An Interview with Masterplan’s Maestro, Roland Grapow

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By Justin Smulison

From his time in Helloween and Masterplan to his work behind the glass, guitarist and producer Roland Grapow has remained one of the standard bearers of melodic metal for decades.

Following his departure on Halloween, Grapow and former drummer Uli Kusch formed Masterplan and released their self-titled debut in 2003 with Jorn Lande on vocals. The band received the “European Border Breakers Award” in 2004 from the European Commission, for album sales around Europe and in 2005, Masterplan was ranked number 491 in Rock Hard magazine’s book The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.

To honour the 20th anniversary of the self-titled melodic power metal masterpiece, the debut album MASTERPLAN has received the worldwide re-release treatment from AFM Records. The new editions all contain three bonus tracks and the digipak contains the bonus DVD “Live in Gothenburg 2003” plus additional backstage footage.

Jace Media Contributor Justin Smulison is a big fan of Grapow’s work. They delve into his career, deep cuts from Masterplan and Helloween, and some of his cameos as a producer and guest for other bands. They also discuss their upcoming EU tour, Masters of Fire, with co-headliners and labelmates, Firewind.

Horns Up!


Masters of Fire

(Co-Headline Tour with Firewind)

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