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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 To Issue New Album On Vinyl

On April, 21st GAMMA RAY's new album, Land Of The Free II, will be released worldwide as a double-gatefold vinyl special edition. More details will be revealed soon.

The tracklist of Land Of The Free II is as follows: 'Into The Storm', 'From The Ashes', 'Rising Again', 'To Mother Earth', 'Rain', 'Leaving Hell', 'Empress', 'When The World', 'Opportunity', 'Real World', 'Hear Me Calling', 'Insurrection'.

Gamma Ray's live schedule is currently as follows:

July
12 - Milano, Italy - Evolution Festival

September
13 - Raismes, France - Raismes Fest 2008

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Manowar To Play Romania In July

According to Metalfan.ro, MANOWAR will play in Bucharest, Romania on July 7. More information will be made available soon.

MANOWAR will headline this year's Magic Circle Festival, set to take place July 9-12 in Bad Arolsen, Germany. This year's event will feature four days of metal, 20,000 free beers, 20,000 free copies of the new MANOWAR single and four custom-built choppers owned by MANOWAR members to be given away. Also scheduled to appear are HOLYHELL, JACK STARR'S BURNING STARR, MAJESTY and STORMWARRIOR.

MANOWAR is scheduled to perform on the Friday evening of the festival, where they will play "Battle Hymns", "Into Glory Ride" and "Hail To England". On the Saturday evening, the band will play "Sign Of The Hammer", "Fighting The World" and "Kings Of Metal". This set will also feature, for the first time, a rendition of "The Crown And The Ring (Lament Of The Kings)", which will feature the original choir and orchestral performance that has never been seen before. More...

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Helloween Add Brisbane Date To Tour

HELLOWEEN have added a Brisbane show to the upcoming Australian leg of their ongoing Hellish Rock tour with GAMMA RAY. They will play The Arena on February 26th.

As previously reported, Australia's BLACK MAJESTY have been tapped to open the February 28th and 29th shows in Sydney and Melbourne respectively.

The Hellish Rock tour schedule is now as follows:

December
14 - Plzen, Czech Republic at Hala Lokomotiva
15 - Zlin, Czech Republic at Hala Novesta (SOLD OUT)
16 - Pardubice, Czech Republic at CEZ Arena
18 - Kosice, Slovakia at Cassosport Sport Hall
19 - Bratislava, Slovakia at PKO
21 - Langen, Germany at Stadthalle
22 - Kaufbeuren, Germany at All Karthalle

January
6 - Paris, France at Elysee Montmatre
7 - Tilburg, Holland at 013
8 - London, UK at The Forum
10 - Antwerp, Belgium at Hof Ter Lo
11 - Tuttlingen, Germany at Alte Festhalle
12 - Karlsruhe, Germany at Europahalle
13 - Oberhausen, Germany at Turbinenhalle
15 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz
17 - Lugo, Spain at Recinto Ferial
18 - Bilbao, Spain at Rockstar Live
20 - Madrid, Spain at La Riviera

February
8 - Fukuoka, Japan - Drum Logos
9 - Hiroshima, Japan - Club Quattro
11 - Osaka, Japan - Namba Hatch
12 - Nagoya, Japan - Diamond Hall
14 - Tokyo, Japan - Kosei Nenkin Hall
15 - Tokyo, Japan - Kosei Nenkin Hall
26 - Brisbane, Australia - The Arena
28 - Sydney, Australia - The Metro Theatre
29 - Melbourne, Australia - The Forum

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Helloween Post Tour Update

German metallers HELLOWEEN have issued the following update:

"Day 21 of the Hellish Rock Tour 2007/08. HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY have returned home to Germany in the meantime after two great concerts in Italy — Rome and Milano — and have played two concerts there in Lichtenfels and Bremen to enthusiastic crowds.

"The trek went on to Scandinavia and played the first concert in Sweden — in Göteborg — and will be playing to a capacity crowd in the Rockefeller in Oslo/Norway. Lund and Stockholm in Sweden are next on the list with Tampere and Helsinki in Finland following.

"Since Rome, the German band AXXIS is joining the tour and has been accepted well already during its first appearance.

"Meanwhile the new HELLOWEEN CD, 'Gambling With The Devil', is climbing the official Greek album chart in its third week and is now on the 6th spot."

