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Release date: 28 March 2014
Style: Power metal

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Disc I
01. Avalon
02. Hellbent
03. Pale Rider
04. Born To Fly
05. Master Of Confusion
06. Empire Of The Undead
07. Time For Deliverance
08. Demonseed
09. Seven
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World [European bonus]
12. Avalon [Digipack bonus] [Live from the final studio sessions]
13. The Spirit [Digipack bonus] [Live from the final studio sessions]
14. Empire Of The Undead [Digipack bonus] [Live from the final studio sessions]

Disc II [DVD Digipack version]
Live from the final studio sessions:
01. The Spirit
02. Empire Of The Undead
03. Demonseed
04. Empathy

+ Tour Of Hamburg with Gamma Ray
+ Interview with Kai Hansen & Gamma Ray
+ To The Metal Promo Video
+ Live Videos From Skeletons & Majesties
    1 - Gamma Ray
    2 - Wings Of Destiny
    3 - Send Me A Sign [acoustic version]

Review
Lyrics (11)


Line-up
Kai Hansen - vocals, guitars
Henjo Richter - guitars
Michael Ehré - drums
Dirk Schlächter - bass

Additional musicians:
Corvin Bahn - additional keyboards


Additional info
Produced by Kai Hansen. Co-produced by Dirk Schlächter and Gamma Ray.
Choirs by Gamma Ray.

Staff review by
R Lewis

Rating:
8.0
The more 2014 goes on, the more it confirms that, this year, power metal is clinging to its heavyweights. After Iron Savior, Freedom Call, Sonata Arctica, Primal Fear and Edguy, now it's the time for Gamma Ray to unleash their opus.

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Staff pick by
Daniell

02.04.2014 I lost faith in power metal many years ago. An exhausted genre that is going nowhere. But at least some veterans still know how to play it

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mikeprado30 - 24.02.2013 at 04:03  
  Awaiting from this day!!!
Metal Invader - 24.02.2013 at 19:44  
Rating: 8 Hope it will be better then last few albums
Iamawalker - 28.02.2013 at 21:51  
 
Written by Metal Invader on 24.02.2013 at 19:44

Hope it will be better then last few albums


I hope so too , even though I really like the two latest albums as well (especially Land Of The Free II). For some reason, because Kai has had a lot of time to recharge and take a break with Unisonic and because Helloween has been extremely consistent for a long time now, I have the feeling that this new Gamma Ray might be the masterpiece we've been waiting for. Kai and company have something to prove now, that they can still show all the youngsters how Power Metal is to be created and that they can fully establish themselves again as a force to be reckoned with alongside Helloween, Blind Guardian, etc (though in my humble opinion they never failed to do that).
Metal Invader - 01.03.2013 at 00:38  
Rating: 8
Written by Iamawalker on 28.02.2013 at 21:51

Written by Metal Invader on 24.02.2013 at 19:44

Hope it will be better then last few albums


I hope so too , even though I really like the two latest albums as well (especially Land Of The Free II). For some reason, because Kai has had a lot of time to recharge and take a break with Unisonic and because Helloween has been extremely consistent for a long time now, I have the feeling that this new Gamma Ray might be the masterpiece we've been waiting for. Kai and company have something to prove now, that they can still show all the youngsters how Power Metal is to be created and that they can fully establish themselves again as a force to be reckoned with alongside Helloween, Blind Guardian, etc (though in my humble opinion they never failed to do that).

Well LOTFII imo is better then To The Metal witch i dont like cos it sound to "forced"..from a teaser of few songs(to little to make a real opinion) it doesent sound that new album will be something fresh and great(but that i whas thinking about Helloween new album also and it turn out to be really good album) so we shall see..but damm its to long to wait

And your opinion bout Kai and Unisonic:man,like you copy/paste that from some of mine early post but i cant remember where i wrote this
Lord_Regnier - 01.03.2013 at 01:00  
 
Written by Metal Invader on 24.02.2013 at 19:44

Hope it will be better then last few albums


Should not be hard to beat "To The Metal". This album sucked.
Angelic Storm - 01.03.2013 at 01:11  
  The last Gamma Ray album I really enjoyed was "Majestic". "Land Of The Free II" had a small amount of standout tracks, but overall, it was pretty average stuff. "To The Metal" was for the most part, an excercise in treading water, to me.

