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2015 sigh anniversary cd"Sigh No More" (Anniversary Edition) will be released on September 25th, 2015 on earMUSIC.

25 years of Gamma Ray – 25 years of heavy metal from Hamburg: what started out in spring 1990 with the release of their debut album Heading For Tomorrow has achieved international fame a quarter of a century later. Tours around the globe with sold-out shows in the US, Canada, South America, Asia and the whole of Europe plus appearances at the most renowned festivals worldwide – vocalist/guitarist Kai Hansen’s band has long taken the world by storm. Their success is based on more than two dozen recordings, among them eleven studio albums, a number of live releases, DVDs, EPs and singles, which have earned Gamma Ray high chart positions on a regular basis. So it comes as no surprise that the group’s ever-growing fan base turns out in hordes wherever they play. And of course the top 15 position of their current release “Empire Of The Undead” and an album-of-the-month nomination in Metal Hammer and Rock Hard magazines prove unmistakably: Gamma Ray continue to be on the top rung!

In view of this impressive stocktaking on the occasion of their anniversary, there’s a special reason to rejoice for their international fan community: the band’s full back catalogue will be rereleased over the course of a year. All albums will be available as premium-quality digipaks including newly designed cover artwork. To cut a long story short: Gamma Ray are celebrating their anniversary in style, and all their fans are invited!

When Gamma Ray started to work on their second studio album Sigh No More in spring 1991, the international heavy metal scene had just been plunged into their first and at the same time most serious crisis to date. Grunge was the flavour of the day and musicians sporting checked shirts and a grubby street look were fast becoming the new stars. At the beginning of September 1991, Nirvana’s hit ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ arrived on the scene and Kurt Cobain became the icon of a new musical genre. The old heroes were considered outdated, or at least so it seemed for some time.
Gamma Ray’s sophomore album “Sigh No More” sure didn’t sound outdated.


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It was with great surprise that in 1988 Kai Hansen decided to leave Helloween: the band he co-founded and that in a very few years reached a very high level of success, ending up influencing and challenging the bands that were once their original inspiration.

Hansen left Helloween just when the band had finally reached international stardom and after having won the appreciation of metal giants such as Iron Maiden who often publicly championed the German band. Hansen, Gamma Ray and Helloween are now very good friends, often sharing the stage, but in 1987 the divorce was a proper rock and roll acrimonious one: a true shock for the metal scene. The reasons that brought Kai Hansen to leave the band are still the subject of interviews and fan debates, despite listening to the forthcoming reissue of “Heading For Tomorrow”, 25 years after its original release, it looks very obvious that Kai Hansen destiny was to lead his own band.

2015 heading anniversary cd 300"Heading For Tomorrow" (Anniversary Edition) will be released on July 24th, 2015 on earMUSIC.

25 years after the official debut, Gamma Ray and earMUSIC have started a monumental work to re-release the entire production by Gamma Ray in deluxe double CDs.
The original albums will be re-presented in new shining, remastered version on the first disc (with the inclusions of all B-sides) while the second CD will be dedicated to old live recordings, demos digitalised for the first time from the original tapes saved by all members of the band, alternative versions and recent studio and live recordings.

"Heading For Tomorrow" was initially released as a Kai Hansen solo album. By extracting the LP out of its sleeve, "Heading For Tomorrow" revealed its "secret intention" (it was still the days of LP, or is it again?) revealing a second cover, introducing Kai’s new baby: GAMMA RAY.


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bestofthebest partytour2015Gamma Ray announce upcoming tour:


Special guest: SERIOUS BLACK | DRAGONY (11.11.-12.12) | NEONFLY (28.10.-10.11.)

29.09.2015 CL Santiago Blondie
02.10.2015 BR Brasilia Minas Brasilia
03.10.2015 BR Belo Horizonte Music Hall
04.10.2015 BR São Paulo Carioca Club
06.10.2015 MX Mexico City Circo Volador
07.10.2015 MX Monterrey Café Iguana
10.10.2015 JP Saitama City Loud Park Festival
28.10.2015 DE Wilhelmshaven Pumpwerk
30.10.2015 DE Hamburg Markthalle
31.10.2015 DE Berlin Columbia Theater (Ex-C Club)
01.11.2015 DE Bochum Zeche Bochum
03.11.2015 DE Munich Backstage
04.11.2015 CZ Praha Meet Factory
06.11.2015 CZ Brno KC Semilasso
07.11.2015 SK Lučenec Sports Hall Lučenec
08.11.2015 HU Budapest Club 202
10.11.2015 AT Graz Explosiv
11.11.2015 IT Milan CANCELLED!!! Mediolanum Forum CANCELLED!!!
13.11.2015 ES Villava Sala Totem
14.11.2015 ES Santiago de Compostela Sala Capitol
15.11.2015 PT Porto CANCELLED!!!
Hard Club CANCELLED!!!
17.11.2015 PT Lisbon Paradise Garage
18.11.2015 ES Sevilla Sala Custom
20.11.2015 ES Murcia Sala Gamma
21.11.2015 ES Madrid Sala Palacio de Vistalegre Arena
22.11.2015 ES Barcelona Sala Razzmatazz 1
24.11.2015 FR Lyon Ninkasi Kao
25.11.2015 CH Pratteln Z7
27.11.2015 DE Memmingen Kaminwerk
04.12.2015 DE Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal
05.12.2015 FR Paris Le Trabendo
06.12.2015 BE Vosselaar Biebob
08.12.2015 GB London O2 Islington
09.12.2015 NL Tilburg 013 Tilburg
11.12.2015 SE Gothenburg Musikens Hus
12.12.2015 SE Stockholm Klubben
15.12.2015 RU Moscow Volta Club
19.12.2015 FI Espoo Barona Areena

GammaRay To Release Their First Ever Best Of Album "The Best (Of)"

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Gamma Ray - The Best (Of) - 2015It’s been a wild ride for Germany’s power metal institution Gamma Ray.
Led by Kai Hansen, one of the most loved metal icons of the last 30 years, Gamma Ray has influenced and shaped the genre since 25 years. Simply put, year after year they became – and stayed – one of the most solid flagships in Classic and Power Heavy Metal and still are its undisputed kings.
Now, after eleven studio albums and the release of their recent studio album “Empire Of The Undead” almost one year ago – the most successful record in the band’s history yet, Gamma Ray is ready to get their first selection of their best and most representative songs on one album.

THE BEST (Of)” is going to be released on January 30th, 2015 on earMUSIC.