Germany's GAMMA RAY have checked in with the following update:
"Happy New Year to everybody out there! It's time for more news from the studio concerning the new album:
All in all there are 10 new songs (plus the two you already know from the EP - making 12 altogether) and the credits (number of compositions) are spread out like this: Michael Ehré (1), Dirk Schlächter (2, with one ballad), Henjo Richter (2), Kai Hansen (4), and Mandy Meyer (1, left from the first UNISONIC album)."
Gamma Ray worked on the new album during various sessions in 2013, during and in between their perennial tour with Eike Freese at the mixing desk supporting the ever precious work of bass player and co-writer Dirk Schlächter.
It was just after landing in South America, that unbelievable news reached Kai Hansen & co.: Hammer Studio, their home, rehearsal place, studio and meeting point for many metal bands in Germany had been blown away by a terrifying fire-stroke, together with instruments, amps, tapes. Back in their hometurf the band needed to get an overview about their losses only to do what they do best – move on!
With that usual Kai Hansen smirk he stated, "Life is too good to stop and moan. Nearly everything was destroyed, except the tapes of the almost finished new studio album. If this could not stop us... nothing ever will."
Empire Of The Undead will be released as CD, LP, Limited edition CD with extra visual content and a box that features the CD, a shirt and a poster.
Album announcement video:
Gamma Ray recently announced dates for their Empire Of The Undead tour, with special guests RHAPSODY OF FIRE.
20 - Prague, Czech Republic - Retro Music Hall
21 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Masters Of Rock Cafe
22 - Bratislava, Slovakia - MMC
24 - Košice, Slovakia - Collosseum Club
25 - Budapest, Hungary - Club 202
27 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Hristo Botev Hall
28 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Block 33
29 - Athens, Greece - TBA
31 - Rome, Italy - Orion
1 - Mailand, Italy - Live Club
3 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo
4 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Shoko
5 - Pamplona, Spain - Sala Totem
7 - Lyon, France - Transbordeur
8 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
9 - Paris, France - Le Trabendo
Gamma Ray's complete live itinerary can be found at this location