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First two GRAVE DIGGER longplayers will be re-issued

Veröffentlicht am 17. April 2018 von Markus W. in Grave Digger, News, Heavy Metal, Noise lebt!, Power Metal, Teutonic Metal, Heavy Metal Breakdown, Witch Hunter

First two GRAVE DIGGER longplayers will be re-issued
First two GRAVE DIGGER longplayers will be re-issued

GRAVE DIGGER opening the gates to metal history's vinyl graveyard to re-animate timeless classics of their past.

Formed in 1980 in Cologne, Grave Digger were at the forefront of the German heavy metal movement as it swept the globe in the early 80’s. They released two demos, one in 1982 and the second ‘Born Again’ demo in 1983.  This brought them to the attention of Noise Records who included two of the bands tracks on their infamous ‘Rock From Hell’ compilation in 1984 alongside future label mates Running Wild and S.A.D.O.  Later in ’84, Grave Digger launched the seminal debut album ‘Heavy Metal Breakdown’ through Noise Records, which was critically received by both press and fans alike.

A year later they followed up with their sophomore record ‘Witch Hunter’ which only catapulted the band further into the hearts and minds if the global metal scene. The band’s 1986, third album, ‘War Games’ saw them on a Noise tour alongside label mates Helloween & Celtic Frost. A dramatic change in sound and a more commercial style followed in 1987 with the album ‘Stronger Than Ever’ where the band dropped the Grave part of their name and just became Digger, they split six months later after the record was poorly received. The band regrouped in 1991, releasing their comeback album ‘The Reaper’ in 1993. To date they have released 18 albums and continue to tour across the world.



Grave Digger’s seminal debut album ‘Heavy Metal Breakdown’ was a benchmark for the German metal scene upon its release back in 1984. This remastered version includes the rare ‘Shoot Her Down’ EP and liner notes from front man Chris Boltendahl. The LP is a double gatefold, which includes lyrics, memorabilia and comes as a limited edition red vinyl. The vinyl has been out of print for over 30 years!



    1. Headbanging Man

    2. Heavy Metal Breakdown

    3. Back From The War

    4. Yesterday

    5. We Wanna Rock You

    6. Legion Of The Lost

    7. Tyrant

    8. 2000 Lightyears From Home

    9. Heart Attack

Bonus tracks:

    10. Shoot Her Down!

    11. We Wanna Rock You (Mega Mix)

    12. Storming The Brain

    13. Violence

    14. 2000 Lightyears From Home (Alternative Version)



Grave Digger’s second album ‘Witch Hunter’ is heralded as a classic in the annuls of heavy metal fandom and became an instant hit upon its release back in 1985. This remastered version includes liner notes from former guitarist Peter Masson and the original lyrics. The LP is on limited edition gold vinyl and has been out of print for over 30 years!



    1. Witch Hunter

    2. Night Drifter

    3. Get Ready For Power

    4. Love Is A Game

    5. Get Away

    6. Fight For Freedom

    7. School's Out

    8. Friends Of Mine

    9. Here I Stand

Bonus tracks:

    10. Don’t Kill The Children

    11. Tears Of Blood

    12. Shine on


Book review "Systemstörung. Die Geschichte von Noise Records"

Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2017 von Markus W. in Noise Records, Book, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, Tech Metal, Prog Metal, News, Kreator, Voivod, Blind Guardian, Grave Digger, Tankard, Celtic Frost Hellhammer

Noise Records was one of the highly influential metal labels during the 80’s. The label was started by Ulrich Walterbach in 1984 and can be seen as a crucial factor in the history of heavy metal. Iconic bands like Kreator, Helloween, Grave Digger and Celtic Frost, but also bands from overseas like Canadian tech-thrashers Voivod have been signed by the label and released their first records; most of them still classics in metal. The most successful release was definitely Helloween’s “Keeper of the Seven Keys” cyclus with part 2 being sold more than 1 million times. In 2001 Noise Records became a part of Sanctuary Records and the brand slowly disappeared.

15 years later there’s a re-vitalisation of Noise Records that takes place, bringing some of the 80’s classic back into the spotlight. Under the banner of “Noise lebt!” compilations of Kreator, Tankard, and some more have been published end of 2016 and there is a comprehensive release of the first three Voivod classic planned for end of April this year.