HELLOWEEN's new album, "Gambling with the Devil", consists of eleven songs (plus an intro, spoken by SAXON's Biff Byford) with a total playing time of 57 minutes and 40 seconds. For their many faithful fans, there is also a limited first edition (40,000 units in a digipak with an embossed and stamped slipcase to be released in Europe, and 10,000 units in a jewel case in the U.S.) with a bonus CD featuring two extra tracks, the video for the first single "As Long As I Fall", and a "making-of" of the video, including interview sequences.

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Helloween, Gamma Ray Tour Update

HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY's record company, SPV Records, has issued the following press release:

"The Hellish Rock Tour continues at fast pace. HELLOWEEN and GAMMA RAY managed to escape the snow on their European tour and have arrived in a sunny Greece where the bands played for over 3,500 amazed fans in Thessaloniki and Athens. The bands' performances yesterday in Rome will be followed by today’s appearance in Milan and tomorrow’s tour stop in Switzerland. On Saturday, December 1st both bands will reach Germany for the first time and will play two concerts in Lichtenfels and Bremen. Meanwhile the concert in Paris on January 6th 2008 has officially sold out and a second show has been added. An additional date to the fast selling Spanish leg of the tour has also been added. The bands will be playing in Granada on January 20th 2008."

HELLOWEEN's new album, "Gambling with the Devil", consists of eleven songs (plus an intro, spoken by SAXON's Biff Byford) with a total playing time of 57 minutes and 40 seconds. For their many faithful fans, there is also a limited first edition (40,000 units in a digipak with an embossed and stamped slipcase to be released in Europe, and 10,000 units in a jewel case in the U.S.) with a bonus CD featuring two extra tracks, the video for the first single "As Long As I Fall", and a "making-of" of the video, including interview sequences.

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Helloween Check In From Tour

HELLOWEEN have checked in from the road with the following update:

"The European portion of the Hellish Rock Tour 2007 - 2008 has started with a big bang. Over 2,000 crazy Hungarian fans came to see Helloween and their very special guest Gamma Ray in the Petöfi Hall in Budapest. One day later the package sold out the SKC in Belgrad/Serbia and the next day 5,000 totally enthusiastic Bulgarians came to the Winter Palace Of Sports. The venue where Helloween have recorded portions of their recent live-double-DVD, Live On 3 Continents. After a concert in Istanbul, Turkey the tour will bring the bands to Greece and Italy in the next couple of days. Hot on the heels comes the news that the Novesta Hall in the Czech Republic where the bands will play on December the 15th 2007 has already been sold out in advance with more than 3,500 tickets."

Remaining tour dates are as follows:

November
24 - Athens, Greece at Cultural Center Hellinikos Kosmos
27 - Rome, Italy at Tendastrisce
28 - Milano, Italy at Alcatraz
29 - Dietikon, Switzerland at Stadthalle

December
1 - Lichtenfels, Germany at Stadthalle
2 - Bremen, Germany at Aladin
4 - Goteborg, Sweden at Liseberghallen
5 - Oslo, Norway at Rockefeller
7 - Lund, Sweden at Mejeriet
8 - Stockholm, Sweden at Arenan
10 - Tampere, Finland at Pakkahuone
11 - Helsinki, Finland at Kaapelitehdas
14 - Plzen, Czech Republic at Hala Lokomotiva
15 - Zlin, Czech Republic at Hala Novesta (SOLD OUT)
16 - Pardubice, Czech Republic at CEZ Arena
18 - Kosice, Slovakia at Cassosport Sport Hall
19 - Bratislava, Slovakia at PKO
21 - Langen, Germany at Stadthalle
22 - Kaufbeuren, Germany at All Karthalle

January
6 - Paris, France at Elysee Montmatre
7 - Tilburg, Holland at 013
8 - London, UK at The Forum
10 - Antwerp, Belgium at Hof Ter Lo
11 - Tuttlingen, Germany at Alte Festhalle
12 - Karlsruhe, Germany at Europahalle
13 - Oberhausen, Germany at Turbinenhalle
15 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz
17 - Lugo, Spain at Recinto Ferial
18 - Bilbao, Spain at Rockstar Live
20 - Madrid, Spain at La Riviera

February
8 - Fukuoka, Japan - Drum Logos
9 - Hiroshima, Japan - Club Quattro
11 - Osaka, Japan - Namba Hatch
12 - Nagoya, Japan - Diamond Hall
14 - Tokyo, Japan - Kosei Nenkin Hall
15 - Tokyo, Japan - Kosei Nenkin Hall

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:

Bass:

Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)

Vocals:

Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)

Drums:

André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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Helloween Enter Greek Charts

HELLOWEEN's new album, Gambling With The Devil, has entered the official International album charts in Greece at #16. The album has now entered the official album charts in the following countries:

Japan - #3
Czech Republic - #10
Greece - #16
UK - #18
Finland - #34
Sweden - #34
Germany - #38
Norway - #44
Italy - #49
Switzerland - #88
US - #95
France - #103

Upcoming Helloween tour dates (with GAMMA RAY) include:

November
16 - Budapest, Hungary at Petofi Hall
17 - Belgrade, Serbia at SKC (new venue)
18 - Sofia, Bulgaria at Festivalna Hall
21 - Istanbul, Turkey at Venue TBA
23 - Thesaloniki, Greece at Principal
24 - Athens, Greece at Cultural Center Hellinikos Kosmos (NEW VENUE)
27 - Rome, Italy at Tendastrisce
28 - Milano, Italy at Alcatraz
29 - Dietikon, Switzerland at Stadthalle

December
1 - Lichtenfels, Germany at Stadthalle
2 - Bremen, Germany at Aladin
4 - Goteborg, Sweden at Liseberghallen
5 - Oslo, Norway at Rockefeller
7 - Lund, Sweden at Mejeriet
8 - Stockholm, Sweden at Arenan
10 - Tampere, Finland at Pakkahuone
11 - Helsinki, Finland at Kaapelitehdas
14 - Plzen, Czech Republic at Hala Lokomotiva
15 - Zlin, Czech Republic at Hala Novesta
16 - Pardubice, Czech Republic at CEZ Arena
18 - Kosice, Slovakia at Cassosport Sport Hall
19 - Bratislava, Slovakia at PKO
21 - Langen, Germany at Stadthalle
22 - Kaufbeuren, Germany at All Karthalle

January
6 - Paris, France at Elysee Montmatre
7 - Tilburg, Holland at 013
8 - London, UK at The Forum
10 - Antwerp, Belgium at Hof Ter Lo
11 - Tuttlingen, Germany at Alte Festhalle
12 - Karlsruhe, Germany at Europahalle
13 - Oberhausen, Germany at Turbinenhalle
15 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz
17 - Lugo, Spain at Recinto Ferial (new date)
18 - Bilbao, Spain at Rockstar Live
20 - Madrid, Spain at La Riviera

February
8 - Fukuoka, Japan - Drum Logos
9 - Hiroshima, Japan - Club Quattro
11 - Osaka, Japan - Namba Hatch
12 - Nagoya, Japan - Diamond Hall
14 - Tokyo, Japan - Kosei Nenkin Hall
15 - Tokyo, Japan - Kosei Nenkin Hall

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Paradise Lost Added To Knock Out Festival

The 2008 edition of Germany's Knock Out Festival is scheduled for January 12th at the Europahalle in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The latest act confirmed for the festival is British metallers PARADISE LOST.

Also on the bill: PARADISE LOST, EPICA, WITHIN TEMPTATION, HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY and AXXIS.

The second edition of the Knock Out Festival will be taking place in one of the two Karlsruhe’s biggest indoor-concert venues and will be established as a German indoor winter festival.

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Epica Announced For Knockout Festival

The 2008 edition of Germany's Knock Out Festival is scheduled for January 12th at the Europahalle in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The latest act confirmed for the festival is Dutch female-fronted symphonic metallers EPICA.

Also on the bill: WITHIN TEMPTATION, HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY and AXXIS.

The second edition of the Knock Out Festival will be taking place in one of the two Karlsruhe’s biggest indoor-concert venues and will be established as a German indoor winter festival.

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Helloween Update Tour Schedule

HELLOWEEN have updated their tour schedule to announce a new date in Spain (January 17th) and a venue change for their November 17th gig in Serbia.

