Gamma Ray are a band from Germany that has a very long history with them starting more than 20 years ago with the founding member having a history going back to the 70's with the music in this group being old school power metal and this is a review of their 2012 double live album "Skeletons And Majesties" which was released by Armoury Records.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with no blast beats being present on this recording, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that are coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them, as for the keyboards when they are utilized they bring a very atmospheric and symphonic sound to the music.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast old school power metal riffs that utilize alot of melody in the riffing and they dont go for any modern sound as well as some soft and clean playing being utilized at times, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding traditional/power metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to bring a power ballad feeling to the recording.
Vocals are all clean singing power metal vocals, while the lyrics cover Fantasy, Science Fiction and everyday themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound with all of the songs being recorded live and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording as well as some of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion this is a great sounding live recording from Gamma Ray and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Men, Martians And Machines" "Wings Of Destiny" "Dethrone Humanity" and "Hold Your Ground". RECOMMENDED BUY.