Gamma Ray is taking a new approach to the compilation album concept by including a karaoke challenge to fans. Here is what we were sent:
Set for release in the US and Canada on May 31st via Armoury Records/Eagle Rock Entertainment, Skeletons & Majesties is a collection of songs Gamma Ray gathered from previous albums represented in two completely different styles. The purpose of the disc is simply to have fun, and to give fans a heads-up on what is in store for the band in the coming months, as well as involve their fans in the upcoming actions.
The first two tracks are the "Skeletons," featuring brand new versions of some of Gamma Ray's songs rarely (if ever) played live, including "Hold Your Ground" (from their Heading For Tomorrow album) and "Brothers" (from the Insanity And Genius album). The second section, "Majesties," is where the band display two more new versions of rarities, "Send Me A Sign (originally on the Powerplant release) and "Rebellion In Dreamland" (originally on Land Of The Free), both performed in a new acoustic presentation.
Additionally, Gamma Ray have also included some bonus tracks, including the ultra rare track "Wannabees" -- previously only released on the To The Metal!, and available here on CD for the first time -- as well as an extended version of "Brothers."
And to top it off, the final track on the EP is another version of "Rebellion In Dreamland," this time Karaoke style! The band have launched a special contest, where they'll be integrating a "choir" of their fans' voices on the upcoming album version of the song! Diehards and wailers can take part in the competition by submitting a recording of their version of the song via physical demo submission or digital sound file. Details here
Skeletons & Majesties Track Listing:
1. Hold Your Ground
3. Send Me A Sign
4. Rebellion In Dreamland
6. Brothers (extended version)
7. Rebellion In Dreamland (Karaoke version)