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Heading for Tomorrow [Import]

Gamma Ray Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Noise
  • ASIN: B000006YWV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,716 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gamma Ray - Heading For Tomorrow 24 Jan 2013
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Heading For Tomorrow is the debut album by the legendary German Power Metal band Gamma Ray. It was released in 1990, after guitarist and primary songwriter Kai Hansen left Helloween who had released the incredibly influential Keeper Of The Seven Keys albums.

The vocals on this album are handled by Ralf Scheepers (later of Primal Fear) as opposed to Kai himself, who took over vocal duties on the band's fourth album. There are additional bass contributions on two of the tracks from Dirk Schlächter, who would later become one of the band's longest lasting members, first as the band's guitarist and later bassist.

Opening with the grand, symphonic sounding intro track `Welcome' which sets the scene for things to come, the album starts off strong, kicking into `Lust For Life' which is one of the strongest tracks on the record. Its full of memorable vocal lines, impressive lead guitar work and an interesting structure, therefore pretty much setting the template for Gamma Ray in general.

Other highlights include `Money' which has a bit of an eccentric feel, as well as the catchy `Space Eater' and `Free Time' which is a sort of out-of-place glam number that shouldn't work but does.

The album ends with a 14-minute title track that has a progressive feel and then a cover of Uriah Heep's `Look At Yourself.'

Later Gamma Ray albums would have a much more direct Queen and especially Judas Priest influence in the sound, and would go further to replicate the sound or at least spirit of Helloween's Keeper Of The Seven Keys albums, which leaves this debut in a sort of unique position in the band's catalogue. If you've only ever heard their later work it should provide an interesting contrast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome! 21 Jun 2011
By Jonty
Format:Audio CD
I give this opening Gamma Ray album 5 stars on this simple basis. The opening Welcome/Lust for life is simply the best opening to a heavy metal album ever. The fact that there are (I'm sorry) a couple of weaker songs before the finale "Heading for tomorrow" brings it to a close is neither here nor there. It is fast and heavy and theatrical and fun in turns, then there is the voice that is Ralf Scheepers. Awesome!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is good 11 Jan 2011
By ColinD
Format:Audio CD
This is very good, but not the best Gamma Ray album out there.

Only buy it if you like meoldic screaming guitars, a decent rythmn with the bass/drums and good song writing. Ideal driving music.

Granted it's not Land Of The Free, but what metal albums are?

Suitable for all fans of Iron Maiden, Saxon, Judas Priest, Helloween, Uriah Heep, Edguy, Iron Saviour, Firewind, etc.

Givge it a go, but if you are more into Rush or Yes, try Land Of The Free instead.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hansen recreates Helloween 8 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is Kai Hansen's first outing since leaving Helloween and for the most part none would notice Gamma Ray as being any different. Indeed, he only called the band Gamma Ray (as opposed to Hansen) to distinguish himself from the 'Weenies. No need to bother as this album rocks with the speed of the best Helloween (save for the sugary "The Silence" and the annoying "Freetime") culminating in the mini rock opera "Heading for Tomorrow" via powerhouses like "Money" and the magnificent "Heaven Can Wait". The only complaint would be that he has found a singer with a higher voice than Michael Kiske.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (Almost) Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. III 17 Jun 2004
By Thomas Stebbins - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I think it is clear that Kai Hansen was going for a Keepers III with Heading for Tomorrow. The setup is basically the same; open with a short classically inspired instrumental, leading into a searing double bass piece, and conclude with an epic 13 minute track with plenty of guitar wizardry. While Hansen penned some really great songs here, there is some filler. 'Hold your ground' and 'Space Eater' are low points. Here is a rundown...
1. Welcome 4/5 Just an instrumental - but a good one
2. Lust For Life 5/5 Great song
3. Heaven Can Wait 5/5 Inspirational! My favorite
4. Space Eater 3/5 Good solo
5. Money 3/5 Sort of annoying lyrics - sorta catchy though
6. The Silence 3/5 Typical ballad... pretty dull
7. Hold Your Ground 2/5 Only song not written by Hansen
8. Free Time 4/5 Grew on me... sounds like 80s hair metal
9. Heading For Tomorrow 4/5 Good, but drags on in places
10.Look At Yourself 5/5 great closer!! Second favorite song
Overall a very good CD, and well worth the price. If you love heavy metal, there is no excuse not to own 'Heading for Tomorrow.'
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gamma Ray's strong debut - reissued 4 Aug 2006
By Justin G. - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Whatever caused founding guitarist Kai Hansen to leave Helloween in 1988, just after the release of the band's classic Keeper of the Seven Keys albums, it turned out to be a benefit for power metal fans. Helloween managed without him and kept releasing (mostly) good albums, and now we had Hansen's new band Gamma Ray making power metal that, to no one's surprise, sounded a lot like Helloween.