As was the case before the last album was released, my expectations for this one are low. It's frustrating, cos I know Kai is capable of writing amazing power metal, but over the last few years, he has been writing a lot of derivative and generic stuff. I can only hope he finds his mojo again for this latest album!
Lord_Regnier - 01.03.2013 at 01:24  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 01.03.2013 at 01:11

The last Gamma Ray album I really enjoyed was "Majestic". "Land Of The Free II" had a small amount of standout tracks, but overall, it was pretty average stuff. "To The Metal" was for the most part, an excercise in treading water, to me.

As was the case before the last album was released, my expectations for this one are low. It's frustrating, cos I know Kai is capable of writing amazing power metal, but over the last few years, he has been writing a lot of derivative and generic stuff. I can only hope he finds his mojo again for this latest album!


Imo, "Majestic" and "LOTF II" were not great albums but they were not bad either. Personally, I prefer LOTF II.
"To The Metal", I can't stand.

My expectations are low now when it comes to Gamma Ray. Because their recent albums have not been great. Because it's an aging band and, from my experience, bands rarely get any better when the members are over 40. And because it is Powermetal and we rarely get anything good from this genre nowadays, from my point of view. The genre seems very exhausted if we compare to the mid and late 90s.
Iamawalker - 01.03.2013 at 01:31  
 
Quote:
Written by Metal Invader on 01.03.2013 at 00:38

I hope so too , even though I really like the two latest albums as well (especially Land Of The Free II). For some reason, because Kai has had a lot of time to recharge and take a break with Unisonic and because Helloween has been extremely consistent for a long time now, I have the feeling that this new Gamma Ray might be the masterpiece we've been waiting for. Kai and company have something to prove now, that they can still show all the youngsters how Power Metal is to be created and that they can fully establish themselves again as a force to be reckoned with alongside Helloween, Blind Guardian, etc (though in my humble opinion they never failed to do that).

Well LOTFII imo is better then To The Metal witch i dont like cos it sound to "forced"..from a teaser of few songs(to little to make a real opinion) it doesent sound that new album will be something fresh and great(but that i whas thinking about Helloween new album also and it turn out to be really good album) so we shall see..but damm its to long to wait

And your opinion bout Kai and Unisonic:man,like you copy/paste that from some of mine early post but i cant remember where i wrote this


Yes I agree about To The Metal, it does sound forced at times. There's also a thing with the production that annoys me slightly with that album, but I can't put a finger on what exactly. Lately I have to say that Land Of The Free II has really grown on me. There are some absolutely brilliant stuff on that album, f.ex. the very Maiden-esque "From The Ashes", or the 11-minute towering epic "Insurrection". I feel I've written that album off too quick in the past and actually not given it the proper light of day.

From the new clips, "Master Of Confusion" (from the few seconds) didn't sound too bad (it reminded me heavily of another GR song, don't know which).

Oh, I apologize if I did that, if so it was unconscious and done on auto-pilot.
Metal Invader - 01.03.2013 at 01:50  
Rating: 8
Quote:
Yes I agree about To The Metal, it does sound forced at times. There's also a thing with the production that annoys me slightly with that album, but I can't put a finger on what exactly. Lately I have to say that Land Of The Free II has really grown on me. There are some absolutely brilliant stuff on that album, f.ex. the very Maiden-esque "From The Ashes", or the 11-minute towering epic "Insurrection". I feel I've written that album off too quick in the past and actually not given it the proper light of day.

From the new clips, "Master Of Confusion" (from the few seconds) didn't sound too bad (it reminded me heavily of another GR song, don't know which).

Oh, I apologize if I did that, if so it was unconscious and done on auto-pilot.


It reminded me to of song from Power Plant i think..maybe im wrong
And as for copy/paste thing i will not sue you if you send couple of beers
Metal Invader - 01.03.2013 at 02:13  
Rating: 8
Written by Lord_Regnier on 01.03.2013 at 01:00

Written by Metal Invader on 24.02.2013 at 19:44

Hope it will be better then last few albums


Should not be hard to beat "To The Metal". This album sucked.

