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Gamma Ray

Formed: 1988
From: Hamburg, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Background

After 4 years in Helloween, songwriter and guitarist Kai Hansen decided to leave the band in 1988. After some studio work with Blind Guardian, he decided to form he own project. Along with his long-time friend Ralf Scheepers (vocals; ex-Tyran Pace) and Uwe Wessel (bass) and Mathias Burchard (drums), he formed Gamma Ray. They released the album "Heading for Tomorrow" (1990) with guest appearances by Piet Sielck and Dirk Schlächter. Uli Kusch replaced Mathias on drums and Dirk Schlächter is the second guitarist of the band.

In September 1991, the album "Sigh No More" was released. In October of that same year, they started a 50 dates worldwide tour. The third Gamma Ray's album "Insanity And Genius" was released in 1993, when the new band members Thomas Nack (Drums) and Jan Rubach (Bass) were introdudec, replacing Uli and Uwe due to personal problems.

In September, the band along with Rage, Helicon and Conception starts the tour "Melodic Metal Strikes Back". The double CD "Power Of Metal" and the Videos "Power of Metal" and "Lust for live" was released. Singer Ralf Scheepers left the band and was replaced by Kai Hansen. In 1995 the fourth album "Land Of The Free" was released. Jan Jubach and Thomas Nack left the band in 1996 when Dirk Schlächter decided to go back playing bass. Henjo Richter, guitars and Dan Zimmermann on drums. In July of '97, Gamma Ray started an improvised tour in South America (Argentina and Brazil), for delight of their fans. In August '97, they released their album "Somewhere Out In Space."

Latest Gamma Ray News

Below is our complete Gamma Ray news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Gamma Ray Posts Trailer For New DVD

German metal act Gamma Ray posted a preview clip from the band's upcoming live DVD/2CD Live LP "Skeletons & Majesties Live." The DVD features the live recording of the band's performance at the legendary Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland on April 29th, 2011 and will now be released on 2CD, Blu-ray and DVD on November 30th, 2012 through earMusic. The DVD and Blu-ray also feature additional bonus tracks, lots of behind the scenes bonus material, rare archive material and interviews with the band.

"Skeletons & Majesties Live" has a playing time of two hours and is a tour de force through the band's history so far, including lots of hits and classics, but also tracks which were undeservedly under-represented to date.

"The 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," says Kai Hansen, the band's vocalist, guitarist and founder.

The double CD includes a total of 18 songs (plus intro & interlude); DVD and Blu-ray will feature six additional bonus tracks with alternative versions of "The Spirit," "Wings Of Destiny," "Farewell," "Gamma Ray," "Time To Break Free" and "Insurrection," all recorded at another show at the Zeche in Bochum, the day before the Pratteln show . In addition, the DVD and Blu-ray feature behind the scenes bonus material, very rare archive material and interviews with the band. More...

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Helloween Announces "Hellish Rock Tour Part II"

German metal icons Helloween announced that the band will once again join forces with Gamma Ray in a redux dubbed "Hellish Rock Tour Part II for March 2013. The full announcement on the band's official website reads:

"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!"

Helloween Guitarist Michael Weikath commented: “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!”

Gamma Ray frontman Kai Hansen added: “‘The Hellish Rock Tour’ definitely was a highlight of our band’s history, we’ll absolutely go wild once again!” More...

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Helloween/Gama Ray Tribute Teaser Posted

"HelloRay" is a tribute album to Helloween and Gamma Ray made by fans of the bands. The tribute is set to be released on March 26th by Epicus Records and features acts such as Rampart and Gaia Epicus. A teaser trailer can be found below, and the track listing is as follows:

01. Tribute to the Past (Gamma Ray) GUARDIANS OF MANKIND
02. Warrior (Helloween) GAIA EPICUS
03. The spirit (Gamma Ray) PARALLAX
04. Mr. Torture (Helloween) AILLION
05. Anywhere in the galaxy (Gamma Ray) OPERA MAGNA
06. Ain't got nothin` better (Helloween) KICKHUNTER
07. Last before the storm (Gamma Ray) SONEM
08. Where the rain grows (Helloween) ARMORY
09. A tale that wasn't right (Helloween) DRACHEN
10. Just a little sign (Helloween) RAMPART
11. Leaving hell (Gamma Ray) ROTTEN
12. Judas (Helloween) 5th ELEMENT
13. Heaven or hell (Gamma Ray) BURN UNIVERSE
14. Before the war (Helloween) ILUNGARA
15. Land of the free (Gamma Ray) DEIMOS More...

