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Somewhere Out In Space - Gamma Ray

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Speed Metal & Thrash / Artist: Gamma Ray / Audio CD released 2007-02-19 at Noise

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      10.07.2008 00:00
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      Gamma Ray's fifth album (1997).

      I've never been able to get over the impression of Gamma Ray being merely a lesser spin-off of Helloween (making the tertiary Primal Fear barely worth mentioning), but with 'Somewhere Out in Space' they make a significant mark in the speed metal scene. This album has everything a classic metal fan could ask for, with memorable and catchy guitar melodies and choruses, fast instrumentation and cheesy subject matter (here showcasing a temporary fixation with science fiction), with a number of strong compositions comparable to the best eighties metal albums. Though obviously, being released in 1995, some years behind the times.

      Songs such as the title track give Dragonforce a run for their money in the velocity stakes, but for all the metal perfection there are still inevitable drawbacks such as the tedious power ballad in the form of 'Pray,' and the frequency of slightly annoying interlude tracks seemingly to bulk out the tracklist, that don't really offer much to the songs they precede. It isn't as epic as Ayreon or classic as Iron Maiden, but 'Somewhere Out in Space' deserves to be in every classic metal fan's collection, the only Gamma Ray release I would wholeheartedly recommend.

      1. Beyond the Black Hole
      2. Men, Martians and Machines
      3. No Stranger (Another Day in Life)
      4. Somewhere Out in Space
      5. The Guardians of Mankind
      6. The Landing
      7. Valley of the Kings
      8. Pray
      9. The Winged Horse
      10. Cosmic Chaos
      11. Lost in the Future
      12. Watcher in the Sky
      13. Rising Star
      14. Shine On
      15. Return to Fantasy (Uriah Heep cover)

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Beyond The Black Hole
    2 Men Martians And Machines
    3 No Stranger (Another Day In Life)
    4 Somewhere Out In Space
    5 Guardians Of Mankind
    6 Landing
    7 Valley Of The Kings
    8 Pray
    9 Winged Horse
    10 Cosmic Chaos
    11 Lost In The Future
    12 Watcher In The Sky
    13 Rising Star
    14 Shine On