Next to all that the history of Noise Records was written down in a book named “Systemstörung. Die Geschichte von Noise Records”. I got the German version but there's an English version too - "Damn the Machine. The Story of Noise Records". The book describes the raise and fall of the iconic label. 75 interviews with Walterbach, employees and colleagues have been the base for 504 pages, telling an interesting story, giving insights into one of the important labels in metal. Author and journalist David E. Gehlke did a real deep dive when it comes to the story of Noise Records, enriched with 225 photos.

Last but not least you might recognised the artwork of this book. Indeed, it was Voivod’s Michael ‘Away’ Langevin who did the front cover artwork and no one less than Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kürsch wrote a foreword for this amazing book.


David E. Gehlke

“Systemstörung. Die Geschichte von Noise Records”

I.P. Verlag

Release Date: March 24th, 2017

  • ISBN-10: 3940822108
  • ISBN-13: 978-3940822109
Photo by Markus Wiedenmann

Photo by Markus Wiedenmann


CD review GRAVE DIGGER "Healed by Metal"

Veröffentlicht am 3. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Grave Digger, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Rock, German Metal

(8/10) If a band is 36 years in business they must do something right. German metal outfit Grave Digger is such a band that's almost four decades in metal. From their debut "Heavy Metal Breakdown" up till today the fourpiece stands for solid German metal without frills and decoration. Chris Boltendahl and his band mates are part of a prototype for authentic heavy metal, one of the success factors of this quartet. Yes, there is the controversial "Stronger Than Ever", but next to this misled sidestep each of the Grave Digger records has been a treat for metalheads from all over the world.

The newest longplayer "Healed By Metal" doesn't change this pattern. The band unleashes their already eighteenth record that features ten brand new power metal songs.

Grave Digger stay true to themselves which is good news. This quartet isn't a musical chameleon. These guys are solid as a rock and anthems like the powering title track or the uptempo rocker "Call For War" are pure fun for everybody that loves traditional metal. With "Free Forever" the bands honors bands like Saxon, at least there are some obvious parallels with "Solid Balls of Rock", something that's more a quality statement rather than a copycat approach.

Another blistering metal pearl is the fast "Kill Ritual" and also the closer "Laughing With the Dead" belongs to the highlights on "Healed By Metal". This pounding metal hymn is a well-chosen grand finale of an album that shows the relevance of oldschool metal in a fast changing world.

"Healed By Metal" contains everything a well-done traditional metal longplayer has to include. Heavy riffs, might drums and a bassline, acting as the pulse for each song, will push your heart-frequency to the limit. Grave Digger clearly proves again that there is no need to re-invent heavy metal. Passion and authenticity, combined with a sense for good hooks and riffs, is enough for a healing cocktail that's like medicine for everybody's metal soul.





  1. Healed by Metal
  2. When Night Falls
  3. Lawbreaker
  4. Call For War
  5. Ten Commandments of Metal
  6. The Hangman's Eye
  7. Kill Ritual
  8. Hallelujah
  9. Laughing With the Dead


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: January 13th, 2017

CD review GRAVE DIGGER "Healed by Metal"

'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue

Veröffentlicht am 19. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Noise lebt!, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review, Kreator, Running Wild, Grave Digger, Helloween

