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Gamma Ray

Kai Hansen formed Helloween in 1984, playing guitar and singing on the speed metal band's first four albums. He left in early 1989, however, and founded Gamma Ray with vocalist Ralf Scheepers (formerly with Tyran Pace). The duo intended to record a one-off project that Hansen originated while in Helloween, so they recruited bassist Uwe Wessel, drummer Matthias Burchardt, and several other musicians. The album, Heading for Tomorrow, was released in 1990 and proved a hit with fans and critics, so much so that Hansen, Scheepers, and Wessel decided to tour the album with added members Dirk Schlacter (guitar) and Uli Kusch (drums). During the tour the Heaven Can Wait EP was released. By 1991, Gamma Ray produced another album of new material, entitled Sigh No More. Following 1993's Insanity & Genius, vocalist Scheepers departed to try out for Judas Priest; he didn't get the gig, but opted to form a new band called Primal Fear rather than return to the fold, leaving Hansen to take over vocal duties on 1995's Land of the Free. Further recordings with Hansen as lead vocalist followed, including 1997's Somewhere Out in Space, 1998's Valley of the Kings, and 1999's Power Plant. Blast from the Past was released in 2000. Gamma Ray returned to a raging New Wave of British Heavy Metal style for 2001's No World Order, and followed that album with the live set Skeleton in the Closet. Gamma Ray returned in 2005 with Majestic, the release of which was accompanied by a world tour. In 2007, Gamma Ray released Land of the Free II (the sequel to 1995's Land of the Free), and went on tour with Helloween to promote the album. Three years later, the band released its tenth full-length album, To the Metal! In 2012, drummer Daniel Zimmermann left the group after 15 years. He was replaced by Michael Ehre. The band released their eleventh studio album, Empire of the Undead, which took the band's sound in a more thrash-oriented direction, in the spring 2014. ~ John Bush
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...because sometimes I need to listen to bands like Gamma Ray. I don't expect that there is anyone else who knows why.
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we need powerplant
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They need Dan back
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Def like these guys!
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I think the real question should be:

Wheres somewhere out in space,headin g for tommorow and powerplant?
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Good band, but Fairly sure Zimmermann is with Freedom Call which is a little better at least in my opinion.
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This song sounds very Iron Maidenish.
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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Pandora needs 2 add Skeletons in The Closet, it's 1 of my favorite albums
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Land of the Free Pt.2 is boss
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love this band :D
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For me the best Gamma Ray album is power plant!!!!!!!
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Where is Power Plant album?
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elricl0rd
gamma ray is the best power metal band and rebellion in dreamland is the best fking song ever.
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CARRY ON
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I love you Pandora...Th e r e ' s more than the "BIG" 4?...
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Pretty bad a**... I think I like Primal Fear better though.
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Pretty awesome band. I still like Edguy better though.
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Basically being one of the founders of melodic speed metal Kai Hansen blows almost any American metal frontman singer/songw r i t e r out of the water. Being a part of a genre littered with fantasy and mythical lyrics his words actually hold truth.
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Kicky my A** Every Time!! Top of the Heap!
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Crank it up and DRIVE FAST !!!
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Gamma Ray has their own sound. You can not deny them that. After Helloween Kai Hansen can do whatever he wants.
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Most Gamma Ray songs do sound all the same (both in terms of tempo and melody)...bu t they're not as bad-sounding or as annoying as most European "heavy metal" bands -especially the ones that border on "opera Metal" (Nightwish and many others). That is...Scandin a v i a n / G e r m a n metal is much worse than English/Amer i c a n metal.
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gamma ray f'n rulezzz. kai hansen is a METAL GOD!!!
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Eeeeh. Too much like EdGuy for me.
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eagleheart43 3 3
First, Kai hansen did not SING on the first four Helloween albums, he sang the first one then came Michael Kiske then Andi Deris long after Hansen left. Second, yeah you can say Gamma Ray is speed metal but Hansen prefers to be called heavy metal, which kind of changes the standards and perceptions to which one would hold Gamma Ray to.
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psluna2
I don't think it's THAT bad...it's definitely not the best though.
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Meh. Not impressed.
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conekiller13
Kinda sounds like a T.V. producers idea of what 80's metal sounded like.......y o u may have heard it the back ground in a scary bar on the A-Team or somthing.... . . . . .
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fc662007
man, this SUCKED. can you give more than one thumbs down??????
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To be fair, there are things about most* power metal vocalists that I find off-putting, but yet I overlook what would be a deal breaker in another genre because the overall end result is awesome, even if the vocals alone might have problems. It also helps that I essentially have them on 'shuffle', mixed in with all sorts of other musical genres.

*I do not include Kamelot in that category, ergo why I own 3 of their albums and will doubtless buy more.
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his voice kinda reminds me of kind diamond or dio grates on your nerves really quik
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I have to say, Kai Hansen's vocals are okay in short bursts. I bought the album "Land of the Free II", and I got sick of it pretty quick. Although I do love "Afterlife", mainly for the initial feel and beat of the song, its grabs enough attention to make a devoted guitarist want to switch to drums...
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murphy42
Hear Me Calling is pretty good...drums n guitar rock!
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I quite like this.
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Hibiria
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All Hail Kai Hansen!
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Kai is god
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odinscross69
I pretty much dig all things Kai!!!!
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first DF STINKS. second gamma ray ROCKS third Helloween and hammerfall are grate as well. forth no world order is the best album ever.
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it's in my sty.
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Great, great jams, Pandora! Keep feeding my head at keyWestRoXra d i O . . .
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another great band that Helloween branched off into is Masterplan. check 'em out they are just as badass
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arthur26
Kai Hansen is the father of power metal. Hail Hansen.
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i truly dont see y u ar all saying df is bad i think they rock i dont care if they use cpus they still sound good and so does gamma ray and hammerfall and alot more
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KAI HANSEN rules...
The best power metal player and writer
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cerdom
I like about every power metal band ever besides half of Edguy/Gamma Ray's songs for some reason.
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Just so anyone cares, Dragonforce is a suckers band... they even use computers to speed up their guitars!!! So don't listen to DF, and remember that you heard it here first!
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Land of the Free II is a solid album. I personally think that Majestic is by far better overall. Gamma Ray is a great power metal band.
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wow!!! if Epica did the Flash Gordon soundtrack instead of queen, this is what it would sound like!

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