Released in 1990, Heading for Tomorrow was Gamma Ray's debut album. "Sounds like Helloween" is the easiest way to describe it, especially since at that time, Helloween was the only other band making music in this anthemic, hyper-melodic power metal style. These days there are tons of bands in the genre, but 20 years ago Kai Hansen's bands essentially invented it. Another point in Gamma Ray's favor was the addition of vocalist Ralf Scheepers, who would go on to form Primal Fear. Scheepers's Halford-like vocals are a perfect match for Hansen's guitar work and Gamma Ray's overall sound.

There are a couple of duds on Heading for Tomorrow, such as "Spaceeater," "Money" and "Freetime," but there are also some extremely good tracks, like "Lust for Life," "Heaven Can Wait" and "The Silence." The 14-minute title track is excellent, and brings to mind the more epic tracks from the Keeper albums, and the band's cover of Uriah Heep's "Look at Yourself" is a particular favorite of mine.

I suppose it goes without saying that this album would appeal to Helloween fans. Fans of the more recent power metal bands like Sonata Arctica, Freedom Call, Edguy and Hammerfall also owe it to themselves to check out Gamma Ray.

Edition Notes: The 2003 reissue of Heading for Tomorrow features digitally remastered sound and three bonus tracks ("Mr. Outlaw," "Lonesome Stranger" and "Sail On"). It comes in a pretty cheap-looking digipack, but aside from that it's a nice upgrade of an already classic album.

PS: If you can find one, there is a very cool (but very limited) box set that collects all six of the remastered Gamma Ray albums.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When your not looking, something great comes your way 12 Nov 2004
By Hellion Zephreid - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Kai Hansen, ex-guitarist and singer for Helloween basically went solo and brought along a few friends for the ride. Kai handles all the guitarwork on this CD, leaving the vocals to a guy name Ralph Scheepers (now fronting Primal Fear). All I can say is what an album! And by checking out the two concert films they made, what a live band as well. Ralph stayed for 2 more albums then left leaving Kai to the lead vocals and therefore putting Gamma Ray back in the middle of the pack. Kai just doesn't have the vocal power or range of Ralph. This is a very good, consistent metal record. Now it has 3 bonus tracks as well. When it was first released it had one, Uriah Heep's "Look at Yourself", which is perfect for this band. Or they make the song perfect for them. Anyway, songs like "Money", "Freetime", and "Heaven Can Wait" are just good time fun rockers. The 14 minute + epic "Heading For Tomorrow" is probably the weakest song, falling short of Kai's previous effort, "Halloween". Still, a good song with a lot of different changes and riffs. Look here for one great metal record. A album from a time when Gamma Ray was head and shoulders above the rest!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT !!!!!! 17 Mar 2001
By "the_clansman" - Published on
Format:Audio CD
with no doubts, the best gamma ray album with ralf scheepers on vocals. it's VERY good. it has PERFECT songs, very well composed, where ralf scheepers sings like no-one!! lust for live, the silence, heading for tomorrow. it also has some funny songs like money and hold your ground
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, scintillating, ebullient. These are the words 9 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Audio CD
that celebrate Kai Hansen's first post-Pumpkin foray- Heading For Tomorrow. This is the second best Gamma Ray release, a notch slightly below Kai's latest opus- Somewhere Out in Space. Ralf Scheepers gets the nod for vocalist on Heading For Tomorrow, and he definitely delivers a high-octane performance. His pipes are powerful, which is an understatement. Scheeper's style and range evokes that of Judas Priest's Rob Halford, albeit with noticably greater vocal strength. Gamma Ray's first set benefits greatly from Scheeper's presence, but the tunes stand their own ground. "Lust For Life" and "Free Time" crush. -David Newman 1998
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