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Editorial Reviews

Kai Hansen, the godfather of melodic German metal, returns with Gamma Ray and their latest masterpiece of riff mania! Mayan. 2005.

1. My Temple
2. Fight
3. Strange World
4. Hell Is Thy Home
5. Blood Religion
6. Condemned To Hell
7. Spiritual Dictator
8. Majesty
9. How Long
10. Revelation

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 2, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B000AMF7LU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have to admit that I didn't like a couple of songs in this album, but the rest of the songs are excellent.
P. D. Bigio
So, in spite of still being the same (good old) power metal band; with "Majestic" I think Gamma Ray has outdone themselves.
I. MUNOZ
This album cuts right to the point without making you think too hard or bashing you over the head with their convictions!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By I. MUNOZ on January 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
To start my review, I'll state that Gamma Ray is to me the only power metal band having the right to sounding like early Helloween if they want to. Of course we all know why; but if you didn't then I'm telling you that late eighties European power metal mainly was Kai Hansen's brainchild -- as Kai Hansen was in fact the founder of Helloween and still *is* the leader of Gamma Ray (well, you did know 'that', didn't you? :-)). It's all a matter of authorship and authenticity.

So, in spite of still being the same (good old) power metal band; with "Majestic" I think Gamma Ray has outdone themselves. Firstly, its production is sharp as a razor blade. I don't remember Hansen's vocals sounding so amazing previously, nor having a so thick wall of voices on the choirs. Secondly, many songs here sound less "predictable" than before. Several new influences can be noticed. Take for example the dark mood and almost nu-metallish riffing on "Condemned to hell"; or the "Judas-Priest-ish" chorus of "Strange World"; or the pretentious "Blood Religion"; or the Arabic and progressive touches of "Majesty" (Dio or Sabbath or Halford come to mind); or the right-to-the-point opener "My Temple", which spares us this time the usual instrumental intros. Man, every single song on this album is a killer, believe me!

Ok, ok... let's face it, the guys are not braking any ground anymore. Nevertheless, they do know how to write good songs by borrowing from several great sources. And certainly this release is less catchy than previous efforts, but no less good -- I even dare to say that this is their best album so far, how'bout that? :-) At least, in my opinion this is indeed Gamma Ray's "dark ride" -- a very true and powerful one. Ballads are lacking, but this is power metal at its best.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Drmr Boy on October 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Not their best, but definitely in the top 5! I've had it for about a week now, and i still like "Heading for Tomorrow","Land of the Free" "Somewhere out in Space" and "Power Plant" Better. But DEFINITELY makes up for the slightly dissappointing "New World Order" The only thing i think is missing from the Songs are the "Trademark" bouncy "Sing-a-long" Chorus'es on most of the Songs. There's a few but not like in the past. As always the Song's are all highlighted with Kai & Henjo's Stellar dual Guitar and of course Dan's Brilliant Double Bass Drum work! Stand-outs include; "Fight","Strange World","Hell is they Home","Blood Religion" and the Epic "Revelation" the Japanese "Bonus Track" is really the only weak Song cause to me it sound too much like a re-work of the Melody of "Solid" from the Last CD So don't go shelling out the extra Cash for the "Japanese Pressing" unless you want every song they have released, cause there is no other "Bonuses" to the packaging different to th Euro, or The American Version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Bigio on May 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Gammaray has made another great album. Despite of the lack of the "traditional" intro for the first song, most songs have a great intro and go through smart progressions which make this a versatile album. I have to admit that I didn't like a couple of songs in this album, but the rest of the songs are excellent.

Here is my view on the content of this album:

My Temple - Has no intro - but its fast and well written.

Fight - probably the best song of this album - if you didn't like it at first listen to it again. It has very nice riffs and fast drumming. It also carries a great message of hope and motivation. This is pure Gammaray.

Strange World - this song is another one of my favorites, and is very reminiscent of early Helloween due to the various changes and the dual lead guitars parts. The lyrics are very good and change in style throughout the song.

Hell is Thy Home - as someone else mentioned its lyrics are too hellish, but the guitar riffs make up for it.

Blood Religion - Has a great intro and it's written to tell a great story. This song should be included in a Horror Film Compilation Album - along with Sonata Artica's song "Wolf and Raven"!

Condemned to Hell - It has a jazzy intro - which I don't like much. The Chorus is hellishly excellent.

Spiritual Dictator - Another best for this album - similar to Fight, it includes the typical Gammaray arsenal of sound and speed.

Majesty - Also a jazzy intro - but it changes after 30 seconds - However I think Condemned to Hell ended up a little better than this one, particularly because the chorus is slow.

How Long - This is the slow song of this album, so it definitely stands out.

Revelation - Very nice intro and follow up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John. N on October 16, 2005
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Considering Gamma Ray fans have been waiting patiently (or impatiently) for new material since 2001's New World Order (sorry, 2003's live album Skeletons in the Closet doesn't count here ~ despite the massive troubles the band encountered during the recording of that album), I was eagerly awaiting this album with the utmost confidence.

Unfortunately, my initial thoughts on Majestic were not positive, but pretty negative. The only two songs that caught my ear on the first play through were "Fight" (which they honestly should have just named the song "Carry On" considering how many times they say "carry on" during the song) and "Condemned to Hell" with its infectious guitar work. At this point I had pretty much had written the album off as an "almost" complete bust.

As presumptuous and hasty as my judgment of this album was, for some reason I came back for another listen, and then another, and another. I began to realize, while not containing as many "stand alone singles" (for lack of a better term) as previous Gamma Ray albums such as 1994's Land of the Free or 2001's No World Order, Majestic's strength lies in its collective presentation. As stated above, if you're looking to pick out a few songs from the track list like I was and call them "great" or "classics", you may find yourself scratching your head. This is the kind of album must be listened in its entirety to really be appreciated.

The other thing fans will immediately notice on Majestic is the increased use of synthesizers, more than ever before.
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