'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue

Normally my level of excitement is rather low when I get "Best of..." albums. In the digital world, when everybody can create their own personal playlist with iTunes, Spotify and others, the meaning of these kind of releases is, let's say, at least limited.
In this case things are slightly different. If this is more based on a nostalgic feeling of being grown up in the eighties I don't know, but I was very thrilled when I heard about "Noise lebt!" (engl. 'Noise is alive!'). Actually it is about Noise Records, the German record label, that was a real important player in the earlier days of metal. There have been a few labels at that time that gave metal a true chance. Metal Blade, Roadrunner and Music For Nations are some of them and Noise Records was the German equivalent.
Actually coming more from punk, Karl-Ulrich Walterbach moved the label more and more towards metal, discovering bands like Hellhammer (later Celtic Frost), Running Wild, Helloween and some more. Space thrashers Voivod have been signed by the label in an early stage as well as Grave Digger, the mighty Coroner and German beer passionates Tankard. Not to forget the metal command from Essen, Kreator. Noise Records was the label that gave all these bands a chance and created the springboard for them to grow and become successful.
The biggest success was for sure linked to Helloween. Their two "Keeper of the Seven Keys" albums are still highlights in metal, records that led to worldwide attention and publicitiy, something the band still builds on today.
In the beginning of the digital century Walterbach decided to sell Noise Records to Sanctuary Records, who later on where shut down. The entire back catalogue of Noise went to the archives - up till now.
It's BMG, who aquired Sanctuary Records in 2013, that revive the label and opens this treasure box again, releasing 'Best of...' records from eight bands that have been signed by Noise Records. Under the banner of "Noise lebt!" they released two disc compliations that include all the metal classic of the following bands:

  • Kreator
  • Running Wild
  • Sinner
  • Helloween
  • Kamelot
  • Skyclad
  • Tankard
  • Grave Digger

Each of these releases includes an additional booklet, featuring comprehensive liner note of each of the bands history.

Some of you guys might even be that young that you have missed the eighties. These CD's will help you to close the gap, diving into the early days of metal bands that are either still highly successful and/or having a cult status in todays metal scene. And for the ones that are older, like me, the discs are activating some memories from days when was still in the arly stages of its development.
At least for me these releases make a lot of sense and maybe there will be even more, partly unreleased things, in the Noise treasure box (I would love to see this package for Coroner).

Here are some more details per CD package:

Kreator: "Love Us Or Hate Us - The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1985-1992"

Helloween: "Ride The Sky - The Very Best Of 1985-1998"

Release Date EU: May 6th, 2016


Tracklist Kreator:

  1. Endless Pain
  2. Tormentor
  3. Flag Of Hate
  4. Total Death
  5. Bonebreaker
  6. Pleasure To Kill
  7. Under The Guillotine
  8. Riot Of Violence
  9. Ripping Corpse
  10. Command Of The Blade
  11. Terrible Certainty
  12. Toxic Trace
  13. Storming With Menace
  14. No Escape
  15. Behind The Mirror
  16. Extreme Aggression
  17. Some Pain Will Last
  18. Bringer Of Torture
  19. Love Us Or Hate Us
  20. Betrayer
  21. Terror Zone
  22. Coma Of Souls
  23. People Of The Lie
  24. When The Sun Burns Red
  25. Agents Of Brutality
  26. Renewal
  27. Depression Unrest
  28. Karmic Wheel
  29. Europe After The Rain
  30. Winter Martyrium


Tracklist Helloween:

  1. Oernst of Life
  2. Metal Invaders
  3. Starlight
  4. Murderer
  5. Ride the Sky
  6. Gorgar
  7. Judas
  8. I'm Alive
  9. Future World
  10. Halloween (Video Edit)
  11. Eagle Fly Free
  12. Dr. Stein
  13. March of Time
  14. I Want Out
  15. Keeper of the Seven Keys
  16. Kids of the Century
  17. Back On the Streets
  18. Step Out of Hell
  19. Get Me Out of Here
  20. Where the Rain Grows
  21. Why?
  22. Mr. Ego (Take Me Down)
  23. Steel Tormentor
  24. Wake Up the Mountain
  25. Power
  26. A Million to One
  27. Hey Lord!
  28. Time
  29. I Can
'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue

Kamelot: "Where I Reign - The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1995-2003"

Sinner: "No Place In Heaven - The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1984-1987"

Release Date EU: May 13th, 2016


Tracklist Kamelot:

  1. Eternity
  2. Black Tower
  3. Call Of The Sea
  4. The Gleeman
  5. Ascension
  6. Heaven
  7. Rise Again
  8. Creation
  9. Millennium
  10. Expedition
  11. Where I Reign
  12. Rhydin
  13. The Fourth Legacy
  14. Desert Reign
  15. Nights Of Arabia
  16. Until Kingdom Come
  17. We Three Kings
  18. We Are Not Separate
  19. Wings Of Despair
  20. The Spell
  21. Karma
  22. Center Of The Universe
  23. The Edge Of Paradise
  24. Descent Of The Archangel
  25. III Ways To Epica

