Origin: Germany
Genres: Power Metal
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Gamma Ray  


Gamma Ray ranks alongside Helloween and Blind Guardian as the most popular, and most influential, of the German speed/power metal bands playing today. The similarities between Gamma Ray and Helloween are, of course, not coincidental, as GR founder Kai Hansen played in Helloween in their formative years, leaving after that band's Keeper Of The Seven Keys pair of albums to pursue his own path. Originally he recruited Rob Halford soundalike Ralf Scheepers to sing, but Kai later decided he wanted to sing himself, as he did on the earlier Helloween albums.

Current Members

Kai Hansen

guitars/vocals (Helloween, Iron Savior, Unisonic)

Henjo Richter

guitars (Avantasia)

Dirk Schlachter

bass

Michael Ehre

drums (Metalium)

Former Members/Guests

Ralf Scheepers

vocals (Primal Fear, Tyran Pace)

Uwe Wessel

bass

Jan Rubach

bass

Mathias Burchardt

drums

Uli Kusch

drums (Beautiful Sin, Helloween, Holy Moses, Mekong Delta, Masterplan, Ride The Sky, Sinner, Symfonia)

Thomas Nack

drums (Iron Savior)

Daniel Zimmerman

drums (Freedom Call, Iron Savior)


Discography



Heading For Tomorrow 
1990 Noise
  1. Welcome
  2. Lust For Life
  3. Heaven Can Wait
  4. Space Eater
  5. Money
  6. The Silence
  7. Hold Your Ground
  8. Free Time
  9. Heading For Tomorrow
  10. Look At Yourself
  11. Mr. Outlaw (Japanese Bonus)
  • Ralf Scheepers
  • Kai Hansen
  • Uwe Wessel
  • Mathias Burchardt




Sigh No More 
1991 Noise
  1. Changes
  2. Rich & famous
  3. As Time Goes By
  4. (We won't) Stop the war
  5. Father and son
  6. One with the world
  7. Start running
  8. Countdown
  9. Dream healer
  10. The spirit
  • Ralf Scheepers
  • Kai Hansen
  • Uwe Wessel
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Uli Kusch




(EP) Heaven Can Wait 
1991 Noise
  1. Heaven Can Wait
  2. WHo Do You Think We Are?
  3. Sail On
  4. Mr. Outlaw
  5. Lonesome Stranger
  • Ralf Scheepers
  • Kai Hansen
  • Uwe Wessel
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Uli Kusch




Insanity And Genius 
1993 Noise
  1. Tribute to the Past
  2. No Return
  3. Last Before the Storm
  4. The Cave Principle
  5. Future Madhouse
  6. Gamma Ray (edited version)
  7. Insanity & Genius
  8. 18 Years
  9. Your Turn is Over
  10. Heal Me
  11. Brothers
  • Ralf Scheepers
  • Kai Hansen
  • Jan Rubach
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Thomas Nack




Land Of The Free 
1995 Noise
  1. Rebellion in dreamland
  2. Men on a mission
  3. Fairytale
  4. All of the damned
  5. Rising of the damned
  6. Gods of deliverence
  7. Farewell
  8. Salvation's calling
  9. Land of the free
  10. The saviour
  11. Abyss of the void
  12. Time to break free
  13. Afterlife
  • Kai Hansen
  • Jan Rubach
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Thomas Nack
1995 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



(EP) Silent Miracles 
1996 Noise
  1. Miracle
  2. Farewell
  3. The Silence '95
  4. A While In Dreamland
  • Kai Hansen
  • Jan Rubach
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Thomas Nack




Alive '95 
1996 Noise
  1. Land of the free
  2. Man on a mission
  3. Rebellion in dreamland
  4. Space eater
  5. Fairytale
  6. Tribute to the past
  7. Heal me
  8. The saviour
  9. Abyss of the void
  10. Ride the sky
  11. Future world
  12. Heavy metal mania
  13. Lust for life
  14. No return
  15. Changes
  16. Insanity & genius
  17. Last before the storm
  18. Future madhouse
  19. Heading for tomorrow
  • Kai Hansen
  • Jan Rubach
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Thomas Nack




Somewhere Out In Space 
1997 Noise
  1. Beyond the blackhole
  2. Men, Martians and machines
  3. No stranger (another day in life)
  4. Somewhere out in space
  5. The guardians of mankind
  6. The landing
  7. Valley of the kings
  8. Pray
  9. The winged horse
  10. Cosmic chaos
  11. Lost in the future
  12. Watcher in the sky
  13. Rising star
  14. Shine on
  • Kai Hansen
  • Henjo Richter
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Daniel Zimmerman
1997 Internet Top Ten album

