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Gamma Ray - Power Plant review


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Band: Gamma Ray
Album: Power Plant
Release date: March 1999

01. Anywhere In The Galaxy
02. Razorblade Sigh
03. Send Me A Sign
04. Strangers In The Night
05. Gardens Of The Sinner
06. Short As Hell
07. It's A Sin [Pet Shop Boys cover]
08. Heavy Metal Universe
09. Wings Of Destiny
10. Hands Of Fate
11. Armageddon
12. A While In Dreamland [digipack bonus]
13. Rich And Famous [digipack bonus]
14. Long Live Rock'n Roll [Rainbow cover] [digipack bonus]

For the ones who would have slept since 1988 [...], Gamma Ray was born due to the departure of Kai Hansen from Helloween. The band found their own sound in 1995 with the album "Land Of The Free". The line-up became stabilized in 1997 with the album "Somewhere Out In Space", including Dirk Schlachter [bass], Daniel Zimmermann [drums], Henjo Richter [guitars] and of course Kai Hansen [guitars, vocals]. Since then, Gamma Ray never really improved their style for the happiness of their numerous fans.

In that context, 1999's "Powerplant" was the expected sequel of "Somewhere Out In Space" and the first statement about the album is that the concept of "I'm in space and I'm playing Power Metal!!!!" is still there. Well just look at some titles ['Anywhere In The Galaxy', 'Heavy Metal Universe']. No, seriously, my main point is that "Powerplant" is incredibly mature in both songwriting and performance. With hits such as the splendid 'Anywhere In The Galaxy', the powerful 'Razorblade Sigh', the epic 'Gardens Of The Sinner' and the terrific 'Armageddon', these guys surely released one of the major albums of their long career. You can add the cover 'It's A Sin' [turned into a Metal anthem... How cool!] to that already attracting song list. Plus if you get the digipack "Ultimate Collection", you will be pleased to find three very unusual bonus tracks. 'A While In Dreamland' features Kai Hansen singing over a fine piano melody while 'Long Live Rock'n Roll' is an interesting cover [originally by Black Sabbath]. 'Rich And Famous' has a powerful chorus and it could have been included in the original version of the record, as it's way better than track 6 - 'Short As Hell' - for example... [the only track that I don't like at all]

Well, "Powerplant" is definitely one of the most famous Gamma Ray's efforts to date. Jewels of Power Metal such as 'Anywhere In The Galaxy' and 'Armageddon' do not allow you to ignore this album. So, if huge choruses and guitar solos are your passion, you ought to get this album as soon as possible.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 9

Written on 18.09.2003 by Bringing you reviews of quality music and interesting questions such as:

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Comments: 12   Visited by: 108 users
13.11.2006 - 20:58
Rosetta Stoned
Wah, long live rockn'roll is a Rainbow song, isn't it?
The reason they didn't put Rich & Famous on the album is probably because it's from Sigh no More, just a remix or something ^^
15.11.2006 - 20:20
Baz Anderson

"I'm in space and I'm playing Power Metal!!!!"

yeh, this is one of the best Gamma Ray albums and one of my favorite power metal albums of all time
pretty much all the songs are fantastic!
i havent listened to Gamma Ray for a long time - so i think i will have to very soon now!

and yeh - 'Long Live Rock 'N' Roll' is originally Rainbow. you probably just thought of Ronnie James Dio and thought Black Sabbath
16.11.2006 - 00:59
Account deleted
this band are such rockstars

i like a few songs from that album, it's pretty okay I guess.
30.06.2007 - 01:22
Account deleted
Very awesome piece of the Germain Power Metal. !!!
02.05.2008 - 11:02
Heaven Knight
i am listening to this album again after a while, when i even almost havent listened to speed power metal and now i have to say - WONDERFUL ! great album song by song
My rest seems now calm and deep
Finally I got my dead man sleep

27.06.2008 - 20:58

This album f**** rocks! This is the only Gamma Ray CD that I have and I love it! The PSB cover is awesome and it's really an amazing tracklist. The last track couldn't be well chosen then Armaggedon and the album keep rockin' from beginning to end!
9 out of 10, IMO. ehhehe
31.08.2009 - 19:06
Nicko's Nose

Just listened to this album. I can't believe it has a higher rating than Somewhere Out In Space! It's SO unoriginal! I realize that they've never been THAT original, but Land Of The Free and Somewhere Out In Space had a lot of original riffs and melodies. All of their albums after Somewhere Out In Space aren't bad, but they're full of riffs and melodies that sound exactly or almost exactly like riffs and melodies from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Accept, Black Sabbath, etc... and choruses that sound like recycled versions of older choruses.

I still love them, but they got out of my favorite bands list.
25.01.2010 - 17:38
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
From reading the comments this bands sounds like a knock off of the Scorpions... correct me if i'm wrong
14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
25.01.2010 - 20:09
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk
To Mega Therion
You're wrong. Please stand corrected.

Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one, and they all stink.
12.02.2010 - 17:19
Metal slave
Written by Boxcar Willy on 25.01.2010 at 17:38

From reading the comments this bands sounds like a knock off of the Scorpions... correct me if i'm wrong

youre wrong.....this is power metal, man!
12.02.2010 - 21:10
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
11.07.2012 - 17:37
Unna Med

Heavy Metal Universe is kinda...manowarish
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone at home?

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