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HELLOWEEN – Straight Out Of Hell Track By Track Day 1 ‘Nabataea’

January 5th, 2013

Long-running German metallers HELLOWEEN are offering up track-by-track commentary of their entire new album each day for the next 13 days. Straight Out Of Hell, is due for release in North America on January 22nd.

Check out the first track description, ‘Nabataea’, below:

Helloween recently released the official video for the first single from Straight Out Of Hell. The six-minute opus for ‘Nabataea’ develops on several levels, including 3-D animation at motion picture level. The legendary kingdom Nabataea provides the atmospherically dense reference for the strong first release from Helloween’s new album.

Helloween (©2010 Martin Haeusler)

Helloween (©2010 Martin Haeusler)

Helloween have documented how this future could look like, or rather sound like, on Straight Out Of Hell. It’s a work full of speed and toughness, with optimism and great joy of playing, featuring complex arrangements, strong hooks and plenty of catchy melodies. Or, to let the facts speak for themself: 13 mostly fast-paced songs that turn out to be impressively multi-layered and will completely delight all Helloween fans, due to the different songwriters Andi Deris, founding members Michael Weikath and Markus Grosskopf, and guitarist Sascha Gerstner.

Weikath: “Straight Out Of Hell is the consequent development of the two albums before. 7 Sinners was recorded more or less in the wake of Gambling With The Devil, while the new songs are a continuation of the 7 Sinners directives, only a little less doom bound and noticeably more positive. These songs will kick even the laziest listener’s ass.”

Helloween’s guitarist is referring to tracks such as ‘Make Fire Catch The Fly’, ‘Far From the Stars’, ‘Church Breaks Down’, the title track (written by bass player Markus Grosskopf), and the straightforward ‘Years’ – all of them racing through the terrain at full speed. In addition, there is the complex and passionate ‘Burning Sun’ by Michael Weikath, which Deris refers to short and sweet as “one of Weik’s highspeed masterpieces” (the limited edition will feature a special Hammond version in memory of DEEP PURPLE’s recently deceased organ player JON LORD). ‘World Of War’ by Sascha Gerstner convinces with thrashy guitar riffs, demonstrating Helloween’s impressive virtuosity.

Deris: “What’s so special about this band, is the fact that we were always allowed to do anything we wanted, or – even if we allegedly weren’t – did it anyway. Even the at the time slightly tabooed The Dark Ride initially earned us negative reviews, but ended up with multiple Gold Awards. That’s the kind of freedom you feel on Straight Out Of Hell as well – we didn’t let anybody or anything put pressure on us.”

But Helloween wouldn’t be Helloween if Straight Out Of Hell would not feature the band’s other, slightly more groovy side as well. With ‘Waiting For The Thunder’ Deris has – in his own words – contributed “a rock song reminding of the old PINK CREAM 69 tunes”. Gerstner lets off steam on ‘Asshole’ and complements the album with “Hold Me In Your Arms”, a wonderful ballad, providing the desired antithesis to the otherwise extremely energetic record. Speaking of energy: the determination that has always been an integral part of the Helloween camp was captured perfectly by their producer Charlie Bauerfeind at the band’s own MiSueno studio in Tenerife. Bauerfeind consciously created a raw sound, keeping the edge of Helloween’s new songs and working without computer-controlled devices.

“With a world-class drummer like Dani Löble in the studio you don’t need click tracks or computer support”, Markus Grosskopf praises his drummer. “Thanks to Dani, the whole album breathes pure authenticity, which distinguishes Straight Out Of Hell from lots of other artists’ productions. In addition, the new album sounds more compact and homogeneous than 7 Sinners has, and is one of the fastest releases in Helloween’s history.”

Also, there are significant differences in a number of topics Helloween tackle on Straight Out Of Hell. The best example of the ability to think outside the box of pure metal cliché is their first single release ‘Nabataea’, which Helloween’s singer wrote during a holiday. The song is about the legendary kingdom, located in today’s Middle Eastern region, where the first real democracy existed over 3000 years ago. The secret Nabataean city Petra, hidden behind a cliff scenery and only discovered at the beginning of the 20th century, is the origin of many myths and legends.

Deris: “We took the liberty to tell this exciting culture’s whole story, although the song therefore lasts more than seven minutes. Truth be told, if there had been more to tell, the track would have been even longer.”

 

Straight Out Of Hell tracklisting:

 

‘Nabataea’

‘World Of War’

‘Live Now!’

