Gamma Ray - Land Of The Free review
|Album:||Land Of The Free|
|Release date:||August 1995|
01. Rebellion In Dreamland
02. Man On A Mission
04. All Of The Damned
05. Rising Of The Damned
06. Gods Of Deliverance
08. Salvation's Calling
09. Land Of The Free
10. The Saviour
11. Abyss Of The Void
12. Time To Break Free
14. Heavy Metal Mania [Holocaust cover] [2002 Digipack bonus]
15. As Time Goes By [Pre-production version] [2002 Digipack bonus]
16. The Silence '95 [2002 Digipack bonus]
"Land of the Free" is the first Gamma Ray album without Scheepers on lead vocals. From now on Kai Hansen takes his place, so we can say good bye to old Gamma Ray and welcome to the new.
The album could not begin in a better way: "Rebellion In Dreamland" is one of Gamma Ray's best songs for sure; for a long time it was my favourite. It's a song in which you can find good drums, a great solo and beautiful epic parts. "Men on a Mission" is a fast song, good old power metal. "All of the Damned" has a nice catchy chorus and so has track 11 "Abyss of The Void." Track 7, "Farewell," is a good ballad. Here we have the first guest on the album, and what a guest it is! Hansi Kürsch, Blind Guardian's front man, contributes his voice in this song which makes it much better. "Salvation's Calling" is another fast song, but there's nothing too special in this one. The next song, "Land of the Free," has it all. It has fast and slow parts, a nice chorus and good guitar leads which makes it one of the best on the album. The second guest appears on track 12, "Time to Break Free;" again I could say "what a guest it is." Michael Kiske sings the whole song, and does it so good that the song becomes another highlight.
"Land Of The Free" is an almost perfect album that shows in the best way that Gamma Ray can always do better. Also it marks the beginning of a new era for the band, and considering how good this album is, we can be sure that this new era will bring happy times to all Gamma Ray fans.
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