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Gamma Ray + Serious Black + Neonfly @ O2 Academy Islington, London

January 3rd, 2016

Gamma Ray + Serious Black + Neonfly

@ O2 Academy Islington, London

8th December 2015

Review by Oliver M.

Photography by Inty Malcolm

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GAMMA RAY now has two vocalists; Welcome Frank Beck!

November 5th, 2015
Gamma Ray

Gamma Ray

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have recruited Frank Beck as their second lead singer. A posting on the band’s official web site states: “From now, on the vocals there will be Mr. Kai Hansen as usual plus and welcome please Mr. Frank Beck with whom the band has done already a good amount of shows in the past.

“We found out that Frank is not only a great singer that very much fits into the band from his voice and from his temper of the voice and his kind of singing but as well as a very very good human being that is fit to live up to the extreme expectations that we as a band have for people joining. Mainly this guy cannot only sing, he can party, too and that’s very important. So that was reason one.

“Another good reason was that Kai just felt that it’s time for him to cut a bit shorter on singing, because he found out that his long touring, especially headline shows after a while, always tends to fuck up the voice and end up with something that is not a hundred percent. So sharing the vocals makes things much easier and much more pleasurable.

“It will not only give the band a new dimension soundwise or vocalwise but it will as well — and here is reason number three — give Kai the freedom to move around on stage a lot and plus create a bit more action on the live performances and be more free to play the guitar which actually he does like a lot.

“So, ladies and gentleman, please welcome the new GAMMA RAY and please welcome Mr. Frank Beck.”

GAMMA RAY’s eleventh studio album, “Empire Of The Undead”, was released in March 2014 on CD, CD/DVD digipack, LP and digitally via earMusic.

The “Empire Of The Undead” title track was already been made available on the single/EP “Master Of Confusion”, an appetizer the band released in 2013, just before touring the world with HELLOWEEN.

GAMMA RAY recorded the new album in various sessions in 2013, with Eike Freese at the mixing desk alongside bass player and co-writer Dirk Schlaechter.

The complete track listing for each “Empire Of The Undead” format can be found at GammaRay.org.

 

 

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HELLOWEEN – Vocalist Andi Deris

May 20th, 2015

HELLOWEEN – Vocalist Andi Deris
Helloween 2015

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJALA

Helloween is a German band founded in 1984 in Hamburg. The band is one of the pioneers of the power metal genre and their albums KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS I & II, MASTER OF THE RINGS and THE TIME OF THE OATH are considered masterpieces of the genre. The band has gone through numerous changes, but the current line-up, singer Andi Deris, guitarists Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner, bass guitarist Markus Grosskopf, and drummer Daniel Löble has been stable since 2005. Helloween releases its 15th studio album titled MY GOD GIVEN RIGHT on 25th of May. Andi Deris visited Helsinki in April to promote the forthcoming album, and here’s what the man had to say about the album, its creation process, the future/past, and about life in general. Read on!

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Summer Breeze 2014 – Dinkelsbuhl, Germany

November 3rd, 2014

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Metal, beer and bratwurst are the unholy alliance at German metal festivals. Those festivals are those things that every banger has to experiment once in lifetime. Even though festivals are packed by those obvious and quaranteed bands on the bill, but missing the true metal feeling is something. Summer Breeze has grown tremendously and gained the monumental status amongst several other metal festivals in Germany. The main headliner of this year was without any doubts Machine Head. The Summer Breeze festival is the well organized metal festival in Southern Germany. Even though most of bands appeal to the metal public, but some strange German acts such as JBO were on the bill. However, Summer Breeze was a great success, despite the horrible weather. Here is the brief article of the fest.