‘Far From The Stars’

‘Burning Sun’

‘Waiting For The Thunder’

‘Hold Me In Your Arms’

‘Wanna Be God’

‘Straight Out Of Hell’

‘Asshole’

‘Years’

‘Make Fire Catch The Fly’

‘Church Breaks Down’

Limited Edition bonus tracks:

‘Another Shot Of Life’

‘Burning Sun’ (Hammond version) – dedicated to Jon Lord

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 The Hellish Rock Tour in 2007/2008 featured HELLOWEEN and their very special guests GAMMA RAY, which played 95 shows in 34 countries and left ecstatic metal fans in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America in their wake. Hellish Rock Tour Part II has been announced and will start in February 2013 in Europe and go around the globe, once again featuring Gamma Ray.

Dates for Russia and Japan have now been confirmed. They are as follows:

 

June

1 – Moscow, Russia – Arena

2 – St Petersburg – Kosmonavt

5 – Tokyo, Japan – ZEPP

6 – Yokohama, Japan – Blitz

7 – Tokyo, Japan – Shibuya AX

9 – Osaka, Japan – IMP Hall

10 – Nagoya, Japan – ZEPP

 

Previously announced dates for Europe, featuring SHADOWSIDE as support, are as follows:

 

February

28 – Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 1

 

March

1 – Madrid, Spain – La Riviera

2 – Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27

4 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7

5 – Milan, Italy Alcatraz

6 – Bologna, Italy – Estragon

9 – Athens, Greece – t.b.a.

10 – Thessaloniki, Greece – Principal

12 – Istanbul, Turkey – Refresh the Venue

15 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Arena Armeec

16 – Bucharest, Romania – Arenele Romane

18 – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Media Park Club

19 – Budapest, Hungary – Pesca Music Hall

21 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Sport Hall

22 – Prague, Czech Republic – Tesla Aréna

23 – Zlín, Czech Republic – Hala Euronics

24 – Brezno, Slovakia – Sport Hall

26 – Krakow, Poland – Studio

27 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola

29 – Helsinki, Finland – The Circus

30 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone

31 – Oulu, Finland – Teatria

 

 

 

April

2 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller

4 – Stockholm, Sweden – Arenan

5 – Karlstad, Sweden – Nöjesfabriken

6 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Lisebergshallen

8 – Paris, France – Olympia

9 – Saarbrücken, Germany – Garage

10 – Langen, Germany – Neue Stadthalle

12 – Kaufbeuren, Germany – Allgäu Event Center

13 – Bochum, Germany – Ruhrcongress

14 – Mons, Belgium – PPM-Fest

16 – London, UK – HMV Forum

18 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks

19 – Geiselwind, Germany – Music Hall

20 – Balingen, Germany – Volksbankmesse

21 – Schwandorf, Germany – Oberpfalzhalle

 

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GAMMA RAY: German Power Metallers To Release Skeletons & Majesties Live CD In North America Next Month

November 21st, 2012

Legendary German power metallers GAMMA RAY will unleash Skeletons & Majesties Live as a two-CD set next month via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records. Set for North American release on December 4, 2012, Skeletons & Majesties Live is a near two-hour magnum opus spanning the band’s history and includes classics as well as tracks which were under-represented to date. A DVD version will be released stateside in January. Skeletons & Majesties Live was recorded and filmed during the band’s 2011 European tour at the legendary Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland and  is the first properly HD-filmed live video production of the band’s epic 20+ year career.
“The [2011 released ] EP, Skeletons & Majesties, is practically a continuation of our Skeletons In The Closet concept, in other words: new versions of songs which didn’t receive the attention they deserve, as well as unplugged versions of some of our classics,” notes founding vocalist/guitarist Kai Hansen.

 

The DVD offers up a thoroughly gripping performance, from the dynamic openers “Anywhere In The Galaxy” and “Men, Martians And Machines” to the furious finale/Helloween cover “Future World.”

As a special bonus, to accompany the Hansen-penned Helloween classic on stage, GAMMA RAY enlisted the services of former Helloween frontman Michael Kiske. In addition, Kiske can be heard and seen on “Time To Break Free” and “A While In Dreamland”.
The release of Skeletons & Majesties Live will mark the beginning of an eventful 2013 for GAMMA RAY: After Hansen stayed true to his word and spent 2012 concentrating mainly on his second band, Unisonic, he and his three colleagues, guitarist Henjo Richter, bassist Dirk Schlächter and new addition, drummer Michael Ehré (the Firewind/Love.Might.Kill drummer has replaced Daniel Zimmermann, who left the GAMMA RAY fold on friendly terms) are now focusing exclusively on GAMMA RAY once again. A co-headlining European tour with Helloween has been scheduled for March and will also mark the arrival of a new GAMMA RAY studio recording. Stay tuned for release dates and further details.

