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'Master Of Confusion' and 'Empire Of The Undead' are the first two new studio songs by Gamma Ray to be released after the successful studio album "To The Metal!" which brought Gamma Ray at the highest positions in the charts worldwide.
"We have been away for quite some time", declared guitarist and founding member Kai Hansen. "We have released what we consider a very beautiful live product, 'Live -- Skeletons and Majesties', but we felt it was time to release some new music by the Rayz...
With its 60 minutes of pure and raw Gamma Ray, "Master Of Confusion" is a great way to wait for the new album, scheduled for the end of 2013. Coinciding with the start of the "Hellish Rock, Part II" tour, "Master of Confusion" will be released on March 15th, 2013 via earMUSIC.
Gamma Ray always takes its music and the relationship with their fans very seriously, and the band wanted this release to be priced as a mid price mini-album.
Kai & co. are not afraid to celebrate their peculiarity with humour and irony.
Reading the lyrics of the song 'Master Of Confusion' not too many clarifications are necessary...
Gamma Ray are indeed the masters of confusion, a trait all the fans and also the music industry had no option than to accept and appreciate. They bring chaos to other people's lives, they miss important deadlines, they reschedule the release of the desperately awaited new long player, but they never miss a show, they never let a fan down, and in a world of calculated and career-driven rock stars, they are among the few remaining honest true heavy metal heroes.
In addition to the brand new studio song, "Master Of Confusion" features a second new studio track: 'Empire Of The Undead', showing the heavier side of the band, with an explosion of energy and pure Gamma Ray sound at its best.
The release is not free from tasty rarities: a brand new studio cover versions of British Glam Rock band Sweet ('Lost Angels' - "the reason I have joined a band many years ago", stated Hansen) and a hidden treasure of NWOBHM ('Death Or Glory' by Holocaust).
"Master Of Confusion" is rounded off with six live versions ('The Spirit,' 'Wings Of Destiny,' 'Farewell,' 'Gamma Ray,' 'Time To Break Free' and 'Insurrection' recorded in Bochum) that were already included on the Blu-ray "Live -- Skeletons and Majesties" but were not featured on the CD release (which included the show recorded in Pratteln).
1. Empire Of The Undead (new studio track)
2. Master Of Confusion (new studio track)
3. Death Or Glory (Holocaust studio cover version)
4. Lost Angels (Sweet studio cover version)
5. The Spirit / 6. Wings Of Destiny / 7. Gamma Ray
8. Farewell / 9. Time To Break Free / 10. Insurrection
*Recorded live in Bochum.
Addition for the USA: "Master Of Confusion" will be released as a digital bundle only in the US on Tuesday, 19th of March 2013.
"HELLISH ROCK PART II" Tour
Helloween with Special Guest Gamma Ray
28.02. Barcelona - Razzmatazz 1 (ESP)
01.03. Madrid - La Riviera (ESP)
02.03. Bilbao - Santana 27 (ESP)
04.03. Pratteln - Z7 (CH)
05.03. Milan - Alcatraz (I)
06.03. Bologna - Estragon (I)
09.03. Athens - Faliro Sports Pavillion-TaeKwonDo (GR)
10.03. Thessaloniki - Principal (GR)
12.03. Istanbul - Refresh the Venue (TUR)
15.03. Sofia - Arena Armeec (BGR)
16.03. Bucharest - Arenele Romane (ROM)
18.03. Ljubljana - Media Park Club (SLO)
19.03. Budapest - Pesca Music Hall (HU)
21.03. Bratislava - Sport Hall (SK)
22.03. Prague - Tesla Aréna (CZ)
23.03. Zlín - Hala Euronics (CZ)
24.03. Brezno - Sport Hall (CZ)
26.03. Krakow - Studio (PL)
27.03. Warsaw - Stodola (PL)
29.03. Helsinki - The Circus (FIN)
30.03. Tampere - Pakkahuone (FIN)
31.03. Oulu - Teatria (FIN)
02.04. Oslo - Rockefeller (NOR)
04.04. Stockholm - Arenan (S)
05.04. Karlstad - Nöjesfabriken (S)
06.04. Gotheburg - Lisebergshallen (S)
08.04. Paris - Olympia (F)
09.04. Saarbrücken - Garage (GER)
10.04. Langen - Neue Stadthalle (GER)
12.04. Kaufbeuren - Allgäu Event Center (GER)
13.04. Bochum - Ruhrcongress (GER)
14.04. Mons - PPM-Fest / Lotto Mons Expo (B)
16.04. London - HMV Forum (UK)
18.04. Hamburg - Docks (GER)
19.04. Geiselwind - Music Hall (GER)
20.04. Balingen - Volksbankmesse (GER)
21.04. Schwandorf - Oberpfalzhalle (GER)
28.05. Kiev - CKM „Nau (UKR)
30.05. Minsk - Concert Hall (BLR)
01.06. Moscow - Arena (RUS)
02.06. Sankt Petersburg - Kosmonavt, (RUS)