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Gamma Ray: Empire Of The Undead

Time sure flies as it has been four years since Germany's power metal royalty Gamma Ray released that last full length studio album as they took us To The Metal. Not helped by a destructive studio fire that no doubt was a major disruption to the recording schedule. Gamma Ray did give us an appealing sample of what was to come on last years Master Of Confusion EP with two new tracks both of which appear again here. While on the subject of that EP I will say that the cover art exceeds what they have chosen for Empire Of The Undead.

Gamma Ray like fellow countrymen Helloween sure haven't softened in their approach Empire Of The Undead is also somewhat varied with some surprises in store. From the epic ness of "Avalon" a very appealing track Gamma Ray then go into an intense power metal mode for "Hellbent" sounding like they combined with heavy metal legends Judas Priest to create this crusher. It's time to get a rocking for "Pale Rider" as the guitar solos are screaming, the Gamma crew even get their modern groove on for "Born To Fly". "Master Of Confusion" is in that familiar Gamma Ray vibrant style, exploding with the power packed title track "Empire of the Undead" as the band races along and Gamma Ray eases up for "Time For Deliverance". Catchy metal is waiting on "Demonseed" a hard kicking tune and the energy levels are high again for "Seven", next the words "I'll be back" are spoken as Arnie makes an appearance on "I Will Return" as I'm sure this band will.

I was torn with this album at first and I'm not going to proclaim that Empire Of The Undead is rivalling Gamma Ray's best, but after repeated listens my overall opinion has become increasingly positive. With so many hits over the years like the power metal classic Land Of The Free and whilst this new album doesn't reach those heights Gamma Ray prove they have still have plenty of enthusiasm with Empire Of The Undead.


Track Listing
1. Avalon
2. Hellbent
3. Pale Rider
4. Born to Fly
5. Master of Confusionto
6. Empire of the Undead
7. Time for Deliverence
8. Demonseed
9. Seven
10. I Will Return

Added: April 3rd 2014
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Score:
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2330
Language: english

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Gamma Ray: Empire Of The Undead
Posted by Simon Bray, SoT Staff Writer on 2014-04-03 05:59:01
My Score:

The very obvious problems facing band such as Gamma Ray are whether or not a) their new material can ever live up to their classics or b) anyone gives a hoot after so many years. The answers to those questions are a) probably not quite but they've had a bloody good go and b) they should as there's plenty of life left in this particular tank yet.

From the epic opening nine and a half minutes of "Avalon" until the end of "I Will Return" Gamma Ray are in familiar yet highly effective mode. Possibly they are in over-familiar mode when the opening riff of "Master of Confusion" sounds so much like Helloween's "I Want Out" but power metal isn't exactly the most progressive of genres is it? The cover of We Will R sorry the big ballad "Time for Deliverance" could possibly have been left in the can but overall this is adequate at worst.



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