Well yea it does but i dont want that they just beat that album i want that GR(and Helloween)kick ass cos i like them and power metal as genre,even(like you said)there is nothing much to offer since 80s..But Helloween(with Nabataea and few other songs)imo shows that they still have "that something" even they are over 40.
Lord_Regnier - 01.03.2013 at 02:31  
 
Written by Metal Invader on 01.03.2013 at 02:13

power metal as genre,even(like you said)there is nothing much to offer since 80s..


The second half of the 90s have been a good time for Powermetal.
And to tell the truth, I have not been into this genre for a very long time. I only follow it very casually.
I'm into Black Metal mostly and some Thrash.
Iamawalker - 01.03.2013 at 11:44  
 
Written by Metal Invader on 01.03.2013 at 01:50

It reminded me to of song from Power Plant i think..maybe im wrong
And as for copy/paste thing i will not sue you if you send couple of beers


Yeah, it could be! I hope there's less of that on this new album. I like the fact that Gamma Ray is able to sound very Gamma Ray'ish, but I wouldn't mind them branching out a little to explore some unknown lands (like you mentioned with Helloween and "Nabateae"). It could be interesting f.ex. if they went back to the drawing board used for "Majestic", and make this new one a little heavier and faster again, just to mix things up a bit. Or, I don't know, maybe do a concept-album again(?).

Yeah, I'll do that hehe, cheers!
Metal Invader - 01.03.2013 at 13:54  
Rating: 8
Written by Lord_Regnier on 01.03.2013 at 02:31

Written by Metal Invader on 01.03.2013 at 02:13

power metal as genre,even(like you said)there is nothing much to offer since 80s..


The second half of the 90s have been a good time for Powermetal.
And to tell the truth, I have not been into this genre for a very long time. I only follow it very casually.
I'm into Black Metal mostly and some Thrash.

Yea i forget to write 90s..i have a flu so i dont control my Head
I saw on your profile that you are into black metal..that is not for me some Thrash i can listen also
Metal Invader - 01.03.2013 at 14:04  
Rating: 8
Written by Iamawalker on 01.03.2013 at 11:44

Written by Metal Invader on 01.03.2013 at 01:50

It reminded me to of song from Power Plant i think..maybe im wrong
And as for copy/paste thing i will not sue you if you send couple of beers


Yeah, it could be! I hope there's less of that on this new album. I like the fact that Gamma Ray is able to sound very Gamma Ray'ish, but I wouldn't mind them branching out a little to explore some unknown lands (like you mentioned with Helloween and "Nabateae"). It could be interesting f.ex. if they went back to the drawing board used for "Majestic", and make this new one a little heavier and faster again, just to mix things up a bit. Or, I don't know, maybe do a concept-album again(?).

Yeah, I'll do that hehe, cheers!

I would not have anything against heaver and faster but i dont like "Majestic" much..well we all have our own taste!:)
Thanx for Beer,you are a free man now!;)
Angelic Storm - 01.03.2013 at 22:26  
 
Written by Lord_Regnier on 01.03.2013 at 01:24
Imo, "Majestic" and "LOTF II" were not great albums but they were not bad either. Personally, I prefer LOTF II.
"To The Metal", I can't stand.

My expectations are low now when it comes to Gamma Ray. Because their recent albums have not been great. Because it's an aging band and, from my experience, bands rarely get any better when the members are over 40. And because it is Powermetal and we rarely get anything good from this genre nowadays, from my point of view. The genre seems very exhausted if we compare to the mid and late 90s.


Well, I like "Majestic" a lot, although I wouldn't place it in the "classic" bracket alongside SOIS and "Land Of The Free".

As for powermetal these days, I have to say I've enjoyed Helloween's more recent albums immensely, and their last 2 albums are vastly superior to the last 2 Gamma Ray albums, in my opinion. I also loved the last Blind Guardian album, so I still think there's life in the genre yet. Overall, the genre is much less abundant in great material now compared with late 80's, and mid-late 90's, but there's still some good stuff in there if you look hard enough. lol
Mountain King - 01.04.2013 at 23:57  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 01.03.2013 at 22:26

Written by Lord_Regnier on 01.03.2013 at 01:24
Imo, "Majestic" and "LOTF II" were not great albums but they were not bad either. Personally, I prefer LOTF II.
"To The Metal", I can't stand.

