Release Date: 08 February 2010
Format: CD Album / DVD
|Gamma Ray To the Metal Limited CD & DVD Set
Gamma Ray – without doubt one of the most important contemporary names of classic Heavy Metal and THE most respected and influential German band in the genre.
Founded and fronted by Kai Hansen after his departure from Helloween, Gamma Ray became one of the most prominent bands in European Heavy Metal. Along with the likes of Helloween, Blind Guardian, Primal Fear and Running Wild, Gamma Ray forms the core of the European Power Metal movement. With the 1995 concept album “Land Of The Free”, Gamma Ray became internationally known, touring with bands like Iron Maiden, Hammerfall and Stratovarius all over the world. Their 6th studio album “Powerplant” turned out to be a chart breaker world-wide and hits like “Heaven Can
Wait”, “Rebellion in Dreamland”and “Valley of the Kings” became global metal classics.
Gamma Ray is fronted by lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Kai Hansen (founding member of Helloween; one of the most influential figures in power metal). It would be a capital mistake not to acknowledge the importance of the remaining band members: Dirk Schlächter on bass (but also behind the mixing desk as sound engineer and producer), Henjo Richter who provides great guitar solos and evocative keyboard parts and Dan Zimmermann a real thunder on drums.
The new Gamma Ray album has been recorded and produced in Hamburg, Germany - the band’s home-town.
After the last studio album “Land of the Free II” released in 2007, which charted all over Europe and ended up being one of the band best sellers, Gamma Ray approached the songwriting and production on the new record is with a fresh approach and an energy that you would normally find in bands releasing their first records. “To The Metal” is the 10th studio album in 21 years of world-wide success and a new real diamond in their Metal history.
As the title already assumes, its a real Heavy Metal record showing their never ending experimental creativity. “To The Metal” has the classic Gamma Ray sound but includes also some influences of Gothic (“Mother Angel”; “All You Need To Know”) and Industrial (“Empathy”). Driven by the title-track, which is destined to be considered as one of the best Gamma Ray songs ever (if not one of the best Kai Hansen compositions), a real tribute to the Metal genre that echoes the best Judas Priest and Iron Maiden vintage sound.
No Need To Cry
To The Metal/
All You Need To Know.
Time To Live
DVD with bonus material of 60 minute documentary film shot in HD featuringinterviews, the album in the making, classic Gamma Ray songs live, the mixing, 3 video clips (including “To The Metal”)
Full unedited interview with Kai Hansen. (total DVD length: 80 minutes approx.)