Gamma Ray
Master of Confusion


3.0
good

Review

by King Henry VIII USER (63 Reviews)
March 20th, 2013 | 14 replies | 4,315 views


Release Date: 03/15/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A new hope has emerged through the ashes of shame.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

The current state of Gamma Ray can be describe in skepticism after their letdown in the 2010 release To The Metal!. To add insult to injury, they also released a highly redundant EP entitled Skeletons and Majesties leaving critics laughing. Now it can’t get any worse from here for Kia Hansen’s (possible) career along with his fellow band members, right? Well, it did with Unisonic. Even though Unisonic’s debut was a descent hard rock album that is enjoyable to a degree that is if you don’t overplay it, but the whole Unisonic experience was a letdown in many ways. One of those letdowns was the fact that the album was neither exciting nor groundbreaking with the long awaited reunion of Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske.

Three years later, we see the first glance new material from Gamma Ray on an EP entitled Master of Confusion, even if it’s only two new songs, two covers, and six live songs. For the cover songs: they are executed with accurate precision and all that happy nonsense and just like most cover songs they are generally not worth anyone’s time unless you’re absolutely bored to tears, or a diehard fan. The same rules apply to the six live songs as did to the cover songs on this EP: well-executed performances that were recorded live in Bochum, and really only meant for the diehard fans (or bored, whichever it may be). However, the main attraction to Master of Confusion is on the first two songs of the EP, “Empire of the Undead” and “Master of Confusion”. As I said before, skepticism filled the air for Gamma Ray’s future. Fortunately, for any Gamma Ray fan Hell shows no mercy in the opening seconds for “Empire of the Undead”. Classic speed metal comes to mind; old school Helloween comes to mind. If that’s not enough to excite you, what if I told you there was aggression throughout the entire song from Kai’s vocals, ripping guitar solos from Kai and Henjo, fast paced drums from new drummer Michael Ehré, or even Dirk’s bass rhythm.

As for the follow up and also the self-titled song, “Master of Confusion”, it is safe to say after watching the lyric-rehearsal video the lyrics are blatantly generic and extremely cheesy. Despite the absence of any good lyrics, the song still shows simple, yet catchy melodic hooks in every department of instruments, which includes vocals. In the end, there may only be two brand new songs (not including the cover songs). However, there is more to it than just two brand new songs. Gamma Ray’s fan base should have a renewed sense of optimism for this legendary power metal outfit, whose members practically created and defined the genre. For it’s true they started lagging after 2005’s Majestic, until now it seems that Gamma Ray has finally kicked out something relevant enough for there to be anticipation. Our questions of optimism will be answered until the slated-early 2014 release of the new Gamma Ray album that will include “Master of Confusion” and “Empire of the Undead”.



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FictionalFlames
March 20th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Tell me something needs to fixed, or doesn't read right.



Master of Confusion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxKnWdvxEqk

Killerhit
March 20th 2013



5209 Comments


Too conversational, such as "what if I told you there was aggression throughout the entire song from Kai’s vocals, ripping guitar solos from Kai and Henjo, fast paced drums from new drummer Michael Ehré, or even Dirk’s bass rhythm." This whole sentence flows pretty well, though you could have used different adjectives. The problem is, the beginning 'what if I told you' completely breaks its decent flow.

Once you get over that small gaffe (the gaffe upon which a good deal of your problems rest), and you've got relatively minor stuff. I don't like "accurate precision and all that happy nonsense". Otherwise, pretty fine job.

NapalmCrusader
March 20th 2013



1737 Comments


After the last disc my expectations aren't the highest. I'm going to listen Land Of the Free right now.

Tyrael
March 20th 2013



20738 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's good

FrozenVain
March 20th 2013



2372 Comments


Didn't know these guys released a new EP. According to your review it seems at least worth a listen so yeh, pos

FictionalFlames
March 20th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's worth the listen.

TheNotrap
March 20th 2013



7981 Comments


Kai's still around, nice. Need to check.
Have a pos.

bloc
March 20th 2013



34675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good band, this is decent.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

RunOfTheMill
March 26th 2013



1428 Comments


Wow Empire of the Undead is great mix of Walls of Jericho and Somewhere Out in Space. Honestly, best
thing I've heard from Kai since 2005. Will need to check the rest of this out.

Great review man, pos.

RunOfTheMill
March 26th 2013



1428 Comments


Title track sounds so much like Send Me a Sign.

FictionalFlames
March 28th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Kai Hansen style

lak89
April 2nd 2013



183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very solid, much better than To The Metal

alfre1707
August 11th 2013



4 Comments


Music aside, I'm surprised they used such good artwork on an EP. Musically, it's good, but I hate the lyrics on Master of Confusion.

InFlamesWeThrash666
January 1st 2014



922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Empire Of The Undead is such a great track...Sounds like "Hit The Lights" though...

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