History Music / GammaRay

26th Aug '16 8:25:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* CoverVersion: [[Music/JudasPriest "Exciter", "Victim of Changes"]], [[Music/{{Rainbow}} "Long Live Rock 'n Roll"]], [[PetShopBoys "It's A Sin"]] and [[ThinLizzy "Angel of Death"]]. Also the various Helloween covers they've done live, such as "Save Us", "Victim of Fate", "Future World" and "I Want Out".

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* CoverVersion: [[Music/JudasPriest "Exciter", "Victim of Changes"]], [[Music/{{Rainbow}} "Long Live Rock 'n Roll"]], [[PetShopBoys [[Music/PetShopBoys "It's A Sin"]] and [[ThinLizzy [[Music/ThinLizzy "Angel of Death"]]. Also the various Helloween covers they've done live, such as "Save Us", "Victim of Fate", "Future World" and "I Want Out".
24th Feb '16 11:41:32 AM DeadlyAssassin
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* NewSoundAlbum: "Empire of the Undead", which has far more of a thrash metal -feel than the previous albums.

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* NewSoundAlbum: "Empire ''Empire of the Undead", Undead'', which has far more of a thrash metal -feel than the previous albums.
14th Jan '16 7:38:09 AM Akriloth2160
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* SelfBackingVocalist: ''The entire band'' on "Induction". As Kai Hansen has noted on the liner notes to ''Gamma Ray: The Best (Of)'', the gigantic-sounding choral part really is just the four members.
7th Jan '16 7:02:10 AM Morgenthaler
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** CoveredUp: [[UriahHeep "Look At Yourself", "Return To Fantasy"]], [[BirthControl "Gamma Ray"]] (from where the band got its name) and [[Music/{{Holocaust}} "Heavy Metal Mania"]].

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** * CoveredUp: [[UriahHeep [[Music/UriahHeep "Look At Yourself", "Return To Fantasy"]], [[BirthControl [[Music/BirthControl "Gamma Ray"]] (from where the band got its name) and [[Music/{{Holocaust}} "Heavy Metal Mania"]].
8th Dec '15 5:05:50 AM DeadlyAssassin
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* Kai Hansen - Guitar (1989-), Vocals (1994-)

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* Kai Hansen - Guitar (1989-), Vocals (1994-)(1994-2015)
11th Nov '15 9:37:36 AM DeadlyAssassin
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Speaking of members, one fun thing to note is that, while there has been a relatively little change in the line-up over the years, there has been several member-changes ''within'' the band. After Ralf Scheepers left Kai Hansen took over the vocals (while continuing on guitar) for the next 20 years, and Dirk Schlächter started with guitar but changed to bass in 1997.



* Kai Hansen - Vocals & Guitar (1989-)

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* Kai Hansen - Guitar (1989-), Vocals & Guitar (1989-)(1994-)



* Dirk Schlächter - Bass (1990-)

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* Frank Beck - Vocals (2015-)
* Dirk Schlächter - Guitar (1990-1997), Bass (1990-)(1997-)
23rd Sep '15 8:24:14 PM nombretomado
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** "Space Eater", from ''Heading For Tomorrow'', may be foreshadowing the above. It seems inspired by {{Galactus}}.

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** "Space Eater", from ''Heading For Tomorrow'', may be foreshadowing the above. It seems inspired by {{Galactus}}.ComicBook/{{Galactus}}.
29th Aug '15 7:11:04 AM Adept
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** Ralf Scheepers went to form Music/PrimalFear with several members of {{Sinner}} after failing for an audition to be Music/JudasPriest's singer.
* {{Workaholic}}: Kai Hansen. At some point, he was in THREE bands at the same time (working with {{Avantasia}}, Gamma Ray and ''Music/IronSavior'') and spent as much work on Music/GammaRay as he did in other bands!

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** Ralf Scheepers went to form Music/PrimalFear with several members of {{Sinner}} Music/{{Sinner}} after failing for an audition to be Music/JudasPriest's singer.
* {{Workaholic}}: Kai Hansen. At some point, he was in THREE bands at the same time (working with {{Avantasia}}, Music/{{Avantasia}}, Gamma Ray and ''Music/IronSavior'') and spent as much work on Music/GammaRay as he did in other bands!
21st Dec '14 4:49:38 AM DeadlyAssassin
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* NewSoundAlbum: "Empire of the Undead", which has far more of a thrash metal -feel than the previous albums.
20th Dec '14 4:31:33 PM AndyLA
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* ThePeteBest: Although it would be difficult for many fans to recognize every other member aside of Kai Hansen, (and Ralf Scheepers, to some extent, because he went to form Music/PrimalFear) some members are more notorious than others, especially those who played before ''Land Of The Free'' was released:
** Former drummer Matthias Burchardt is the best example of this trope in the band. He only played in ''Heading For Tomorrow'' and the ''Who Do You Think You Are?'' EP.
** Former drummer Uli Kusch subverts this. Even if he only recorded an album with the band, (''Sigh No More'') he went later to join Helloween and record the first four studio albums with Andi Deris, (''Master Of The Rings'', ''The Time Of The Oath'', ''Better Than Raw'' and ''The Dark Ride'') before co-founding ''Music/{{Masterplan}}'' with Roland Grapow. He's also notorious in that he's the only member of Gamma Ray, aside of Kai himself, who played with both Gamma Ray and Helloween.
** Another example of the trope is former bassist Uwe Wessel, who played bass in the first two albums (''Heading For Tomorrow'' and ''Sigh No More'') before leaving and fading into the shadows.
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