Originally to be a side project, Gamma Ray eventually grew into a band, with the addition of bassist Uwe Wessel and drummer Matthias Burchardt.
In the band released its first album, Heading for Tomorrow. Much like the Helloween formula, Heading for Tomorrow contains the high flying vocals, melodic guitars, and heavy double bass that brought Helloween so much success. Kai Hansen is one of my favourite song writers, both lyrically and musically. Heading for Tomorrow is a perfect example of why he is, as it contains various hooks to reel you in and keep you interested.
Whether it is some catchy vocal lines, a melodic harmony, or some aggressive riff played over heavy double bass, there is much to love on this release. Some of the albums top cuts, songs like Heaven Can Wait, Heading for Tomorrow, and The Silence contain the band's most important and elements, and have since become fan favourites. His "Halfod meets Kiske" vocal approach suites Gamma Ray's vocal needs very well. Where as today he sounds more savage and Painkiller era Halford-esque, on Heading for Tomorrow his style really mixes well with the happy, positive, encouraging lyrical themes in songs like Lust for Life and Heaven Can Wait.
Though in my opinion, Ralf doesn't reach the same heights as Kai does on the Blast from the Past album, his performance is still pretty impressive, as he can really hit the high notes. For some, Ralf's high pitched singing may be a little hard to digest on their first few listens especially if you're like me and heard the Blast from the Past renditions prior to hearing the original album.
Perhaps Ralf is not the best singer in the field of power metal, but he certainly sings with his heart on his sleeve. Much like Helloween's work, Gamma Ray is also not totally serious for 54 minutes straight.
Kai Hansen hasn't forgotten the silly, humourous writing style, and it is used quite a bit on Heading for Tomorrow. These silly tracks contain some passable material, such as the opening riff to Money, however after repeated listening; these songs can get quite annoying, similar to Rise and Fall off Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt 2. I do wish there was some more serious moments on the album, similarly to newer Gamma Ray albums like No World Order and Majestic.
Heading for Tomorrow was the first Gamma Ray album. With a 54 minute length, there is plenty of time for excellent leads, wailing vocals, and aggressive drumming. Though not the band's best effort, Heading for Tomorrow shows plenty of potential for a band that not only Helloween fans, but power metal fans in general will enjoy. In my humblest of opinions, it would be many years before Kai Hansen's former bandmates would come up with a record that tops this one.
Definitely one of my favourite debut albums. Rank: for Funeral for a Friend Conduit. Propagandhi Failed States. Tycho Dive. Megadeth Th1rt3en. Song Lyrics. Review: RIFF-it. RIFF-it good.
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Lead RIFFs:. Uh, the beginnings of Gamma Ray. Really, something I think I'd mostly rather forget. The first great album that Kai and co managed to put their name to was 'Land of the Free', and I might even quibble that that wasn't quite up to the standard of the three that followed: but what were the first three albums? All had different problems, from the incohesive mess of 'Sigh No More' to the hit-and-miss experimentalism of 'Insanity and Genius', plus this one, 'Heading for Tomorrow', which is slightly better, though nothing to celebrate.
Considering that Helloween's first EP was sprung upon the world in and that Kai Hansen was present on that release, 'Heading for Tomorrow' sure does sound dated by comparison, as if these guys had taken a big step back into the mids, ignoring all the progress that Kai had been a part of. The effect aimed for here is arguably much less extreme than Helloween's early work, featuring just a little of the speed that made them so exciting and few of the power metal manoeuvres that appeared at the time of 'The Keeper of the Seven Keys'.
Instead, we get more mainstream heavy metal and even some hard rock and stadium rock. In the first place, you can hear how much Kai had been grazing on Iron Maiden, first of all taking Ralf Scheepers along for the ride, what with his Bruce Dickinson-sized mouth and comparable soaring tone, then pinching a few riffs and several solos from the Londoners there's one in 'Space Eater' where you start to wonder if Dave Murray is guestingplus that big blatant song called 'Heaven Can Wait' that errs a bit too close People You Cant Trust - Atomic Rooster - Made In England the line between reference and theft.
When the Maiden influence is blended with speed metal, as on 'Lust for Life', it tends to work very well, but the other songs sometimes remove the intensity and incorporate some less flattering elements. Oh, and 'The Silence' has an excruciating Broadway-style ending that actually does rhyme "together" and "forever" more than once.
Then there are moments where the musicianship is totally awry, like the verses and chorus in 'Hold Your Ground' that have altogether too much drumming and not enough guitar or melody, as well as ill-suited happy-clappy vocals. That said, the song isn't a complete failure, displaying an interesting signature riff that includes some kind of percussion it can't be cowbell can it?
There are other moments when the experiments pay off: 'Money' dodges most of the cliches of its theme with great rhythms and a kooky melodic sense; 'Space Eater' has some fun moments at mid-pace; the title track goes above and beyond a few times, yet can do nothing to truly give the album something of note.
