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Gamma Ray

Kai Hansen formed Helloween in 1984, playing guitar and singing on the speed metal band's first four albums. He left in early 1989, however, and founded Gamma Ray with vocalist Ralf Scheepers (formerly with Tyran Pace). The duo intended to record a one-off project that Hansen originated while in Helloween, so they recruited bassist Uwe Wessel, drummer Matthias Burchardt, and several other musicians. The album, Heading for Tomorrow, was released in 1990 and proved a hit with fans and critics, so much so that Hansen, Scheepers, and Wessel decided to tour the album with added members Dirk Sch ...read more

Kai Hansen formed Helloween in 1984, playing guitar and singing on the speed metal band's first four albums. He left in early 1989, however, and founded Gamma Ray with vocalist Ralf Scheepers (formerly with Tyran Pace). The duo intended to record a one-off project that Hansen originated while in Helloween, so they recruited bassist Uwe Wessel, drummer Matthias Burchardt, and several other musicians. The album, Heading for Tomorrow, was released in 1990 and proved a hit with fans and critics, so much so that Hansen, Scheepers, and Wessel decided to tour the album with added members Dirk Schlacter (guitar) and Uli Kusch (drums). During the tour the Heaven Can Wait EP was released. By 1991, Gamma Ray produced another album of new material, entitled Sigh No More. Following 1993's Insanity & Genius, vocalist Scheepers departed to try out for Judas Priest; he didn't get the gig, but opted to form a new band called Primal Fear rather than return to the fold, leaving Hansen to take over vocal duties on 1995's Land of the Free. Further recordings with Hansen as lead vocalist followed, including 1997's Somewhere Out in Space, 1998's Valley of the Kings, and 1999's Power Plant. Blast from the Past was released in 2000. Gamma Ray returned to a raging New Wave of British Heavy Metal style for 2001's No World Order, and followed that album with the live set Skeleton in the Closet. Gamma Ray returned in 2005 with Majestic, the release of which was accompanied by a world tour. In 2007, Gamma Ray released Land of the Free II (the sequel to 1995's Land of the Free), and went on tour with Helloween to promote the album. Three years later, the band released its tenth full-length album, To the Metal! In 2012, drummer Daniel Zimmermann left the group after 15 years. He was replaced by Michael Ehre. The band released their eleventh studio album, Empire of the Undead, which took the band's sound in a more thrash-oriented direction, in the spring 2014. « hide

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LPs
Empire of the Undead
2014

3.6
60 Votes
To the Metal!
2010

2.8
153 Votes
Land of the Free II
2007

3.5
151 Votes
Majestic
2005

3.8
152 Votes
No World Order
2001

4.1
233 Votes
Power Plant
1999

3.9
180 Votes
Somewhere Out in Space
1997

4.3
229 Votes
Land of the Free
1995

4.4
327 Votes
Insanity and Genius
1993

3.2
113 Votes
Sigh No More
1991

3.4
104 Votes
Heading for Tomorrow
1990

3.3
122 Votes
EPs
Master of Confusion
03/15/2013

3.6
26 Votes
Skeletons & Majesties
2011

2.6
17 Votes
Heaven or Hell
2001

3.5
1 Votes
Valley of the Kings
1997

4.1
7 Votes
Silent Miracles
1996

4.2
17 Votes
Rebellion in Dreamland
1995

3.5
1 Votes
Future Madhouse
1993

2.5
1 Votes
Who Do You Think You Are?
1990

2.5
1 Votes
Heaven Can Wait
1990

3.4
14 Votes
Live Albums
Skeletons & Majesties Live
11/30/2012

4.3
14 Votes
Hell Yeah!!! The Awesome Foursome
2008

4.3
19 Votes
Skeletons in the Closet
2003

3.9
32 Votes
Alive '95
1996

4.2
23 Votes
Lust for Live
1993

2.9
5 Votes
Heading for the East
1990

3.7
6 Votes
Compilations
Alright! 20 Years Of Universe
2010

2.6
6 Votes
Ultimate Collection
2002

4.4
4 Votes
Blast From the Past
2000

4.2
35 Votes
The Karaoke Album
1997

3
2 Votes

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