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Gamma Ray - New Album In January

Gamma Ray's upcoming album To The Metal will be released via earMUSIC on January, 29th 2010. EarMUSIC is a project of Edel.

The new Gamma Ray offering is thoroughbred and classy, fast-paced and deep, and holds a few surprises in store which distinguish the band from the mass of acts who try their hand at similar styles and sounds.

The line-up consisting of Kai Hansen (vocals/guitar), Dirk Schlächter (bass), Henjo Richter (guitar) and Daniel Zimmermann (drums) recorded a total of twelve new songs at their own studio in Hamburg in autumn 2009. Ten of them will feature on the regular album release, and two additional bonus tracks can be heard on different editions of the album, the band's stylistic range including a full-throttle number such as "Rise", the rhythmic and melodically diverse "Time To Live", and the multilayered anthem "All You Need To Know" (which has given rise to speculation about a spectacular guest singer), as well as the sensitive ballad "No Need To Cry", composer/lyricist Dirk Schlächter's attempt to come to terms with the untimely death of his father. Of course, there's also the awesome title track - first introduced at the Wacken 2009 open-air and a number of festivals in Scandinavia and considered absolutely indispensible by the fans, which Gamma Ray recorded as a classic Metal track in the midtempo range, making it a real anthem.

The atmospherically dense "Empathy" sees Gamma Ray prove their amazing musical potential again, which keeps manifesting itself in exceptional and eminently interesting compositions. This song includes all the features of a diverse, exciting and multi-faceted number, in other words: sweeping sounds, cool grooves, a progressive touch and then - almost as if from nowhere - a chorus which seriously bowls you over. Subsequently, the band soar up to an almost oriental-sounding solo part, changing key several times within the track.

The album will be available in four versions:

as a regular jewel case CD
as a limited edition featuring an additional DVD (including an exciting making-of)
as a red vinyl in gatefold packaging
as a collectors' edition featuring CD and 7" vinyl with 2 unreleased tracks, completely hand-signed

The elaborate cover was designed by Herve Monjeaud, so the visual side of the new album is perfectly covered. Gamma Ray will present all this and much more from 6th February 2010, precisely one week after the release of their latest album, as part of an extensive world tour. Freedom Call had just been confirmed as special guests of the "To The Metal" tour, with Secret Sphere as support act. More tour details here.


Band profile: Gamma Ray
Posted: 15.12.2009 by Snbn | Comments (18)

Helloween - Releasing 25th Anniversary Best Of Album, Cover Art Revealed

Original news posted on 24.10.2009

Helloween have issued the following update:

"We deeply apologize the weeks of silence - which were weeks of insecurity for us - about the bands European label situation and the release date of the long awaited Unarmed - Best-Of 25th Anniversary album.

Thus we are proud to finally announce that we have teamed up with Sony Music in coop. with SPV, to release our upcoming records. We also want to use this opportunity to welcome the highly motivated team of Sony Music in the world of Helloween and it´s fans!

Release dates of Unarmed - Best-Of 25th Anniversary:

December 16th, 2009 - Japan & Southeast Asia (JVC/Victor)
January 29th, 2010 - Europe (SONY/SPV)
The release dates for the American continent will be announced soon

Unarmed - Best-Of 25th Anniversary is a big 'thank-you' to all our fans, old and new all over the world! Instead of putting together a regular greatest hits compilation featuring our most successful tracks to celebrate this anniversary, we completely rearranged and rerecorded the greatest songs and melodies of our career.
Together with our tried and tested producer, Charlie Bauerfeind, we invited many great musicians to guest on this special record, with the doubtless highlight of having the 70-piece Prague Symphonic Orchestra performing "The Keeper´s Trilogy", a 17 minute medley consisting of the songs "Halloween", "Keeper of the Seven Keys" and "The King for A 1000 Years" - goose bumbs guaranteed!

Here´s a list of all songs we recorded:

Dr. Stein
Future World
If I Could Fly
Where The Rain Grows
The Keeper´s Trilogy
Eagle Fly Free
Perfect Gentleman
Forever & One
I Want Out
Falling To Pieces
A Tale That wasn't Right

We aren't one of those bands who like to celebrate themselves, we just want to say 'thank you' in our own special way to all of you who have followed us through the past 25 years - to us, this album stands for an official celebration. It was a big challenge & great experience and we had a lot of fun recording our most important tracks in an entirely new 'outfit' and with new arrangements - we hope you like them!"

UPDATE (thanks to Snbn)

German metallers Helloween have revealed the artwork for Unarmed - Best-Of 25th Anniversary, and have issued the following message: "The artwork for the forthcoming album was once more made by Martin Haeusler who was already in charge of The Legacy and the Gambling With The Devil artwork. The photo shooting took place at a salt-lake near Los Angeles and a detailed making-of story will be featured here soon.


Band profile: Helloween
Posted: 05.11.2009 by Snbn | Comments (38)