Hell Yeah!!!: The Awesome Foursome (And the Finnish Keyboarder Who Didn't Want to Wear

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Technically, it would be inaccurate to call Gamma Ray a power metal revival band. Gamma Ray started in 1989, which was before alternative metal became metal's primary direction and before anyone started describing power metal as "dated" or "old-school." And unlike all the young headbangers who formed power metal revival bands in the 2000s, Gamma Ray co-founder Kai Hansen was part of power metal during its commercial heyday Helloween, after all, was formed in 1984. So Gamma Ray was not the product of a revival movement. But fans of the power metal revival movement have definitely been supportive of Gamma Ray, and the fact that their concerts so faithfully adhere to the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Technically, it would be inaccurate to call Gamma Ray a power metal revival band. Gamma Ray started in 1989, which was before alternative metal became metal's primary direction and before anyone started describing power metal as "dated" or "old-school." And unlike all the young headbangers who formed power metal revival bands in the 2000s, Gamma Ray co-founder Kai Hansen was part of power metal during its commercial heyday Helloween, after all, was formed in 1984. So Gamma Ray was not the product of a revival movement. But fans of the power metal revival movement have definitely been supportive of Gamma Ray, and the fact that their concerts so faithfully adhere to the spirit of power metal concerts of the 1970s when power metal started and '80s when it grew in popularity by leaps and bounds and peaked commercially has made them a popular live attraction. In fact, Gamma Ray's live double-CD Hell Yeah!!!: The Awesome Foursome which is also available on DVD is about as '70s/'80s-obsessed as it gets. That is not to say that Gamma Ray focus on material that was written back then. Actually, Hansen and his colleagues concentrate on Gamma Ray material that was unveiled in the late '90s or 2000s. But stylistically, everything they perform is unapologetically faithful to power metal's glory years -- and Hansen, who is old enough to have experienced that era first-hand -- does it without the slightest trace of irony. The performances sound quite dated by late-2000s standards, but then, one man's dated is another man's classic. And if 21st century consumers are willing to pay for tickets to Dixieland festivals, Edith Piaf tribute concerts, and shows by ABBA cover bands, why shouldn't there be '70s/'80s-obsessed metal concerts as well? Hell Yeah!!!: The Awesome Foursome offers very few surprises, but for die-hard power metal aficionados, this 2008 release demonstrates that predictability can certainly have its pleasures.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2008
  • Label: Steamhammer Us
  • UPC: 693723928029
  • Catalog Number: 92802
  • Sales rank: 364,808

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Welcome (1:07)
  2. 2 Gardens of the Sinner (5:26)
  3. 3 New World Order (5:53)
  4. 4 Man on a Mission (5:22)
  5. 5 Fight (3:27)
  6. 6 Blood Religion (7:26)
  7. 7 Heavy Metal Universe (10:27)
  8. 8 Dreamhealer (8:14)
  9. 9 Heart of the Unicorn (4:47)
  10. 10 Fairytale (1:58)
  11. 11 The Silence (7:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Beyond the Blackhole (5:34)
  2. 2 Valley of the Kings (4:05)
  3. 3 Somewhere out in Space (9:05)
  4. 4 Land of the Free (4:03)
  5. 5 Rebellion in Dreamland (8:52)
  6. 6 I Want Out (4:46)
  7. 7 Send Me a Sign (6:30)
  8. 8 Into the Storm (3:20)
  9. 9 Empress (5:47)
  10. 10 From the Ashes (5:43)
  11. 11 Real World (5:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gamma Ray Primary Artist
Kai Hansen Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Henjo Richter Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Dirk Schlachter Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Stefan "Steffl" Reichel Recorder
Erro Kaukomies Keyboards, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Daniel Zimmermann Vocals
Technical Credits
Kai Hansen Composer
Dave Stephenson Merchandising
Henjo Richter Art Direction
Dirk Schlachter Mastering
Sascha Gerbig Guitar Techician
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