By Arto Lehtinen and Jani Koskela

Pic by Arto Lehtinen

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GAMMA RAY and Rhapsody of Fire live in Helsinki

May 14th, 2014

Tour poster

23’rd of April 2014

CLUB TAVASTIA, HELSINKI

REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY MARKO SYRJALA AND ARTO LEHTINEN

The Gamma Ray / Rhapsody of Fire package tour was certainly one of the most anticipated power metal gigs in the spring in Finland.  Gamma Ray just released their album EMPIRE OF THE UNDEAD which is their strongest album in ages and Rhapsody of Fire now finally played in Helsinki for the first time since 2001, so it wasn’t surprising that the show in club Tavastia sold out a long time ago. It left in the air the question of whether the bands should have played more than one gig in Finland this time.

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BLACKWELDER Stream New Song

May 14th, 2014

BLACKWELDER, the brand new metal experience featuring some of the top names in power prog metal today, streaming the brand new song ‘The Night Of New Moon‘. The band is currently recording and mixing its as-yet-untitled album for a late 2014 release via GoldenCore/ZYX Music. The CD will be mixed by Matt Smith (THEOCRACY). The song can be streamed below.

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IRON SAVIOR vocalist/guitarist Piet Sielck

March 4th, 2014

IronSavior-logoInterview with vocalist/guitarist Piet Sielck

Interview by EvilG

Piet Sielck is one of those interesting guys who has been around and played and recorded with just about all of my favorite bands. Any opportunity to pick his brain about his excellent band, Iron Savior, and the German Power metal scene, is welcomed. The newest Iron Savior album, RISE OF THE HERO, is now upon us, and what a killer album it is! We start our conversation with Piet by talking about the new album.

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GAMMA RAY ‘Empire Of The Undead’ Tracklist and artwork

February 17th, 2014
Gamma Ray - Empire of the Undead

Gamma Ray – Empire of the Undead

Empire Of The Undead‘ will be released as CD, LP, Limited edition CD with extra visual content and a box that features the CD, a shirt and a poster. The new album follows the success of ‘To The Metal’ which brought GAMMA RAY back in the highest positions of the sales charts worldwide. ‘Empire Of The Undead‘ is set to release March 28th 2014.

Tracklistings: 

CD Jewelcase (Black cover)
1. Avalon
2. Hellbent
3. Pale Rider
4. Born To Fly
5. Master Of Confusion
6. Empire Of The Undead
7. Time For Deliverance
8. Demonseed
9. Seven
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World (European Bonus Track)

Pre-order the CD now – click here!

CD/DVD Digipak (White cover)
CD
1. Avalon
2. Hellbent
3. Pale Rider
4. Born To Fly
5. Master Of Confusion
6. Empire Of The Undead
7. Time For Deliverance
8. Demonseed
9. Seven
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World (European Bonus Track)
12. Avalon (Live from the final studio sessions)
13. Master Of Confusion (Live from the final studio sessions)
14. The Spirit (Live from the final studio sessions)
DVD
4 Livesongs form the final studio sessions
Tour Of Hamburg with Gamma Ray
Generic Interview with Kai Hansen
To The Metal Video
2-3 Videos from Skeletons & Majesties LIVE

LP (inkl. Downloadcode) (Golden cover)
1. Avalon
2. Hellbent
3. Pale Rider
4. Born To Fly
5. Master Of Confusion
6. Empire Of The Undead
7. Time For Deliverance
8. Demonseed
9. Seven
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World (European Bonus Track)

Boxset contains:
CD/DVD Digipak
CD (tentative)
1. Avalon
2. Hellbent
3. Pale Rider
4. Born To Fly
5. Master Of Confusion
6. Empire Of The Undead
7. Time For Deliverance
8. Demonseed
9. Seven
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World (European Bonus Track)
12. Avalon (Live from the final studio sessions)
13. Master Of Confusion (Live from the final studio sessions)
14. The Spirit (Live from the final studio sessions)
DVD (tentative)
4 Livesongs form the final studio sessions
Tour Of Hamburg with Gamma Ray
Generic Interview with Kai Hansen
To The Metal Video
Videos from Skeletons & Majesties LIVE

T-Shirt
7-inch Single (tracklisting tentative)
A. Someday (unreleased track from the EOTU sessions)
B. Demonseed (Live from the final studio sessions)
Poster
6 Photos

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GAMMA RAY: Power Metal Icons To Release Empire Of The Undead This Spring Via earMUSIC/Armoury Records; Studio Burns Down – Band Marches On

January 11th, 2014

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Gamma Ray 2012

Finally, the eleventh studio album from power metal icons, GAMMA RAY, is nearing completion! Titled Empire Of The Undead, it is the record that almost wasn’t.

