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Hamburg, Germany (1989 – present)

Founded in 1989 by Kai Hansen in Hamburg, Germany after leaving Helloween, Gamma Ray borrowed straight from the Helloween classics, and continued to pioneer Hansen’s style of power metal.

After four years with Helloween, Kai Hansen decided to leave the band at the height of their career. He then went on to do some studio work with Blind Guardian.

Kai and his friend Ralf Scheepers from Tyran’ Pace decided to start a project. They recruited bassist Uwe Wessel and drummer Mathias Burchard. The resulting sound was very close to Helloween’s power metal style.

The first album Heading For Tomorrow was released in 1990. Two lineup changes resulted in Uli Kusch (who would later join Helloween) becoming the bands second drummer and Dirk Schlachter becoming a new guitarist. The new lineup released the Heaven Can Wait EP.

In 1991 the band released Sigh No More, which resulted in a 50 date world tour.

In 1993 Uli Kusch left the band and was replaced with Thomas Nack and Jan Rubach who replaced Uwe Wessel as the new bassist. The resulting cd was Insanity and Genius. Later that year, along with Rage, Helicon and Conception the band played on a tour called “Melodic Metal Strikes Back”. This resulted in a double CD release and video called Power of Metal. They also released Lust For Live which did not feature the other bands.


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  • NoRemorse_

    @FjordSweetFjord: I agree totally.

    11 Sep 8:10pm Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    the last thing Gamma Ray needs is Kiske on vocals, Kai's voice is part of the appeal of the group.

    10 Sep 6:24pm Reply
  • Pedrogrief

    Great new album! Full of excellent end brilliant songs.

    2 Sep 3:41pm Reply
  • mercedesglgl

    could be the best band ever with Kiske on vocals...

    31 Aug 10:16pm Reply
  • steh_lvern


    17 Aug 6:53am Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    I already want a 3rd "skeletons" live album of fan-favorites :) Hopefully in a few years!

    11 Aug 7:09pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    black cover ftw

    5 Aug 6:22pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    very good album, as always :)

    5 Aug 6:09pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    Gamma Ray and Helloween are just awesome!

    24 Jul 4:40pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Gamma Ray

    7 Jul 8:18am Reply
  • IranianFaggot97

    I Will Return!!! \\\\m/ [2]

    6 Jul 2:17pm Reply
  • Meat_Wolf

    I was ubersceptical towards the new album and abandoned it after 1 play when it was out but now I think it's a solid record with several astonishing songs like Avalon which is a gem and maybe the best epic I've heard from GR. Some other tracks are pretty good too and even the thrash metal ones are surprsingly ok to me. An improvement from To The Metal! and maybe even better than LotFII. Well done.

    4 Jul 8:15pm Reply
  • ScaryTundra

    I Will Return!!! \\m/

    30 Jun 10:01pm Reply
  • Epsilon_X2008

    I will return is so freaking good ugh.

    25 Jun 12:20am Reply
  • onlycharles


    3 Jun 8:56pm Reply
  • Boulesis

    New album is brilliant and quite heavy for a Gamma Ray album.

    30 May 5:55am Reply
  • Rguitarplayer

    Born to Fly!!!

    21 May 3:32pm Reply
  • ScorpionsPriest

    Only have heard Hellbent and the two new songs from the EP. If this is any indication of the rest of the album it may be their best since Powerplant.

    5 May 5:54pm Reply
  • MegaDave89

    The best Power Metal band with Helloween

    2 May 5:22pm Reply
  • tsudduth24

    excellent new album!! The best in some time. Hellbent rocks!! kind of reminded me of Judas Priest's Stained Class album

    30 Apr 2:53am Reply
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