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Release date: 15 March 2013
Style: Power metal

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[A side]
01. Empire Of The Undead [new studio track]
02. Master Of Confusion [new studio track]

[B side]
03. Death Or Glory [Holocaust cover] [studio cover version]
04. Lost Angels [Sweet cover] [studio cover version]

[C side] [Live in Bochum]
05. The Spirit
06. Wings Of Destiny
07. Gamma Ray
08. Farewell
09. Time To Break Free
10. Insurrection


Line-up
Kai Hansen - vocals, guitars
Henjo Richter - guitars, keyboards
Dirk Schlächter - bass
Michael Ehré - drums on sides A & B
Daniel Zimmermann - drums on C side

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Metal Invader - 02.02.2013 at 19:19  
  I hope this will not turn into "Master Of Disaster" like last album!:)
Bad English - 08.02.2013 at 17:15  
  Most people have no clue where Bohum is located
John Shock - 01.03.2013 at 17:18  
 
Written by Metal Invader on 02.02.2013 at 19:19

I hope this will not turn into "Master Of Disaster" like last album!:)

Well, Stratovarius nailed it, Helloween nailed it, now it's time for Gamma Ray to "Shine Forever"!
Metal Invader - 01.03.2013 at 17:51  
 
Written by John Shock on 01.03.2013 at 17:18

Written by Metal Invader on 02.02.2013 at 19:19

I hope this will not turn into "Master Of Disaster" like last album!:)

Well, Stratovarius nailed it, Helloween nailed it, now it's time for Gamma Ray to "Shine Forever"!

Well im not so happy with Stratovarius but still new album is imo better then last two!
Gamma Ray need to wake up a bit!We will see whether they did or not
Im glad that Helloween did
Angelic Storm - 02.03.2013 at 01:48  
  I can only hope that "Empire Of The Undead" is a lot better than the title track from the last album, which was pretty awful. I had very low expectations for the album after hearing that song before it's release, and it ended up being the worst track on the album. A very inferior take on Judas Priest's "Metal Gods" was how it sounded to me!

I think this EP will be a very strong indicator to how the new album will sound. I will keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best, but my expectations are definitely low for this one...
Lord_Regnier - 02.03.2013 at 19:44  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 02.03.2013 at 01:48

A very inferior take on Judas Priest's "Metal Gods" was how it sounded to me!


Imo, "To The Metal" sounded like a Manowar song and not like a Gamma Ray song.
Angelic Storm - 02.03.2013 at 21:40  
 
Written by Lord_Regnier on 02.03.2013 at 19:44
Imo, "To The Metal" sounded like a Manowar song and not like a Gamma Ray song.


Manowar? I dunno if I'd go that far... To me, it always sounded like a bad knock-off of mainstream early 80's Priest. It probably says a lot that whilst "British Steel" is an overrated album, every song on it is vastly superior to the song "To The Metal"....
Lord_Regnier - 02.03.2013 at 21:47  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 02.03.2013 at 21:40

Written by Lord_Regnier on 02.03.2013 at 19:44
Imo, "To The Metal" sounded like a Manowar song and not like a Gamma Ray song.


Manowar? I dunno if I'd go that far... To me, it always sounded like a bad knock-off of mainstream early 80's Priest. It probably says a lot that whilst "British Steel" is an overrated album, every song on it is vastly superior to the song "To The Metal"....


I understand the comparison with early 80s Judas Priest. But I also believe this song is something Manowar could do.
Bottom line is it's not the kind of song we can expect from Gamma Ray as Kai Hansen proved many times that he can do immensely better than that.
Angelic Storm - 07.03.2013 at 19:30  
 
Written by Lord_Regnier on 02.03.2013 at 21:47
Bottom line is it's not the kind of song we can expect from Gamma Ray as Kai Hansen proved many times that he can do immensely better than that.



You are absolutely correct, and happily Kai is proving that even today he can write much better stuff than "To The Metal". Here are the two new songs!

Empire Of The Undead:



Master Of Confusion:

Azarath - 07.03.2013 at 20:08  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 07.03.2013 at 19:30

Here are the two new songs!

Thanks for posting them.

"Empire Of The Undead": The Priest is strong with this one.

"Master Of Confusion": Very good. I like it.
Angelic Storm - 07.03.2013 at 20:27  
 
Written by Azarath on 07.03.2013 at 20:08
Thanks for posting them.

"Empire Of The Undead": The Priest is strong with this one.

"Master Of Confusion": Very good. I like it.


You're very welcome.

There is a Priest influence in the main riff (in "Empire Of The Undead"), but Priest have never played quite that fast! The rest of the song doesn't really sound like Priest, and is pure power metal the likes of which I thought was beyond Kai these days. A nice surprise for sure! It blows the last album's title track out of the water, that much is a fact anyway.

The song "Master Of Confusion" is probably the catchiest Gamma Ray song since "Heaven Or Hell", and it has an awesome bridge and solo section. These 2 new songs show both sides of Gamma Ray (the fast and the catchy) in a high quality that has been abscent in much of their work in the last decade. If the rest of the album can match these 2 songs, it will be the best thing from Gamma Ray since "No World Order", no doubt about it.
Lord_Regnier - 09.03.2013 at 22:23  
  Is it me or Kai got some weight? He looks a bit like Gerard Depardieu on this video (not as fat as Depardieu, of course, but the comparison came to my mind):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpFjY60LOTM&playnext=1&list=PLj30hf8BPif2NLQotNy1DWX9H_0tGJjhk&feature=results_video

By the way, some people see a likeness between this song and "Send Me A Sign" but I also see a similarity with "Heaven Or Hell".
Chris Steele - 15.03.2013 at 00:03  
Rating: 9 Sweet - Lost Angels was made for Gamma Ray to make a cover! The chorus is similar to a moment in the Gamma Ray song "Armageddon"
Chris Steele - 15.03.2013 at 16:01  
Rating: 9 And the main riff "Empire Of The Undead" sounds a bit inspired by Metallica - Hit The Lights. Awesome Ep! The album is gonna be epic!
John Shock - 15.03.2013 at 18:23  
 
Written by Chris Steele on 15.03.2013 at 16:01

And the main riff "Empire Of The Undead" sounds a bit inspired by Metallica - Hit The Lights. Awesome Ep! The album is gonna be epic!

I knew that riff didn't sound strange at first! And i hope that the new album is gonna be such blast!
Hail Gamma Ray!!! \m/
LeChron James - 24.03.2013 at 07:51  
  The new songs are pretty sweet, the covers are okay, but the live versions are awful, for the most part. Especially "Time to Break Free", one of my favorite Gamma Ray songs.
Darth Revan - 13.11.2013 at 06:13  
  Hmm... Empire of the Undead sounded a bit more motorhead to me than priest, quite honestly. I hear a bit of ace of spades in that riff... though that might just be me.

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