Somewhere Out in Space
Somewhere Out in Space is an album by German power metal band, Gamma Ray. It is the band's fifth studio album. Continuing in the tradition of the previous four albums, it contained yet another different lineup, but would be the first album to feature the band's longest standing lineup; the album featured Dirk Schlächter on bass for the first time since his guest appearance on Heading for Tomorrow, Henjo Richter on guitar and Dan Zimmermann on drums. The track "Watcher in the Sky" was recorded by Iron Savior and appears on their self-titled 1997 album, it features Piet Sielck on guitar and additional vocals, Thomen Stauch on drums. The track "No Stranger" was written as a contribution to Michael Kiskes solo album, but since Kiske rejected it as "too heavy" Hansen instead decided to record it with Gamma Ray. "Miracle" is a stylized version of "Man On a Mission" from "Land of the Free", Gamma Ray's previous album. It has similar lyrics, an identical chorus, similar chord progressions, but at a slower tempo.
The song "Men and Machines" begins with the "five tones" from the 1977 film Close Encounters Of The Third Kind played on strings. "Miracle" appears on the Silent Miracles EP. "Victim of Changes" appears on the Valley Of The Kings EP. "Beyond the Black Hole" is about travelling the unknown space to discover black holes. "Somewhere Out in Space" is about the fictional series Star Trek. "The Landing" and "Valley of the Kings" is about the arrival of aliens on Earth millions of years ago. "Pray" is about the end of hope for the human race to be saved from extinction. "Shine On" is about the theory that extraterrestrial life visited Earth long before and planted the seeds of mankind. Kai Hansen - Vocals, guitars Dirk Schlächter - 4 and 5-string electric bass Dan Zimmermann - Drums Henjo Richter - Guitars, keyboards Piet Sielck - Vocals, guitars Thomen Stauch - Drums
Rebellion in Dreamland
Rebellion In Dreamland was an EP released in 1995 by the German power metal band Gamma Ray prior to the release of their album Land of the Free. This is the first release with Kai Hansen on vocals since the departure of Ralf Scheepers. "Rebellion in Dreamland" – 8:43 "Land of the Free" – 4:37 "Heavy Metal Mania" – 4:49 "As Time Goes By" - 4:54"Rebellion in Dreamland" and "Land of the Free" appear on the album Land of the Free. "As Time Goes By" appears on the album Sigh No More. Kai Hansen - vocals, guitar Dirk Schlächter - guitar Jan Rubach - bass Thomas Nack - drums
Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany with a population of over 1.8 million. One of Germany's 16 federal states, it is surrounded by Schleswig-Holstein to the north and Lower Saxony to the south; the city's metropolitan region is home to more than five million people. Hamburg lies on two of its tributaries, the River Alster and the River Bille; the official name reflects Hamburg's history as a member of the medieval Hanseatic League and a free imperial city of the Holy Roman Empire. Before the 1871 Unification of Germany, it was a sovereign city state, before 1919 formed a civic republic headed constitutionally by a class of hereditary grand burghers or Hanseaten. Beset by disasters such as the Great Fire of Hamburg, north Sea flood of 1962 and military conflicts including World War II bombing raids, the city has managed to recover and emerge wealthier after each catastrophe. Hamburg is Europe's third-largest port. Major regional broadcasting firm NDR, the printing and publishing firm Gruner + Jahr and the newspapers Der Spiegel and Die Zeit are based in the city.
Hamburg is the seat of Germany's oldest stock exchange and the world's oldest merchant bank, Berenberg Bank. Media, commercial and industrial firms with significant locations in the city include multinationals Airbus, Blohm + Voss, Aurubis and Unilever; the city hosts specialists in world economics and international law, including consular and diplomatic missions as the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the EU-LAC Foundation, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, multipartite international political conferences and summits such as Europe and China and the G20. Both the former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and Angela Merkel, German chancellor since 2005, come from Hamburg; the city is a major domestic tourist destination. It ranked 18th in the world for livability in 2016; the Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2015. Hamburg is a major European science and education hub, with several universities and institutions. Among its most notable cultural venues are the Laeiszhalle concert halls.
