Somewhere Out in Space

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Somewhere Out in Space
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Studio album by Gamma Ray
Released August 25, 1997
March 18, 2003 (Re-release)
Recorded 1996-1997
Genre Speed metal, power metal
Length 57:16 (1997)
Label Noise Records
Producer Kai Hansen & Dirk Schlächter
Gamma Ray chronology
Land of the Free
Somewhere Out in Space
Power Plant
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars [2]

Somewhere Out in Space is an album by German power metal band, Gamma Ray. It was released on August 25, 1997 and is the band's fifth studio album. Continuing in the tradition of the previous four albums, it contained yet another different lineup, but would also 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 Zimmerman 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, and Thomen Stauch on drums.

The track "No Stranger (Another Day In Life)" was originally 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 effectively a stylized version of "Man On a Mission" from "Land of the Free", Gamma Ray's previous album. It has very similar lyrics, an identical chorus, and similar chord progressions, but at a slower tempo.

The song "Men, Martians and Machines" begins with the "five tones" from the 1977 film Close Encounters Of The Third Kind played on strings.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Beyond the Black Hole" Kai Hansen Hansen/Dirk Schlächter/Dan Zimmermann 6:00
2. "Men, Martians and Machines" Hansen Hansen 3:52
3. "No Stranger (Another Day in Life)" Hansen Hansen 3:35
4. "Somewhere Out in Space" Hansen Hansen 5:27
5. "The Guardians of Mankind" Henjo Richter Richter 5:01
6. "The Landing" Hansen Schlächter 1:16
7. "Valley of the Kings" Hansen Hansen 3:51
8. "Pray" Hansen Schlächter 4:45
9. "The Winged Horse" Richter Richter 7:02
10. "Cosmic Chaos" Zimmermann Zimmermann 0:48
11. "Lost in the Future" Hansen Schlächter 3:40
12. "Watcher in the Sky" (featuring Piet Sielck) Hansen/Piet Sielck Hansen/Sielck 5:19
13. "Rising Star" Schlächter Schlächter 0:51
14. "Shine On" Hansen Schlächter 6:52

Japanese Version Bonus Track[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
15. "Return to Fantasy" (Uriah Heep cover) David Byron/Ken Hensley Byron/Hensley 5:16

2003 Bonus Tracks[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
15. "Return to Fantasy" (Uriah Heep cover) Byron/Hensley Byron/Hensley 5:16
16. "Miracle" Hansen Hansen 7:17
17. "Victim of Changes" (Judas Priest cover) Al Atkins/K.K. Downing/Rob Halford/Glenn Tipton Atkins/Downing/Halford/Tipton 7:23

  • "Miracle" also appears on the Silent Miracles EP.
  • "Victim of Changes" also appears on the Valley Of The Kings EP.

Lyrical Concepts[edit]

  • "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.


Guest Musicians[edit]