Power of Metal.dk Review

Gamma Ray
Empire of the Undead
Style: Power Metal
Release date: 28 March, 2013
Playing time: 56:46

Kai Hansen is back with a new album and he uses influences of various bands that made the style heavy metal big. With every album I find that Kai his singing impoves, not that he ever will be a real nightingale and still it is a matter of taste if you like his style and sound.

"Avalon" starts with a typical Dio riff and rhytmn and has a part half-way, which sounds exactly like Metallica covering the Queen song "Stone Cold Crazy". Next song "Hellbent" will be described as a typical Judas Priest kind of song in their 'Painkiller'-era by many reviewers, but I think it deprives the band Gamma Ray. If you listen closer the song sounds like a track that could have been on the first Helloween album 'Walls of Jericho', only with a better production.

"Pale Rider" is a mid-tempo track and sounds a bit like Accept. "Master of Confusion" is a track that sounds a lot like Helloween's "I Want Out", but who cares if it sounds as great as this? With the song "Time For Deliverance" you can hear that Kai is a big fan of Queen. Just before that the most fast and heavy song on the album, "Empire of the Undead" is brightened up with some early Metallica riffs. "Demonseed" is again a midtempo track with Dio and Accept influences, but because of Kai's voice still typical Gamma Ray.

Although there are many recognizible riffs and influences on this new album, they succeed every time in making it real Gamma Ray songs. The last track is a real epic track that we can expect from them, it has the typical beautiful melodies and catchiness every fan of Gamma Ray likes. There will not be a fan of the band that will dislike this new album.

01. Avalon
Pale Rider
Born to Fly
Master of Confusion
Empire of the Undead
Time For Deliverance
08. Demonseed

9. Seven
10. I Will Return

European bonus track:
11. Built a World

Label: Ear Music
Distribution: Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 28 March, 2014
Website: www.gammaray.org