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MASTERMIND

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There are six artists/groups called Mastermind: a Japanese Power Metal band, a UK grime production outfit, a US rock band, a DJ, a US funk band and a paraguayan thrash metal band.

1. Mastermind is a power metal band from Tokyo, Japan. They are: Yoshiyuki Watarai and Yoshiya Sato on guitar, Shinichi Kojima on drums, Norio Sato on vocals, and Naoyuki Hasegawa on bass. The band has released four full-length albums: Song for the New World (2000), The Way I Go (2001), To the World Beyond (2004), and From Here to Eternity (2006).

2. Were UK producers and artists who made the song “Rep Your Endz”. The instrumental spawning several other songs with different MCs. Becoming popularised on the grime channel formerly known as Channel U (now Channel AKA) and being released on it’s anthologies.

3. MASTERMIND is a progressive rock/metal band from the USA (currently none of the music on this page is from this band). Established in 1986, MASTERMIND is brothers Berends, Bill and Rich. Rich is a drummer who subscribes to the Carl Palmer school of drumming. Music, vocals, guitar, bass and faux-keyboards (actually a guitar-controlled MIDI setup) were handled by brother Bill, while Rich pounded out complex drumming. The music is guitar based, and they play a melodic ELP - styled energetic and bombastic progressive rock.

On their third & fourth releases, the music began to leave the 70’s prog sound behind and the move towards a more progressive metal sound began. Jens Johansson joined the group on the 5th album “Excelsior! first release on a major label (Inside Out)though this album also has a lot of jazzy influences.

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