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Re-recording Metal - For Better or for Worse?

Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...

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Wacken Open Air 2012 Sold Out

The organizers of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival have announced that next year's edition of the event, scheduled to take place between August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany, has already sold out. A message from the organizers reads as follows:

"Amazing! Wacken is sold out for the seventh time in a row! For the seventh time in a row Wacken Open Air is sold out and never before in such a short time! All 75,000 tickets are sold. Thanx for your support, metalheads! A huge part of the billing is already announced including several special and exclusive shows as well as high-class acts. As every year we have made every effort to provide a terrific billing! And the announcements don´t stop. Via our online advent calendar at least one band will be announced every day during December. Together we will turn the 23. Wacken Open Air into a mega party!"

The currently confirmed bands are as follows: More...

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Opeth Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Swedish progressive metal veterans Opeth have been confirmed as the latest band for next year's Wacken Open Air festival, which will take place from August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Dark Funeral
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Machine Head
Ministry
Napalm Death
Opeth
Paradise Lost
Scorpions
Sick Of It All
Six Feet under
U.D.O.
Watain

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Gamma Ray Guitarist Unable To Play Cruise Show

Gamma Ray announced on its Facebook page that guitarist Henjo Richter was injured in a bike accident and is currently in the hospital. As a result, he will not be able to attend the Sweden Rock Cruise scheduled for October 6-7, 2011. The band plans to play without Richter, opting to have keyboardist Corvin Bahn use a distortion pedal.

The announcement reads: "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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Machine Head Confirmed For Wacken 2012

American heavy metal oufit Machine Head has been confirmed as the latest band for Germany's largest metal festival, Wacken Open Air, which will take place between August 2nd - 4th in 2012. Machine Head will be releasing their new studio album, "Unto The Locust" on September 26th in Europe with a North American release date of September 27th to follow. This will be their first album since 2007's highly acclaimed, "The Blackening."

The Wacken lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Dark Funeral
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Machine Head
Ministry
Napalm Death
Paradise Lost
Scorpions
Sick Of It All
Six Feet under
U.D.O.
Watain

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Sick Of It All Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2012

American hardcore legends Sick Of It All have been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which will take place in Wacken, Germany from August 2nd - 4th. The band will be releasing a new record entitled, "Nonstop" on November 1st, which will consist of twenty re-recorded songs.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Dark Funeral
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Ministry
Napalm Death
Paradise Lost
Scorpions
Sick Of It All
Six Feet under
U.D.O.
Watain

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Dark Funeral Added To Wacken Open Air

Swedish black metal outfit Dark Funeral has been confirmed as the latest act for next year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, the largest heavy metal festival in Germany. The event will take place between August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany and features the following bands:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Dark Funeral
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Ministry
Paradise Lost
Scorpions
Six Feet under
U.D.O.
Watain

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Paradise Lost Confirmed For Wacken 2012

British gothic metal legends Paradise Lost has been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of Germany's biggest heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air. The event will take place in Wacken, Germany from August 2nd - 4th.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Ministry
Paradise Lost
Scorpions
Six Feet under
U.D.O.
Watain

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Watain Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2012

The organizers of Wacken Open Air, the largest heavy metal festival in Germany, have announced that Swedish black metal outfit Watain has been confirmed as the latest addition to next year's edition of the festival which is set to take place August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.

The lineup is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Ministry
Scorpions
Six Feet under
U.D.O.
Watain

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Six Feet Under And Endstille Confirmed For Wacken

The organisers of Germany's biggest heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air, has announced that American death metal veterans Six Feet Under and German black metal outfit Endstille are the latest acts to be confirmed for next year's edition of the festival, which will take place in Wacken, germany from August 2nd - 4th.

The 2012 lineup is as shaping as follows:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Endstille
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Ministry
Scorpions
Six Feet under
U.D.O.

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Two More Bands Confirmed For Wacken 2012

The organisers of Wacken Open Air, one of the biggest heavy metal festivals in Germany, has announced the addition of two more bands for next year's edition of the event. Bay Area thrash metal veterans Forbidden will be performing, as will German guitar virtuoso Axel Rudi Pell. The event will take place in Wacken from August 2nd - 4th 2012 and thus far includes the following bands:

Amon Amarth
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Hammerfall
Ministry
Scorpions
U.D.O.