Upcoming Helloween tour dates (with GAMMA RAY) include:

November
16 - Budapest, Hungary at Petofi Hall
17 - Belgrade, Serbia at SKC (new venue)
18 - Sofia, Bulgaria at Festivalna Hall
21 - Istanbul, Turkey at Venue TBA
23 - Thesaloniki, Greece at Principal
24 - Athens, Greece at Cultural Center Hellinikos Kosmos (NEW VENUE)
27 - Rome, Italy at Tendastrisce
28 - Milano, Italy at Alcatraz
29 - Dietikon, Switzerland at Stadthalle

December
1 - Lichtenfels, Germany at Stadthalle
2 - Bremen, Germany at Aladin
4 - Goteborg, Sweden at Liseberghallen
5 - Oslo, Norway at Rockefeller
7 - Lund, Sweden at Mejeriet
8 - Stockholm, Sweden at Arenan
10 - Tampere, Finland at Pakkahuone
11 - Helsinki, Finland at Kaapelitehdas
14 - Plzen, Czech Republic at Hala Lokomotiva
15 - Zlin, Czech Republic at Hala Novesta
16 - Pardubice, Czech Republic at CEZ Arena
18 - Kosice, Slovakia at Cassosport Sport Hall
19 - Bratislava, Slovakia at PKO
21 - Langen, Germany at Stadthalle
22 - Kaufbeuren, Germany at All Karthalle

January
6 - Paris, France at Elysee Montmatre
7 - Tilburg, Holland at 013
8 - London, UK at The Forum
10 - Antwerp, Belgium at Hof Ter Lo
11 - Tuttlingen, Germany at Alte Festhalle
12 - Karlsruhe, Germany at Europahalle
13 - Oberhausen, Germany at Turbinenhalle
15 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz
17 - Lugo, Spain at Recinto Ferial (new date)
18 - Bilbao, Spain at Rockstar Live
20 - Madrid, Spain at La Riviera

February
8 - Fukuoka, Japan - Drum Logos
9 - Hiroshima, Japan - Club Quattro
11 - Osaka, Japan - Namba Hatch
12 - Nagoya, Japan - Diamond Hall
14 - Tokyo, Japan - Kosei Nenkin Hall
15 - Tokyo, Japan - Kosei Nenkin Hall

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Gamma Ray Post 'Into The Storm' Video Online

GAMMA RAY's video for the song "Into the Storm" has been posted at this location (Real Media). The track comes off the German band's new album, "Land of the Free II" (cover artwork), due in Europe on November 19 (November 16 in Germany) via SPV Records. The CD will arrive in the U.S. in January.

"Land of the Free II" will be a conceptual continuation of the group's 1995 classic "Land of the Free", and will contain around 65 minutes of music.

GAMMA RAY produced their new album themselves. All four musicians — Kai Hansen, Henjo Richter (guitar), Dirk Schlächter (bass) and Daniel Zimmermann (drums) — are experienced enough to translate their ideas at the studio. But for the first time in ages, the band allowed themselves the luxury of enlisting outside support for certain stages of the recording process. "We wanted to have a clear head in some areas to be able to concentrate on the important things," Hansen explains the enlistment of Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, UFO, etc.) and his Area 51 studio in Celle, where the new material was mixed. Newton also took care of the drum parts as a sound engineer at GAMMA RAY's own studio. More...

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Helloween Vocalist Speaks On Kai Hansen

Harris Bakopoulos from Greece's Rockpages.gr webzine recently conducted an interview with HELLOWEEN vocalist Andi Deris during the band's promotional tour for their new album, Gambling With The Devil.

During their chat, Kai Hansen's name came up. Kai played guitar in Helloween on the self-titled debut EP and first four albums: Walls Of Jericho, Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I and II, Live In The UK. After leaving Helloween, Hansen formed GAMMA RAY, who just happen to be hitting the road with Helloween for four months from November '07 to February '08.

Rockpages.gr: The relationship of the band with Kai Hansen seems very healthy nowadays. Helloween has a great and strong lineup which makes clear that there’s no need for a reunion. On the other hand, the fact that Helloween and Gamma Ray are touring together makes some people wonder if the next step is that Kai will return in the band and Helloween continues as a six-member band like IRON MAIDEN did for example. Has this ever crossed your mind and would it ever be possible?

Andi Deris: "First of all, our relationship with Kai Hansen was always healthy. It’s just that now we have the chance to show it to the public. Our rehearsal rooms in Hamburg Germany) are like 15 meters from each other, they even made photos of them and still the fans did not believe it. Now, as far as Kai Hansen returning or not... there’s always room for speculations. Personally, I would say that it will not happen simply because Kai left the band because of too much stress. And I can imagine that Kai will be completely fucked up and stressed out after this tour because he’s playing on nearly every show of the Helloween world tour, so I already know that he will be nearly 'destroyed' after the tour. It’s too much for him, I know that he doesn’t like touring. One of the main reasons for his decision to leave Helloween was too much stress. So, I don’t see him coming back to Helloween in these days when there’s even more stress than during the '80s. Nowadays the world tour is much longer. So, I cannot imagine that this will happen, maybe only as a guest musician and with guest appearances and not as a constant member of a band who’s traveling all around the world again. I know him a little bit..."

