Land of the Free [Bonus Tracks]

Land of the Free [Bonus Tracks]

by Gamma Ray
     
 

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The stigma of Helloween is a hard one to get rid off, as illustrated on Gamma Ray's first three LPs. Kai Hansen succeeded in creating a band of his own, but he couldn't come up with an idiosyncratic style or even implement it well. Land of the Free is, however, a complete success considering Hansen's progression,See more details below

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The stigma of Helloween is a hard one to get rid off, as illustrated on Gamma Ray's first three LPs. Kai Hansen succeeded in creating a band of his own, but he couldn't come up with an idiosyncratic style or even implement it well. Land of the Free is, however, a complete success considering Hansen's progression, and intriguingly breaks the basic concept that Gamma Ray's contemporaries have used so much. The opener, "Rebellion in Dreamland," for example, doesn't have a decent structure. The seven-minute piece is constructed in many different parts, instead of the verse-chorus-verse pattern that is so typical of other metal bands. Also, and most importantly, their large sound is achieved by using synths and sound effects, so Land of the Free offers a lot more than just distorted guitars and high-pitched singing. The songs themselves have their downsides, but mostly -- because of their structure -- the riffs are very inventive and succeed in being both catchy and diverse. The actual songs (there are many short pieces between songs) each taken as a whole, are flawless, so Land of the Free is an almost-perfect album. It really serves the definition of power metal well and is indeed one of the most metal of metal albums of the late '90s. [This version of the album includes bonus material.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2002
Label:
Jvc Japan
UPC:
4988002429462
catalogNumber:
61806

Tracks

  1. Rebellion in Dreamland  -  Gamma Ray
  2. Man on a Mission  -  Gamma Ray
  3. Fairytale  -  Gamma Ray
  4. All of the Damned  -  Gamma Ray
  5. Rising of the Damned  -  Gamma Ray
  6. Gods of Deliverance  -  Gamma Ray
  7. Farewell  -  Gamma Ray
  8. Salvation's Calling  -  Gamma Ray
  9. Land of the Free  -  Gamma Ray
  10. The Saviour  -  Gamma Ray
  11. Abyss of the Void  -  Gamma Ray
  12. Time to Break Free  -  Gamma Ray
  13. Afterlife  -  Gamma Ray
  14. H. -M. Mania  -  Gamma Ray
  15. As Time Goes By  -  Gamma Ray
  16. The Silence  -  Gamma Ray

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