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Empire of the Undead

Gamma RayVinyl
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (April 22, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00IPL2B12
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With the release of the 11th studio album Empire Of The Undead , Gamma Ray finally reclaims the throne on the world stage of classic Power Metal. This 2LP package also includes a special download card.

The loyalty of Gamma Ray and Kai Hansen worldwide is unique. Two EPs ( Skeletons And Majesties and Master Of Confusion ) and a live CD/DVD ( Skeletons And Majesties LIVE ) only made the demand for new material louder.
Following a world tour with Helloween, the band has been working on the new album for more than a year with producer and friend EikeFreese (who recently mixed the live album The NOW What?! Live Tapes included in the recent # 1 album by Deep Purple). At the end of 2013, while on tour, Gamma Ray saw themselves confronted with the misfortune of having their Hamburg studio destroyed by a fire-stroke. However, the band responded to this tragic event by doing what they have always been best at: Life is too good to stop and moan claims front man Kai Hansen and therefore quickly adds No one can stop us . This message can most definitely be transferred to the new album as the title track of the record already proved Gamma Ray s sound is once again unstoppable and puts an irresistible heavy and fast approach to their classic sound.

Along with the release of Empire Of The Undead , the band will hit the road on a European spring tour that will certainly provide evidence once again for Gamma Ray s status quo of being one of the most important Power Metal bands.

1.Avalon 9.22
2.Hellbent 5.22
1.Pale Rider 4.25
2.Born To Fly 4.33
3.Master Of Confusion 4.55
1.Empire Of The Undead 4.26
2.Time For Deliverance 5.11
3.Demonseed 6.38
1.Seven 5.08
2.I Will Return 6.56
3.Built A World (European Bonus Track) 4.23

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Fine and dandy, like sour candy!" May 29, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Gamma Ray have got to be one of the most underrated/overlooked power metal bands in existence. Although influenced by the usual array of classic metal bands, including Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, G.R. distinguish themselves from the rest of the herd in that they solo better than most any other traditional metal group formed in the Eighties (meaning yes, they beat out the Iced Earth, Dio, Eighties-era Pantera, et al.) But even so, they are so unfairly underrated because, despite being one of the most prominent bands in the German heavy music scene, they all-too often get overshadowed by the likes of Helloween (a group from which they have roots in), Accept, and Blind Guardian. Well, that should definitely not be the case anymore, because with this, their eleventh album, they prove that they should be ranked right up there with the best of power metallers.

Gamma prove their worth by supplying excellent instrumental skills, sizeable vocal chops, and exceptional songwriting prowess all throughout 2014's "Empire Of The Undead." It opens with a very strong and memorable, nine-and-a-half-minute long epic in "Avalon," which evokes classic Maiden, as it boasts a catchy, galloping beat, Bruce Dickinson-indebted singing, and crunchy guitar licks. And it is rounded out by some piercing, white hot melodic solo flights, too. The blistering "Hellbent" comes next, and it hits the ground running with whooshing, chainsaw-fast guitar leads that echo pure, classic thrash/speed metal. But after that, the album briefly settles back down into more restrained territory, with "Pale Rider" being an uber-crunchy, industrial-strength chugger that bubbles over with exceptional soloing and borderline anthemic, fist-pumping choruses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Needs to focus on more Avalon type songs May 29, 2014
By S M
Format:Audio CD
Even though it may upset some of the fans who want the same sounding material everytime, Many of the great bands are willing to change their material out of respect for their fans to not insult them by effectively showing contempt for their fans by giving them the same thing except with different titles, lyrics and maybe a few different tempos.

Uriah Heep is a great example of this who changed their material despite complaints of some fans wanting Demons and Wizards part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9........ with different tiles. As a result, UH has produced some of the best quality material post D&W.

Gamma Ray should consider this and the song Avalon is a great example of a direction to go into.

That said, this recording is in the same league as their classic material in the late 90's/early 00's, thus deserving 4 stars even if the sound has not changed dramatically.

Just hope they do so, so Empire of the Undead will not be unique especially since some of their recent previous recordings have were effectively sub par part 2, 3, 4 ... of their classic recordings
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 13, 2014
By Kevin
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You can always count on Kai Hansen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kai and the boys are truely on point with this ... July 13, 2014
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Kai and the boys are truely on point with this instant classic .
Hellbent, Demonseed, Avalon, Born to Fly, I Will Return are Standout Hits.
Everything Else is Highly listenable and Solid, Tight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gamma Ray dominates once again! June 4, 2014
By donny
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All amazing tracks...1,2, and track 7 being my top picks..Kai Hansen and the boys have destroyed again. Now please have em tour Minnesota!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & well worth the wait. May 11, 2014
By Iggy
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This rocks all the way through. Heavy but very musical. I can't get "Pale Rider" out of my head (which really isn't a bad thing!). Kai & the boys have taken their music to the next level. Buy this!! You won't be sorry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome record from the fathers of Power Metal. August 19, 2014
By Erick
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I bought this album just because Gamma Ray is my all-time favorite Power Metal band, and honestly I like this album, has very cool songs, they have not lost that special sound that they have in albums like Land of the free or Power Plant or New World Order. Hail Gamma Ray!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I find your lack of flying pyramids disturbing... May 23, 2014
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Gamma Ray has made an outstanding return to their throne of metal. I won't go into specifics, but the songs overall are very well made, and certainly pack the power Gamma Ray had when they released To the Metal! It is a masterpiece among modern day power metal albums, though I feel they could have put a little more power into their choruses. I honestly have very little to complain about when it comes to the music of these metal kings.

I DO have a complaint about the artwork! Unlike their previous releases, which all had a very unique imagery to them that made you KNOW it was a Gamma Ray album, Empire of the Undead is positively dreadful. It's bland and simple with nothing really captivating in the artwork. I demand more flying pyramids!
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