Tracklist Sinner:

  1. Danger Zone
  2. No Place In Heaven
  3. Lupo Manaro
  4. The Shiver
  5. Shadow In The Night
  6. Wild Winds
  7. Rattlesnake
  8. Born To Rock
  9. Bad Girl
  10. Shout!
  11. The Storm Broke Loose
  12. Out Of Control
  13. Too Late To Run Away
  14. Hand Of Fate
  15. Masquerade
  16. Age Of Rock
  17. Comin' Out Fighting
  18. Rebel Yell
  19. Germany Rocks
  20. Lost In A Minute
  21. Faster Than Light
  22. Hypnotized
  23. Don't Tell Me (That The Love Has Gone)
  24. Knife In My Heart
  25. Dangerous Charm
  26. Nobody Rocks Like You
  27. Concrete Jungle
  28. Fight The Fight
  29. Back In My Arms
  30. Desperate Heart
'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue

Running Wild: "Riding The Storm - The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1983-1995"

Tankard: "Oldies & Goldies - The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1986-1995"

Release Date EU: May 20st, 2016


Tracklist Running Wild:

  1. Victim of State Power
  2. Genghis Khan (Remastered)
  3. Prisoner of Our Time
  4. Walpurgis Night
  5. Branded and Exiled
  6. Fight the Oppression
  7. Chains and Leather
  8. Under Jolly Roger
  9. Beggars' Night
  10. Diamonds of the Black Chest
  11. Raw Ride
  12. Intro / Port Royal
  13. Uaschitschun
  14. Final Gates
  15. Conquistadores (Remastered)
  16. Calico Jack
  17. Riding the Storm (Remastered)
  18. Evilution
  19. Bad to the Bone
  20. Tortuga Bay
  21. Blazon Stone (Remastered)
  22. Little Big Horn
  23. Over the Rainbow
  24. Genocide
  25. Whirlwind
  26. Fistful of Dynamite
  27. Pile of Skulls
  28. Soulless
  29. The Privateer
  30. Fight the Fire of Hate
  31. The Phantom of Black Hand Hill
  32. Lions of the Sea


Tracklist Tankard:

  1. Zombie Attack
  2. Mercenary
  3. Maniac Forces
  4. (Empty) Tankard
  5. Poison
  6. Total Addiction
  7. Tantrum
  8. Don't Panic
  9. For A Thousand Beers
  10. Chemical Invasion
  11. Alcohol
  12. Intro / Commandments
  13. Shit - Faced - Faced
  14. F.U.N.
  15. Try Again
  16. The Morning After
  17. Alien
  18. 666 Packs
  19. Live To Dive
  20. 666 Packs
  21. Live To Dive
  22. Open All Night
  23. We Are Us
  24. Dancing On Our Graves
  25. Bermuda
  26. Space Beer
  27. Jurisdiction
  28. Broken Image
  29. Stone Cold Sober
  30. Freibier
  31. Death Penalty
  32. Nation Over Nation
  33. Two - Faced - faced
  34. Grave New World
  35. Minds onThe Moon
  36. Atomic Twilight
  37. Hope?


'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue

Skyclad: "A Bellyful Of Emptiness - The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1991 - 1995"

Grave Digger: "Let Your Heads Roll -The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1984-1987"

Release Date EU: May 27th, 2016


Tracklist Skyclad

  1. The Sky Beneath My Feet
  2. Trance Dance (A Dreamtime Walkabout)
  3. The Widdershins Jig
  4. Skyclad
  5. Spinning Jenny
  6. Salt On the Earth (Another Man's Poison)
  7. Ring Stone Round
  8. Men Of Straw
  9. The Declaration Of Indifference
  10. Alone in Death's Shadow
  11. Emerald
  12. A Room Next Door
  13. When All Else Fails
  14. Thinking Allowed
  15. The Wickedest Man in the World
  16. Earth Mother, the Sun and the Furious Host
  17. Tunnel Visionaries
  18. A Word to the Wise
  19. Tunnel Visionaries
  20. A Word To The Wise
  21. Civil War Dance
  22. Cardboard City
  23. Land Of The Rising Slum
  24. The One Piece Puzzle
  25. A Bellyful Of Emptiness
  26. Gammadion Seed
  27. Brothers Beneath The Skin
  28. Still Spinning Shrapnel
  29. Just What Nobody Wanted
  30. Art - Nazi - nazi
  31. A Stranger In The Garden
  32. Another Fine Mess
  33. Halo Of Flies
  34. Desperanto (A Song for Europe?)
  35. Dance Of The Dandy Hound


