Thursday, August 11, 2011

Featured Today! "Tanzwut, Masterplan..."

Hello L&D listeners!

How you like L&DR on your Android and Iphone? Well I'm Loving it so far the listening rates are increasing rapidly And is all thanks to you! Anyways Here's the real reason of this post, Today featured bands!

Tanzwut (DE) - Their name is the German term for "dancing mania", but is directly translated with "dance-rage". Tanzwut are known for their heavy use of bagpipes, an unusual instrument for a metal band. The group has achieved international success, filling concert halls as far away from their home country as Mexico. The band's recent releases have been gravitating towards a more Industrial metal approach, incorporating the use of more down-tuned guitars, harsher vocals and darker atmospheres. Tanzwut are well-known for their extravagant, energetic and very danceable music, which never makes it easy for the listeners to compare it to one of the ordinary music styles. It all started with experimental Electro-Industrial ("Tanzwut" - 1999), then there was more Rock and melody ("Im Labyrinth der Sinne" - 2000), in order to show with elements from Ska to Metal that there are no limits that can't be passed ("Ihr wolltet Spaß" - 2003). Followed by their last piece of work ("Schattenreiter" - 2006) which leads the listeners into an adventurous interplay of forces: noisy Industrial Metal and booming breakbeats together with Rock'n'Roll and Punk parts, seasoned with pinches of classical music. And, of course, there are always the catchy bagpipes (- built in their own workshop -) which create the bands own characteristical sound. Even more the band definitely knows how to impress the audience at their fulminant live performances. A cleverly devised stage setting, self-created live-outfits, unique instruments and a fantastic choreography combined with the rousing music make Tanzwut shows sudorific, extraordinary and unforgettable.

Masterplan (DE/NO) - 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 self-titled album, Masterplan was released in 2003, it was produced by Andy Sneap. The band then consisted of Grapow and Kusch with Norwegian, former ARK 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 hired as a permanent member. The band received the "European Border Breakers Award" from the European Commission in 2004, for the debut album success around Europe. In January 2005 Masterplan released their second album, Aeronautics once again produced by Andy Sneap and the band. During the writing of the third album the band parted ways with vocalist Jørn Lande, citing "musical differences" as the reason for the split. The split was amicable enough that Jørn agreed to perform four previously arranged live appearances before departing although two of these were eventually canceled by the promoters. On October 4, 2006 Uli Kusch announced his departure from the band in an interview with Although not discussing the details of what had happened, he mentioned the democratic principles of making decisions in the band as one of the reasons of his leaving - according to him, it often made getting a consensus nearly impossible. Three days later, Masterplan announced their new line-up through their official web site: Grapow, Mackenrott, Eckert, with new members Mike DiMeo (Riot, The Lizards) and Mike Terrana (ex-Artension, ex-Rage, Metalium). The band toured with Saxon as an opening act for Saxon's Inner Sanctum tour. The band's third album, suitably titled MK II, was released on February 26, 2007. It was produced this time by the band's actual leader, Roland Grapow himself, at his own studio in Slovakia. The album was recorded in September and October 2006. On January 11, 2009, Mike DiMeo confirmed on his MySpace page that he had parted ways with Masterplan. On July 25, 2009, the band finally revealed that Jørn Lande has made his return to Masterplan. On April 16, 2010, a single titled Far From the End of the World was released to precede the band's new fourth album, Time To Be King, once again produced by Roland Grapow. On July, 2011, the band has announced in the official website that they're writing songs for a new album, recordings will also start in the German autumn. 

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