GAMMA RAY's video for the song "Into the Storm" has been posted at this location (Real Media). The track comes off the German band's new album, "Land of the Free II" (cover artwork), due in Europe on November 19 (November 16 in Germany) via SPV Records. The CD will arrive in the U.S. in January.
"Land of the Free II" will be a conceptual continuation of the group's 1995 classic "Land of the Free", and will contain around 65 minutes of music.
GAMMA RAY produced their new album themselves. All four musicians — Kai Hansen, Henjo Richter (guitar), Dirk Schlächter (bass) and Daniel Zimmermann (drums) — are experienced enough to translate their ideas at the studio. But for the first time in ages, the band allowed themselves the luxury of enlisting outside support for certain stages of the recording process. "We wanted to have a clear head in some areas to be able to concentrate on the important things," Hansen explains the enlistment of Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, UFO, etc.) and his Area 51 studio in Celle, where the new material was mixed. Newton also took care of the drum parts as a sound engineer at GAMMA RAY's own studio.
"Land of the Free II" track listing:
01. Into The Storm (3:47)
02. From The Ashes (5:26)
03. Rising Again (0:27)
04. To Mother Earth (5:11)
05. Rain (5:16)
06. Leaving Hell (4:20)
07. Empress (6:22)
08. When The World (5:44)
09. Opportunity (7:14)
10. Real World (5:42)
11. Hear Me Calling (4:14)
12. Insurrection (11:33)
Check out audio samples at this location.
GAMMA RAY has tapped vocalist/keyboardist Alessio Gori of the Italian band FLASHBACK OF ANGER to join the group as its keyboardist for the European and Japanese legs of its "Hellish Rock" tour with HELLOWEEN.
Watch professionally filmed video footage of GAMMA RAY and HELLOWEN performing HELLOWEEN's "I Want Out" at the 2006 Masters of Rock festival in the Czech Republic.