When it comes to power metal, Lande is one of the best vocalists in the business. Of course a vocalist needs good songs to sing, and Masterplan provides them. Roland Grapow (formerly of Helloween) lays down a solid base of riffs and also takes center stage with several guitar solos throughout Time To Be King.
“Fiddle Of Time” gets the album off to a rousing start, traditional power metal flavored with periodic Celtic tinged keyboard parts. “Blow Your Winds” is more moderately paced, with ample melody. Grapow also produced the album, doing a nice job polishing Masterplan's sound without it sounding too clinical or sterile.
Songs like “Lonely Winds Of War” is where Masterplan are at their best. Crunchy guitars, atmospheric keyboards and a lot of dynamics push the limits, stopping just short of being over the top. “The Dark Road” is still bombastic, but slightly more reserved. Lande shows both a subdued, emotional style along with a full-throated power metal croon.
There are a few lulls toward the end of the album, but Time To Be King is strengthened by Lande's return to the band, and is a quality power metal release.
(released May 25, 2010 on AFM Records)