Land of the Free II [Limited Edition]

Land of the Free II [Limited Edition]

by Gamma Ray
     
 

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Given the way Gamma Ray have remained stubbornly committed to '70s/'80s-style power metal, one would think that all of the people attending their concerts in the 21st century would be people over 40. But in fact, Gamma Ray acquired a lot of new fans in the '90s and 2000s -- people in the Gen-X and Gen-Y/Echo Boomer demographics -- and thoseSee more details below

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Given the way Gamma Ray have remained stubbornly committed to '70s/'80s-style power metal, one would think that all of the people attending their concerts in the 21st century would be people over 40. But in fact, Gamma Ray acquired a lot of new fans in the '90s and 2000s -- people in the Gen-X and Gen-Y/Echo Boomer demographics -- and those post-'80s converts have really connected with their old-school approach regardless of how dated it sounds. Actually, the fact that this 2007 release sounds like it could have been recorded 25 years earlier might be a big part of its appeal to children and grandchildren of baby boomers. Someone who was 18 or 19 in 2007 wasn't old enough to remember the heyday of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Ronnie James Dio or Queensrÿche -- hell, 2007's college freshmen weren't old enough to remember when Nirvana and Pearl Jam set off the grunge/alternative rock explosion in the early '90s -- and artists who stick to old-school power metal give them a chance to experience something from an era that they missed. Of course, there is nothing wrong with sounding dated if you are good at what you do; quality, not whether artists sound modern or old-fashioned, is the main thing, and Land of the Free II is clearly a solid example of the classic power metal sound. Gamma Ray do not alter their musical recipe one bit on this 65-minute CD; they remain firmly committed to that old-school Judas Priest/Iron Maiden/Queensrÿche/Helloween aesthetic, which means larger than life lyrics, soaring melodies and choruses, and a big dose of fantasy and escapism. Land of the Free II is not about keeping it real; it is about keeping it in the fantasy realm, and Gamma Ray do that with plenty of passion on this enjoyable, well-crafted addition to their catalog. [SPV issued a limited-edition version of the album in 2007.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2008
Label:
Steamhammer Us
UPC:
0693723986227
catalogNumber:
9862
Rank:
99006

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gamma Ray   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Kai Hansen   Guitar,Vocals
Henjo Richter   Guitar,Background Vocals
Dirk Schlachter   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Henning Basse   Choir, Chorus
Milan Schlachter   Background Vocals
Dan Zimmermann   Drums,Background Vocals
Wendy Teyssier   Background Vocals
Nadine Nottbohm   Background Vocals
Lara Moller   Background Vocals
Henning Base   Background Vocals
Queens of the Stone Age   Indexed Contributor

Technical Credits

Tommy Newton   Drum Engineering
Dirk Illing   Artwork,Cover Design
Herve Monjeaud   Cover Painting
Spirit Of Freedom   Audio Production

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