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Powerplant - Gamma Ray

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Speed Metal & Thrash / Artist: Gamma Ray / Audio CD released 2005-01-31

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      10.07.2008 08:47
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      Gamma Ray's sixth album (1999).

      'Powerplant' is the point at which Gamma Ray ceases to sound original, or even like a Helloween imitation, but rather seems to embody the heavy metal genre in its plagiarism (intentional or accidental) of melodies, riffs and styles of their influences, most evidently the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and even Manowar in the case of the truly awful lyrics of 'Heavy Metal Universe.'

      The instrumentation is still mostly impressive, particularly Kai Hansen's riffs and overlong solos, but the constantly bashing rhythm of the drums becomes tedious as early as the first song. While hardly any of these songs are particularly bad (the aforementioned 'Heavy Metal Universe' being a notable low point), they mostly fail to stand out in the same way as the previous two albums, the two exceptions being the fast and catchy 'Gardens of the Sinner' and the lengthy closing epic 'Armageddon,' which should satisfy those looking for something bombastic and over-the-top in the tradition of 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'

      1. Anywhere in the Galaxy
      2. Razorblade Sigh
      3. Send Me a Sign
      4. Strangers in the Night
      5. Gardens of the Sinner
      6. Short as Hell
      7. It's a Sin (Pet Shop Boys cover)
      8. Heavy Metal Universe
      9. Wings of Destiny
      10. Hand of Fate
      11. Armageddon

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Anywhere in the Galaxy
    2 Razorblade Sigh
    3 Send Me a Sign
    4 Strangers in the Night
    5 Gardens of the Sinner
    6 Short as Hell
    7 It's a Sin
    8 Heavy Metal Universe
    9 Wings of Destiny
    10 Hand of Fate
    11 Armageddon
    12 While in Dreamland [*]
    13 Rich and Famous [*]
    14 Long Live Rock 'N' Roll [*]