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Gamma Ray Marching On After Studio Fire, Gearing Up To Release New Album

The eleventh studio album from power metal icons Gamma Ray is nearing completion. Titled "Empire Of The Undead," it is the record that almost wasn't.

The album was penned throughout 2013 with Eike Freese at the mixing desk supporting the work of bass player and co-writer, Dirk Schlaechter. The band had just landed in South America with tour mates Helloween when some harrowing news reached Kai Hansen and crew: Hammer Studio, the band's home and rehearsal space, had burned down leaving nearly all its contents in ruins, with the exception of the tapes from the nearly-finished new studio album.

Upon returning home Gamma Ray evaluated the losses and decided to move on. "If this could not stop us, nothing ever will," joked a light-hearted Hansen, adding that, "We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately, a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look towards the future, we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place. By mid-January we should be done with the work on this album."

The title track, "Empire Of The Undead," has appeared on the single/EP "Master Of Confusion," which was released last year and served as precursor to the forthcoming full-length.

"Empire Of The Undead" will be released in North America on CD, LP and digitally via Armoury Records in conjunction with earMusic late this Spring. Further details to be revealed in the coming weeks. In the meantime, view a video message Kai Hansen below.

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