Aeronautics

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Back in 1982 and 1983, no one would have used the term "cult following" in connection with power metal. In those days, artists like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden were not marginalized -- they were all over MTV and FM rock radio. But in rock's post-'80s, post-Nevermind environment, power metal flies under the radar and attracts what has long since become a cult following. That doesn't mean that power metal disappeared after the '80s; quite a few power metal revival bands have been formed in the '90s and 2000s, but you have to know where to find them. Power metal revival outfits are especially plentiful in Western Europe, home of Masterplan. Aeronautics, the band's second ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Back in 1982 and 1983, no one would have used the term "cult following" in connection with power metal. In those days, artists like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden were not marginalized -- they were all over MTV and FM rock radio. But in rock's post-'80s, post-Nevermind environment, power metal flies under the radar and attracts what has long since become a cult following. That doesn't mean that power metal disappeared after the '80s; quite a few power metal revival bands have been formed in the '90s and 2000s, but you have to know where to find them. Power metal revival outfits are especially plentiful in Western Europe, home of Masterplan. Aeronautics, the band's second album, is best described as power metal with a strong progressive rock influence -- think Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Ronnie James Dio with an appreciation of Rush, ELP, and Journey. Of course, the power metal orientation isn't surprising when you consider who is in the band; Masterplan includes two-ex members of Germany's Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch as well as bassist Jan S. Eckert of Iron Savior fame. Meanwhile, lead singer Jorn Lande is a Norwegian headbanger with an obvious David Coverdale/Deep Purple influence. Put all those things together, and you have a 2005 release that often sounds like it could have been recorded 20 or 25 years earlier. This highly melodic effort rocks aggressively, but not quite as aggressively as some of Europe's other power metal revival bands -- and one of the things that softens the blow is Masterplan's appreciation of prog rock as well as classic hard rock and arena rock. Aeronautics isn't the least bit groundbreaking, but it's a solid, respectable outing that will please power metal diehards -- especially if they also appreciate progressive rock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Candlelight
  • UPC: 803341148321
  • Catalog Number: 128

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crimson Rider (3:59)
  2. 2 Back for My Life (4:12)
  3. 3 Wounds (4:04)
  4. 4 I'm Not Afraid (5:29)
  5. 5 Headbanger's Ballroom (4:55)
  6. 6 After This War (3:51)
  7. 7 Into the Arena (4:11)
  8. 8 Dark from the Dying (4:09)
  9. 9 Falling Sparrow (5:35)
  10. 10 Black in the Burn (9:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Masterplan Primary Artist
Roland Grapow Guitar
Uli Kusch Drums
Jorn Lande Vocals
Axel Mackenrott Keyboards
Technical Credits
Roland Grapow Engineer
Mika Jussila Mastering
Andy Sneap Producer, Engineer
Thomas Ewerhard Cover Art
Piet Sielck Composer
Andy Allendorfer Executive Producer
Masterplan Composer
Nils Wasko Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Masterplan's Masterpiece

    Masterplan and Aeronautics are two of the best albums I've ever heard in my life. Masterplan offers a more upbeat style of music, while Aeronautics mixes raw emotion with power and soul.

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