Music Review -- Stairway To Fairyland by Freedom Call
A former student of Spartanburg Technical College and overall geek, I enjoy listening to music, reading books, playing video games, and watching movies. Sometimes I write about them.View all articles by Adrian Tallent
Now, let’s go back and talk about metal for a bit. Because something very peculiar happened to Rock after it got pushed out of the mainstream in the United States. It went overseas. And it evolved.
Drummer Dan Zimmermann, in his spare time between gigs with his main band Gamma Ray, writes short stories – fantasy tales of magic and heroism in the vein of Lord Of The Rings. These he kept largely to himself until Gamma Ray went on a break in 1998. Uniting with his longtime friend Chris Bay, who he played with for a while in the cover band scene, he began to toy with the idea of forming a concept band around his tales of epic fantasy. The excuse was that he wanted to break away from Gamma Ray’s sound for a bit and focus on a straight power-metal sound. Working closely with Chris, the two composed a demo tape, and by the time they had completed the rest of the band’s lineup, they had secured a record deal. Their debut album, “Stairway To Fairyland”, came out in 1999, and the band went on a subsequent tour opening for European metal acts Angra and Edguy.