30 August 1959 |
|Associated acts||Masterplan, Helloween|
Roland Grapow (born 30 August 1959 in Hamburg, Germany) is a professional guitarist and music producer. Roland is best known for his time in the leading power metal band Helloween, who he played with for 12 years after replacing founding member Kai Hansen. He is also known for leading the acclaimed power metal-based band Masterplan.
Roland started playing guitar at age 12. His father bought him a guitar and had him to take guitar lessons, but Roland couldn't stand the theory part and his teacher told his father that Roland didn't have any talent for guitar playing.
Prior to joining Helloween, Grapow was a member of the heavy metal band Rampage. He joined the band in roughly 1979, and played on two of their studio albums "Victim Of Rock" in 1980, and "Love Lights Up The Night" in 1982. He left Rampage in roughly 1983. He was then fairly inactive until joining Helloween in 1989. Roland played on the albums Pink Bubbles Go Ape, Chameleon, Master of the Rings, The Time of the Oath, High Live, Better Than Raw, Metal Jukebox, and The Dark Ride.
During his time with Helloween Roland also formed a solo project. The first release, The Four Seasons of Life, featured members of Helloween playing backup, with Roland trying his hand at singing in addition to guitar playing. On the second album, Kaleidoscope, current and former members of Yngwie Malmsteen's band were utilized.
In 2001, Roland and bandmate Uli Kusch were fired from Helloween due to musical and personal differences. In 2012, on an interview with Metal Shock Finland's Chief Editor, Mohsen Fayyazi, Roland stated:
|“||I felt very secure in Helloween. In the middle of the tour I said something to Michael and Markus and I said my opinion about something. I wanted to make something the best for the band and I think they misunderstood me, like I wanted to be leader. I was telling the truth and that’s how I am… It was a great time in Helloween… but I was happy when I left the band after the Dark Ride because it’s one of my favourite albums, it totally changed my life .||”|
Roland and Uli decided to go on with the side project they had been planning and formed the band Masterplan with former Ark and The Snakes singer Jørn Lande. After Uli Kusch left the band in 2006, Roland became the leader and main songwriter of Masterplan.
Roland is currently living in Zvolenská Slatina, Slovakia, where he works as a music producer at his own studio. In 2011 he mixed the album Motherland for the Italian progressive metal band Daedalus and played the guitar solo on the song Underground. He also produced Czech metalcore band X-Core on their and debut album "In Hell" and also their latest "Life and stuff" record. Another Czech power metal band Eagleheart recorded their second album "Dreamtherapy" for Scarlet Records, with Roland producing, mixing, mastering and guesting vocals and guitar solos. Some of best albums recorded, produced and/or mixed by Roland Grapow has been Tony Hernando "Actual events" (featuring Mike Terrana on drums) and the last 2 albums by spanish Metal band Saratoga with Tony Hernando on guitar, "Secretos y revelaciones" and "Nemesis". The new and acclaimed debut album by the band Lords Of Black has been also co-produced and Mixed by Roland Grapow and released in 2014.
|Year of Release||Artist||Title||Label|
|1980||Rampage||Victim of Rock||Independent|
|1982||Rampage||Love Lights Up The Night||Independent|
|1991||Helloween||Pink Bubbles Go Ape||EMI|
|1994||Helloween||Master of the Rings||Castle Communications|
|1996||Helloween||The Time of the Oath||Castle Communications|
|1996||Helloween||High Live||Castle Communications|
|1997||Roland Grapow||The Four Seasons of Life||Snapper Music|
|1998||Helloween||Better Than Raw||Castle Communications|
|1999||Helloween||Metal Jukebox||Castle Communications|
|2000||Helloween||The Dark Ride||Nuclear Blast|
|2007||Masterplan||MK II||AFM Records|
|2010||Masterplan||Time to Be King||AFM Records|
|2013||Masterplan||Novum Initium||AFM Records|
|2015||Serious Black||As Dying Breaks||Nuclear Blast Records|
|2015||Level 10||Chapter One||Frontiers Records|
- "Roland Grapow". truemetal.org. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
- "MASTERPLAN's Roland Grapow - "I Think HELLOWEEN Would Be Much Bigger If They Would Continue With The Style Of Keepers Albums"; New Audio Interview Online". BW&BK. November 15, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
- "Interview With MASTERPLAN Mainman And Ex-HELLOWEEN Roland Grapow". Metal Shock Finland. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
- Roland Grapow
- Roland Grapow, Interview: "Masterplan: We Want To Be Different" May 24, 2013