Buy for
$2.90
(14 items)

Release date: 29 January 2010
Style: Power metal

Rating:

7.5 | 319 votes

Owners:

301 have it
33 want it


01. Empathy
02. All You Need To Know
03. Time To Live
04. To The Metal
05. Rise
06. Mother Angel
07. Shine Forever
08. Deadlands
09. Chasing Shadows
10. No Need To Cry
11. Wannabees [7" bonus]
12. To The Metal [demo] [7" bonus]
+ DVD: The Making Of To The Metal [limited edition bonus]

Review
Lyrics (10)


Line-up
Kai Hansen - vocals, guitars
Henjo Richter - guitars, keyboards
Dirk Schlächter - bass, additional vocals
Daniel Zimmermann - drums, additional vocals


Additional info
Recorded, mixed and mastered between May and December 2009 by Dirk Schlächter & Kai Hansen at High Gain Studios, Hamburg.
Produced by the Spirit of Freedom.
Cover painting by Herve Monjeaud.
Artworx and booklett design by Alexander Mertsch for glcons.
Photos by Axel Jusseit.

Staff review by
Baz Anderson

Rating:
7.5
Almost as if the band as a whole sustained some form of brain damage from some tragic and unforeseeable accident, Gamma Ray have not been themselves since 2001's great No World Order. The last two albums saw the band as mere shadows of themselves blatantly and obviously ripping off other bands, none more than Judas Priest.

Read more ››
published 04.02.2010 | Comments (47)

Found in 13 lists
Top lists

ImNotMetal Top Power Metal Ballad  | #4
Chris Steele My Top 20 Albums From 2010  | #10
Zender 1.8 Best German Power Metal Albums (For Me)  | #7
Dominus Top 25 Albums Of 2010  | #25
MementoDan My Top 10 Albums Of 2010!  | #3
FZ 2010 Best Albums  | #6
themonarch Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2010  | #6
feather_light My Top 50 Power Metal Albums 2010  | #50
More lists with this album (13) | Create a list! ››



Comments

‹‹ Back to the Albums
Comments: 35  
Users visited: 510  
Search this topic:  


The Shape 1973 - 25.01.2010 at 12:57  
Rating: 7 From what I have heard so far on Youtube , this is their strongest stuff since Somewhere.

There is some variety in it, some sounds like Freedom Call, some like Judas Priest. Even Kiske is there.

Impressed.
Baz Anderson - 25.01.2010 at 19:27  
 
Written by The Shape 1973 on 25.01.2010 at 12:57

From what I have heard so far on Youtube , this is their strongest stuff since Somewhere.

There is some variety in it, some sounds like Freedom Call, some like Judas Priest. Even Kiske is there.

Impressed.

Since "No World Order" for me, that is still really a great album for me.
The Shape 1973 - 25.01.2010 at 19:34  
Rating: 7
Written by Baz Anderson on 25.01.2010 at 19:27

Written by The Shape 1973 on 25.01.2010 at 12:57

From what I have heard so far on Youtube , this is their strongest stuff since Somewhere.

There is some variety in it, some sounds like Freedom Call, some like Judas Priest. Even Kiske is there.

Impressed.

Since "No World Order" for me, that is still really a great album for me.

Yep, like Heart Of The Unicorn a lot.
Valdyr Nordvindr - 26.01.2010 at 20:45  
 
Written by Baz Anderson on 25.01.2010 at 19:27

Written by The Shape 1973 on 25.01.2010 at 12:57

From what I have heard so far on Youtube , this is their strongest stuff since Somewhere.

There is some variety in it, some sounds like Freedom Call, some like Judas Priest. Even Kiske is there.

Impressed.

Since "No World Order" for me, that is still really a great album for me.


