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Review: Masterplan - Time to be King
Time to be King

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 44:56
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: June 4, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Time to be King

Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (21 Votes)

Finally here it is, the latest album from Masterplan and one I have been anticipating quite a bit. With Jorn Lande back, the magic of their debut has been once again rekindled. If you read my review for Far From the End of the World you will remember my fears of this turning out like a Jorn album. Thankfully this never come to pass, and yes while there are a fair few mid-pacers on offer this is still the Masterplan that fans of the band have come to know and love. Sound-wise Time to be King stands as a mix between their debut and MK II, and whilst not as fast or heavy as MK II this is still undeniably metal with Roland Grapow's trademark style heard throughout. The production is spot on here, the mixing and mastering was handled by Mikko Karmilla down at Finnvox Studios – giving the kind of sound and feel usual of that heavenly place.

Time to be King is the sound of a band in top form, each member of the band give a convincing and energetic performance and while this is like the 3rd or 4th album with Jorn Lande this year his performance is as always masterful and intense. The guitar tone is an absolute treat, nice and crunchy when needed but never raping your ears. Keyboards are used both effectively and tastefully, never overbearing or too in your face – a good example of this is in personal favorite "The Sun is in Your Hands" helping create an emotional feel to the chorus raising the hairs on the back of your neck. Grapow's guitar solo's are always a pleasure here, again never too showy or overbearing but knowing when an ass kicker is needed. Fans of the faster power metal style of the band will be pleased to hear tracks such as "Fiddle of Time", "Blue Europa" or the title track, all kick ass numbers in particularly "Blue Europa" which is strongly reminiscent of the debut. Even better there isn't a ballad in sight, just 10 tracks of melodic power metal heaven.

Overall I will admit that this one took time, after a nice walk in the park with this one on the headphones it clicked in place and thus began the growing. Give it time to grow because once it starts it's hard to stop. In this reviewer's humble opinion this is arguably their best to date, and whilst there is the charm of the debut, the strong metallic edging of MK II, Time to be King boasts a collection of brilliant songs that can stand alone, or as an album oozing energy and confidence. It's time for Masterplan to be king.

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