Tracklist Tankard:

  1. Headbanging Man
  2. Heavy Metal Breakdown
  3. Back from the War
  4. Yesterday
  5. We Wanna Rock You
  6. Tyrant
  7. Heart Attack
  8. Shoot Her Down
  9. Witch Hunter
  10. Get Ready for Power
  11. Love Is a Game
  12. Get Away
  13. Here I Stand
  14. Don't Kill the Children
  15. Keep On Rocking
  16. Heaven Can Wait
  17. Let Your Heads Roll
  18. Love Is Breaking My Heart
  19. (Enola Gay) Drop the Bomb
  20. Paradise
  21. Fall Out
  22. Wanna Get Close*
  23. Don't Leave Me Lonely*
  24. Stronger Than Ever*
  25. Moonriders*
  26. Lay It On*
  27. I Don't Need Your Love*
  28. Stand Up and Rock*
'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue'Noise lebt!' - reissues of the Noise Records back catalogue

CD review GRAVE DIGGER "Exhumation - The Early Days"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Grave Digger, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review, True Metal, NWoBHM

(9/10) Grave Digger are accompanying my metal life already since the "Heavy Metal Breakdown" days. I can remember going to school, when one of my friends recommended this album to me. He said, that I need to check-out these guys. It have been the days, when bands like Stormwitch, Helloween, Tyrant Pace and Running Wild started a new decade of German heavy metal. Grave Digger belonged to those groups and they are the only of the little that survived. Yes, Stormwitch had many comeback (before they now disband again) and also Running Wild came back with some new material a whilke ago, but none of those bands had a consistency as Grave Digger showed it during the last decades.

A main factor for all this is Chris Boltendahl and his passion for power metal. And it's his rough and incomperable voice that was and is one of the crucial Grave Digger trademarks.

Such a successful band history screams for a compilation that focusses on the earlier years and lucky enough the band and Napalm Records shared the same way of thinking.

So welcome to traveling back in time into the early 80's. Each of the songs on this album has been newly recorded which gives the older tracks some new life. "Exhumation - The Early Years" is full of songs that had an impact on the further development of the German metal scene.

One of the oldest tracks on this compilation is "Shoot Her Down" from the 1982 demo. This raw metal monster fits perfect into the context of this album and shows the high level the band had already in those very early days.

My highlights found a spot on the longplayer too. "Headbanging Man" and "Heavy Metal Breakdown" are my personal Top Two of the Grave Digger and unnecessary to say that those tracks rock also on this compilation.

There was one crucial moment in Grave Digger's existance that decided about success or failure. In the mid of the eighties there was a tendency to commercialise German metal. This led to Stormwitch's "The Beauty And The Beast" and also Grave Digger had such an album. But the guys have been smart enough to release it under the header of Digger. "Stronger Than Ever", this album led to a real outcry in the scene and it became the most discussed record in the bands discography. There was a kind of robot Donald Duck on the cover (seriously!) and the songs got quite some melodies, mainly done by added keyboards. It fely more like Bon Jovi than Grave Digger. The band hit the road after this expermient and returned to the old trademarks which was the first step into a long lasting career.

Nowadays "Stronger Than Ever" became a rare record that's almost impossible to get. But in the end the best track of the album at least found a spot on the tracklist of this compilation too. And actually "Stand Up And Rock" is a pretty cool song - esp. in this re-recorded version.

I still like Grave Digger's music. If someone plays true metal, than it's Grave Digger. Passion rules when it comes to Boltendahl and his bandmates and it's this dedication that keeps them going on and on. Something that deserves respect.

