Gamma Ray are a band from Germany that has been featured before in this zine and are a band that has been a round for more than 20 years and plays a very traditional form of power metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Empire Of The Undead" which was released by Armoury Records.
The album starts out with water sounds before adding in clean playing and synths along with melodic vocals which then takes the recording into a heavier direction while also keeping around the cleaner sections and after awhile solos and leads become a part of the music along with proto speed metal elements.
When the album goes into the next song the music gets a bit more faster and heavier and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and on the following track more hard rock elements are added into the recording and later on more power metal anthems are added onto the album and at times the guitar riffing has a thrash/speed metal edge to them.
Halfway through the album the band brings in a power ballad before returning back to a heavier and harder direction on the following track and sticks to this direction for the remainder of the recording.
With this album Gamma Ray stick to the power metal sounding that they are known for as well as staying away from the more happy and pop orientated sound of their early albums along with a powerful and modern production as well as having lyrics covering dark, mythology, heavy metal and everyday themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Gamma Ray and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Avalon" Pale Rider" "Demonseed" and "I Will Return". 8 out of 10.