My expectations are low now when it comes to Gamma Ray. Because their recent albums have not been great. Because it's an aging band and, from my experience, bands rarely get any better when the members are over 40. And because it is Powermetal and we rarely get anything good from this genre nowadays, from my point of view. The genre seems very exhausted if we compare to the mid and late 90s.


Well, I like "Majestic" a lot, although I wouldn't place it in the "classic" bracket alongside SOIS and "Land Of The Free".

As for powermetal these days, I have to say I've enjoyed Helloween's more recent albums immensely, and their last 2 albums are vastly superior to the last 2 Gamma Ray albums, in my opinion. I also loved the last Blind Guardian album, so I still think there's life in the genre yet. Overall, the genre is much less abundant in great material now compared with late 80's, and mid-late 90's, but there's still some good stuff in there if you look hard enough. lol


Just like any other genre, SOMETIMES you have to look hard for good releases. Power Metal is always great I would say, Stratovarius Helloween Serenity and Avantasia have released great albums so far. 4 albums in 3 months, I would say the genre still offers a lot of great music and I'm sure there are other bands that released good albums or will in the near future...
Darth Revan - 13.11.2013 at 06:01  
  Well, it's almost December 2013... where the fuck are you Empire of the Undead?
JÄY - 13.11.2013 at 07:05  
Rating: 9
Written by Darth Revan on 13.11.2013 at 06:01

Well, it's almost December 2013... where the fuck are you Empire of the Undead?

Yeah prolly not happening this year
Risto - 19.11.2013 at 17:05  
  This may get delayed as Hammer Studios has burned down! No one was hurt in the fire.

Darth Revan - 26.02.2014 at 07:43  
  So far everything I've heard from this album I've liked, this looks to be a return to form, unfortunately ugly ass cover art notwithstanding XD
John Shock - 28.02.2014 at 01:00  
  This is going to be heaven!!! \m/
Rulatore - 28.03.2014 at 01:20  
Rating: 5 I'm just finishing this one and I'm kind sad. Never been a fan of their music, but I enjoy power metal and I was hoping to hear something cool. Unfortunally this is more filler than killer (a lot more filler) with just some 3 songs that I really liked. ANd from what I remember, the other albums have this problem.

Would someone kindly recommend me an album that sounds like "Empire of the Dead", "Hellbent", "I will return", "Avalon" ?
deadone - 28.03.2014 at 01:44  
Rating: 6
Written by Rulatore on 28.03.2014 at 01:20

I'm just finishing this one and I'm kind sad. Never been a fan of their music, but I enjoy power metal and I was hoping to hear something cool. Unfortunally this is more filler than killer (a lot more filler) with just some 3 songs that I really liked. ANd from what I remember, the other albums have this problem.

Would someone kindly recommend me an album that sounds like "Empire of the Dead", "Hellbent", "I will return", "Avalon" ?



From what I've heard of this album, it is an album that we fans will enjoy but not necessarily break new ground.


I need to order my copy of this one soon too!
JÄY - 28.03.2014 at 04:30  
Rating: 9 Best since No World Order, for sure!

Actually, maybe better than NWO....
R Lewis - 28.03.2014 at 10:15  
Rating: 8 Pahaha the riffs from "Master Of Confusion" and "Seven" are almost the same. I sincerely hope they did it on purpose.

Really good album tho
Angelic Storm - 28.03.2014 at 15:10  
 
Written by R Lewis on 28.03.2014 at 10:15

Pahaha the riffs from "Master Of Confusion" and "Seven" are almost the same. I sincerely hope they did it on purpose.

Really good album tho


I noticed that right away as soon as I heard "Seven". They are too similar for my liking, and it does inhibit my enjoyment of "Seven"...

As for the album, I've noticed the guitars are tuned lower than before, and there seems to be an emphasis on modern, groove based riffage in some songs. Still, most of the songs are great, apart from "Demonseed", which is a bit boring.
Rulatore - 28.03.2014 at 16:48  
Rating: 5
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.03.2014 at 15:10

I've noticed the guitars are tuned lower than before

I noticed that too, well, not that I can really compare it to the other albums, but it was pretty low.