Agreed, No World Order is still one of my favorites actually. But To The Metal is definitely their strongest effort since around that time, certainly stronger than Majestic and Land Of The Free II. I liked Majestic a lot, but Land of the Free II just didn't do it for me. Glad to have more good Gamma Ray =D
Tornado Of Souls - 27.01.2010 at 18:52  
Rating: 7 I agree i think this sounds very strong compared to the last few releases. I'm already very impressed.
Mountain King - 29.01.2010 at 02:18  
  I should check it out then...
Snbn - 29.01.2010 at 21:46  
Rating: 7 03. Mother Angel
04. No Need To Cry
05. Empathy
06. To The Metal

Those songs are so piece of crap !!!! especially To the Metal . Why on earth this is title track??? i dont get it. I have listened album about 20times and those songs are good ..... But all other are so awesome like All you need to Know (Feat Michael Kiske) this songs is so fucking brilliant !!!! Hope they will play this on next tour.
AL3X Êxplosion - 30.01.2010 at 02:41  
Rating: 9 This is a pretty good album i was suprised
Nicko's Nose - 30.01.2010 at 09:56  
Rating: 5 Another generic and unoriginal album.
Lawre - 30.01.2010 at 20:04  
Rating: 8 Great album, can't stop listening to it. It beats Land of the Free II by far!
Csuvog - 31.01.2010 at 13:34  
Rating: 7 Could someone tell me what the hell is Breaking Away? On the CD it's Chasing Shadows.
JÄY - 01.02.2010 at 20:10  
Rating: 7
Written by Snbn on 29.01.2010 at 21:46

03. Mother Angel
04. No Need To Cry
05. Empathy
06. To The Metal

Those songs are so piece of crap !!!! especially To the Metal . Why on earth this is title track??? i dont get it. I have listened album about 20times and those songs are good ..... But all other are so awesome like All you need to Know (Feat Michael Kiske) this songs is so fucking brilliant !!!! Hope they will play this on next tour.


ya, agreed..i dont know why they would put all that shit back to back...like, "we'll just take a break from our awesome music to offer this weird ass shit"......then they get back to the ass kicking, but I just cant recover from 4 bad songs in a row...wtf gamma ray???!!
Lord Darkness - 01.02.2010 at 21:57  
Rating: 6 I'm not very happy about the direction that the power metal is taking, blending these heavy guitars and blast beats whenever possible... another band has disapointed me and gone for this new millenium cliché.

I'd say that 3 songs are really good, 2 songs are ok, the rest had potential and were trashed by those arrangements. I'd even classify "All You Need to Know" as the later one, unfortunatly.
Zio - 03.02.2010 at 11:41  
  Hey! The first song is titled Rise or Black Diamond (Stratovarius)?! Oo
roger73 - 04.02.2010 at 11:30  
Rating: 8
Written by Zio on 03.02.2010 at 11:41

Hey! The first song is titled Rise or Black Diamond (Stratovarius)?! Oo


The second song at Visions is titled Black Daimond or Future World?

Hansen continue with tracks that he wrote for Helloween. Is't ok. And Statovarius was long time only copy of Helloween. What is also ok.

Yes, To The Metal is very closely to Metal Gods Deadlands to Painkller and maybe even Run to the Hills. And what? Lot of today's music is about making classic songs better
JÄY - 06.02.2010 at 00:30  
Rating: 7 Alright fuck..i caved....i changed the order of the songs....
first off, i ditched to the metal
01 - rise
02 - deadlands
03 - mother angel
04 - time to live
05 - empathy
06 - all you need to know
07 - shine forever
08 - no need to cry
09 - chasing shadows

now, its better
Ellrohir - 07.02.2010 at 15:59  
  The cover art is the most worth part of this
The Shape 1973 - 09.02.2010 at 22:00  
Rating: 7
Written by Ellrohir on 07.02.2010 at 15:59

The cover art is the most worth part of this

Agreed. My car stereo played the CD for the first time today and it skipped To The Metal on its own. My car has taste.
Donnie Darko - 11.02.2010 at 00:53  
Rating: 9 Great album! i love every song of it. Epic soo Epic
Farbsryche - 14.02.2010 at 15:41  
Rating: 7 Since No World Order, Gamma Ray have really struggled, as is plain for all to see with To The Metal. It has it's moments of high, but also a lot of lows, the title track makes me cringe. With LOTF II, so much was ripped from Iron Maiden, with a bit of Accept thrown in. To The Metal has ripped off Judas Priest, and you can still hear some Accept influence in it as well.
Gamma Ray need to sit in a room with a copy of No World Order, and play it continuously until they find that missing formula that is the Gamma Ray signature, and then they can leave and produce a world class album again!
Dominus - 17.02.2010 at 23:48  
Rating: 9 Best Gamma Ray album since Somewhere Out In Space for me
MeTalRea|istiK - 22.02.2010 at 18:11  
Rating: 8 Fastolphbolger - 17.02.2010 at 23:48 Quote
Rating: 9 Best Gamma Ray album since Somewhere Out In Space for me

agree!!!
Lord_Regnier - 23.02.2010 at 00:09  
 
Written by Lord Darkness on 01.02.2010 at 21:57

I'm not very happy about the direction that the power metal is taking, blending these heavy guitars and blast beats whenever possible... another band has disapointed me and gone for this new millenium cliché.


