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Land Of The Free - Part II Import

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Formed by former Helloween guitarist Kai Hansen in 1990, Gamma Ray has become world renown for delivering high-powered, energetic heavy metal. For the past two decades, they have earned a rabid European following and a healthy fanbase across North America, even in metal's lean years in the 90s. Already a known and respected name in the core community, Gamma Ray is poised to make further inroads in America in 2008, when they'll embark on a full-scale US tour with Hansen's ex-mates Helloween. Their time is now!
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  • Audio CD (January 15, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Steamhammer / SPV
  • ASIN: B000WTSWQS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Good
German power metallers GammaRay return with their 9th studio album which finds them continuing the saga that was their 1996 album Land of the Free. For those of you not familiar, GammaRay is the brainchild of former Helloween guitarist Kai Hansen. This sequel isn't so much a continuation of its predecessor, but more of homage to its sound and feel.

"Into the Storm" takes you into the belly of the beast with double kick drums and lightening-fast guitar playing. "From the Ashes" continues to capture the energy and power that GammaRay is putting out there, while keeping the chorus melodic. "To Mother Earth" is practically a guitar and drum duel between Kai Hansen and Dan Zimmerman to see who can plat the fastest. In between that competition is a great song about saving our planet.

"Rain" comes at you like a furious storm rather than a like trickle. "Empress" has more of a commercial feel as the speed is brought to mid-tempo. It still packs a punch with its arena rock feel. Finger-twisting guitar runs and frantic chugga-chugga riffs are plentiful on "When the World." "Real World" is laden with keyboard tones, power chords, and tuneful melodies. "Insurrection" is an eleven minute power metal epic that reminds you why you like this genre in the first place.

The Bad
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The Verdict
Sequels don't usually live up to the original. Fortunately with Land of the Free II you're not getting another chapter in the story, but more of a fresh take on an old classic. If it's power, high energy, and fast-paced guitars that you're craving, look no further than this album. You'll even get vocals rich and melody as a bonus. Seventeen years has not slowed down the power metal machine that is GammaRay.
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I'll keep this simple. I've been a Gamma Ray fan for many years and have enjoyed every single release to the fullest. LOTF2 is a more than worthy addition to the Gamma Ray catalogue. 2005's "Majestic" I thought was one of the best albums a band could write this late in their career, and LOTF2 is proving still there are no signs of Kai and Company running out of uplifting ideas and wonderful melodies.

My favourite songs on the album are: To Mother Earth, From The Ashes, Insurrection, and Into The Storm. Emperess is extremley heavy, and Oppertunity has some fantastic melodies. To Mother Earth and From The Ashes are some of the best Gamma Ray songs to sing along too, and id say Insurrection has one of the best middle sections you could ever ask for.

The Great Eagle of Power Metal flies high once again!!! \m/ Up The Rayz!!
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I have to largely agree with all the reviewers here, this is an outstanding heavy metal album. Only one person mentioned that one song has a Maiden-esque "Powerslave" era feel. Actually there are many nods to Maiden, Priest, and even Accept all over the record. They are all respectfully played and very cleverly placed, as Kai and his band have always been excellent song writers. 'Into the Storm' has a totally Adrian Smith riff tucked into a Glenn Tipton inspired section. 'From the Ashes' is based around a couple of classic '80's style Steve Harris-isms. 'Rain' has a quiet bridge section right off of "Piece of Mind". 'Leaving Hell' has an early guitar solo that sounds so much like Adrian Smith, it just might BE him. 'Empress' is an obvious homage to 'Princess of the Dawn' by Accept, as it appropriates and mutates several ideas from that track. 'When the World' owes a huge debt to 'Back in the Village' (Adrian again) for its verse riff. It also has a serious Steve Harris part leading into the main solo. 'Opportunity' is built on a latter-day style Priest riff, deliberate and stately, with a hilariously awesome bridge borrowed from 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. 'Real World' is what Priest's "Turbo" album should have sounded like; it also has lifted the quiet section from Priest's 'The Sentinel' nearly verbatim. 'Hear Me Calling' borrows heavily from the "British Steel" album, something more people should do. 'Insurrection' (the track that harkens back to the original album the most) starts with a mutation of 'Evening Star' by Priest; at around 3:45 or so it goes into a "Defenders of the Faith" motif; at around 5:30, more heroic Maidenisms. All the while, you never forget that you're actually listening to Gamma Ray. You don't have to be a power metal fan to love this record, any old school '70's or '80's metalhead will find plenty of points of reference.
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Una de las mejores bandas de Power Metal vuelve ala carga con este album. Para mi uno de los mejores incluyendo los albums en vivo. Tiene tremenda coordinacion en los solos de gitarras y la voz de Kai Hansen se oye mejor que nunca. Simplemente el mejor album de Power metal en mi coleccion.
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Ever since Kai took over the vocals for Gamma Ray in 1995, all their albums have been outstanding. It blows my mind how consistent they are in sticking to their guns over the years and yet showing no sign of slowing down or wearing out. And it's truly mind boggling how underrated this band is! Granted, their music in not very "innovative" (except maybe for Walls of Jericho, which was revolutionary for its time) and the ever present influence of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden is noticeable in many of their songs, but who cares? They deliver great and true Heavy Metal over and over again: powerful, melodic, fresh, technically impeccable, and actually mood enhancing (it never fails to boost up my spirits, even during tough times). And the fact that Kai is such a nice and down-to-earth guy (I was lucky to meet him in person) adds more value to what he does.

Anyway, as for the new album - it's all what you would expect from Gamma Ray at their best! As usual, it takes a couple of times of listening to the album to fully appreciate it. And as usual, there are a couple of songs that are not quite masterpieces, but it's not really noticeable among the overall brilliance. Don't hesitate to buy it, you won't be disappointed - the level is all the way up there with the rest of their great albums!
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