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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 Hansenoriginated 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 totour 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 Hansenoriginated 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 totour the album with added members Dirk Schlacter (guitar) and Uli Kusch (drums). During the tour the Heaven Can Wait EP was released. By1991, Gamma Ray produced another album of new material, entitled Sigh No More. Following 1993's Insanity & Genius, vocalist Scheepersdeparted 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, leavingHansen to take over vocal duties on 1995's Land of the Free. Further recordings with Hansen as lead vocalist followed, including 1997'sSomewhere 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 toa 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 theFree 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 itstenth 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 thespring 2014. « hide

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    LPs
    Empire of the Undead
    2014

    3.4
    88 Votes
    To the Metal!
    2010

    2.7
    169 Votes
    Land of the Free II
    2007

    3.5
    176 Votes
    Majestic
    2005

    3.8
    178 Votes
    No World Order
    2001

    4.1
    284 Votes
    Power Plant
    1999

    3.9
    218 Votes
    Somewhere Out in Space
    1997

    4.3
    286 Votes
    Land of the Free
    1995

    4.4
    415 Votes
    Insanity and Genius
    1993

    3.1
    137 Votes
    Sigh No More
    1991

    3.3
    131 Votes
    Heading for Tomorrow
    1990

    3.4
    152 Votes
    EPs
    Master of Confusion
    03/15/2013

    3.6
    26 Votes
    Skeletons & Majesties
    2011

    2.6
    18 Votes
    Heaven or Hell
    2001

    4
    2 Votes
    Valley of the Kings
    1997

    3.9
    7 Votes
    Silent Miracles
    1996

    4.1
    17 Votes
    Rebellion in Dreamland
    1995

    4.1
    4 Votes
    Future Madhouse
    1993

    2.8
    2 Votes
    Who Do You Think You Are?
    1990

    2.8
    2 Votes
    Heaven Can Wait
    1990

    3.2
    15 Votes
    Live Albums
    Skeletons & Majesties Live
    11/30/2012

    4.2
    15 Votes
    Hell Yeah!!! The Awesome Foursome
    2008

    4.2
    21 Votes
    Skeletons in the Closet
    2003

    3.9
    37 Votes
    Alive '95
    1996

    4.1
    26 Votes
    Lust for Live
    1993

    2.9
    6 Votes
    Heading for the East
    1990

    3.7
    9 Votes
    Compilations
    Alright! 20 Years Of Universe
    2010

    2.6
    6 Votes
    Ultimate Collection
    2002

    4.2
    3 Votes
    Blast From the Past
    2000

    4.2
    38 Votes
    The Karaoke Album
    1997

    2.2
    3 Votes

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