It paved the way for bands including The Beatles. Hamburg is known for several theatres and a variety of musical shows. St. Pauli's Reeperbahn is among the best-known European entertainment districts. Hamburg is at a sheltered natural harbour on the southern fanning-out of the Jutland Peninsula, between Continental Europe to the south and Scandinavia to the north, with the North Sea to the west and the Baltic Sea to the northeast, it is on the River Elbe at its confluence with the Bille. The city centre is around the Binnenalster and Außenalster, both formed by damming the River Alster to create lakes; the islands of Neuwerk, Scharhörn, Nigehörn, 100 kilometres away in the Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park, are part of the city of Hamburg. The neighborhoods of Neuenfelde, Cranz and Finkenwerder are part of the Altes Land region, the largest contiguous fruit-producing region in Central Europe. Neugraben-Fischbek has Hamburg's highest elevation, the Hasselbrack at 116.2 metres AMSL. Hamburg borders the states of Lower Saxony.
Hamburg has an oceanic climate, influenced by its proximity to the coast and marine air masses that originate over the Atlantic Ocean. The location north of Germany provides extremes greater than marine climates, but in the category due to the mastery of the western standards. Nearby wetlands enjoy a maritime temperate climate; the amount of snowfall has differed a lot during the past decades: while in the late 1970s and early 1980s, at times heavy snowfall occurred, the winters of recent years have been less cold, with snowfall only on a few days per year. The warmest months are June and August, with high temperatures of 20.1 to 22.5 °C. The coldest are December and February, with low temperatures of −0.3 to 1.0 °C. Claudius Ptolemy reported the first name for the vicinity as Treva; the name Hamburg comes from the first permanent building on the site, a castle which the Emperor Charlemagne ordered constructed in AD 808. It rose on rocky terrain in a marsh between the River Alster and the River Elbe as a defence against Slavic incursion, acquired the name Hammaburg, burg meaning castle or fort.
The origin of the Hamma term remains uncertain. In 834, Hamburg was designated as the seat of a bishopric; the first bishop, became known as the Apostle of the North. Two years Hamburg was united with Bremen as the Bishopric of Hamburg-Bremen. Hamburg occupied several times. In 845, 600 Viking ships sailed up the River Elbe and destroyed Hamburg, at that time a town of around 500 inhabitants. In 1030, King Mieszko II Lambert of Poland burned down the city. Valdemar II of Denmark raided and occupied Hamburg in 1201 and in 1214; the Black Death killed at least 60% of the population in 1350. Hamburg experienced several great fires in the medieval period. In 1189, by imperial charter, Frederick I "Barbarossa" granted Hamburg the status of a Free Imperial City and tax-free access up the Lower Elbe into the North Sea. In 1265, an forged letter was presented to or by the Rath of Hamburg; this charter, along with Hamburg's proximity to the main trade routes of the North Sea and Baltic Sea made it a
Ralf Scheepers is the vocalist for German heavy metal band Primal Fear. He has a high-pitched tenor-esque singing voice and sometimes uses a shriek reminiscent of Judas Priest's Rob Halford, although it is his baritone lows which give him a near four-octave range in the modal register, he has sung in Gamma Ray and Tyran' Pace. Scheepers has done guest vocals for the bands Scanner, Therion and Shadow Gallery, worked with Tom Galley on Phenomena's Blind Faith album, he provides instruction for all around singing, music and recording/processing techniques at RS Vocal Works in Baltmannsweiler, Germany. 