July 3, 2010 by Nikiforos V. Skoumas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not their best album
Man was I looking forward to this album, so when I first heard the single Far From The End Of The World I was actually taken aback because it was far less than I expected from this... Read more
Published on June 13, 2010 by wizey
5.0 out of 5 stars The return of Jorn Lande!
After 2 albums, Jorn Lande left and was replaced by Mike Dimeo, known by his previous work with American metal band Riot. Read more
Published on June 6, 2010 by metalrockx
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid effort
Musically, perhaps it isn't groundbreaking, but I'm ok with it, because sometimes I find listening to extreme prog-ish music to get tedious. Read more
Published on May 30, 2010 by CogX
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