GAMMY RAY will have top priority in 2013,” comments Hansen, “and Skeletons & Majesties Live is the perfect harbinger of this!”

Skeletons & Majesties Live
Track Listing:

CD1

01. Welcome (Intro)

02. Anywhere In The Galaxy

03. Men, Martians and Machines

04. The Spirit

05. Wings Of Destiny

06. Farewell

07. Gamma Ray

08. Money

09. Time To Break Free

10. Rebellion In Dreamland (Acoustic)

11. Send Me A Sign (Acoustic)

CD2

01. Induction

02. Dethrone Tyranny

03. Watcher In The Sky

04. Hold Your Ground

05. A While In Dreamland

06. Rise

07. Brothers

08. Insurrection

09. Future World
Skeletons & Majesties Live DVD Track Listing:
01. Anywhere In The Galaxy
02. Men, Martians And Machines
03. The Spirit
04. Wings Of Destiny
05. Farewell
06. Gamma Ray
07. Money
08. Time To Break Free (w/ Michael Kiske)
09. Rebellion In Dreamland (acoustic)
10. Send Me A Sign (acoustic)
11. Dethrone Tyranny
12. Watcher In The Sky
13. Hold Your Ground
14. A While In Dreamland (w/ Michael Kiske)
15. Rise
16. Brothers
17. Insurrection
18. Future World (w/ Michael Kiske)

 

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HELLOWEEN & GAMMA RAY – LIVE-HELL RETURNS: „HELLISH ROCK TOUR PART II“ FROM MARCH 2013!

September 9th, 2012

Who doesn’t remember the crazy “Hellish Rock Tour” in 2007/2008? HELLOWEEN and their Very Special Guests GAMMA RAY played 95 shows in 34 countries and left ecstatic metal fans in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America in their wake! Those who didn’t have the chance to be there, can now breathe in deeply and make the ‘Remake’ twice as unforgettable! The conditions are right: Booking wires are running red-hot for the “Hellish Rock Tour Part II”, which will start in March 2013 in Europe and go around the globe, once again featuring GAMMA RAY. Watch out for the full-on ‘Metal Ax Made in Germany’ and you can start betting on what kind of awesome final Weikath, Deris, Grosskopf & co. together with Hansen have come up with this time!

Michael Weikath: “The atmosphere on stage and backstage was very special last time, we will be repeating the party and are looking forward to the tour already!” … and his former companion Kai Hansen adds: “‘The Hellish Rock Tour’ definitely was a highlight of our band’s history, we’ll absolutely go wild once again!”

More pics from our 2007 Hellish Rock Pt.I review

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Gamma Ray – Statement from former drummer Daniel Zimmermann; New band photo available

September 2nd, 2012

The below update on the departure of Daniel Zimmermann has been posted to the band’s official site www.gammaray.org:

Dear All!
You might have heard it through the grapevine already or asked yourself why Dan didn’t play on the recent shows this year.
We are very sorry to announce that since January 2012 Dan has left GAMMARAY to change for a more settled lifestyle that doesn’t take him away from home so often.

Here’s his statement to all of you:

Dear fans,

Thank you very much for your never-ending support and the countless magic moments with you during the last 15 years.
You are the best !!! (Eh kloar)

Being the drummer of Gamma Ray was an eventful, exciting, challenging and very emotional time and I would never want to miss it.

Now it is time for me to try out new avenues.

Stay Metal forever in eternity

Dan

We have waited with an official statement to leave open the chance for a change of heart and because we didn’t really want to start an official search for a new drummer.

Meanwhile, the guy who has played all the shows with us this year has grown so much into the band that now we can proudly present him as our new drummer,

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome …..
Mr. Michael Ehré !!!

Gamma Ray 2012

Gamma Ray 2012

Michael is already known in the scene for his work with “Uli Jon Roth”, “Metalium”, “Firewind” and his band “Love Might Kill” where he proved that he is not only a great drummer but an excellent songwriter aswell.

We have already started working on new material for the next GAMMARAY album together and we are very much looking forward to enter this new era of the Rays with a fresh wind in our sails and go around the world together with a new, hopefully killer album.

