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Helloween & Gamma Ray topic

Discussion in 'Music Discussion' started by Forostar, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    GAMMA RAY: Complete 'Hell Yeah!' DVD Details Revealed - Sep. 11, 2008  

    GAMMA RAY's long-awaited 2-DVD/2-CD DVD package "Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome (And The Finnish Keyboarder Who Didn't Want To Wear His Donald Duck Costume) Live in Montreal", is scheduled for release on October 27 in Europe and November 4 in the U.S. via SPV. The set will feature a multi-camera recording of the band's May 6, 2006 show at Medley in Montreal, Quebec, several "road movies," promotional clips, and footage from the group's January 2008 concert in Barcelona, Spain.

    Band leader Kai Hansen looks back at GAMMA RAY's first American tour with pride and great joy, saying: "We had played in the States only once before, so this was our first headliner tour of America. Of course we had no idea what exactly to expect, but the reactions were overwhelming. The tickets sold extremely well, and the atmosphere was amazing night after night. What you see on the footage from Montreal is what we experienced at almost every show."

    He continued: "We had been thinking about releasing a live DVD for a long time, especially as our faithful fans had been nagging us about one for years. Unfortunately we'd never had the time to plan and realise such a large-scale project. Well, here you go! This is a DVD the way we like it: diverse and multi-faceted, featuring a musical cross-section of the GAMMA RAY albums recorded by the current line-up since 1998. The road movie speaks for itself, and those nice little extras are great mementoes of our band history to date."

    The DVD's humorous subtitle "… And The Finnish Keyboarder Who Didn't Want To Wear His Donald Duck Costume…" refers to keyboardist Eero Kaukomies who plays in the GAMMA RAY cover band GUARDIANS OF MANKIND from Helsinki and who performed with GAMMA RAY during its entire American tour. Hansen explained: "During the tour, Henjo suddenly noticed that Eero has a somewhat duck-like walk. So the crazy idea developed to make him wear a Donald Duck costume at the show in Montreal and present him to the audience. Naturally, this great suggestion didn't meet with much enthusiasm from Eero, and the whole thing became a running gag." Hansen added with a wink: "By the way, the 'awesome foursome' refers to Henjo, Dirk, Daniel and myself, in case you were wondering."

    GAMMA RAY will travel to Russia at the beginning of September and is scheduled to tour America and Canada this fall. And the rest of the year? "We are collecting ideas for our next studio album," Hansen revealed. "Quite a few of them have already piled up, so come autumn we will probably begin to sort through them and go to the studio in January 2009."

    Track Listing – DVD:

    DVD 1 – Montreal Show 2006

    01. Welcome
    02. Gardens Of The Sinner
    03. New World Order
    04. Man On A Mission
    05. Fight
    06. Blood Religion
    07. Heavy Metal Universe
    08. Dreamhealer
    09. The Heart Of The Unicorn
    10. Fairytale
    11. The Silence
    12. Beyond The Blackhole
    13. Valley Of The Kings
    14. Somewhere Out In Space
    15. Land Of The Free
    16. Rebellion In Dreamland
    17. I Want Out
    18. Send Me A Sign

    DVD 2

    Road Movie:

    * Documentary from the Northamerican Tour

    Video Clips:

    * Space Eater
    * One With The World
    * Gamma Ray
    * Rebellion In Dreamland
    * Send Me A Sign
    * Heavy Metal Universe
    * Eagle
    * Into The Storm

    Live At Wacken Open Air 2003

    * One With The World
    * Last Before The Storm

    Live At Wacken Open Air 2006

    * Rebellion In Dreamland
    * Heavy Metal Universe
    * Somewhere Out In Space

    Historay: Over the years private movies, backstage scenes and live performances
    Unplugged: Kai and Henjo unplugged in Japan

    DVD 3 (Bonus, only Europe)

    Four songs from "Land Of The Free II" recorded live in Barcelona during the "Hellish Rock" tour with HELLOWEEN in January 2008:

    01. Into The Storm
    02. Empress
    03. From The Ashes
    04. Real World

    Plus Backstage scenes, soundchecks, etc...

    Track Listing CD:

    CD 1

    01. Welcome
    02. Gardens Of The Sinner
    03. New World Order
    04. Man On A Mission
    05. Fight
    06. Blood Religion
    07. Heavy Metal Universe
    08. Dreamhealer
    09. The Heart Of The Unicorn
    10. Fairytale
    11. The Silence

    CD 2

    01. Beyond The Blackhole
    02. Valley Of The Kings
    03. Somewhere Out In Space
    04. Land Of The Free
    05. Rebellion In Dreamland
    06. I Want Out
    07. Send Me A Sign

    Bonus Tracks:

    08. Into The Storm
    09. Empress
    10. From The Ashes
    11. Real World


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  2. Invader

    Invader Ancient Mariner

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    Did you read this from the Gamma Ray website?  Because I haven't been able to access that for months for some reason...
     
  3. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    No, I got it from that sublime metal news website.

