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Kai Hansen

Kai Hansen

Real/full name:
Kai Michael Hansen
Age:
51 (born Jan 17th, 1963)
Place of origin:
Germany (Hamburg)
Gender:
Male

Biography

Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray, and the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween. He is a prominent figure in power metal, and has sold millions of albums worldwide. He is regarded as "the grandfather of power metal", having founded two seminal bands in the genre.

His musical career started in 1978 in a band called Gentry, ...

Trivia

For almost 20 years, Kai has played ESP Guitars. He first started using them during his days with Helloween after hearing testimonials of ESP from artists such as George Lynch and Kirk Hammett of Metallica. Before Helloween, he had owned a white Ibanez guitar, and a Les Paul, then saved up for a Marshall amplifier by delivering newspapers.

Gamma Ray

Guitars (1989-present), Vocals (1995-present)

1990 Heaven Can Wait (Single) Guitars, Vocals (backing)
1990 Space Eater (Single) Guitars
1990 Heading for Tomorrow Vocals (additional) on "Money" and "Heading for Tomorrow", Guitars
1990 Gamma Ray / Lisa Dominique (Split) Guitars
1990 Heaven Can Wait (EP) Guitars
1990 Who Do You Think You Are? (Single) Guitars, Vocals
1990 Heading for the East (Video) Guitars, Vocals
1991 The Spirit (Single) Vocals, Guitars
1991 Sigh No More Vocals (additional) on "As Time Goes By", Guitars, Vocals (backing)
1993 Power of Metal (Split video) Vocals, Guitars
1993 Future Madhouse (Single) Guitars, Vocals
1993 Insanity and Genius Vocals (backing), Vocals (lead) on "Heal Me", Guitars
1993 Lust for Live (Video) Guitars, Vocals
1994 Power of Metal (Split) Guitars, Vocals
1995 Rebellion in Dreamland (Single) Guitars, Vocals
1995 Land of the Free Vocals, Guitars
1996 Heading for Tomorrow / Heaven Can Wait (Compilation) Guitars, Vocals (additional) on "Money" and "Heading for Tomorrow"
1996 Silent Miracles (EP) Guitars, Vocals
1996 Alive '95 (Live album) Guitars, Vocals
1997 Valley of the Kings (Single) Guitars, Vocals
1997 Somewhere Out in Space Vocals, Guitars
1999 It's a Sin (Single) Vocals, Guitars
1999 Power Plant Vocals, Guitars
2001 Heaven or Hell (Single) Guitars, Vocals
2001 No World Order! Vocals, Guitars
2003 Skeletons in the Closet (Live album) Guitars, Vocals
2005 Majestic Vocals, Guitars
2007 Land of the Free II Vocals (lead), Guitars
2008 Hell Yeah!!! The Awesome Foursome (Live album) Vocals, Guitars
2008 Hell Yeah!!! The Awesome Foursome (Video) Guitars, Vocals
2009 Wacken Open Air 2009 (Video) Vocals & Guitars
2010 To the Metal! (Single) Vocals, Guitars
2010 Majestic / Land of the Free II (Boxed set) Vocals, Guitars
2010 Insanity and Genius / Land of the Free (Compilation) Guitars, Vocals (backing), Vocals (lead) on "Heal Me"
2010 Heading for Tomorrow / Sigh No More (Compilation) Guitars, Vocals (additional) on "Money" and "Heading for Tomorrow"
2010 To the Metal! Vocals, Guitars
2011 Skeletons & Majesties (EP) Vocals, Guitars, Guitars (acoustic)
2012 Skeletons & Majesties Live (Live album) Guitars, Vocals
2012 Skeletons & Majesties Live (Video) Guitars, Vocals
2013 Master of Confusion (EP) Guitars, Vocals
2014 Empire of the Undead Vocals, Vocals (choirs), Guitars
2014 Avalon (Single) Vocals (lead, choirs), Guitars
2014 Time for Deliverance (Single) Vocals, Guitars
2014 Pale Rider (Single) Guitars, Vocals
2014 I Will Return (Single) Guitars, Vocals
(show all)

Unisonic

Guitars (2011-present)

2012 Ignition (EP) Guitars
2012 Unisonic Vocals (choirs), Vocals (backing), Guitars
2014 For the Kingdom (EP) Guitars
2014 Light of Dawn Guitars

Gentry

Guitars, Vocals (1978-1981)

Helloween

Guitars (1983-1988), Vocals (1983-1986)

1984 Demo (Demo) Vocals, Guitars
1984 Death Metal (Split) Guitars, Vocals
1984 Death Metal Demo (Demo) Vocals, Guitars
1985 Metal Attack Vol. 1 (Split) Vocals, Guitars
1985 Helloween (EP) Vocals, Guitars
1985 Walls of Jericho Vocals, Guitars
1986 Judas (Single) Vocals, Guitars
1987 1st Demo Session (Demo) Guitars, Vocals on track 2
1987 Halloween (Single) Guitars
1987 The Helloween Magazine Jingle (Single) Guitars
1987 Future World (Single) Guitars
1987 Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I Guitars (lead), Vocals (backing)
1988 Dr. Stein (Single) Guitars
1988 Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II Vocals (backing), Guitars
1988 I Want Out (Single) Guitars
1989 I Want Out Live (Live album) Guitars
1989 I Want Out Live (Single) Guitars
1989 Live in the U.K. (Live album) Guitars
1989 Keepers Live (Live album) Guitars
1994 The Pumpkin Video (Video) Guitars (on tracks 1, 2)
2000 The Pumpkin Video (Video) Guitars on tracks 1-2
2005 Hellish Videos (Video) Guitars, Vocals
(show all)