Here is a video announcement from the band:

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GAMMA RAY Part Ways With Drummer Daniel Zimmermann, Announce Replacement

September 1st, 2012

Confirming rumours of a split with drummer Daniel Zimmermann, GAMMA RAY have issued a new video message introducing new skinbaser Michael Ehré (ULI JON ROTH, METALIUM). Check it out below:

No other details were provided as to why Daniel has left and as of yet, no official statement has been made by Daniel.

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Gamma Ray (with Daniel) 2010

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Kai Hansen of Gamma Ray Talks about Unisonic & Upcoming GR DVD

June 23rd, 2012

Here’s a recent interview with Kai talking about guitars, amps, modern technology and a bit about Gamma Ray (approximately from 8:15 onward). The new DVD should be out in August, September, October… in autumn. And apparently, Kai checks GR’s Facebook posts, Amazon comments, Myspace….

 

Interview by Jason Saulnier (May 8, 2012)

 

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UNISONIC: Heavy Metal Supergroup To Release Debut This May Via Armoury Records

April 6th, 2012
UNISONIC

UNISONIC

The self-titled debut studio album from UNISONIC — the band featuring former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, ex-Helloween) alongside guitarist Mandy Meyer (Asia, Gotthard and Krokus), bassist Dennis Ward and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (both of Germany’s Pink Cream 69) — will be released in North America on May 22, 2012 via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records.

Unisonic was recorded at ICP Studios in Brussels, Belgium. The offering features 11 tracks, plus a bonus live version of Helloween classic “I Want Out” only available on the domestic edition, cover art by  Martin Häusler (Meat Loaf, Gotthard, Helloween, Motörhead) viewable HERE, and marks the first musical union between Kiske and Hansen in 23 years!

Unisonic Track Listing:

1. Unisonic

2. Souls Alive

3. Never Too Late

4. I’ve Tried

5. Star Rider

6. Never Change Me

7. Renegade

8. My Sanctuary

9. King For A Day

10. We Rise

11. No One Ever Sees Me

12. I Want Out (Live)

 

Check out the band’s video for album opener/anthem “Unisonic” below. The clip was directed by Häusler in Heidelberg, Germany.

UNISONIC released its debut EP, Ignition earlier this year. After the addition of Hansen to the group’s lineup in early 2011, UNISONIC continued the songwriting process for its debut release, incorporating Kai’s talent for writing great anthemic rock songs into its existing material. Hardly Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 3, the UNISONIC collective effortlessly fuse the many sides of heavy music they know and love. The band’s music is versatile and takes a broad approach to heavy rock without sacrificing the power and strong, catchy melodies that characterized the band members’ previous projects.

UNISONIC:
Michael Kiske – Vocals
Mandy Meyer – Guitar
Kai Hansen – Guitar
Dennis Ward – Bass
Kosta Zafiriou – Drums

http://www.unisonic.de

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Gamma Ray’s Henjo Richter Injured in bike accident

October 4th, 2011
Gamma Ray

Gamma Ray

The following updates comes from Gamma Ray’s official Facebook page

“Dear All,

unfortunately we are forced to deliver the bad news that Henjo Richter had a bike accident and broke three ribs and the collarbone, so he will not be able to play on the cruise. Since we couldn’t find a replacement and did not want to cancel the show and leave our fans disappointed, we have decided to play the show nevertheless and give our longtime live keyboarder Mr. Corvin Bahn (Crystal Breed) some extraspace and a distortionpedal for his organsounds. So if you’re on the boat and around 1:45 am hear something that sounds like Deep Purple playing Gamma Ray songs, its us. Hope you’ll enjoy this ‘Show beyond the ordinary’ .

Cheerzzz and have fun,
Da Rrrrayzzz.”

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Gamma Ray confirmed for the Sweden Rock Cruise!

August 20th, 2011
Gamma Ray

Gamma Ray

German power metal veterans Gamma Ray, with legendary Kai Hansen at the helm, have been confirmed for the Sweden Rock Cruise, sailing from Stockholm October 6th-7th!   The line-up for the Sweden Rock Cruise is thereby complete and looks as follows:  

Gamma Ray
Exodus

Anvil

Helix

Dark
Funeral
Hell  

Gamma Ray

Kai Hansen is one of the most iconic and influential characters in heavy metal history. As the founder and leader of Germany’s legendary Helloween he all but created one of the 80s’ most recognizable sounds, giving life to the new genre power metal. Upon leaving Hellowen, the guitarist teamed up with future Primal Fear vocalist Ralf Scheepers – Gamma Ray was born. The band picked up where Helloween left off and has continued to produce one classic album after the other since 1990, most recently “To the metal” in 2010. Since “Land of the free” (1995), Gamma Ray’s arguably most heralded album, Kai has also re-assumed vocalist duties. Follow-up and major break release “Somewhere out in space” (1997) introduced the classic line-up completed by Dirk Schlächter (bass), Henjo Richter (guitar) and Daniel Zimmermann (drums). This cruise is extremely proud to present one of the most celebrated bands on the metal scene, and one that never fails to bring down the house.

