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Gamma RayAudio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000006YWY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kai Is One helluva voice March 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
THe music on this CD is top notch. Everysong goes well into the next and Kai Hansen sings with such emotion and in so many different styles that it is no wonder he is the inspiration for a lot of bands. The story is awesome and presented very well. I have heard a lot of concept albums in my time and this is one of the greats. No filler tracks, every single song has a purpose on the cd.
IF you do not walk away from this Cd with the words "WOW" then you are prolly not gonna like much else in this genre.
Gamma Ray is always doing epic music but they never rely on crutches of their past. They are willing to experiment and change things up a bit, sometimes it works and others it doesn't. However you will not get the impression that they are just rehashing old stuff and calling it new like some other metal bands.
Definatly one of their best if not thee best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a powerful reason to love music! June 1, 2000
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What I can't believe is that Kai Hansen used to shy away from singing. Talk about repressing one's talent! If he's a 'guitarist who sings' I shudder to think of how great he'd sound as a 'singer'! He easily leaps over many of today's singers, especially alternative rock singers! His voice is primal and sincere, there's nothing artificial or annoying about it, and he comes across as a majestic and passionate soul. I can't say enough good things about Gamma Ray! This album, along with Gamma Ray's other albums, are true gems in a gray, counterfeit world!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Melodies , Magical Vocal and Deep Feelings October 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this title last year and I love it. The order of the songs are nicely placed and every song has meaning. "Goodbye my friends, I am leaving you today.. My quest is hard, but I must be on my way". Rebellion in Dreamland is one of the best songs Gamma Ray ever done. Gods of Deliverence, Salvation's Calling, Time to Break Free ; they all have the power to make you move your fingers just to see if you can keep up with the Guitar. And the Big Finale of Afterlife. Noone can arrange an album that well. I expect No World Order to be much powerful than what Gamma Ray has ever done.. 5 Star goes out to you boys.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gamma Ray's Magnum Opus....? June 22, 2009
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What can I say that already hasn't been said by everyone else? This is quite possibly Gamma Ray's magnum opus, and no other GR album has really come close to matching it.

Like another reviewer, I was a bit wary when word came out that Kai would take over on vocal duties from the leather-lunged Ralf Scheepers. It wasn't so much that Kai was bad; he wasn't, but it would have been as if Helloween had started with Michael Kiske and then went to Kai. However, it's obvious than in the years between "Walls of Jericho/Judas" to "Land of the Free", Kai has learned quite a bit about the art of singing.

Which is not to say that I don't miss Ralf Scheepers, but the fact of the matter is "Land of the Free" is one of those albums where everything just comes together perfectly and as a result there is nothing that you can pick on and say "I wish this would have been different". Dirk Schlächter finally meshes perfectly with Kai as the second guitarst, Jan Rubach and Thomas Nack are in perfect harmony as the rhythm section, and Kai finally SINGS, something that he never really did as frontman for Helloween.

I also think that one of the things that helps immensely is that Kai seemingly took over the songwriting reins on this album after ceding much of it to Scheepers, Schlächter and Uwe Wessel on the previous Gamma Ray albums. In fact, if you think about it, "Heading For Tomorrow" was, prior to this, their most cohesive album, with all of its songs (save for ONE by Scheepers) written by Kai. "Sigh No More" was a weak sophomore effort, with a mix of songs from Kai, Scheepers, Schlächter, Wessel, and even Pete Sielck making the cut on the album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A true masterpiece! Considered by many Keeper part III January 5, 2005
By John
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Gamma Ray's finest hour! One more milestone of Power Metal after Helloween's Keeper albums! Hansen blows all his competition and Helloween clones out of the water with this one.

Kai Hansen returns with his majestic riffing, crazy leads, insane-fast solos and he is also back on vocals! Don't think for a second that this is a drawback, he has improved a lot since the recording of Walls Of Jericho. His vocals are more worked, clearer and still possess the strength to produce high pitched screams! The rest of the band is in really great form especially the drummer, who almost never lifts his foot off the double bass and pounds his tombs like crazy.

The arrangements are of epic proportions reminding of past glories and at some parts even surpassing them. The guest appearances of Michael Kiske and Hansi Kursch on 3 tracks add extra points to the brilliance of this release and remind you of the classic 80's Helloween era!

"Rebellion In Dreamland" starts of the album in a ballad form picking up speed as it progresses. Mind blowing riffs and solos, tempo changes and a really powerful chorus make this track a masterpiece and the most epic song that Gamma Ray ever put out! "Man On A Mission" comes next, reaching insane speeds which bring to mind good old speed metal. It is comprised of fantasy lyrics, a smart chorus and fast soloing (the song reminds me of 'Save Us' from Keeper II). "Fairytale" follows, an incredible pounding track which only lasts for 50 seconds and leaves you wanting more! After a short instrumental break comes "Gods Of Deliverance" and is mainly maintained by it's catchy chorus and Kai's vocals, a nice track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power Metal Classic
I'm not the type to write long-winded reviews concerning albums, but this album was downright amazing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by M. Bestic
5.0 out of 5 stars Gamma Ray - Land Of The Free
In 1995, the legendary German Power Metal band Gamma Ray released Land Of The Free, a seminal album for both the band and the genre that has since gone on to be thought of fondly... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gentlegiantprog
3.0 out of 5 stars 3,5 stars A nice album
I believe that this is a good album but not so good as many people say. With the exception of Rebellion in dreamland, which is really Amazing track, the other tracks are just ok or... Read more
Published on December 11, 2011 by KOURKOULOS NIKOS
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Song Writing & Musicianship, But...
I agree that Kai Hansen is a pioneer in the world of Euro Power Metal and he is an excellent song writer and guitarist. However, I still can't get into his vocals. Read more
Published on April 14, 2009 by Andre Wade
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Gamma Ray album
LAND OF THE FREE is the best Gamma Ray album ever. They had never recorded something so good before, nor they did something so good after. Read more
Published on November 4, 2003 by M. Fonseca
5.0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of German Power Metal.
Me and another guy named Matt (who I hope to be the singer in my band) were jamming out to "Rebellion in Dreamland" (me on guitar, him on vocals) when I realized this is... Read more
Published on February 11, 2003 by Mattowarrior
5.0 out of 5 stars METAL MASTERPIECE
A anthem to metal; a ride to glory; an example of musicianship. THis is all that is included in this CD, with great tunes sinde the start, al of them intelligently written. Read more
Published on May 8, 2000 by PATHERSON
Probably Gammarays best album.All their songs are great from the first till the last one.I especially enjoyed "Land of the free" and "Man on a mission". Read more
Published on February 24, 2000 by Kostas Bouras
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