    Great package don't you think? Lots of stuff, also recent material!
     
  4. GuineaPig

    GuineaPig Ancient Mariner

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    I'm going to see them at the same venue in 7 days!!!!!!!!



    If only they played that setlist, and Helloween wasn't headlining...
     
  5. Onhell

    Onhell Mexican Revolutionary

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    That is an AWESOME package! I'm getting it, no doubt.
     
  6. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    Trailer
     
  7. Invader

    Invader Ancient Mariner

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    Based on the later half of that trailer, the DVD seems to suffer from a very severe case of Steve Harris Video syndrome.

    I really would love to see these guys live again, though.  Last time I saw them as opener for Helloween and I didn't even know them then.  And they're the only "opener" (though they weren't really a warm-up band or opener) that I really enjoyed despite not knowing them at all.  Now the same gig (Helloween + Gamma Ray) would be beyond my wildest dreams.

    I won't be getting this DVD, though.  I watch DVDs too rarely for them to be worth the money and my budget is very tight anyway now.
     
  8. Onhell

    Onhell Mexican Revolutionary

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    I would have loved to be in that show. You got gaps in your Metal History not to know Hansen left helloween and formed Gamma Ray! But now you know so all is forgiven. The gods of Power Metal have been a peaced.
     
  9. Invader

    Invader Ancient Mariner

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    I was informed of this at the gig. :D  Nowadays, I almost love Gamma Ray more than Helloween.  Almost, because I'm never certain.  My preference always seems to change.
     
  10. Onhell

    Onhell Mexican Revolutionary

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    True, for one Gamma Ray has been much more consistent than Helloween.
     
  11. GuineaPig

    GuineaPig Ancient Mariner

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    Also, Gamma Ray has released a good album in the last 20 years.  That's a plus.
     
  12. Onhell

    Onhell Mexican Revolutionary

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    "A" good album?! try like all their stuff since 1996! That's more than one. Hell Majestic was just that... freaking heavy awesome album. Land of the Free is great and No World Order is at the very least consistent and very solid... to name a few :)
     
  13. GuineaPig

    GuineaPig Ancient Mariner

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    well, I was saying that Helloween hasn't.  It was a jab at them.

    As for Gamma Ray, of course they've released a ton of good stuff! I am very pro-Kai in my leanings for the Helloween/Gamma Ray battle.
     
  14. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    I don't think that Gamma Ray was consistent in the last 10 years.

    They released a decent album but it was about time. New World Order features a damn fine artwork and some nice tracks (one of my favourites "Heart of the Unicorn"), but it also has less interesting songs. The one but last album (I don't even remember the title at this early hour, but it says enough) was a big disappointment to me. So much recycling, copying, uninspired crap.

    The last really GREAT Gamma Ray album, from the beginning until the end is in my opinion Power Plant. That was in the nineties.
     
  15. Onhell

    Onhell Mexican Revolutionary

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    Majestic was 2005 and it is really good. Land of the Free II is probably the one you are thinking of... There is still a lot of Gamma Ray I need to get, but I'll keep my eye out for Powerplant :)
     
  16. GuineaPig

    GuineaPig Ancient Mariner

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    I don't like Powerplant that much.  I think it has a few good songs, a lot of utter garbage.  I really like New World Order though.

    Haven't heard much of Land of the Free II yet.  Heard there was a lot of Maiden-stealing going on, though.
     
  17. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    Utter garbage, Power Plant? Well, you're certainly in the minority (not that it matters, everyone his own taste ;) ). Just wanted to point out that it's one of the most succesful Gamma Ray albums, it got raving reviews by every magazine when it came out. A highly acclaimed record.

    My favourite GR records are even older. Somewhere Out in Space and Land of the Free contain many excellent melodies and the atmosphere of Sigh No More still does it for me.
     
  18. Invader

    Invader Ancient Mariner

    Re: Gamma Ray (new DVD!)

    I like Land of the Free and Powerplant more than Somewhere Out in Space.  Nothing wrong with the album, but it just doesn't seem to have many stand-out tracks and it's never really "clicked" with me as much as the other two.
     
  19. Invader

    Invader Ancient Mariner

    Re: Helloween and Gamma Ray topic

    Yes, let's continue here.  True, Helloween took a long time making a comeback, but they seem like a healthy and balanced band now, whereas Metallica certainly don't (or didn't a few years back). 

    I think the problem is that Kai writes most of the stuff in Gamma Ray, so he's bound to "run out" eventually.  To continue the Megadeth analogy, Megadeth also seemed creatively fairly exhausted at the end of the 90s, though recently they've recovered somewhat.  I'm not that familiar with Gamma Ray's newer stuff, but it doesn't seem as good as their old stuff, so maybe Kai can still pull off a really really good album like Land of the Free?
     
  20. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Re: Helloween and Gamma Ray topic

    Good point when you talk about "running out" (of ideas). Let's indeed hope that the last album might be a prelude of a very strong next album again.
     

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