More info can be found on the brand new Sweden Rock Cruise website, www.swedenrockcruise.com. You can also find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/swedenrockcruise

Details about the running order and other activities on board will be announce shortly.

Tickets including cabin are available from 595 SEK (approx 60 Euros). If you understand Swedish, you can book tickets online at www.tallinksilja.com/sv/cruises/special/galaxy/swedenRock2011.htm. If not, you can call the shipping company, Tallink Silja, at +46 8 666 3333. The product code to use when booking: METAL.

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GAMMA RAY Track “Brothers” Online

May 9th, 2011
Gamma Ray - Skeletons & Majesties (EP DIGIPAK)

Gamma Ray - Skeletons & Majesties (EP DIGIPAK)

Today AOL Music portal Noisecreep is hosting a stream of the powerful GAMMA RAY anthem, “Brothers,” along with an interview with band frontman Kai Hansen. Check it out HERE!
While not a new track from the band, “Brothers” is the second track from the band’s upcoming release, Skeletons & Majesties, a collection of older and rare GAMMA RAY songs being re-released as part of this special fan-based promotion for the band, including a full-on karaoke contest where fans can enter to actually appear on the next GAMMA RAY album! Check out the details for the contest and more at this location.

Skeletons & Majesties is set for release in North America via Armoury Records/Eagle Rock on May 31. Review copies of the record are available now, and more interviews with GAMMA RAY will be announced in the coming days.

Stay tuned for much more updates on GAMMA RAY over the coming months as the band prepare for their upcoming Summer tour where they’ll be filming in HD for a brand new live DVD/CD to be released later in the year.

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GAMMA RAY Announce New Release and Fan-Based Karaoke Contest

March 25th, 2011
Gamma Ray - Skeletons & Majesties (EP DIGIPAK)

Gamma Ray - Skeletons & Majesties (EP DIGIPAK)

Armoury Records proudly unleash the details on the new release from German power metal kings GAMMA RAY!

Set for release in the US and Canada on May 31st via Armoury Records/Eagle Rock Entertainment, Skeletons & Majesties is a collection of songs GAMMA RAY gathered from previous albums represented in two completely different styles. The purpose of the disc is simply to have fun, and to give fans a heads-up on what is in store for the band in the coming months, as well as involve their fans in the upcoming actions.

The first two tracks are the “Skeletons,” featuring brand new versions of some of GAMMA RAY’s songs rarely (if ever) played live, including “Hold Your Ground” (from their Heading For Tomorrow album) and “Brothers” (from the Insanity And Genius album). The second section, “Majesties,” is where the band display two more new versions of rarities, ”Send Me A Sign (originally on the Powerplant release) and “Rebellion In Dreamland” (originally on Land Of The Free), both performed in a new acoustic presentation.

Additionally, GAMMA RAY have also included some bonus tracks, including the ultra rare track “Wannabees” — previously only released on the To The Metal! 7’’, and available here on CD for the first time – as well as an extended version of “Brothers.”

And to top it off, the final track on the EP is another version of “Rebellion In Dreamland,” this time  KARAOKE style! The band have launched a special contest, where they’ll be integrating a “choir” of their fans’ voices on the upcoming album version of the song! Diehards and wailers can take part in the competition by submitting a recording of their version of the song via physical demo submission or digital sound file. Full album details are available at this location.

Skeletons & Majesties Track Listing:

Skeletons
1. Hold Your Ground
2. Brothers

Majesties
3. Send Me A Sign
4. Rebellion In Dreamland

Bonus Tracks:
5. Wannabees
6. Brothers (extended version)
7. Rebellion In Dreamland (Karaoke version)

Stay tuned for much more updates on GAMMA RAY over the coming months as they are planning a Summer tour where they’ll be filming in HD for a brand new live DVD/CD to be released later in the year!!

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GAMMA RAY Frontman Kai Hansen Joins Former HELLOWEEN Bandmate Michael Kiske In UNISONIC

March 16th, 2011
Michael Kiske live with UNISONIC

Michael Kiske live with UNISONIC

Former HELLOWEEN vocalist Michael Kiske’s website has revealed that Kiske and GAMMA RAY frontman Kai Hansen (ex-Helloween) have teamed up again, with Kai joining UNISONIC.

