GAMMA RAY's new album, "Land of the Free II", has entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 54. The CD, which will arrive in the U.S. in January via SPV Records, also landed on the Swedish chart at No. 57 and Norwegian chart at No. 98.
"Land of the Free II" is a conceptual continuation of the group's 1995 classic "Land of the Free", and contains around 65 minutes of music.
GAMMA RAY produced their new album themselves. All four musicians — Kai Hansen, Henjo Richter (guitar), Dirk Schlächter (bass) and Daniel Zimmermann (drums) — are experienced enough to translate their ideas at the studio. But for the first time in ages, the band allowed themselves the luxury of enlisting outside support for certain stages of the recording process. "We wanted to have a clear head in some areas to be able to concentrate on the important things," Hansen explains the enlistment of Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, UFO, etc.) and his Area 51 studio in Celle, where the new material was mixed. Newton also took care of the drum parts as a sound engineer at GAMMA RAY's own studio.
A 13-minute audio interview with GAMMA RAY mainman Kai Hansen conducted earlier in the month by Vassil Varbanov of Bulgaria's Tangra Mega Rock is available for download at this location (MP3, 4.3 MB).
Watch fan-filmed video footage of GAMMA RAY performing the song "The Silence" on November 27, 2007 in Rome, Italy (courtesy of "Zeffiro88"):