Penned throughout 2013 with Eike Freese at the mixing desk supporting the ever-precious work of bass player and co-writer, Dirk Schlaechter, the band had just landed in South America with tour mates Helloween when some harrowing news reached Kai Hansen and crew: Hammer Studio, their home, rehearsal space, and meeting point for many metal bands throughout Germany, had burned down leaving nearly all its contents in ruins, with the exception of the tapes from their nearly-finished new studio album.

Back on their home turf, GAMMA RAY evaluated their losses only to do what they do best – move on. “If this could not stop us, nothing ever will,” joked a light-hearted Hansen, adding that, “We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately, a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look towards the future, we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place. By mid-January we should be done with the work on this album.”

The title track, “Empire Of The Undead,” a high-paced number in the traditionally epic GAMMA RAY style that has influenced so many bands globally, has appeared on the single/EP Master Of Confusion which was released last year and served as precursor to the forthcoming full-length.

Empire Of The Undead will be released in North America on CD, LP and digitally via Armoury Records in conjunction with earMusic late this Spring. Further details to be revealed in the coming weeks. In the meantime, view a video message Kai Hansen at THIS LOCATION.

 

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GAMMA RAY to release “Empire Of The Undead” in March 2014

December 20th, 2013
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Gamma Ray – Kai Hansen

It’s more or less done, the wait is over. Finally, the 11th studio album from GAMMA RAY “Empire Of The Undead” is almost* done and ready to go.

“Empire Of The Undead” the fast metal song in the typical GAMMA RAY style that has influenced so many bands around the world, has appeared on the single / EP “Master Of Confusion” an appetizer the band released in 2013, just before touring the world non-stop with “relatives” Helloween.

GAMMA RAY worked on the new album during various sessions in 2013, during and in between their perennial tour with Eike Freese at the mixing desk supporting the ever precious work of bass player and co-writer Dirk Schlaechter.

It was just after landing in South America, that a unbelievable news reached Kai Hansen & co.: Hammer Studio, their home, rehearsal place, studio and meeting point for many metal bands in Germany had been blown away by a terrifying fire-stroke, together with instruments, amps, tapes…

Back in their hometurf the band needed to get an overview about their losses only to do what they do best – move on! With that usual Kai Hansen smirk look…

Life is too good to stop and moan.

Nearly everything was destroyed, except the tapes of the almost finished new studio album.

“If this could not stop us… nothing ever will” – joked Kai Hansen – who also added. “

“We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look into the future and we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place. By mid January we should be done with the work on this album and it’s up to the record company to release it – sometime in March.

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Getaway Rock Festival 2013 at Gasklockorna Gavle,Sweden

October 15th, 2013

Getaway Rock Festival

Gasklockorna, Gavle, Sweden
8-10/8 – 2013

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

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Here comes a review of this years edition of Getaway Rock Festival in Gavle Sweden. The festival was jammed with good music like In Flames, Nashville Pussy, Deep Purple, Behemoth, Testament, System Of A Down, Lamb Of God and Iced Earth. The festival was packed with good people that didn’t seem to mind the constant rain during the first day of the festival. Unfortunately, couldn’t we be there all three days because of a broken camera caused by too much rain and moisture but read about Friday at the festival down below. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hellish Rock II: Helloween and Gamma Ray, Tampere Finland, March 30 2013