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Magica Singer To Perform With Axxis On Tour

Female singer Ana Mladinovici of the Romanian symphonic metal band MAGICA will be a guest on the Hellish Rock Tour featuring HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY and AXXIS. Ana will join AXXIS on stage to sing several songs alongside the band's regular vocalist Bernard Weiss.

MAGICA recently finished filming a video for the song "Entangled". Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.

"Entangled" comes off MAGICA's third album, "Hereafter", which was released on October 19 via AFM Records. The cover artwork was created by Jean Pascal Fournier, who has previously worked with EDGUY and AVANTASIA, among many others. A video for the song "All Waters Have the Colour of Drowning", which will be included on the forthcoming CD, is available for viewing here. More...

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Manowar Make Big Promises For Magic Circle Fest

A five-minute video clip containing left-over fan interviews from the upcoming Magic Circle Festival DVD can be viewed below.

The Magic Circle Festival, which was organized by MANOWAR's Magic Circle Music, took place July 6-7, 2007 Bad Arolsen, Germany and was reportedly attended by 25,000 fans.

In addition to different sets by MANOWAR on each day, this year's Magic Circle Festival featured performances by GAMMA RAY, MAJESTY, HOLYHELL, MOB RULES, STORMWARRIOR, MESSIAH'S KISS, DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, LION'S SHARE, HEAVENLY, IMPERIA and SAIDIAN.

MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio reportedly announced at this year's Magic Circle Festival that the event will be held annually from now on. On the first day of next year's gathering, MANOWAR will sign as much stuff as they can and will give away "thousands" of free beers and copies of their new single as well as four custom-built chopper bikes, each belonging to one of the bandmembers. On top of that, MANOWAR will apparently play their first six albums in their entirety, from "Battle Hymns" to "Kings of Metal". More...

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Gamma Ray Sign With Steamhammer/SPV

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have inked a deal with Steamhammer/SPV. The group's new album, "Land of the Free II" (cover artwork), is scheduled for release in Europe on November 19 (November 16 in Germany). The CD will arrive in the U.S. in January.

Commented GAMMA RAY founder Kai Hansen: "Following our previous record company's well-documented restructuring process, we increasingly felt that it would be better to embark on a new course business-wise. The preparations for our joint tour with HELLOWEEN spawned the idea to follow HELLOWEEN's example and work with Steamhammer/SPV in future. We feel certain that this cooperation will give an extra boost to our career."

"Land of the Free II" will be a conceptual continuation of the group's 1995 classic "Land of the Free", and will contain around 65 minutes of music. More...

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Gamma Ray Announce Track Listing

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have revealed the track listing for their new album, "Land of the Free Part II". The CD will be a conceptual continuation of the group's 1995 classic "Land of the Free", and will contain around 65 minutes of music.

"Land of the Free Part II" track listing:

01. Rising Again (0:28)
02. To Mother Earth (5:09)
03. Empress 6:22, Rain (5:20)
04. Into The Storm (3:45)
05. When The World (5:43)
06. From The Ashes (5:30)
07. Leaving Hell (4:20)
08. Real World (5:44)
09. Hear Me Calling (6:45)
10. Opportunity (7:15)
11. Insurrection (11:30)

Photos of GAMMA RAY's May 6 perfomance in Kavarna, Bulgaria have been posted at Pro-Rock.net.

GAMMA RAY's new DVD, entitled "Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome (And The Finnish Keyboarder Who Didn't Want To Wear His Donald Duck Costume) Live in Montreal", is tentatively before the end of the year. The disc will feature a multi-camera recording of the band's May 6, 2006 show at Medley in Montreal, Quebec.

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Huge Helsinki Gig Announced

Finnish Metal Events, the parent company behind world renown Tuska Festival and Finnish Metal Expo, presents the biggest ever SONATA ARCTICA show in Helsinki, Finland.

On December 29th, the Kemi-based sextet takes the Cable Factory in Helsinki by blizzard, showcasing unforeseen special effects and unhindered Northern glory.

In addition this, Finnish Metal Events will also present the long-awaited resurgence of NIGHTWISH in Helsinki. The new and improved Nightwish will perform at the Helsinki Icehall on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2008.

