Gamma Ray – Insanity And Genius / Lust For Live

Gamma Ray continues to celebrate their 25th anniversary by dishing out two more re-releases: “Genius And Insanity” and “Lust For Live”. First one mentioned is off course their third album and the follow up to their very successful first couple of albums, and listening to it here in 2016 I do think it’s still relevant and shows just why they were so successful and important back then… Times have passed them by and power metal does not have the same importance as it use to. Never-the-less the re-release is fun to listen to, the extra disc offers seven previous unreleased versions of classic Gamma Ray songs and a Judas Priest cover-version. Like it’s the case with all of these re-releases: Eike Freese has remastered the album and has brought the sound as close as possible to the standard today.

“Lust For Live” is where the real gem is to be found – previously only released on VHS and DVD, this is the first time this live album, recorded in 1983 in Hamburg, has been released on CD. And with an updated sound this is something true power metal fans and Gamma Ray fans shouldn’t miss out on…

You can always argue about the purpose of all of these re-releases, but I will leave that up to the buyers…

Tracklist – “Insanity And Genius”:

Disc 1

  1. Tribute To The Past
  2. No Return
  3. Last Before The Storm
  4. The Cave Principle
  5. Future Madhouse
  6. Gamma Ray
  7. Insanity And Genius
  8. 18 Years
  9. Your Tørn Is Over
  10. Heal Me
  11. Brothers

Disc 2

  1. Valley Of The Kings (Live At Chameleon Studios 2016)
  2. Heaven Can Wait (Live At Chameleon Studios 2016)
  3. Gamma Ray (Extended Version)
  4. Money (Demo with Ralf Scheepers)
  5. Silence (Demo with Ralf Scheepers)
  6. Sail On (Demo with Ralf Scheepers)
  7. Space Eater (Rough Mix Horus studio)
  8. Exciter (Judas Priest Cover)


Tracklist – “Lust For Live”:

  1. Intro
  2. Tribute To The Past
  3. No Return
  4. Space Eater
  5. Changes
  6. Insanity And Genius
  7. Last Before The Storm
  8. Heal Me
  9. I Want Out / Future World / Ride The Sky
  10. Future Madhouse
  11. Heading For Tomorrow / Dream Healer (Bonus Track)
  12. Gamma Ray (Bonus Track)

Playing Time: 56:25 + 40:21 + 57:07

Release date: May 6, 2016

Label: Ear Music


Kenn Jensen
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When I kicked this site off back in 2003, I had no idea that it would turn into what it has become. I am very proud of what we've done and achieved over the years. Musically I have a soft spot for 80s inspired hard rock, but my favourite music and bands are all to be found in the progressive universe these days.

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