1997–present Primal Fear Jaws of Death Nuclear Fire EP - Horrorscope Black Sun DVD - The History of Fear Devil's Ground Seven Seals Metal Is Forever: The Very Best of Primal Fear New Religion 16.6: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead Live in the USA DVD - 16.6 All over the World Unbreakable Delivering the Black Rulebreaker Best Of Fear Apocalypse Eye to Eye Long Live Metal Watching You Heading for Tomorrow DVD/VHS/LASERDISC - Heading for the East Sigh No More Insanity and Genius DVD/VHS/LASERDISC - Lust for Live DVD/VHS/LASERDISC Power of Metal live compilation together with Rage and Helicon The Best Hell on Wheels Scheepers Survival of the Fittest Scanner - Hypertrace German Rock Project - Let Love Conquer the World Brainstorm – Hungry Roland Grapow - The Four Seasons of Life Scanner - Ball of the Damned Pink Cream 69 - Electrified Therion - Vovin Therion - Crowning of Atlantis Ayreon - Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator VA - Catch The Rainbow: A Tribute to Rainbow VA - German Rock Stars - Wings of Freedom Tribuzy - Execution Tribuzy - Execution Live Reunion Shadow Gallery - Digital Ghosts Solna - Eurameric Phenomena - Blind Faith Dragony - Legends Helker - Somewhere in the Circle Highlord - The Warning After Nergard - Memorial for a Wish Rage of Angels - Dreamworld Magnus Karlsson - Free Fall Pamela Moore - Resurrect Me Domination - Doom in Nation Mägo de Oz - The Black Book Hellcircles - Prelude to Decline Desert - Never Regret Gaelbah - "Häxan" Graveshadow - "Blink" Hansen - XXX: 30 Years Of Metal Derdian - Revolution Era The Rose of Lilith - Soulless Soulspell Metal Opera - The Second Big Bang Europica - Part One
Dirk Schlächter is the bassist of the power metal band Gamma Ray and Avalanch from 2018. Dirk got in touch with music for the first time joining a music school at the age of 8. At the age of 11 he got his first acoustic guitar followed by an electric guitar at the age of 15. At the age of 19 he turned to bass guitar. During this time he played in bands called Blue Life, Sold Out, Louis Glover House Band and Drivin' Force. Dirk appeared as a guest musician on Gamma Ray's first album, Heading For Tomorrow, playing bass on the track "Money" and parts of the track "The Silence"; the rest of the bass-parts on the album were recorded by Uwe Wessel. Schlächter was hired to play bass with Gamma Ray for their first tour, but as Uwe Wessel's former band split up at this point Wessel replaced him. Schlächter was offered the job of second guitarist. From this point on Schlächter became Gamma Ray's permanent second guitarist, he played guitar on the albums Sigh No More and Genius and Land of the Free. After the Land of the Free album Schlächter was supposed to swap positions with bassist Jan Rubach, but instead Rubach quit the band.
Schlächter took over the position of bassist and Henjo Richter became the band's new guitarist. The release of the album Somewhere Out In Space marked Schlächter's return to playing bass, a job he has had since. Schlächter is the producer of Gamma Ray albums since Insanity and Genius, along with the band's mainman Kai Hansen. In 2013, he joined German symphonic metal band Neopera. Heading for Tomorrow Sigh No More Insanity and Genius Land of the Free Somewhere Out in Space Power Plant No World Order Majestic Land of the Free II To The Metal Empire Of The Undead Alive'95 Skeletons in the Closet Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome Skeletons & Majesties Live Heaven Can Wait Who Do You Think You Are? Future Madhouse Rebellion In Dreamland Silent Miracles Valley of the Kings Heaven Or Hell Master of Confusion The Karaoke Album Hansen Worx Blast from the Past Alright! 20 Years Of Universe The Best Heading for the East Lust for Live Hell Yeah! The Awesome Foursome Skeletons & Majesties Live Destined Ways The Marvel of Chimera Avalanch - The Secret Avalanch - El Secreto Heavens Gate - Hell for Sale!
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Helsinki is the capital and most populous city of Finland. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, it is the seat of the region of Uusimaa in southern Finland, has a population of 650,058; the city's urban area has a population of 1,268,296, making it by far the most populous urban area in Finland as well as the country's most important center for politics, finance and research. Helsinki is located 80 kilometres north of Tallinn, Estonia, 400 km east of Stockholm, 390 km west of Saint Petersburg, Russia, it has close historical ties with these three cities. Together with the cities of Espoo and Kauniainen, surrounding commuter towns, Helsinki forms the Greater Helsinki metropolitan area, which has a population of nearly 1.5 million. Considered to be Finland's only metropolis, it is the world's northernmost metro area with over one million people as well as the northernmost capital of an EU member state. After Stockholm and Oslo, Helsinki is the third largest municipality in the Nordic countries.
