With my fears allayed and set aside I’m happy to say that Masterplan are as fresh as always and have released an album just as strong as their past releases. The jury is still out as to whether Novum Initium is their best album ever, but it’s certainly strong enough to be as good as the rest. With a master craftman like Roland Grapow at the helm of the sound and songs there should be little concern as to their future.
With their induction into RRHoF it seems like the industry is finally recognising the contribution one of the UK’s greatest exports has made to rock music
I want to say that one band I could definitely associate Crushing Blow with is Desdemon which we reviewed earlier in 2010, with it’s speedier metal shifts but at the same time balancing a melodic approach in each song the same way as the previous mentioned band.