Gamma Ray: Skeletons (and Majesties) Go Live in Time for Christmas...

New studio LP slated for 2013 release!

 

Legendary German power metallers Gamma Ray will unleash Skeletons & Majesties Live as a two-CD set next month via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records. Set for North American release on December 4, 2012, Skeletons & Majesties Live is a near two-hour magnum opus spanning the band’s history and includes classics as well as tracks which were under-represented to date. A DVD version will be released stateside in January. Skeletons & Majesties Live was recorded and filmed during the band’s 2011 European tour at the legendary Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland and  is the first properly HD-filmed live video production of the band’s epic 20+ year career.

"The [2011 released] EP, Skeletons & Majesties, is practically a continuation of our Skeletons In The Closet concept, in other words: new versions of songs which didn't receive the attention they deserve, as well as unplugged versions of some of our classics," notes founding vocalist/guitarist Kai Hansen.

The DVD offers up a thoroughly gripping performance, from the dynamic openers Anywhere In The Galaxy and Men, Martians And Machines to the furious finale/Helloween cover Future World.

As a special bonus, to accompany the Hansen-penned Helloween classic on stage, the band enlisted the services of former Helloween frontman Michael Kiske. In addition, Kiske can be heard and seen on Time To Break Free and A While In Dreamland.

The release of Skeletons & Majesties Live will mark the beginning of an eventful 2013 for Gamma Ray: After Hansen stayed true to his word and spent 2012 concentrating mainly on his second band, Unisonic, he and his three colleagues, guitarist Henjo Richter, bassist Dirk Schlächter and new addition, drummer Michael Ehré (the Firewind/Love.Might.Kill drummer has replaced Daniel Zimmermann, who left the Gamma Ray fold on friendly terms) are now focusing exclusively on Gamma Ray once again. A co-headlining European tour with Helloween has been scheduled for March and will also mark the arrival of a new Gamma Ray studio recording. Stay tuned for release dates and further details. 

"Gamma Ray will have top priority in 2013," comments Hansen, "and Skeletons & Majesties Live is the perfect harbinger of this!"

Skeletons & Majesties Live Track Listing:

CD1

Welcome (Intro)

Anywhere In The Galaxy

Men, Martians and Machines

The Spirit

Wings Of Destiny

Farewell

Gamma Ray

Money

Time To Break Free

Rebellion In Dreamland (Acoustic)

Send Me A Sign (Acoustic)

CD2

Induction

Dethrone Tyranny

Watcher In The Sky

Hold Your Ground

A While In Dreamland

Rise

Brothers

Insurrection

Future World

Skeletons & Majesties Live DVD Track Listing:

Anywhere In The Galaxy

Men, Martians And Machines

The Spirit

Wings Of Destiny

Farewell

Gamma Ray

Money

Time To Break Free (w/ Michael Kiske)

Rebellion In Dreamland (acoustic)

Send Me A Sign (acoustic)

Dethrone Tyranny

Watcher In The Sky

Hold Your Ground

A While In Dreamland (w/ Michael Kiske)

Rise

Brothers

Insurrection

Future World (w/ Michael Kiske)