|Review: Gamma Ray - No World Order|
|No World Order|
Year released: 2001
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: September 26, 2002
Reviewed by: Steel Warrior
for:No World Order
Rated 4.24/5 (84.8%) (50 Votes)
First statement: it is impossible to say that "No World Order", Gamma Ray’s tenth album, is the best of their career. This is because of a very simple reason: every Gamma Ray album is unique. Every single production Gamma Ray has done doesn’t cease to amaze me. "No World Order" suddenly appears without excessive promotion and breaking schemes, once again.
Kai Hansen solely composed 7 out of the 11 tracks with an impeccable production. A very modern metal album with endless references towards the 80’s sound, excellent compositions and an absolute professionalism are the key elements of this album. Once again, Gamma Ray continues with the "good vs. evil fight" lyrics that have been their cup of tea since "Land of the Free".
The album opens with "Induction", a metallic opera intro, which will throw us hints of the geniality that this album will feature. Next is "Dethrone Tyranny", a track composed by drummer Dan Zimmerman (also of Freedom Call), one of the most productive drummers of the last years. It features classic Gamma Ray with a lot of harmonies and a demoniac drumming rhythm topped with a chorus that will hook you so much that even when you are sleeping you will be singing to it. "The Heart of the Unicorn" has fast solos and very worked riffs, but the cream here is Kai's vocals where he hits impressive high ranges similar to those achieved by Ralf Schepers of Primal Fear. Follows "Heaven or Hell", one of the big ones, with a mighty chorus. Track#5, "New World Order", has an excellent chorus where the backing vocals counter-force the high-pitch vocals of Kai creating a futuristic effect to it. Track#6, "Damn the Machine", features a heavy riff, with great lyrics about the destruction of the human race. Track#7, "Solid", is in my opinion one of the bests of the album: fast and hammering with an awesome chorus where the backing vocals scream, "We’re Solid" while the main voice continues with a verse, just wonderful. "Fire Below", "Follow Me", "Eagle", and "Lake of Tears" complete this masterpiece.
So, my fellow readers, "No World Order" definitely is a masterpiece that must be in any true metal head collection. Kai Hansen and Gamma Ray has showed us again why they are ranked among the best and most complete bands in the metal music. Also, they have taught us that with professionalism and sweat you can keep on top of what you want to: they have done it for 11 years.
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