To the Metal!

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Gamma Ray, formed by Kai Hansen, formerly of Helloween, in 1989, have become something of a power metal institution at this point. Far from the pomp and shred-happiness of 1990s-2000s acts like HammerFall and DragonForce, though, Gamma Ray's vision of power metal is one that harks back to the early-'80s sound of Judas Priest, Accept, and even Scorpions. Their guitar riffs are headbang-worthy, but their choruses are meant to be sung along to by starry-eyed audiences; lines like "Let me die as a rebel/Or live as a free man at last," from "All You Need to Know," are absurd on their face, but the earnest delivery allows the band to carry them off without seeming foolish -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
Gamma Ray, formed by Kai Hansen, formerly of Helloween, in 1989, have become something of a power metal institution at this point. Far from the pomp and shred-happiness of 1990s-2000s acts like HammerFall and DragonForce, though, Gamma Ray's vision of power metal is one that harks back to the early-'80s sound of Judas Priest, Accept, and even Scorpions. Their guitar riffs are headbang-worthy, but their choruses are meant to be sung along to by starry-eyed audiences; lines like "Let me die as a rebel/Or live as a free man at last," from "All You Need to Know," are absurd on their face, but the earnest delivery allows the band to carry them off without seeming foolish -- it's just part of the showmanship that metal used to traffic in but which fell by the wayside in the post-grunge years. The musicianship on To the Metal! is top-notch; the drumming, in particular, has a swing and groove that's far more impressive than most younger acts' endless marathons of triggered blastbeats. Gamma Ray sound straight from the '80s, but not in a jokey way. They're working within a defined tradition, maintaining an aesthetic that's no less recognizable than klezmer or Western swing. Fans of the genre, and the power metal aesthetic, will find this album very rewarding. Outsiders and/or newcomers probably shouldn't bother unless they approach with genuinely open ears and wipe that smirk off their face.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2010
  • Label: Earmusic
  • UPC: 628586134324
  • Catalog Number: 861343
  • Sales rank: 204,364

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Empathy (5:03)
  2. 2 All You Need To Know - Michael Kiske (4:00)
  3. 3 Time to Live (4:46)
  4. 4 To the Metal (5:30)
  5. 5 Rise (5:05)
  6. 6 Mother Angel (5:20)
  7. 7 Shine Forever (3:52)
  8. 8 Deadlands (4:23)
  9. 9 Chasing Shadows (4:23)
  10. 10 No Need to Cry (5:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gamma Ray Primary Artist
Kai Hansen Guitar, Vocals
Michael Kiske Vocals
Henjo Richter Guitar
Dirk Schlachter Bass
Dan Zimmermann Drums
Nadine Nottbohm Voices
Corvin Bahn Keyboards
Technical Credits
Gamma Ray Arranger
Kai Hansen Engineer, Mastering
Dirk Schlachter Composer, Lyricist, Engineer, Mastering
Herve Monjeaud Cover Painting
Zimmermann Composer, Lyricist
Alexander Mertsch Artwork, Booklet Design
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