If that’s not enough, the very best of German power metal, namely HELLOWEEN, GAMMA RAY and AXXIS will storm the stage of the Cable Factory on December 11th in yet another Finnish Metal Events extravaganza.

All this is merely foreplay to the fourth annual Finnish Metal Expo during February 15th - 16th, a weekend of total carnage and metal mayhem, consisting of live bands, instrument clinics and the expo area.

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Helloween And Gamma Ray Announce More Dates

More dates have been added to HELLOWEEN's upcoming "Hellish Rock 2007/2008", with GAMMA RAY and AXXIS (supporting on select dates). Here are the confirmed dates:

* w/ AXXIS

Nov. 16 - Budapest, Hungary - Petofi Hall
Nov. 17 - Belgrade, Serbia - Hala Sportova
Nov. 18 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Festivalna Hall
Nov. 19 - Bucharest, Romania - Agronomia Sport Hall
Nov. 21 - Istanbul, Turkey - TBA
Nov. 23 - Thesaloniki, Greece - Principal
Nov. 24 - Athens, Greece - Olympic Properties Arena
Nov. 27 - Rome, Italy - Tendastrisce *
Nov. 28 - Milano, Italy - Alcatraz *
Nov. 29 - Dietikon, Switzerland - Stadthalle *
Dec. 1 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Stadthalle *
Dec. 2 - Bremen, Germany - Aladin *
Dec. 4 - Goteborg, Sweden - Liseberghallen *
Dec. 5 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller *
Dec. 7 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet *
Dec. 8 - Stockholm, Sweden - Arenan *
Dec. 10 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone *
Dec. 11 - Helsinki, Finland - Kaapelitehdas *
Dec. 14 - Plzen, Czech Republic - Hala Lokovotiva
Dec. 15 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Hala Novesta
Dec. 16 - Pardubice, Czech Republic - CEZ Arena
Dec. 18 - Kosice, Slovakia - Cassosport Sport Hall
Dec. 19 - Bratislava, Slovakia - PKO
Dec. 21 - Langen, Germany - Stadthalle *
Dec. 22 - Kaufbeuren, Germany - All Karthalle *
Jan. 6 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmatre *
Jan. 7 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013 *
Jan. 8 - London, England - The Forum *
Jan. 10 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo *
Jan. 11 - Tuttlingen, Germany - Alte Festhalle *
Jan. 12 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Europahalle (Knock Out Festival)
Jan. 13 - Oberhausen - Germany - Turbinenhalle *

A press release previously stated that "apart from very few festival appearances, this will be the first time ever both bands touring together and bears the possibility of Kai Hansen (GAMMA RAY leader and ex- HELLOWEEN member) entering the stage to jam one or the other classic HELLOWEEN song with his former band mates!"

"This is going to be a historical event for all HELLOWEEN fans, we are looking forward to have Kai and his band on our tour with us," stated HELLOWEEN guitarist Michael Weikath.

It is also planned, but not confirmed, to expand this promising package to the territories of South East Asia, North and South America.

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Magic Circle Festival Adds A Second Day

The Magic Circle Festival has now been extended to two days. The festivities will now begin on July 6th, 2007, in addition to the original date of July 7th, 2007. The festival will take place in Bad Arolsen, Germany with the low admission price of 10 Euros for each day. Tickets for the 7th are now available at the official Magic Circle Festival website and tickets for the 6th will be available very soon. "We are very proud that our idea to reward the metal fans around the world with this special event has been received so well that we can give another show to them", says MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio.

Besides different sets of MANOWAR on each day, the Magic Circle Festival on July 6 and 7, 2007 will also feature performances of GAMMA RAY, MAJESTY, HOLYHELL, STORMWARRIOR, MESSIAH'S KISS, DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, LION'S SHARE, HEAVENLY and others.

The festival grounds will be opened on July 5 already with a special "Titty Twister Tent". Sufficient campground and on-site parking areas will be provided as well as a shower-city, supermarket and various vendors.

Furthermore, MANOWAR's new double-live album "GODS OF WAR LIVE" will be released on July 6th and will be available for purchase at the festival. This album will not only feature more than two hours of MANOWAR live music, but will also feature an exclusive 7-minute video of the song "Gods Of War", complete with MANOWAR's trademark explosive stage set including fireworks, a Viking ship and other special effects.

A video teaser has been posted on YouTube.com to give fans an example of the performance they can expect to see at the Magic Circle Festival. More...

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