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Gamma Ray

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


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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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
Gamma Ray
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Paradise Lost
Six Feet under

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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
Gamma Ray
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Paradise Lost
Six Feet under

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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
Gamma Ray
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Six Feet under

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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
Gamma Ray
Six Feet under

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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
Gamma Ray

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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
Death Angel
Fear Factory
Gamma Ray
Iced Earth
Sonata Arctica
Uli Jon Roth

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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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Amberian Dawn Guitarist To Tour With Gamma Ray

Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about their guitarist joining Gamma Ray for a string of tour dates:

"Guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen has been asked to join Gamma Ray as the temporary replacement for guitarist/keyboardist Henjo Richter, who underwent surgery on Tuesday, March 16th for a 'retinal detachment.' Kasperi agreed and it was easy for him to join the band because he has played a few shows with Gamma Ray is same role already in 2006. Amberian Dawn wishes Kasperi a great tour with guys of GammaRay!"

The affected shows are as follows:

3/20 - Prague, CZR @ KD Vltavska
3/22 - Langen, GER @ Stadthalle (rescheduled from March 18)
3/23 - Saarbrücken, GER @ Garage (rescheduled from March 16)

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Gamma Ray Postpones European Tour Dates

German power metal band Freedom Call has issued the following update:

"Due to illness in the Gamma Ray camp two shows have to be postponed..."

Gamma Ray tour dates with Freedom Call are as follows:

19.03. D-Lichtenfels - Stadthalle
22.03. D-Langen - Stadthalle (new date)
23.03. D-Saarbrücken - Garage (new date)

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Gamma Ray Posts New Video Online

German power metal legends Gamma Ray has posted their new music video online for the title track of their new studio album, "To The Metal." You can check it out below. The album is scheduled to be released on January 29th and will also be issued in a special edition version which will feature bonus tracks as well as a sixty minute DVD. More...

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Gamma Ray Posts New Song, "To The Metal," Online

Germany power metal band GAMMA RAY has posted the self titled song from their new album, "To The Metal," on this MySpace page. The new album will be released on January 29th.

The tracklisting for "To The Metal" [cover art] is as follows:

01. Rise
02. Deadlands
03. Mother Angel
04. No Need To Cry
05. Empathy
06. To The Metal
07. All You Need To Know
08. Time To Live
09. Shine Forever
10. Breaking Away

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Gamma Ray Reveals New Album Details

German power metal outfit Gamma Ray has announced that their forthcoming tenth studio album will be entitled, "To The Metal" and that fans can expect the album to hit the shelves on January 29th. There will be a regular jewel case version of the record as well as a limited edition version which will feature a bonus DVD. The album will also be released on red vinyl in gatefold packaging and a very special edition which will contain the vinyl and CD, along with two bonus tracks. In addition to this, all of the CD/Vinyl combos will be hand signed by the band.

The tracklisting is as follows:

"Mother Angel"
"No Need To Cry"
"To The Metal"
"All You Need To Know"
"Time To Live"
"Shine Forever"
"Breaking Away"

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Secret Sphere Announces European Tour

Secret Sphere have announced they will be playing alongside Gamma Ray and Freedom Call on the "To The Metal" European tour. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

2/06 - Dock's - Hamburg, Germany
2/07 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium
2/09 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
2/10 - Le Trabendo - Paris, France
2/12 - Sala Totem - Navarra, Spain
2/13 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain
2/14 - Sala Apolo - Barcelona, Spain
2/16 - Magazzini Generali - Mailand, Italy
2/19 - Gagarin 205 - Athens, Greece
2/20 - Block 33 - Thessaloniki, Greece
2/21 - Blue Box Club - Sofia, Bulgaria
2/23 - SKC - Belgrade, Serbia
2/24 - Boogaloo - Zagreb, Croatia
2/26 - Sport Hall - Presov, Slovakia
2/27 - MSK Centrum - Ziad Nad Hronom, Slovakia
2/28 - PKO - Bratislava, Slovakia
3/12 - H2O Halle - Reichenbach, Germany
3/13 - Kaminwerk - Memmingen, Germany
3/14 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
3/16 - Garage - Saarbrucken, Germany
3/18 - Stadthalle Langen - Langen, Germany
3/19 - Stadthalle Lichenfels - Lichtenfels, Germany
3/20 - [to be announced] - Prague, Czech Republic

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Helloween Announces 2009 Latin American Tour Dates

German power metallers Helloween have announced a string of tour dates in Latin America alongside Gamma Ray. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

4/11/09 Argentina - Buenos Aires - Obras
4/13/09 Chile - Santiago - Caupolican
4/15/09 Brasil - Curitiba - Hellooch
4/17/09 Brasil - Rio de Janeiro - Citibank Hall
4/18/09 Brasil - Belo Horizonte - Chevrolet Hall
4/20/09 Brasil - Sao Paulo - Credicard Hall
4/22/09 Brasil - Porto Alegre - Pepsi Stage
4/24/09 Brasil - Manaus - Arena Amadeu Teixeira
4/26/09 Brasil - Fortaleza - tba
4/27/09 Brasil - Recife - Chevrolet Hall
4/30/09 Peru - Lima - Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposicion

5/2/09 El Salvador - San Salvador - tba
5/4/09 Mexico - Guadalajara - Estudio Cavaret
5/8/09 Mexico - Monterrey - tba
5/10/09 Mexico - Mexico City - Circo Volador

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Helloween Plans N. American Tour w/ Gamma Ray

Helloween is returning to North America on the Hellish Rock Tour. This highly anticipated tour kicks off on September 18th in Quebec, and after tearing across the continent, will finish up on October 11th in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Helloween is touring in support of their most recent release, "Gambling with the Devil," which is in stores now. October 7, 2008 will see the release of the Gambling with the Devil Tour Edition. Featuring unreleased songs and enhanced videos, this is a must have for the true Helloween fan.

Sure, Helloween may be headlining, but don't forget about Gamma Ray. Fronted by original Helloween lead singer Kai Hansen, this band is another favorite of the power metal genre. With Kai being there with Gamma Ray…the possibility exists that he may make a “special” appearance with Helloween.

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Helloween Postpone Monterrey Show

HELLOWEEN have announced that their show in Monterrey, Mexico, originally scheduled for May 8th, has been postponed. The gig will now take place the following day, May 9th.

Helloween's Latin American live dates with special guests GAMMA RAY are as follows.

11 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Obras
13 - Santiago, Chile - Caupolican
15 - Curitiba, Brasil - Hellooch
17 - Rio de Janeiro, Brasil - Citibank Hall
18 - Belo Horizonte, Brasil - Chevrolet Hall
20 - Sao Paulo, Brasil - Credicard Hall
22 - Porto Alegre, Brasil - Pepsi Stage
24 - Manaus, Brasil - Arena Amadeu Teixeira
26 - Fortaleza, Brasil - Venue TBA
27 - Recife, Brasil - Chevrolet Hall
30 - Lima, Peru - Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposicion

2 - San Salvador, El Salvador - Venue TBA
4 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Estudio Cavaret
9 - Monterrey, Mexico - Venue TBA
10 - City, Mexico - Circo Volador

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