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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000006X6C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on November 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the album that really sold me on German power metal. I'd heard and liked Helloween(still do), but I must admit I was blown away after buying this on a whim. To newcomers, this won't sound all that extraordinary since you're probably already desensitized by the countless number of power metal clones out there. I consider this the real deal(along with Helloween and Blind Guardian....Grave Digger too I suppose) coz the grandaddy of this sound(Kai Hansen) is the leader of the group. Gamma Ray aren't the originators of this sound, Blind Guardian and Helloween existed long before, but this album is of personal significance because it was the one that really grabbed me. I think it had something to do with the intense energy and speed. I had always been a huge fan of thrash, but most of those groups(though I still love them) were always about Satan, death, disease, hate, etc. In the sleeve for this album, the band is smiling in their pictures! Very un-speed metal-like. I wish more people knew about this group in a world of extremely lame metal bands. It's scary that these guys are big in many other countries, but virtually unknown in the U.S. The ability to play instruments isn't really a necessity here.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 1998
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The greatest hard rock/heavy metal album of all time and space has been unleashed upon mankind...Gamma Ray's "Somewhere Out in Space." The otherworldly potential of musical thinktank Kai Hansen and his post-Pumpkin cohorts has finally been realized. NO comparisons to any other recorded output can do justice to the sheer brilliance that belies this work of art, but I'll try anyway. O.K. To try to fathom the beauty of "Somewhere Out in Space," imagine a combination of the following ingredients: the best Thin Lizzy harmony guitar and lyrics, the heaviest Black Sabbath-ian stomps from the '70's, intense galloping speed a-la early ('83- '84) Metallica, Queen-like anthemic choruses, and enchanting keyboard interludes akin to late '70's Michael Schenker-era UFO. Simply stated, this record is the perfect blend of speed, power, intelligence, beauty, atmosphere, harmony, melody, and musicianship. I am sorry to confirm that "Somewhere Out in Space" has supplanted Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" as my favorite disc of all-time. If there is an adjective that describes something that surpasses perfection, please alert me, because no word in my vocabulary adequately conveys the unrivaled splendor that is "SOMEWHERE OUT IN SPACE." -David Newman 1998
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
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It's incredible. There are atill great metal bands around!!! Gamma Ray, the German band, is one of them.!! Great stuff. There were changes in the band formation, after Land of the Freee. Ex-guitarrist Dirk Schlachter assumed bass in this record, while they hired another man to play guitar alongside Kai Hansen. The drummer was also changed. But the sound kept great!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog on January 5, 2013
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Somewhere Out In Space is the fifth full-length studio album from the German Power Metal band Gamma Ray. The album is a Sci-Fi/Egyptian themed concept album and like all Gamma Ray albums which preceded it, featured a change in the band's line up, this time with the appearance of Dirk Schlächter on bass instead of guitar (who incidentally co-produced the album with band leader Kai Hansen) as well as Henjo Richter taking over the guitar spot and Dan Zimmermann playing the drums, completing a line-up which would last for a decade-and-a-half.

The album was released following up the classic Land Of The Free album, and follows on very much in the style with which that album was written. The long, slightly progressive songs are there, the Hard Rock/Hair Metal edges from their 2nd album are largely gone and the Keeper Of The Seven Keys style Power Metal is back in force.

The album serves as the perfect companion to the aforementioned Land Of The Free, and these two albums together sort of exemplify the Gamma Ray sound. Mixing the constant double kicks and speedy drumming of Thrash metal with the theater, song structures and character of Iron Maiden, the parts of Queen's sound that would be called grandiose and majestic and basically everything else from Judas Priest.

It's an absolutely constant array of lead guitar work, from shred to character to melody. It's got an awful lot of character, there are a fairly good mixture of tempos, vocal approaches and riff styles and structurally the album flows together very well as a whole.

Admittedly; if you aren't accustomed to it, at first listen this sort of thing may seem unforgivingly over-the-top and cheesy, but hopefully you should be won over by the sheer quality and enjoyable nature of the music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By djhexane on June 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is actually a progressive power metal concept album based on Arthur C Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey (That's the author, the guy who directed the movie version was Stanley Kubrick). This is really good music and good vocals and just plain fun to listen to.
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As far as straight-up power metal albums go, this has to be one of the genre's finest; it's one of the best true power metal albums I've heard, at least. The attitude of the album is very spirited and captivating, not to mention bombastic, uptempo, operatic, fast, melodic, and fun! Yes fun. Heck, they somehow managed to seamlessly, tastefully, and (most amazingly of all) naturally sneak the melody of "Old Susana" into a metal song!! Throughout the album, Kai's riffs are glorious, as usual, and his vocals, though not outstanding are very, very good and impressive (it's simply not fair that a man can be such an extremely talented guitarist and have a voice such as this!). The vocal arrangements are soaring and beautiful, the guitars are fast and furious, and the drums are not the typical constant double-bass annoyance that can often ruin otherwise perfectly good power-metal albums. I think this album has to be a "must own" for any and all power metal fans, and should definitely warrant serious consideration from prog metal fans, as well. As an aside, this album also contains what is, in my opinion, one of the greatest power-metal ballads (or perhaps just flat-out one of the greatest power-metal songs) of all-time, the majestic "Pray."
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