 

Says Michael Kiske: “After so many years of abstinence I had a lot of fun doing my first live shows with Unisonic in summer 2010, so I agreed to do the short world tour with AVANTASIA. It was a great experience to be on stage with all those great artist, but with Kai it was something different: We instantly felt the magic again and had a lot of fun together on and off stage. We both realized that we want to be together in a band again. He was interested in the open musical concept of Unisonic and finally asked me if he could join the band. I talked to my bandmates and they all felt great about it. His talent as a guitarist and songwriter is an enrichment for the band and we are looking forward to his contribution for the music of Unisonic.”

 

Kai Hansen will stay a member of his band Gamma Ray and play all scheduled shows. Currently he is writing songs with the Unisonic guys for the long anticipated debut album, which is planned to be released at the end of 2011.

 

Unisonic lineup:

 

Michael Kiske (vocals)

Mandy Meyer (guitars)

Kai Hansen (guitars)

Dennis Ward (bass)

Kosta Zafiriou (drums)

 

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/unisonic

 

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GAMMA RAY To Release Unplugged Album “Skeletons And Majesties”

February 20th, 2011
Gamma Ray - Live @ Shepherds Bush Empire, London. 8th January 2008

Gamma Ray - Live @ Shepherds Bush Empire, London. 8th January 2008

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have issued the following update:

“You might have heard through the grapevine that the Rays have something cooking again, …..and yes, we do have.

Since the Skeletons In The Closet album was so well received some time ago, we thought it might be time to do an encore. While going through all previous albums we found that there is still a ton of songs that we either never or barely played. So we decided to do a bit of touring with a total different set and revive some of these songs with our nowadays chemistry and vibe.

But that’s not all… while jamming around with acoustic guitars we discovered that it’s actually much fun and that we have a good amount of songs that are cool to listen to as unplugged versions. So these special shows will consist of live un- or rarely heard stuff in full metal gear (Skeletons) and a good choice of our most famous hits in a different way (we chose to call them Majesties) …and presto: here we go with Skeletons And Majesties!!!”

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HELLOWEEN with Stratovarius and Avatar

January 8th, 2011


 

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AVATAR

14th and 15th of December 2010

Tampere and Helsinki

FINLAND

 LIVE REVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

German power metal pioneers Helloween have been a regular visitor in Finland since 1987 when the band made its virgin visit in Hameenlinna’s legendary Giants of Rock festival with Dio among other acts. Since then band has faced many up and down hills in its career. The band has gone through many changes including a number of lineup changes and they have had problems with record companies but they have survived and, in fact, during the past few years Helloween’s success has increased tremendously. In 2008 Helloween played two gigs with their colleagues Gamma Ray on the HELLISH ROCK tour and venues were entirely packed.  Obviously, due to the highly successful package tour, Helloween have now asked Finnish power metallers Stratovarius to take part in their tour. Doing this tour, without having the new album released, was quite an interesting choice from Stratovarius. However a package consisting of two leading power metal names on the bill turned out to be another great success and the two Finland shows were quickly sold out again.

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GAMMA RAY – North American 2011 Mini-Tour Dates

November 12th, 2010
Gamma Ray - To The Metal

Gamma Ray - To The Metal

In support of their 10th studio album To The Metal!, German Metal powerhouse GAMMA RAY will do five shows at the start of 2011 in North America. These will be the only dates the band play in North America all year, so make the trip to join the party! Tickets are on sale through Enterthevault.com. Also, as a special bonus, the band will offer VIP tickets, which give the fan entrance to the venue 1 hour before doors and a special meet & greet opportunity with GAMMA RAY.

GAMMA RAY North American Tour Dates:
1/28/2011 Gramercy Theater – New York City, NY
1/29/2011 Cafe Campus – Montreal, QC
1/30/2011 Imperial – Quebec City, QC
2/01/2011 Key Club – Los Angeles, CA
2/03/2011 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL

By far one of the strongest offerings from GAMMA RAY in their storied history, their tenth studio album To The Metal! proves there is no band better when it comes to classic heavy metal! The special edition of the album features a bonus DVD, The Making of To The Metal!, filmed in HD with interviews, rehearsals, live studio sessions and 3 video clips!

To The Metal! is out now in North America on EarMusic through Dismanic Distribution/Knife Fight Media.

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