Also, at first I thought that time for deliverance was a Queen Cover
Angelic Storm - 28.03.2014 at 16:57  
 
Written by Rulatore on 28.03.2014 at 16:48
Also, at first I thought that time for deliverance was a Queen Cover


Ah yes... the chorus is a bit like "We Are The Champions".
Bad English - 28.03.2014 at 22:11  
  Good power metal, I dont know this band so much when I was listening 1th time I thought is about space n what so ever, but well music is heavy more closer to HM to cheasy flower, seems Kai Hansen is maybe one of best figures on German PM ... if we compare whit Blind Guardian and Hansi Kurch .... he is way degredated, this etleast stay in same lavel as in 90's
DeathSlyzer - 29.03.2014 at 11:01  
 
Written by Rulatore on 28.03.2014 at 01:20

I'm just finishing this one and I'm kind sad. Never been a fan of their music, but I enjoy power metal and I was hoping to hear something cool. Unfortunally this is more filler than killer (a lot more filler) with just some 3 songs that I really liked. ANd from what I remember, the other albums have this problem.

Would someone kindly recommend me an album that sounds like "Empire of the Dead", "Hellbent", "I will return", "Avalon" ?

I liked this album, but I do get what you're saying. Some of these songs could have been written with more thought to them.

Try the new Sinbreed album. That might be just what you're looking for. Pretty much all the songs were pretty fast, yet melodic, so that might be to your liking.

Written by Angelic Storm on 28.03.2014 at 16:57

Written by Rulatore on 28.03.2014 at 16:48
Also, at first I thought that time for deliverance was a Queen Cover


Ah yes... the chorus is a bit like "We Are The Champions".

Haha, you guys also noticed this huh? I did like the song a lot, but I did start to sing the chorus to "We Are The Champions" when I heard it.
deadone - 31.03.2014 at 03:26  
Rating: 6 I think this is ok but I think the new Primal Fear might be better.
Mountain King - 04.04.2014 at 19:54  
  The song "Avalon" is the best thing I've heard in months...Good album
Warman - 07.04.2014 at 14:27  
Rating: 8
Written by Mountain King on 04.04.2014 at 19:54

The song "Avalon" is the best thing I've heard in months...Good album

Yeah, my favourite song from 2014 so far.
Rulatore - 10.04.2014 at 18:10  
Rating: 5 Also noticed that the opening riff of "Empire of the Undead" is almost the same as "Hit the Lights".
K†ulu - 15.04.2014 at 16:41  
Rating: 5 Completely run-of-the-mill power/heavy metal. I keep thinking of Rhapsody, Iron Maiden and Dio (well, and Metallica ) when listening to this. Absolutely nothing special here, except for, maybe, "I Will Return."
Necrodamus - 17.04.2014 at 09:47  
Rating: 8 First half seems better than the second half to me. But still all around a better album than their last few. Power metal is still alive and well.
deadone - 08.05.2014 at 07:27  
Rating: 6 Chorus for Hellbent for Metal sounds like it's straight from Walls of Jericho or Helloween self titled EP.

Album is failing to grow on me. It lacks the "oomph" of Majesty. Too many cheesy bits that seem straight out of recent Helloween.


The second half does seem a bit forced and out of ideas. I always think if you can only do 30 minutes of good music, then only release 30 minutes.
deadone - 08.05.2014 at 08:08  
Rating: 6
Written by Rulatore on 10.04.2014 at 18:10

Also noticed that the opening riff of "Empire of the Undead" is almost the same as "Hit the Lights".



Yup!

But then over the last few albums Gamma Ray's had lots of songs that sound like something else be it Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Rush or Iron Maiden and now Metallica and Queen.

Whether it's deliberate tribute or blatant ripping off is anyone's guess.
M C Vice - 29.05.2014 at 11:45  
Rating: 6 What's that Gamma Ray song "There's no need to cry, and there's no need to die, cause all you need is love"?
Time For Deliverance really reminds me of that one.
TheDarkWizard - 26.06.2014 at 01:34  
Rating: 10 Best album since Majestic!!

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