Masterplan is a German power metal band founded by Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch upon leaving Helloween.
Masterplan was formed by Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch, after the two were fired from the power metal band Helloween. The first MCD Enlighten Me was released on November 18, 2002.
Their first full-length album, Masterplan was released in 2003. The band then consisted of Grapow and Kusch with vocalist Jørn Lande. The main part of the keyboard lines on the album were arranged and programmed by Roland and Uli, while Children of Bodom keyboard player Janne "Warman" Wirman recorded some sessions for the album, but could not stay on as a full time member due to his commitments to Children of Bodom. Axel Mackenrott replaced him on tour and since then as a permanent member. Studio bassist Jürgen Attig (Casanova) helped with some bass lines on the recordings, but Grapow was the main bassist for the album. For tour and subsequent recordings, Jan-Sören Eckert (Iron Savior) was ...