WTF are you talking about?

There's never a single blast beat in Gamma Ray. Never has been.
Lord_Regnier - 23.02.2010 at 00:13  
 
Written by Nicko's Nose on 30.01.2010 at 09:56

Another generic and unoriginal album.


Agreed. All Gamma Ray's albums after "Powerplant" have this flaw. However, I liked all of them until now but I don't like "To The Metal". It has good moments but it also has its fair part of crap.
Enemy of Reality - 27.02.2010 at 18:24  
Rating: 6 Average but enjoyable album.
LeChron James - 09.04.2010 at 11:36  
Rating: 7 The song with Kiske is a fantastic piece of music.
BORT - 01.05.2010 at 20:13  
Rating: 9 Empathy is fucking awesome haters. Its so different
BORT - 01.05.2010 at 20:19  
Rating: 9 Oh yeah the song "All you need to know" has the same melody as "Warheart" by Children of Bodem. But I'm not going to complain because its a good borrow of melody.
Ravencorpse - 01.05.2010 at 21:42  
  I think this album is rather average. I only liked Empathy and Deadlands. Even Majestic was way better than this.
Epyon - 08.05.2010 at 04:37  
Rating: 10 The album is simply awesome, but the order of the songs do not help... i have bought the other version, i mean, with other order 01. empathy .... 10. no need to cry; the expercience was sooo diferent that it seem like other album. i recomend it
by the way, the so critiziced songs like empathy, no need to cry and mother angel are soooo great at live!!
Anibx - 08.07.2010 at 03:58  
  This is going to sound like blasfemy but I kind of like To the Metal (the song). I almost can imagine being in the concert with Dio's sign of the devil in the air singing "Hailllllll to the metal, haillllllllll"
I don't know, it's not that bad.
Angelic Storm - 09.07.2010 at 14:48  
 
Written by Farbsryche on 14.02.2010 at 15:41

Since No World Order, Gamma Ray have really struggled, as is plain for all to see with To The Metal.


I wouldnt really agree with that... I thought Majestic was a really good album. LOTF II though, was a real disappointment to me, and apart from 2 or 3 great songs was totally average. And definitely Gamma Ray's worst album IMO. 'To The Metal' is defintely an improvement over LOTF II, but still isnt in the same league as their best albums. Most of the album isnt bad, its just incredibly uninspired. The title track being the best example of that. Songs like 'Empathy', 'Shine Forever', 'Rise', and 'Deadlands' are really great Gamma Ray songs, and give me hope that the next album may be the return to classic album form that Im waiting for. xD
John Shock - 10.05.2011 at 03:58  
 
Written by JÄY on 06.02.2010 at 00:30

Alright fuck..i caved....i changed the order of the songs....
first off, i ditched to the metal
01 - rise
02 - deadlands
03 - mother angel
04 - time to live
05 - empathy
06 - all you need to know
07 - shine forever
08 - no need to cry
09 - chasing shadows

now, its better

You're may be right about the order of the track list! In some versions of the album the order of the tracklist is exactly what is here! but you're missing one song, the main song, the album titled song "To The Metal"!
ScnD361 - 24.12.2012 at 22:08  
  Kai Hansen's voice is horrible, almost in this album
deadone - 06.06.2014 at 07:31  
Rating: 6
Written by ScnD361 on 24.12.2012 at 22:08

Kai Hansen's voice is horrible, almost in this album



Yes it is.

Advertise on Metal Storm


Login or register to post here.



Similar topics

Forum Topic Similarity Started
Reviews Gamma Ray - To The Metal 7.5 04.02.2010 by JÄY
News Gamma Ray - To The Metal European Tour 7.5 21.11.2009 by Baz Anderson
Albums Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead 7 24.02.2013 by mikeprado30
Reviews Gamma Ray - Land Of The Free II 6 14.12.2007 by White Winter Sun
Reviews Gamma Ray - Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome 6 29.10.2008 by ArcesseEum



Hits total: 12509 | This month: 67