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Gamma Ray — Empire of the Undead

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

★★★☆ A throwback? Perhaps. But this album from Helloween-offshoot Gamma Ray also offers an updated take on some vintage power metal, with hints of Savatage, Queensrÿche, Blind Guardian, and yes Helloween. And Priest. And Queen? And to be honest, the album starts to overstay its welcome about two thirds of the way in. But it starts remarkably strong, and deserves praise at the very least for its most-excellent opening track.