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Powerplant 
1999 Noise
  1. Anywhere in the galaxy
  2. Razorblade sigh
  3. Send me a sign
  4. Strangers in the night
  5. Gardens of the sinner
  6. Short as hell
  7. It's a sin
  8. Heavy metal universe
  9. Wings of destiny
  10. Hand of fate
  11. Armageddon
  • Kai Hansen
  • Henjo Richter
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Daniel Zimmerman
1999 Internet Top Ten album




Blast From The Past 
2000 Noise
  1. Welcome
  2. Lust for life
  3. Heaven can wait
  4. Heading for tomorrow
  5. Changes
  6. One with the world
  7. Dream healer
  8. Tribute to the past
  9. Last before the storm
  10. Heal me
  11. Rebellion in dreamland
  12. Man on a mission
  13. Land of the free
  14. The silence
  15. Beyond the black hole
  16. Somewhere out in space
  17. Valley of the kings
  18. Anywhere in the galaxy
  19. Send me a sign
  20. Armageddon
  • Kai Hansen
  • Henjo Richter
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Daniel Zimmerman

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Lords Of Metal 



No World Order 
2001 Noise
  1. Induction
  2. Dethrone tyranny
  3. The heart of the unicorn
  4. Heaven or hell
  5. New world order
  6. Damn the machine
  7. Solid
  8. Fire below
  9. Follow me
  10. Eagle
  11. Lake of tears
  • Kai Hansen
  • Henjo Richter
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Daniel Zimmerman

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Skeletons In The Closet  LIVE
2003 Noise
  1. Gardens Of The Sinner
  2. Rich And Famous
  3. All Of The Damned
  4. No Return
  5. Armageddon
  6. Heavy Metal Universe
  7. One With The World
  8. Dan's Solo
  9. Razorblade Sigh
  10. Heart Of The Unicorn
  11. Last Before The Storm
  12. Victim Of Fate
  13. Rising Star/Shine On
  14. The Silence
  15. Heaven Or Hell
  16. Guardians Of Mankind
  17. New World Order
  • Kai Hansen
  • Henjo Richter
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Daniel Zimmerman

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Majestic 
2005 Noise
  1. My Temple
  2. Fight
  3. Strange World
  4. Hell Is Thy Home
  5. Blood Religion
  6. Condemned To Hell
  7. Spiritual Dictator
  8. Majesty
  9. How Long
  10. Revelation
  11. Hellfire (Japan-Bonus)
  • Kai Hansen
  • Henjo Richter
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Daniel Zimmerman

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Land Of The Free II 
2007 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Into the Storm
  2. From the Ashes
  3. Rising Again
  4. To Mother Earth
  5. Rain
  6. Leaving Hell
  7. Empress
  8. When the World
  9. Opportunity
  10. Real World
  11. Hear Me Calling
  12. Insurrection
  13. Blood Religion (Japanese bonus)
  • Kai Hansen
  • Henjo Richter
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Daniel Zimmerman

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome 
2008 Steamhammer/SPV




To The Metal! 
2010 earMUSIC
  1. Rise
  2. Deadlands
  3. Mother Angel
  4. No Need To Cry
  5. Empathy
  6. To The Metal
  7. All You Need To Know
  8. Time To Live
  9. Shine Forever
  10. Breaking Away
  • Kai Hansen
  • Henjo Richter
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Daniel Zimmerman

Reviews:   Metal Observer 



Alright! 20 Years Of Universe  COMPILATION
2010 JVC




Skeletons & Majesties 
2011 Armoury




Skeletons & Majesties Live  LIVE
2012
  1. Anywhere In The Galaxy
  2. Men, Martians And Machines
  3. The Spirit
  4. Wings Of Destiny
  5. Farewell
  6. Gamma Ray
  7. Money
  8. Time To Break Free
  9. Rebellion In Dreamland
  10. Send Me A Sign
  11. Dethrone Tyranny
  12. Watcher In The Sky
  13. Hold Your Ground
  14. A While In Dreamland
  15. Rise
  16. Brothers
  17. Insurrection
  18. Future World




(EP) Master Of Confusion 
2013 earMUSIC
  1. Empire Of The Undead
  2. Master Of Confusion
  3. Death Or Glory
  4. Lost Angels
  5. The Spirit
  6. Wings Of Destiny
  7. Gamma Ray
  8. Farewell
  9. Time To Break Free
  10. Insurrection
  • Kai Hansen
  • Henjo Richter
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Michael Ehre




Empire Of The Undead 
2014 earMUSIC
  1. Avalon
  2. Hellbent
  3. Pale Rider
  4. Born To Fly
  5. Master Of Confusion
  6. Empire Of The Undead
  7. Time For Deliverance
  8. Demonseed
  9. Seven
  10. I Will Return
  11. Built A World (European bonus track)
  12. Avalon (live from the final studio sessions)
  13. The Spirit (live from the final studio sessions 1)
  14. Empire Of The Undead (live from the final studio sessions 1)
  • Kai Hansen
  • Henjo Richter
  • Dirk Schlachter
  • Michael Ehre


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