Sometimes I like albums that throw ideas around and end up with a few risks taken, some interesting surprises, and one or two noses out of shape. However, 'Heading for Tomorrow' actually sounds more like a band misfiring, starting to move in several promising directions and a couple of awful ones without really finding what they wanted. Knowing that this was planned as a Kai Hansen solo album makes sense of this character, though I'm thanking the gods of heavy metal that he didn't go down that road, since we would probably have missed a lot of great music on the way.
The biggest problem with this album is actually not the sense of scattered ideas, it's the dated feel that those ideas have accrued over the past 25 years. I'm not often snooty about time, yet some of the keyboards on here, some of the riffs, and quite a bit of the attitude has been left in the dust and sound rather silly now. That means I can only listen Free Time - Gamma Ray - Heading For Tomorrow this album in certain moods, such as when I'm relaxing on Sunday afternoon, when I'm tired in the evening, or when I'm bored of too much heaviness from other metal bands.
It doesn't sound awful, but that's so unsatisfactory: the music should beckon the mood, not the other way around. In addition to the faults mentioned above, that issue means that 'Heading for Tomorrow' can only ever be alright.
On their debut full length release, Gamma Ray write diversity with a capital D and offer one of the most vivid European power metal albums in history. You can hear and feel how much fun these musicians had while 5th Movt. - Allegro Molto - Bartok* - The Guilet String Quartet* - String Quartet No.
4 (1928) / Con this record and their common joy is simply contagious. This comes as quite a surprise since band leader Kai Hansen had gone through difficult years following his departure from influential genre veterans Helloween. This release was originally planned to be a solo record but Kai Hansen Free Time - Gamma Ray - Heading For Tomorrow the idea and decided to start a new band.
Despite this decision at the last minute and a somewhat unstable line-up, the chemistry between the involved singers and musicians sounds great. Kai Hansen wrote several memorable songs that easily outmatch the first Hubert Kah - Limousine of Helloween after his departure.
His melodic signature guitar play is memorable and his few backing vocals already show his talent as a front man even though he isn't the lead singer on this output yet. This role is performed by Ralf Scheepers and even though I'm still having some troubles with his high-pitched vocals in his current band Primal Fear, his performance on "Heading for Tomorrow" is controlled, diversified and grounded in an accessible, energizing and enjoyable way.
The pwerful rhythm section Free Time - Gamma Ray - Heading For Tomorrow bassist Uwe Wessel and drummer Matthias Burchardt fits well in as well without taking too much space. The final result delivers everything a genre fan could desire. Juvenile up-tempo tracks such as the heavy opener "Lust for Life" with its tight rhythm section meet catchy mid-tempo stompers with lower vocal performances such as the hit "Heaven Can Wait" with its melancholic guitar melodies.
Lyrically, the band offers both a thoughtful sense of social criticism in the chaotic over-the-top smasher "Money" and simplistic statements as in the catchy party anthem "Free Time". The whole mixture is garnished with a few successful experiments that keep any trace of repetition away from this killer album.
On the other side, the band offers one of the greatest power ballads ever written in both rock and metal genres with the epic and touching "The Silence". The reissue Out Of Order - Portion Control - Progress Report 1980-83 honours the twenty-fifth anniversary of this milestone includes more valuable bonus tracks that could have easily made it on a regular album if its quality wasn't so constantly elevated.
Only the silly quasi-instrumental "Lonesome Stranger" is a failed attempt at humorous radio play. Funny enough, the only weak point of this album is what should be its centerpiece and absolute highlight in form of the epic title song "Heading for Tomorrow". The track is fourteen and a half minutes long and that's definitely between five and eight minutes too much.
Granted, the track includes a few glorious melody lines and epic vocal parts but the song goes somewhat nowhere and includes several redundant minutes that only stretch the song and harm any kind of potential momentum.
It's still an average tune and not a complete disaster but on an otherwise truly consistent, emotional and gripping record, this overambitious and overrated tune simply falls off. Collectors and occasional fans should definitely grab this reissue since it includes a detailed booklet, a lovely improved cover artwork, a better remastered production and a bunch of great bonus tracks even though the karaoke versions of some tracks are somehow pointless.
You will hear and see that Gamma Ray isn't a boring side project or uninspired copy of Helloween but rather a consequent high-quality continuation of that band by one of Germany's most gifted guitarist and song writers of the eighties and nineties. All the band members play their role perfectly on this release. Being the first release, not much is really expected of the band—but it is delivered. With Kai Hansen at the guitar, usually nothing can go wrong.
It gets the job done, and I guess that is all that matters. The first half of the album is classic. All the songs have Freshmess On Wax - Phunk Not Punk form of a catchy riff to keep you hooked. Besides the intro, the first song kicks it into gear as soon as possible.
