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Gamma Ray - Somewhere Out In Space

8.6 | 532 votes |
Release date: 25 August 1997
Style: Power metal


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01. Beyond The Black Hole
02. Men, Martians And Machines
03. No Stranger (Another Day In Life)
04. Somewhere Out In Space
05. The Guardians Of Mankind
06. The Landing
07. Valley Of The Kings
08. Pray
09. The Winged Horse
10. Cosmic Chaos
11. Lost In The Future
12. Watcher In The Sky [Iron Savior cover] [feat. Piet Sielck and Thomen Stauch]
13. Rising Star
14. Shine On
15. Return To Fantasy [Uriah Heep cover]
16. Miracle [2002 digipack bonus]
17. Victim Of Changes [Judas Priest cover] [2002 digipack bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1997: 12
Featured in "Getting Into: Gamma Ray"

Additional info
Produced by Kai Hansen and Dirk Schlächter.
Recorded and mixed at Hansen Studio, Hamburg.
Mixed by Charlie Bauerfeind (except tracks 4,7,9 - mixed by Hansen and Schlächter).
Cover by Kristian Huitula.
Artwork by Kristi Löding and Maren Kumpe.

Staff review by
Pierre Tombale
Melody overload with drums like a thunderstorm, that's the shortest way I would describe GammaRay's 'Somewhere Out In Space', not that melody is a bad thing, but when you drive the melody throughout a whole album by force it will get somehow weeker.

Besides the outstanding 'Valley Of The Kings' (which was released as single) most of the songs on 'Somewhere' make a solid impression. Though everything is played in technical brilliance the whole album is not the most convincing, not that it's not good, only I wouldn't listen to it more than once per month, maybe even less, because it's pretty much the same all the time. Everything delivered is not so very unique (I'm talking about the songs compared to each other) and I'm missing the edges and highlights. Somewhere Out In Space's concept sounds to me like every song should sound like a highlight of it's own, but that makes it somehow flat (in my opinion) and I get bored easily. As mentioned above you cannot criticize the technical brilliance, but it's simply overdone. After the first song you will know what you gonna have for the rest of the 58 and a half minutes long album.

published 17.02.2004 | Comments (2)

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24.02.2012 - 17:16
Rating: 9
Great album, and surprisingly the fourth i've heard of the band. It has a similar style in songwriting to that of the preceding album, but this time with a few more fillers (yes, the ones that barely reach a minute), which unfortunately disable the flow of the rest of the album. That said, the band sound very confident here with their respective instruments, and the title track is something of a milestone in power metal.
23.05.2012 - 05:57
Rating: 10
Their BEST one! Nothing more to say. Title track is AWESOME!
08.10.2012 - 16:15
John Shock
Beyond The Black Hole and No Stranger *.* \m/
07.03.2015 - 23:29
Rating: 8
Weirdly i liked this one more than land of the free.... tastes..

men martians and machines and watcher in the sky the best songs imo...
Υou've sold your human essence to the cold world of dead and empty things... You're SOLD!
19.12.2015 - 17:52
Rating: 7
meister J Steele
Somewhere In This Album Is Good Tracks* (But Also Many Fillers)

* "Beyond The Black Hole", "Somewhere Out In Space" and "Watcher In The Sky"
My vision is augmented

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