To the Metal!
|To The Metal!|
|Studio album by Gamma Ray|
|Released||29 January 2010|
|Recorded||at High Gain Studio, Hamburg, Germany|
|Genre||Heavy metal, power metal, speed metal|
|Producer||Dirk Schlächter and Kai Hansen|
|Gamma Ray chronology|
To The Metal! is the tenth full length studio album by Gamma Ray. It was released on 29 January 2010.
To promote To The Metal!, Gamma Ray did a tour with Freedom Call and Secret Sphere. The album was recorded in Kai's own studio in Hamburg in autumn 2009.
The band has recorded 12 songs. Ten of them were featured on the regular album release, while the other two were bonus tracks appearing on the different editions of the album.
The band described some of the songs on the official website, revealing that there would be a full-throttle number called "Rise", a rhythmic and melodically diverse song called "Time To Live", and a multilayered anthem titled "All you need to know", featuring ex-Helloween frontman Michael Kiske.
Other songs mentioned are "No Need to Cry", a song written by Dirk Schlächter about the death of his father, "To The Metal", a song they played on various festivals before the album release and the atmospherically and dense "Empathy". It's the last album featuring drummer Dan Zimmermann.
|2.||"All You Need To Know" (feat. Michael Kiske)||Hansen||4:00|
|3.||"Time To Live"||Richter||4:48|
|4.||"To The Metal"||Hansen||5:29|
|10.||"No Need To Cry"||Schlächter||5:56|
|Bonus Tracks on Collector's Edition (only on 7" Vinyl)|
|12.||"To the Metal" (demo version)||Hansen|
|Bonus Tracks on Japanese Pressing|
- Regular jewel case CD
- Limited edition featuring an additional DVD (including the making-of)
- Red vinyl in gatefold packaging
- Collectors’ edition featuring CD and 7” vinyl with 2 unreleased tracks, completely hand-signed
|Gears of Rock|||
The critical reception to this album has been mostly positive, with some critics praising the musicianship and the drumming in particular.  Others have praised the band for their consistency and for remaining 'one of heavy metal’s most unsung heroes'. 
|German Albums Chart ||IFPI/Media Control||24||-||-|
|Greek Albums Chart ||2||-||-|
|Finland Albums Chart ||31||-||-|
|Sweden Albums Chart ||25||-||-|
|Switzerland Albums Chart ||55||-||-|
|Belgium Albums Chart ||94||-||-|
|France Albums Chart ||96||-||-|
- Kai Hansen - vocals, guitar
- Henjo Richter - guitar, keyboards
- Dirk Schlächter - bass, vocals on "No Need to Cry"
- Dan Zimmermann - drums
- Michael Kiske - vocals on "All You Need to Know"
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