Gamma Ray To Unleash "Skeletons & Majesties Live" Set Next Month
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 4th, 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 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.
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 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.
"Gamma Ray will have top priority in 2013," comments Hansen, "and Skeletons & Majesties Live is the perfect harbinger of this!"
The "Skeletons & Majesties" live track listing is as follows:
01. Welcome (Intro)
02. Anywhere In The Galaxy
03. Men, Martians and Machines
04. The Spirit
05. Wings Of Destiny
07. Gamma Ray
09. Time To Break Free
10. Rebellion In Dreamland (Acoustic)
11. Send Me A Sign (Acoustic)
02. Dethrone Tyranny
03. Watcher In The Sky
04. Hold Your Ground
05. A While In Dreamland
09. Future World
DVD Track Listing:
01. Anywhere In The Galaxy
02. Men, Martians And Machines
03. The Spirit
04. Wings Of Destiny
06. Gamma Ray
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)
18. Future World (w/ Michael Kiske)
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