The band released their debut Heading For Tomorrow in 1990. After this, Dirk Schlächter joined Gamma Ray as a second guitarist, and Uli Kusch replaced the departing Burchardt. This lineup recorded 1991’s Sigh No More before further changes hindered the band. It would be a few years before Gamma Ray would achieve a stable line-up.
First Big Break:
The rest of the 90’s were a strong period of time for Gamma Ray, with the band releasing a consistent volume of material. 1997’s Somewhere Out In Space, 1999’s Powerplant and 2001’s No World Order kept Gamma Ray in the spotlight, with their fan base increasing with each release.
Tour With HelloweenIn 2007, Gamma Ray toured alongside with Helloween in Europe, the first time that Hansen had done anything substantial with his former band since his departure. The tour was a major success, and showed Hansen playing alongside Helloween many times during the tour.
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Current Gamma Ray Band Members:
Henjo Richter- Guitar, Keyboards (Avantasia)
Dirk Schlächter- Bass
Dan Zimmermann- Drums (Iron Savior)
Former Band Members:
Uwe Wessel- Bass (1989-1992)
Jan Rubach- Bass (1992-1996)
Mathias Burchardt- Drums (1989-1990)
Uli Kusch- Drums (1990-1992)
Thomas Nack- Drums (1992-1996)
Gamma Ray Discography:
1991 Sigh No More (Noise)
1993 Insanity And Genius (Noise)
1995 Land Of The Free (Noise)
1996 Alive ’95 (Noise)
1997 Somewhere Out In Space (Noise)
1999 Powerplant (Noise)
2001 No World Order (Metal-Is)
2003 Skeletons In The Closet (Metal-Is)
2005 Majestic (Sanctuary)
2007 Land Of The Free II (SPV/Steamhammer)
2008 Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome Live In Montreal (SPV/Steamhammer)
2010 To The Metal (Earmusic)
2011 Skeletons & Majesties (Armoury)
Recommended Gamma Ray Album:
Gamma Ray’s fourth album was their first major success, one that garnered the band critical acclaim. Opening with the epic “Rebelling In Dreamland,” Gamma Ray takes the listener on a sonic journey through soaring vocals and out-of-this-world soloing. While Scheepers was a solid singer, Hansen brought something special to the table. The band would release a sequel to the album in 2007, but it couldn’t match up to the high expectations of the original.