Unlike the other songs though, the solo seems to go on and on. It drags forward way more than other songs, though never loses its spark. Most of the solos on this record tend to fit just right and end at the right time: Not too much wanking, not too little fun. Variety is present on this album. It is done almost perfectly, just Ralf sort of quirks up some vocal lines in the song. Other than that, the instrumental impact of the song is unbelievable.
Who made those lyrics. It clashes very badly with the end of a song. It is much like going from a clean polished song to a really run down cloudy black metal release. The contrasted difference is too large to be properly put together. Though, once you are passed those songs, we arrive at a 14 minute behemoth of a song, the self titled. The first ten minutes are amazing, but it should have really ended there.
The extra four minutes drag on longer than a cow pulling you across asphalt. If Kai was to just end it there, the world would be a much better place. If you want primitive power metal with all the hooks and solos, this album is for you. When this album came out it was of course compared to what Hansen had achieved earlier with Helloween. Retropectively I have to disagree now. Pink Bubbles grew on me and Heading for Tomorrow is mostly collecting dust these days.
Far from it. Are they really briliant? Yes they are. These two are the kind of songs Kai Hansen was famous for when he was still in Helloween. Fast, melodic, catchy. Only two things to complain concerning these two songs and that is about the performance, not the composition. First of all the bassplayer seems absent.
Nothing even slightly notable happening in that department. Secondly the production is rather thin, as said the bass is gone, drums are too clear and the guitars could have used some more body as well. Thirdly the lead vocals are good but not great Hansen himself or Kiske would simply sound better. Problem with Ralf Scheepers is the nasal tone in his voice. Of course he is better than a lot of other vocalists in the genre but when playing with Kai Hansen one might expect even better.
Then again, Andi Deris was an even worse choice Also I must also mention the fact that I hate this song having exactly the same title as a well known Iron Maiden classic. Why did they do this? Okay, another personal favorite here is a rather silly tune but too cute to be ignored. Even though the song might have silly lyrics, the quality of the composition is pretty good.
The song mixes Queen with metal and broadway and I still find it an enjoyable piece. It should have stayed that way or a lot more sections of the song should have Sinfonia N. 4 In Fa Minore Op. 36 - Leonard Bernstein - Grandi Maestri rewritten.
There are indeed some nice ideas here but not enough to entertain one over 14 minutes. Kai Hansen should have written a new and better epic or compressed the ideas here into an 7 or 8 minute tune. And with good reason. Opening with cheesy Michael Bolton melodies. The beginning has ruined it already. The thin production really damages this tune.
The original version from ! He sounds too thin. So even if the album holds only a few really bad songs it unfortunately also holds just two songs that are extremely good and I still like to play. So from that point of view as a whole not a very memorable Gamma Ray album.
Being fresh out of Helloween, Kai Hansen had one thing in mind: make a tribute band paying homage towards his previous valor. In other words, this feces-absorber was already deceased before it even knew death was in question. As for percussion, it has no real purpose besides dishing out easy bass-snare patterns, along with an absent set of fills or variety. It only gives you power and, power makes the rules. Don't wanna be an asshole that sits on dollar bills.
Ha, ha, ha, I know you'll take it no matter how you feel. How happy life could be without any work. There ain't no doubt we're gonna have a party, 'Til Monday morning, no one can disturb. Whether it was Scheepers receiving a nice shoe in the ass or Hansen finally getting a grip on his writing abilities, Gamma Ray has gone on to do bigger and better things, yet I must say this album has only proven to be a shallow atrocity in a sea of greatness.
This review was written for: www. This is where Gamma Ray started out. After Kai Hansen left Helloween, he wanted to form his own band to rival the power metal giants known as Helloween.
He then recruited Ralf Scheppers and several other members, and thus Gamma Ray were formed. The ending result is this album known as Heading For Tomorrow. For the most part, this album is pretty damn good. About the only thing really wrong with it is the fact that it just sounds just to damn silly at times, and Ralf Schepper's voice can get pretty fucking annoying at times.
He just sounds too silly to take him seriously as a power metal singer. This gets even more aggravaiting when the band attempts ballads. The album is split up in Free Time - Gamma Ray - Heading For Tomorrow groups: -The truly awesome classics.
Money and The Silence. First, the classics. Heaven Can Wait Георги Христов - Balkan Bulgarian Airlines = БГА Балкан Freetime are two nice fun songs to listen to.
Heaven Can Wait is very catchy and has a nice chorus, and Freetime could honestly pass for a glam metal song. Seriously, if they replaced Ralf with Bret Micheals or some other hair metal singer, this song would definently pass for glam. Knowing this, since I actually like glam metaI, I fucking love this song! At least I would love this song, if it weren't for Ralf's annoying vocals. It's still pretty damn great despite that though.
It's just fun and catchy all the way through. Hold Your Ground is fast paced, but not quite speed metal. It has a very happy and at times silly atmosphere. The title track is good, though it's just too overlong.
They could've cut the length down by five minutes. Then, we come to the two mediocre songs. First, Money. Why they even made this song is beyond me.
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