Posted: December 18, 2009 at 2:11 am

December 18th is Mastermind guitarist Bill Berends birthday! On this auspicious occasion we would like to make a very big announcement…

MASTERMIND has signed with LION MUSIC of Finland to release the long awaited INSOMNIA album!! Our first album for the label, “Insomnia” will be released on February 19th 2010. This is our first full length studio album in many years and features vocalist Tracy McShane joining founding members Bill Berends (guitars, synths, bass) and Rich Berends (drums) along with Jens Johansson (Stratovarius) once again contributing keyboard solos and piano.

We are all very pleased with this development and hope those of you reading will help spread the news far and wide, Mastermind is back! And to add to this wonderful news, the band has been rehearsing with bassist Tim Spillane preparing for live performances in support of the album release. As some may recall, Tim played bass with Mastermind in 2001 performing at our NJ Proghouse & Pittsburgh shows with Symphony-X amongst others. Welcome back Tim!

The Insomnia album also features the bass talents of Chris Eike & Greg Hagen.

Visit for more information about the release.

Happy birthday indeed! A wonderful way to start a new year!

category: Mastermind,music,News


8 Comments so far

  1. Igor December 18th, 2009 4:38 am

    wow,I like the tittle of the album
    I like the line up
    great news
    what can I say?
    Happy Birthday Bill!
    And I hope that 2010 will be the year that you will never forget!
    I hope that a lot of good things will happen…
    all the best!
    I’m looking forward to hear the album…

  2. Eduard Antoniu December 18th, 2009 7:49 am

    Happy birthday, Bill! Indeed, wonderful news to begin the new year with.

  3. Kathy Bacon December 18th, 2009 2:36 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS! This is so cool! I know you have been working on this for a long time! Time to get the fan club rolling again I guess! LOL I really am happy for all of you! Give everyone our best wishes for the new beginning and the new year!

  4. Janell December 18th, 2009 4:48 pm

    Hoping Mastermind can go on tour again someday!! Looking forward to the new long-awaited album.

  5. :fab: December 23rd, 2009 3:49 am

    You’ve just made my Christmas come true… Great news and AWESOME present! Love from Roma, guys, hope to see you out there and merry holydays! Happy birthday [later but better than never] Bill, BRING IT!

  6. Krype December 25th, 2009 9:28 pm

    Looking forward to another classic album… what a way to start out 2010!

  7. Sam January 7th, 2010 10:50 am

    hi and have the best year ever now with your great music and deal,Mastermind!try to check out our kind of prog rock if you like,so see you-hopefully!cheers,Crop Circle Sam

  8. Pete Ulyett February 1st, 2010 7:35 pm

    Bill, Congrats on the new album – – looking forward to hearing it. I met you on December 9th 2009 when my son and his friends (Final Warning) were recording in your studio. Me, you and Joe Deblasio were in the studio………….. I have since found out we were all born on DECEMBER 18TH!!!!!!!!!!!! Uncanny!!!

    All the best with the INSOMNIA.


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