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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: #635,181 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 Good, but not their best album June 13, 2010
By wizey
Format:Audio CD
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 band. Not that it's a bad song mind you, but it really isn't anything special either. But I took some comfort from past experiences where on many occasions great bands have tended to release as singles songs which I have considered to be the weakest on the album. Disappointment followed however, as my opinion of the single became my opinion of the album Time To Be King as a whole. Initially I was not impressed at all with Masterplan's latest full length offering, despite the return of Jorn Lande to the fold. After persevering with it though I must say it has grown on me to some degree. Especially the song Blue Europa which I initially thought was the worst song on the album, it has now turned out to be a favorite. I like it's aggressive riffing and darker tone, and whilst the lyrical theme is somewhat unclear I think it's pretty gutsy for a German band to tackle what is probably still a pretty sensitive subject for the German people, i.e. their Nazi past (this is not the first time for them though - check out Crystal Night on their first album).

Other highlights for me are:
Blow Your Winds. A song very much like the classics on their first album.
Lonely Winds Of War. Great balance of light and shade, Jorn sounding cool as ever.
Under The Moon. My favorite song on the album which again has that balance of light and shade and a fine vocal performance from Jorn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The return of Jorn Lande! June 6, 2010
Format:Audio CD
After 2 albums, Jorn Lande left and was replaced by Mike Dimeo, known by his previous work with American metal band Riot. While he was also a great singer, he couldn't really replace the phenomenal voice of Jorn. Four years later Lande is finally back where he belongs.

The album is filled with mainly up-tempo melodic power metal songs with chunky riffs and laced with wonderful guitar solos. "Fiddle of time" is a strong up-tempo song, dominated by keyboard and soaring vocals. "Far from the end of the world" is the single and a typical Masterplan song. The title track begins with the ringing of bells and a choir, followed by screaming guitars and powerful vocals. In some songs we hear orchestration like in "Lonely winds of war". The main melody from this song is based on "Prince Igor" by Russian classical composer Borodin and Jorn sings heavenly on this one. Other highlights are the very emotional power ballad "The Dark road" and the dark, threatening "The black one". "Blue Europa" excels in tight rhythms and is a critical ode to an united Europe. I bought the Japanese import with the bonus track "Never walk alone", which I prefer to the digipack bonus "Kisses from you", which is a very nice Queen-like song, but it doesn't really fit in their repertoire.

Most songs are written by Roland Grapow and Jorn Lande, but keyboard player Axel Mackenrott also wrote about 3 songs. This new album sounds like a cross between the nameless debut album and Jorn his solo work, but with clearer sound and production and superior guitar work. The replacement of drummer Uli Kusch by Mike Terrana makes that there is more variety in drumming, instead of the typical double bass drum, which is standard to most power metal bands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Symphonic metal
I have all of this band's releases...and not one of them possess any shortcomings compared to the lot... Read more
Published 5 months ago by love metal
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterplan argentino
Buen disco. No especifica que la edicion argentina, y por alguna razon las cajas de los cuatro discos que compre llegaron todas rotas. Read more
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 Not quite what I was hoping for, but still impressive
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... Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by Justin G.
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 Masterplan - Time To Be King - Another Solid Release
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. Read more
Published on October 2, 2010 by MetalSkull
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 Jorn does it again!!
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... Read more
Published on July 9, 2010 by JP
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
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