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Metalhit Offering New Free Compilation

Digital download store Metalhit.com has launched its second monthly compilation to be available for free download worldwide. Owner, Mike Riddick, comments:

“What’s unique about these monthly compilations is that they feature as-of-yet unreleased tracks from metal bands spanning a variety of genres. Metalheads want to be ‘in the know’ on the latest titles, and what better way to do this than to offer up legal downloads of the latest from metal’s greatest labels...days-to-weeks before their official release!”

Metalhit’s second compilation includes 11 downloadable tracks from Acephalix, Autopsy, Inevitable End, Indestructible Noise Command, Vreid, Amorphis, Tyr, Gamma Ray, Bleeding Fist, Flame and Gallhammer. The compilation can be downloaded at this location. A new set of unreleased free songs will be be made available in mid-June.

Visitors to Metalhit’s site may also enter to win a free copy of Autopsy's latest CD, “Macabre Eternal,” courtesy of Peaceville Records.

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Gamma Ray Streaming "Brothers" Song

Noisecreep.com is hosting a stream of the Gamma Ray anthem "Brothers," along with an interview with band front man Kai Hansen. You can check out the song here.

While not a new track from the band, "Brothers" is the second track from the band's upcoming release, "Skeletons & Majesties," which is 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 31st.

Stay tuned for much more updates on Gamma Ray over the coming months as the band prepares for the upcoming Summer tour, where the group will be filming in HD for a brand new live DVD/CD to be released later in the year.

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Gamma Ray Announces "Skeletons & Majesties"

German power metal act Gamma Ray will be releasing a new collection titled "Skeletons & Majesties." Set for release in the U.S. 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 first two tracks are the "Skeletons," featuring brand new versions of some of Gamma Ray's songs rarely played live, including "Hold Your Ground" (from the "Heading For Tomorrow" album) and "Brothers" (from the "Insanity And Genius" album).

The second section, "Majesties," is where the band displays 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 has also included some bonus tracks, including the rare song "Wannabees" - previously only released on the "To The Metal!" 7’" - as well as an extended version of "Brothers."

To top it off, the final track on the EP is another version of "Rebellion In Dreamland," this time karaoke style. The band has launched a special contest, where the group will be integrating a "choir" of 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 details are available at this location. More...

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Gamma Ray To Tour North America In 2011

Gamma Ray is preparing a mini-tour for early 2011 in support of the band's newest record, "To The Metal." VIP tickets will be available for an meet and greets one hour before the show for an additional cost. There will be no other North American tours in 2011 as stated on the band's official webpage, making this the only chance to see Gamma Ray for the forseeable future.

Gamma Ray will be playing at the following cities:

28th January 2011 - Grammercy Theater - New York, NY
29th January 2011 - Cafe Campus - Montreal, QUE
30th January 2011 - Imperial - Quebec City, QUE
1st February 2011 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
3rd February 2011 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL

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Gamma Ray Confirms Festival Appearance

German power metallers Gamma Ray has announced their participation in the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Festival. 70000 Tons of Metal sets sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FLorida to Cozumel, Mexico.

70000 Tons of Metal confirmed bands:
Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Cripper
Death Angel
Ensiferum
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Korpiklaani
Marduk
Moonspell
Obituary
Rage
Raven
Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
TYR
Uli Jon Roth
Unleashed
Witchburner

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Gamma Ray Announces World Tour Dates

Gamma Ray has announced the following "To The Metal World Tour" dates:

08.04.10 - Russia [RU] - Moscow - B1 Maximum
10.04.10 - Russia [RU] - St Petersburg - DK Lensoveta
13.04.10 - Japan [JP] - Osaka - Big Cat
15.04.10 - Japan [JP] - Tokyo - On Air East
16.04.10 - Japan [JP] - Tokyo - On Air East
17.04.10 - Japan [JP] - Nagoya - Bottom Line
20.04.10 - Korea [KR] - Seoul - V-Hall
21.04.10 - China [CN] - Beijing - Mao Live House
22.04.10 - Taiwan [TW] - Taipei - Armed Forces Cultural Center
24.04.10 - Guatemala [GT] - Guatemala City - Teatro Miguel Angel Asturias
25.04.10 - Mexico [MX] - Mexico City Circo Volador
28.04.10 - Venezuela [VE] - Valencia - Teatro Municipal Carabobo
30.04.10 - Colombia [CO] - Bogota - Teatro Metropol
01.05.10 - Ecuadsor [EC] - Quito - TBA

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