Lyric Video For First Single “Rise And Fall” Available From The Unity

German melodic metal act The Unity – formed by Gamma Ray members Michael Ehre (drums) and Henjo Richter (guitars) – issued a lyric video for the first single “Rise And Fall.” The song will be featured on the band’s debut self titled album coming May 5th via SPV/Steamhammer Records.

The band also features vocalist Gianba Manenti (Love.Might.Kill), guitarist Stef E, bassist Jogi Sweers (Love.Might.Kill) and keyboardist Sascha Onnen (Love.Might.Kill).

“During many gigs and countless hours in the rehearsal room, Michael and I discovered that we are on the same wavelength, on a personal as well as on a musical level. So we came up with the idea of focusing that part of our creativity that goes beyond Gamma Ray in another band,” Richter explains.

Michael Ehré adds: “Our artistic ideas are on the one hand so similar that we arrive at a common denominator most of the time and on the other hand they’re different enough to ensure a diverse album that doesn’t sound boring for a second. Particularly as this band consists of six first-rate songwriters.”

Every note of the debut album oozes the great creative potential of all band members: powerful numbers such as the fast and tough “Rise And Fall” and the grooving “No More Lies” with its dynamic guitar riff and melodious chorus are just as symptomatic for the group’s unbridled energy as the slow, doom-laden “God Of Temptation,” which features a latent Black Sabbath flair thanks to its distinctive guitar hook.

More information on the album is expected soon. Check our “Rise And Fall” here:

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Unity Signs With Steamhammer/SPV For Debut Album Release

With latest sensational signing, Hanover record imprint Steamhammer/SPV has set the course for more highlights in the coming year. Unity, the new band founded by drummer Michael Ehré and guitarist Henjo Richter (both Gamma Ray), just signed a long-term contract and is currently busy working on a debut album.

The eponymous titled recording has been scheduled for release in early 2017 and aficionados of powerful hard rock and technically accomplished melodic metal can expect to get more than their money’s worth.

Along with their two figureheads, Richter and Ehré, Unity consists of Gianba Manenti (vocals), Stef E (guitar), Jogi Sweers (bass) and Sascha Onnen (keyboards), all of them musicians that many fans have been familiar with since Ehré’s band Love.Might.Kill arrived on the scene.

“During many gigs and countless hours in the rehearsal room, Michael and I discovered that we are on the same wavelength, on a personal as well as on a musical level. So we came up with the idea of focusing that part of our creativity that goes beyond Gamma Ray in another band,” Richter explains. “Unity features the perfect line-up for that.”

Michael Ehré is equally enthusiastic: “We’re proud and more than happy to have found a strong partner in SPV/Steamhammer who enjoy an excellent reputation on a global level. The amazing experience and great passion with which Olly Hahn has helmed the label for many years are awesome. We’re really looking forward to our fruitful collaboration and will ensure together that UNITY gets off to a successful start.”

Olly Hahn, A&R at Steamhammer, places great hopes on his new signing: “The outstanding songwriting and great technical skill of everybody involved are unmistakable. For this reason, UNITY suits the Steamhammer team perfectly and we will continue to work flat out for our artists in 2017.”

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Preview Clip Of Gamma Ray’s New DVD/2CD Live LP "Skeletons & Majesties Live" Posted

German metal act Gamma Ray posted a preview clip from the band’s upcoming live DVD/2CD Live LP “Skeletons & Majesties Live.” The DVD features the live recording of the band’s performance at the legendary Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland on April 29th, 2011 and will now be released on 2CD, Blu-ray and DVD on November 30th, 2012 through earOne Music. The DVD and Blu-ray also feature additional bonus tracks, lots of behind the scenes bonus material, rare archive material and interviews with the band.

“Skeletons & Majesties Live” has a playing time of two hours and is a tour de force through the band’s history so far, including lots of hits and classics, but also tracks which were undeservedly under-represented to date.

“The EP, ‘Skeletons & Majesties,’ is practically a continuation of our ‘Skeletons In The Closet’ concept, in other words: new versions of songs which didn’t receive the attention they deserve, as well as unplugged versions of some of our classics,” says Kai Hansen, the band’s vocalist, guitarist and founder.

The double CD includes a total of 18 songs (plus intro & interlude); DVD and Blu-ray will feature six additional bonus tracks with alternative versions of “The Spirit,” “Wings Of Destiny,” “Farewell,” “Gamma Ray,” “Time To Break Free” and “Insurrection,” all recorded at another show at the Zeche in Bochum, the day before the Pratteln show . In addition, the DVD and Blu-ray feature behind the scenes bonus material, very rare archive material and interviews with the band.

The release of “Skeletons & Majesties Live” will mark the beginning of an eventful 2013 for Gamma Ray: After Hansen spent 2012 concentrating mainly on his second band, Unisonic, he and his three colleagues Henjo Richter (guitar), Dirk Schlächter (bass) and new addition Michael Ehré (the Firewind/Love.Might.Kill drummer has replaced Daniel Zimmermann, who left the Gamma Ray fold on friendly terms in January 2011) are now focusing exclusively on Gamma Ray again. A co-headlining tour with Helloween has been scheduled for February 2013 and will also mark the arrival of a new Gamma Ray studio recording.

“Gamma Ray will have top priority in 2013,” comments Hansen, “and ‘Skeletons & Majesties Live’ is the perfect harbinger of this!”

Check out the preview clip here:

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Gamma Ray Guitarist Injured And Forced To Sit Out Sweden Rock Cruise

Gamma Ray announced on its Facebook page that guitarist Henjo Richter was injured in a bike accident and is currently in the hospital. As a result, he will not be able to attend the Sweden Rock Cruise scheduled for October 6-7, 2011. The band plans to play without Richter, opting to have keyboardist Corvin Bahn use a distortion pedal.

The announcement reads: “Dear All, Unfortunately we are forced to deliver the bad news that Henjo Richter had a bike accident and broke three ribs and the collarbone, so he will not be able to play on the cruise. Since we couldn’t find a replacement and did not want to cancel the show and leave our fans disappointed, we have decided to play the show nevertheless and give our longtime live keyboarder Mr. Corvin Bahn (Crystal Breed) some extraspace and a distortionpedal for his organsounds. So if you’re on the boat and around 1:45 am hear something that sounds like Deep Purple playing Gamma Ray songs, its us. Hope you’ll enjoy this ‘Show beyond the ordinary’. Cheerzzz and have fun, Da Rrrrayzzz.”

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