A major fire in Hamburg, Germany has destroyed the Hammer Studios of Eike Freese, Kai Hansen and Dirk Schlächter. The studio has burnt to the ground, so have the rehearsal rooms of the Hamburg bands Gamma Ray, Dark Age, Brothers In Arms, ChainReAction, Black Hawk, A Million Miles, Sambódromo, Kamizaraky, The Golden Creek and Cate's Leila, of which many didn't have insurance for their equipment. Luckily, nobody was injured severely although some people suffered slight smoke poisoning and two people barely made it out of the burning building.
German power metal masters Gamma Ray have annouced that they have entered the studio, where they began the works on their new upcoming studio album Empire Of The Undead. The band has this year already released the Master Of Confusion EP, available from March 15th through earMUSIC. Other details about the new album shall be announced in the near future.
Gamma Ray will have a busy year with the recent release of the Master Of Confusion yesterday and the upcoming album Empire Of The Undead. To celebrate the release of their newest EP, the band is streaming the title track "Master Of Confusion" and created a new rehearsal lyric video for it which you can see below.
Gamma Ray will release a new upcoming extended EP entitled Master Of Confusion on March 15th via earMUSIC, the Germany-based label which is part of the Edel Group. A one-minute teaser for the EP can now be seen below.
German power metal giants Gamma Ray have just revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming EP Master Of Confusion. The new EP will be released on March 15th via earMUSIC and all its details were previously reported over here. Take a look at the cover below.
Gamma Ray are pleased to announce that March 15th, 2013 will be the official release date of their new upcoming EP - Master Of Confusion. It will be released via earMUSIC, the Germany-based international rock label, which is part of Edel Group. "Master Of Confusion" and "Empire Of The Undead" are the first two new studio songs by Gamma Ray to be released on this EP, after the successful studio album To The Metal.
Brazilian power metal act Shadowside will be back to Europe soon. The band officially announced a series of several performances supporting the legendary German bands Helloween and Gamma Ray. Shadowside will be promoting their latest effort Inner Monster Out.
Gamma Ray have released a clip from the upcoming DVD/2CD live release Skeletons & Majesties Live. The clip for "Time To Break Free" (originally from the 1995 studio release Land Of The Free) features former Helloween singer Michael Kiske on guest vocals. The release will come in 2CD, Blu-ray and DVD on November 30th, 2012 through earMUSIC.
If you have a good memory, you'll remember the Hellish Rock TourHelloween did in 2007/2008 with their special guests Gamma Ray. They played 95 shows in 34 countries, in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. Those who didn't have the chance to be there will now be able to attend the Hellish Rock Tour Part II, which will start in March 2013 in Europe and go around the globe, once again featuring Gamma Ray.
German power metallers Gamma Ray have announced Michael Ehré (Metalium) as the band's new drummer. He will replace longtime drummer Daniel Zimmermann who left the band. Gamma Ray broke the news to a German magazine and made the announcement through a video recorded at the Hammer Recording Studios in Hamburg. You can watch the announcement below.
German power metallers Gamma Ray are sad to announce that guitarist and keyboardist Henjo Richter will take no part in their upcoming shows. The band is scheduled to play in the Sweden Rock Cruise this month and also take part in the Masters Of Rock Festival later next month.
Gamma Ray will do five shows at the start of 2011 in North America. These will be the only dates the band will play in North America all year. As a special bonus, the band will offer VIP meet & greet tickets which give the fans entrance to the venue 1 hour before doors with a special meet & greet with Gamma Ray.
The confirmed live shows are as follows:
28th January 2011 - Grammercy Theater - New York, NY
29th January 2011 - Cafe Campus - Montreal, QUE
30th January 2011 - Imperial - Quebec City, QUE
1st February 2011 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
3rd February 2011 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL
Gamma Ray have added more live dates to their so-called "To The Metal World Tour". Catch the band live in Russia, Asia or Latin America on the following dates:
08.04.10 - Russia - Moscow, B1 Maximum
10.04.10 - Russia - St Petersburg, DK Lensoveta
13.04.10 - Japan - Osaka, Big Cat (with Rage)
15.04.10 - Japan - Tokyo, On Air East (with Rage)
16.04.10 - Japan - Tokyo, On Air East (with Rage)
17.04.10 - Japan - Nagoya, Bottom Line (with Rage)
20.04.10 - Korea - Seoul, V-Hall
21.04.10 - China - Beijing, Mao Live House
22.04.10 - Taiwan - Taipei, Armed Forces Cultural Center
24.04.10 - Guatemala - Guatemala, City Teatro Miguel Angel Asturias
25.04.10 - Mexico - Mexico City, Circo Volador
Due to a Retina-Detachment, Henjo, Gamma Ray's guitarist, has undergone surgery. The shows, therefore, in Saarbrücken and Langen will not take place as planned. The show in Langen will be moved to the following Monday the 22 of March. Saarbrücken will be on Tuesday the 23 of March. The shows in Lichtenfels and Prague will happen as planned.
UPDATED (thanks to BudDa)
Gamma Ray drummer Daniel Zimmermann posted the following update on Henjo Richter's condition:
"Henjo's eye surgery went better than expected. Nevertheless, Henjo cannot play the shows in Lichtenfels, Prague, Langen and Saarbrücken. The band decided to engage guitar player Kasperi Heikkinen (Amberian Dawn, Iconofear, ex-Elenium) from Finland again to play the four shows mentioned above. Kasperi already replaced Henjo for a few shows in 2006."