"HEADING FOR TOMORROW"
German Power metal band founded by ex-Helloween Singer/guitarist Kai Hansen . Kai aquired singer Ralf Sheepers(who now sings for Primal Fear) to handle the voice. This sounds a little like Helloween's Keepers albums, but a little bit more free-spirited sounding. Kai sings a couple songs and his guitar work is great!
"HEAVEN CAN WAIT" (SINGLE)
Single from the 1st cd with bonus tracks
"SIGH NO MORE"
A tad different from the debute because all the band members contributed to the songs. Regardless, there are some wonderful power metal anthems on here.
"INSANITY AND GENIUS"
Their 3rd album was regerded as their masterpiece(with Ralf). The songs were very strong and accomplished. After the release of this album, Ralf left the band. He left during the highlight of Gamma Ray's career. Ralf went on to sing on many other albums as a guest vocalist. Ralf would go on the form the band Primal Fear. Kai Hansen returned to the mic on all albums that followed.
"FUTURE MADHOUSE" (SINGLE)
"LAND OF THE FREE"
First album with the legendary Kai Hansen on mic. His singing had improved a great deal since he sang for Helloween. With kai, the songs had more emotion and passion. There is a more epic feel present. Also, Michael Kiske makes a guest appearance on the songs "Land of the Free" and "Time to Break Free". This is my Fav' Gamma Ray album.
"SILENT MIRACLES" (SINGLE)
Includes 2 exlusive bonus tracks. This single is kind of hard to find.
Great 2cd live performance covering all of Gamma Ray's career including some old Helloween songs.
"SOMEWHERE OUT IN SPACE"
Wow! Second cd with kai takes a turn in the Galactic speed metal direction! This is a concept album inspired by the movie Independence Day. Mankind tries to defend Earth against alien invaders. Songs are meaty and strong. Also, this is the 1st album with drummer Dan Zimmerman. Dan is just an amazing blur of drumming genius. Just listen to the opening song "Beyond the Black Hole" and you will hear some amazing power-speed metal that hammers the listener over the head.
"VALLEY OF THE KINGS" (SINGLE)
Has exclusive B-sides
"THE KARAOKE ALBUM"
Japanese release of Gamma Ray's hits in Karaoke format. Very fun to sing along to.
Keeping the galactic themes going, Kai takes the band in a more Painkiller-era Judas Priest sound. Songs contain more emotion and depth. The art on the cover is amazing work from Derik Driggs.
"BLAST FROM THE PAST" (2CD DIGI-PACK)
Kai Hansen and the gang re-records and or remixes many of their biggest hits for this best of collection. It is cool to hear kai sing some of the Ralf Sheepers songs.
"NO WORLD ORDER"
Another concept album based on a book. All the art on this cd is the best I have ever seen on a Gamma ray cd. The sound still has that Judas Priest qualilty to it, but not all the time.
"HEAVEN OR HELL" (Japanese Single)
"ULTIMATE COLLECTION" (6CD REMASTER SET)
An awesome box set containing Gamma Ray's first six cds! All remastered with rare b-sides! It also has a poster. All cds have different artwork than the originals and form a big picture when set side by side! I can not explain how important this set is to a power metal fan. It's pricey, but get it!!
"SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET" (Japanese Edition)
"MAJESTIC" (1st edition Digi-pack)
"LAND OF THE FREE Pt II"
"TO THE METAL" (Digi-Pack w/ DVD)
"SKELETONS & MAJESTIES"