Iron Fist

Guitars, Vocals (1982-1983)

Iron Savior

Guitars, Vocals (additional) (1996-2001)

1997 Iron Savior (EP) Guitars
1997 Iron Savior Vocals (lead) on "Break it Up" and "Watcher in the Sky", Guitars
1998 Coming Home (Single) Guitars
1999 Unification Vocals, Guitars
1999 Interlude (EP) Vocals (3), Guitars (all tracks)
2000 I've Been to Hell (Single) Guitars
2001 Dark Assault Guitars, Vocals

Second Hell

Guitars, Vocals (1981-1982)

Avantasia

Vocals (2008, 2011-2012)

Angra

1993 Angels Cry Guitar solo on "Never Understand"
2004 Temple of Shadows Vocals (Track 6)

Avantasia

2001 The Metal Opera Vocals (lead) (11, 12)
2002 The Metal Opera Pt. II Vocals (lead) (1, 8)
2008 The Scarecrow Guitars (lead) on track 3
2011 The Flying Opera - Around the World in 20 Days - Live (Video) Vocals (additional)
2011 The Flying Opera - Around the World in 20 Days - Live (Live album) Vocals

Blind Guardian

1989 Follow the Blind Vocals (on "Valhalla")
1990 Tales from the Twilight World Vocals (Track 6), Guitars (lead, Vocals (backing)
1992 Somewhere Far Beyond Guitars (lead) on "The Quest for Tanelorn"

Dark Age

2009 Acedia Vocals (Track 12)

Doro

2004 Classic Diamonds Guitars (Track 13), Bass (Track 13), Guitars (acoustic), Vocals (backing)

HammerFall

1999 I Want Out (Single) Guitars (1), Vocals (backing) (3), Vocals (1), Keyboards (1)
2000 Renegade (Single) Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards (Track 1), Vocals (backing) (track 3)

Heavenly

2000 Coming from the Sky Vocals (Track 4)

Heavens Gate

1992 Hell for Sale! Vocals (Track 2), Guitars (Track 7)

Heavenwood

1998 Swallow Vocals (Tracks 6, 9)

In Arkadia

2010 Wasteland Chronicles Vocals on "The Agonist Pledge"

Lanzer

1995 Under a Different Sun Vocals (lead), Guitars (lead) (4)

Maverick

2012 Natural Born Steel Vocals (lead) on "Iron Force"

Merging Flare

2011 Reverence Vocals (additional lead on 1 & 6), Guitar (solos on 4 & 10)

Paragon

2012 Force of Destruction Vocals (Track 13)

Primal Fear

1998 Primal Fear Guitars (lead)

Scheepers

2011 Scheepers Guitars (lead) (10)

Stormwarrior

2002 Stormwarrior Vocals, Guitars (Track 12)
2003 Heavy Metal Fire (EP) Vocals & Guitar on "Heavy Metal (Is the Law)"
2004 Northern Rage Guitars (lead) (Track 5), Vocals (additional) (Track 2)

Alley Cat

1989 Cat Songs 89 (Demo) Producer

Gamma Ray

1990 Heading for Tomorrow Producer
1990 Heaven Can Wait (EP) Producer
1990 Who Do You Think You Are? (Single) Producer
1993 Future Madhouse (Single) Producer
1993 Insanity and Genius Producer, Engineering
1995 Rebellion in Dreamland (Single) Producer, Engineering, Mixing
1995 Land of the Free Producer, Engineering, Mixing
1996 Heading for Tomorrow / Heaven Can Wait (Compilation) Producer
1996 Silent Miracles (EP) Producer
1996 Alive '95 (Live album) Producer, Mixing
1997 Valley of the Kings (Single) Producer
1997 Somewhere Out in Space Producer, Mixing
1997 The Karaoke Album (Compilation) Producer
1999 Power Plant Producer
2000 Blast from the Past (Compilation) Engineering, Producer
2001 Heaven or Hell (Single) Producing
2001 No World Order! Producer, Engineering
2003 Skeletons in the Closet (Live album) Mixing, Mastering
2005 Majestic Producer
2007 Land of the Free II Producer, Engineering
2010 Majestic / Land of the Free II (Boxed set) Producer
2010 Heading for Tomorrow / Sigh No More (Compilation) Producer
2010 Insanity and Genius / Land of the Free (Compilation) Producer, Engineering
2010 To the Metal! Producer, Recorded, Mixed & Mastered
2011 Skeletons & Majesties (EP) Producer
2013 Master of Confusion (EP) Recording, Mixing, Engineering
2014 Empire of the Undead Recording, Recording, Producer
2014 Avalon (Single) Producer, Recording
(show all)

HammerFall

1999 I Want Out (Single) Producer (1, 3)

Helloween

1986 Judas (Single) Cover concept
1987 Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I Cover concept

Iron Savior

1997 Iron Savior Producer, Engineering
1999 Unification Additional mixing (track 3)
2001 Dark Assault Producer (additional, track 3; vocal, tracks 7, 10)

Merging Flare

2011 Reverence Recording (additional)

Steelpreacher

2011 Hellraiser Mastering

Stormwarrior

2002 Stormwarrior Engineering, Producer, Mixing, Recording
2003 Heavy Metal Fire (EP) Recording (tracks 5 & 6), Engineering (tracks 5 & 6), Producer (tracks 5 & 6)
2003 Heavy Metal Fire (EP) Mixing, Mastering
2004 Odens Krigare (EP) Producer, Recording (drums), Mixing, Mastering
2004 Northern Rage Producer, Recording (drums), Mixing, Mastering

Unisonic

2012 Ignition (EP) Producer
2012 Unisonic Co-producer
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