The city is served by the international Helsinki Airport, located in the neighboring city of Vantaa, with frequent service to many destinations in Europe and Asia. Helsinki was the World Design Capital for 2012, the venue for the 1952 Summer Olympics, the host of the 52nd Eurovision Song Contest. Helsinki has one of the highest urban standards of living in the world. In 2011, the British magazine Monocle ranked Helsinki the world's most liveable city in its liveable cities index. In the Economist Intelligence Unit's 2016 liveability survey, Helsinki was ranked ninth among 140 cities. According to a theory presented in the 1630s, settlers from Hälsingland in central Sweden had arrived to what is now known as the Vantaa River and called it Helsingå, which gave rise to the names of Helsinge village and church in the 1300s; this theory is questionable, because dialect research suggests that the settlers arrived from Uppland and nearby areas. Others have proposed the name as having been derived from the Swedish word helsing, an archaic form of the word hals, referring to the narrowest part of a river, the rapids.
Other Scandinavian cities at similar geographic locations were given similar names at the time, e.g. Helsingør in Denmark and Helsingborg in Sweden; when a town was founded in Forsby village in 1548, it was named Helsinge fors, "Helsinge rapids". The name refers to the Vanhankaupunginkoski rapids at the mouth of the river; the town was known as Helsinge or Helsing, from which the contemporary Finnish name arose. Official Finnish Government documents and Finnish language newspapers have used the name Helsinki since 1819, when the Senate of Finland moved itself into the city from Turku; the decrees issued in Helsinki were dated with Helsinki as the place of issue. This is; as part of the Grand Duchy of Finland in the Russian Empire, Helsinki was known as Gelsingfors in Russian. In Helsinki slang, the city is called Stadi. Hesa, is not used by natives of the city. Helsset is the Northern Sami name of Helsinki. In the Iron Age the area occupied by present day Helsinki was inhabited by Tavastians, they used the area for fishing and hunting, but due to a lack of archeological finds it is difficult to say how extensive their settlements were.
Pollen analysis has shown that there were cultivating settlements in the area in the 10th century and surviving historical records from the 14th century describe Tavastian settlements in the area. Swedes colonized the coastline of the Helsinki region in the late 13th century after the successful Second Crusade to Finland, which led to the defeat of the Tavastians. Helsinki was established as a trading town by King Gustav I of Sweden in 1550 as the town of Helsingfors, which he intended to be a rival to the Hanseatic city of Reval. In order to populate his newly founded town, the King issued an order to resettle the bourgeoisie of Porvoo, Ekenäs, Rauma and Ulvila into the town. Little came of the plans as Helsinki remained a tiny town plagued by poverty and diseases; the plague of 1710 killed the greater part of the inhabitants of Helsinki. The construction of the naval fortress Sveaborg in the 18th century helped improve Helsinki's status, but it was not until Russia defeated Sweden in the Finnish War and annexed Finland as the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland in 1809 that the town began to develop into a substantial city.
Russians besieged the Sveaborg fortress during the war, about one quarter of the town was destroyed in an 1808 fire. Russian Emperor Alexander I of Russia moved the Finnish capital from Turku to Helsinki in 1812 to reduce Swedish influence in Finland, to bring the capital closer to Saint Petersburg. Following the Great Fire of Turku in 1827, the Royal Academy of Turku, which at the time was the country's only university, was relocated to Helsinki and became the modern University of Helsinki; the move helped set it on a path of continuous growth. This transformation is apparent in the downtown core, rebuilt in the neoclassical style to resemble Saint Petersburg to a plan by the German-born architect C. L. Engel; as elsewhere, technological advancements such as railroads and industrialization were key factors behind the city's growth. Despite the tumultuous nature of Finnish history during the first half of the 20th century, Helsinki continued its steady development. A landmark e