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Mk II Import

3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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New record from leading Power Metal band Masterplan, featuring Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween) the new Masterplan line-up features the additions of vocalist Mike DiMeo (ex-Riot) and drummer Mike Terrana (ex-Rage, Axel Rudi Pell) Limited edition features a videoclip for the single "Lost and Gone' plus bonus tracks
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Afm Records
  • ASIN: B000MCH5FO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jorn is a great lead singer, however, Mike DiMeo is certainly no let down. He sounds just as manly as Jorn and is an excellent replacement. The first five songs that follow the Introduction (Phoenix Rising) stand out the most. The songs "Keeps Me Burning" and "I'm Gonna Win" are the types of songs with great timing and memorable choruses. I would not say that MKII is better than the first two albums or worse. They are all excellent (in my opinion) and this one is certainly no let down. "Heart of Darkness" stands out as the most bland song on the album. However, I'm sure many will like it, nonetheless. Perhaps there are about two fillers on the CD and maybe three depending on your taste. I would consider "Heart of Darkness" a filler, if that helps any for those who may have a varying opinion. Great music from a talented and mature sounding band. Cheers!
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Another Masterplan Masterpiece...All ofthis band's albums are a work of musical art in the symphonic metal genre... very energetic, melodic, aggressive, and laden with guitar riffs... The lyrics are memorizing and apopro ... A must have for fans of this type rock...Carl
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While the first Master Plan CD sounds like an 80s metal band (that is why I bought it) MK II has a more 90s metal giving it a very different sound. At first, I was turned off by my initial expectations but then one of the songs got stuck in my head. Before I knew it I was appreciating this album for what it is. It is different then the first album, and just as good.
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Its a good power heavy album but its the weakest among the fourth albums
At first I didn't like it. Indeed the whole sound feels more 90s than the Jorns albums which really have a more contemporary sound.
The vocals are way back which was really annoying at first but then I got used to it. The singer is not bad and he makes a great effort but he has to fill in for Jorn Lande and that's impossible...almost impossible because if you listen to the new album by beyond twilight where kelly carpenter fills in for Jorn Lande you won't miss him at all!!! Even though now I like the album and play it a lot in my car's cd I can't stop wondering how would that album sound with Carpenter on the vocals as he would keep the spirit of Masterplan which now sounds more hard rock and even reminds me of the later Pink Cream 69 sometimes.
In general it's a good album but you have to give it a try.
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I was skeptical of this album for a long time considering the departure of singer extraordinaire Jorn Lande, but having heard and reasonably liked the lead single "Lost and Gone" . . . and having read review after review for this album being so supportive of the change---and positive overall---I finally said "what the heck" and picked it up. What a mistake. I should have stuck with my gut.

I want to make it clear I'm casting no aspersions on replacement singer, Mike Dimeo. While he's no Lande, he is in fact a very talented vocalist, and he's similar enough in style and delivery to Lande that he could have made a completely acceptable replacement. This album's failure certainly isn't his vocals. For one thing, the vocals are mixed too low and in a couple spots are almost inaudible . . . it's as if the band said to themselves: if you can't really hear the vocals, but what you do hear sounds close enough to Jorn, then maybe no one will notice the difference.

Beyond that, the songs on this album are just sloppy, under-developed attempts to recreate the first Masterplan album (which to me was perhaps a little heavier but inferior song-wise, and with a more dated, stuck-in-the-80's sound than the excellent Aeronautics . . . which in contrast successfully captured an 80's and classic rock vibe yet still very much sounds like a 21st century record). The songwriting on MK II is just lackluster, throwback Euro hard rock by-the-numbers, with a few virtually pointless, meandering instrumental breaks thrown in to add some measure of a "prog" element. In particular, Grapow seems to lose control of some of his solos (and I like him as a guitarist) with frantic, speed licks that go off-key and at times are altogether out of synch with the rhythm of the song.
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"MKII" is the third album by high profile power/melodic metal band "Masterplan" , originally released in 2007. As the title implies "MKII" is the first album not to be recorded by the original line up, featuring founder guitarist Roland Grapow, bassist Jan S. Eckret, keyboardist Alex Mackenrott alongside new entries from the US, Mike Dimeo (ex-`Riot') on lead vocals and drum prodigy Mike Terrana (who has also participated on Grapow's second solo album).

In retrospect, the album did not seem as a satisfactory output by such a highly acclaimed band of the genre while one could claim that was mostly due to the departure of the two original members rather than the music and the performance itself. For that matter, playing the album more than three years past its release, one would logically come to the conclusion that "MKII" is in fact in line with the sound and style of the preceding "Masterplan" albums. It is all thick guitar riffs and rhythm parts, the catchy and inventive keyboards once again serve as a differentiating factor for the band. The rhythm section is powerful, technical moving effortlessly through the various twists and turns of the album. While Mike DiMeo is objectively a singer of great melodic capability.

In terms of lyrical concept "MK II" is conclusively the most positive "Masterplan" album to date, being a considerable departure from the minor-melodic-dramatic sound that defined the majority of their work. With positive melodies and vocal lines on tracks like, "Phoenix Rising", "I'm gonna win" and "keeps me burning", "Masterplan" effectively presented the `other side of the coin' to their music while keeping the basis of their sound consistent. "MKII" is actually a release of equal quality to the other three "Masterplan" albums released to date, from a line up that should have received a fair bit more credit.
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