April 11th, 2013

Hellish Rock Part II:
HELLOWEEN & GAMMA RAY
with ShadowSide

Pakkahuone Tampere Finland
The 30th of March 2013

Hellish Rock Part II

The leading names in German power metal conquered Finland yet again with Hellish Rock Tour Pt II.  Hellish Rock Pt II will be crisscrossing the global the whole year, in Europe, Asia, etc. All the three gigs on the Finnish soil were totally packed as over 4000 people had arrived to witness Gamma Ray and Helloween on the stage again. Both the bands truly enjoy a loyal and even a bit of a  fanatical following amongst the Finnish metal fans. That could be witnessed at the Tampere show, when the venue was nearly to explode when over 1000 fans had crawled in. Therefore, moving to any side was more or less a “mission impossible” task. The night was definitely full of triumphant power metal as both Gamma Ray and Helloween delivered a fistful of power metal with catchy melodies.

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HELLOWEEN – Interview with Guitarist Michael Weikath

April 8th, 2013
Michael Weikath

MICHAEL WEIKATH

INTERVIEW AND LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA

German band Helloween is one of the pioneering forces and most successful bands in the power metal world and its related subgenres. The band was originally formed in 1984 by Michael Weikath, bassist Markus Grosskopf, vocalist/guitarist Kai Hansen and drummer Ingo Schwichtenberg. Their early albums KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS I and KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS II, which featured vocalist Michael Kiske, are considered masterpieces of the genre. The band went through a large number of changes during the late 80’s / early 90’s. Hansen left in 1988, formed his own band Gamma Ray and was then replaced by Roland Grapow. Kiske and Schwichtenberg were out of picture in 1993 and they were then replaced by drummer Uli Kusch and current vocalist Andi Deris (ex-Pink Cream 69). The renewed lineup re-established the bands popularity and the album THE TIME OF OATH (1996) still remains as their best-selling album to date. Despite the continuous success, the band went through another set of changes starting in 2001. Today the band consists of Deris, Weikath, Grosskopf, guitarist Sascha Gerstner and drummer Dani Loble. This line-up has released altogether 4 studio albums and it seems that Helloween is now even more popular than the so-called “heydays” in the mid 80’s. Three sold out shows speaks for itself when the band arrived to Finland in late March as a part of massive “Hellish Rock II” tour which also featured Gamma Ray. In Helsinki we were fortunate to sit down with the bands guitarist/founding member Michael Weikath and discuss about various topics including the current tour, the latest opus STRAIGHT OUT OF HELL, Helloween’s 30’TH Anniversary and re-union rumors… Read on!

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GAMMA RAY – “Master Of Confusion” to be released on March 15th, 2013

February 8th, 2013

gamma_ray_live_8.jpgWe are happy to announce the release of GAMMA RAY (Official) “Master Of Confusion” on March 15th, 2013!

‘Master Of Confusion’ and ‘Empire Of The Undead’ are the first two new studio songs by Gamma Ray to be released after the successful studio album “To The Metal!”

With its 60 minutes of pure and raw Gamma Ray, “Master Of Confusion” is a great way to wait for the new album, scheduled for the end of 2013.

In addition to the brand new studio song, “Master Of Confusion” features a second new studio track: ‘Empire Of The Undead’, showing the heavier side of the band, with an explosion of energy and pure Gamma Ray sound at its best.

The release is not free from tasty rarities: a brand new studio cover versions of British Glam Rock band Sweet (‘Lost Angels’ – “the reason I have joined a band many years ago”, stated Hansen) and a hidden treasure of NWOBHM (‘Death Or Glory’ by Holocaust).

More info, tracklist, lyrics and tour dates, here: http://bit.ly/XqYKmE

Preorder here: http://amzn.to/TJLCLl

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GAMMA RAY – Master Of Confusion EP Details Revealed

February 1st, 2013

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have confirmed that they will release a new EP called Master Of Confusion on March 15 via EarMUSIC. The EP is actually close to an album as it has a length of 60 minutes, including two brand new songs, plus two covers (HOLOCAUST, SWEET) and six live tracks.

There will be a new album later this year so yes, it’s kind of a teaser and a perfect tool for the upcoming tour, which starts later this month. More news will be announced shortly.

Gamma Ray 2012

Gamma Ray 2012

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