2013 - Master Of Confusion EP
- “Master of Confusion” will be released on March 15th, 2013 via earMUSIC.
- Addition for the USA: "Master Of Confusion" will be released as a digital bundle only in the US on Tuesday, 19th of March 2013.
- Michael Kiske sings on 'Time To Break Free'.
This EP features two new studio tracks: 'Master Of Confusion' and 'Empire Of The Undead', two cover versions: 'Death Or Glory' (Holocaust) and 'Lost Angels' (Sweet) and six live songs recorded in Bochum show which were edited in Skeletons & Majesties Live DVD and Blueray edition (not in the CD edition): 'The Spirit', 'Wings Of Destiny', 'Gamma Ray', 'Farewell', 'Time To Break Free' and 'Insurrection'.
Kai Hansen: "Yes, we planned to have an album ready by now but deadlines are not our best friends. No, seriously, although we have already started working on the new album, we did not want to wait any longer and thought we should let the fans listen to these two new songs before the world tour with Helloween. We have also recorded cover versions of two songs we have always loved and… before anybody could say that a CD can feature more minutes of music… we are also releasing the live material recorded for the ‘Skeletons’ Blu-ray that could not be included on the live CD. OK, it’s not a new album. But it’s 60 minutes of music… call it the longest single in metal, if you like!”
The History behind
In 2003 Gamma Ray released a live album titled: Skeletons In The Closed which contains tracks the band didn't play live, at least not so often. The setlist was chosen by fans on their official site. A few years later, in 2011 they come back with that idea and they released a mini album titled Skeletons & Majesties. To promote this release they booked a few dates and some festivals. Kai Hansen explained the collaboration of Kiske in this release. "It was just such a spontaneous idea. We went on tour, and Michael told me that he is currently hanging around at home and is just bored. I figured if we would do a DVD, it would be cool if he is in it and simply asked if he feels like it. He agreed."
So Michael Kiske was guest in the shows filmed for this live recording: Bochum (Germany) and Pratteln (Switzerland). Michael sang three tracks; 'Future World' of Keeper 1 album (Helloween), 'Time To Break Free' of Land Of The Free album (Gamma Ray) and a duet with Kai Hansen singing 'A While In Dreamland'. Both shows were filmed. Michael was also guest in two festivals, one in Hamburg, Germany in May and a few months later at Winter Masters of Rock festival '11 in Czech Republic. The album release was delayed a few months because Kai were not available to check the footage.
When Kai Hansen finished his work with Unisonic on November 2012 he started to work in the new Gamma Ray album with his partners. They had not enough time to compose a full album before starting to tour with Helloween so they decided to release an EP with two brand new songs to show some new stuff to the fans. They also included two cover versions and six live tracks of that show in Bochum I spoke before.
This is the first official release of Gamma Ray with the new drummer Michael Ehré and also with the old one Daniel Zimmermann because he is the drummer on the live tracks. Daniel left the band because he wanted to change his lifestyle and stay at home more often.
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