"Exhumation - The Early Days" is an awesome journey back in time for 'older' fans and it is an excellent compilation for young dudes that want get a serious collection of genre influencing metal music.





  1. Headbanging Man
  2. Fire In Your Eyes
  3. Witch Hunter
  4. Shoot Her Down
  5. Stand Up And Rock
  6. Heavy Metal Breakdown
  7. Enola Gay - Drop The Bomb
  8. Get Away
  9. We Wanna Rock You
  10. Playing Fools
  11. Here I Stand
  12. Tyrant
  13. Paradise


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: October 23rd, 2015




CD review GRAVE DIGGER "Exhumation - The Early Days"

BLIND GUARDIAN and GRAVE DIGGER in tour in North America

Veröffentlicht am 13. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Blind Guardian, Grave Digger, Heavy Metal, Symphonic Metal, News, Power Metal, Tour

A German metal package will embark to a North Amercia tour in November this year. Blind Guardian and Grave Digger will play quite some shows in the US and Canada. Here are the dates:

BLIND GUARDIAN and GRAVE DIGGER in tour in North America

CD review ORDEN ORGAN "Ravenhead"

Veröffentlicht am 18. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in Orden Organ, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Folk Metal, CD Review, News, Hammerfall, Grave Digger

(7/10) German Orden Organ has released a new album called "Ravenhead". According to the label info the record will have "more metal, more chorusses, more Orden Organ". Something I can't say 'no' to. 

"Ravenhead" comes with ten song plus the dramatic intro "Orden Organ". The title song is the first real track on the album and set the tone of voice for the coming 50 minutes. It is speedy track with a hammering beat. The thing with "more chorusses" comes back in the opener and is a real red thread through the album.

"F.E.V.E.R." starts a bit more relaxed with a piano and a choir. After such a start the guitar take over, including a mighty riff in the middle part, and the band build in a backpipe as well. The song is busting with strength and rounds off a good beginning of the album.

Orden Organ could also convince two guest singers to contribute on "Ravenhead". Grave Digger bandleader Chris Boltendahl supported on the intense "Here at the end of the world" and Joacim Cans from Hammerfall had some vocal parts on "Sorrow is your tale". Both songs are well crafted and bring some diversity into the 50 minutes of Orden Organ metal. 

Further down the road you will meet "In grief and chains" which is a two minutes instrumental that leads the listener toward the final track on the album. "Too soon" marks the last step on "Ravenhead" and is the most soulful song on the longplayer. It can be described as the ballad. But this would be too easy. It is the more silent tune on the album, but it becomes more heavy towards the end. The melodies are catchy, the choir gives the song some more bombast and the folk elements add something to the positive impression too. Well done.

Fans of German metal and power metal should check "ravenhead". You will get solid metal made in Germany.





  1. Orden Organ
  2. Ravenhead
  3. F.E.V.E.R.
  4. The lake
  5. Evil lies in every man
  6. Here at the end of the world (feat. Chris Boltendahl)
  7. A reason to give
  8. Deaf amongst the blind
  9. Sorrow is your tale (feat. Joacim Cans)
  10. In grief and chains
  11. Too soon


Label: AFM Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review ORDEN ORGAN "Ravenhead"

GRAVE DIGGER on the tour

Veröffentlicht am 31. Juli 2014 von Markus W. in Grave Digger, Tour, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News

The reaper is on the road again. Grave Digger tours through Germany and some other European contries in November this year. Special Guests are: Heavatar, Nitrogods & Wolfen 


Here are the dates:

06.11.14 DE - Saarbrücken / Garage
07.11.14 DE - München / Backstage
08.11.14 DE - Andernach / JUZ
20.11.14 DE - Frankfurt / Batschkapp
21.11.14 DE - Speyer / Halle 101
22.11.14 DE - Glauchau / Alte Spinnerei
23.11.14 CZ - Zlin / Masters of Rock Cafe
27.11.14 CH - Pratteln / Z7
28.11.14 DE - Regensburg / Airport Straubing
29.11.14 DE - Lahstedt/Peine / Black Hand Inn
05.12.14 DE - Lichtenfels / Stadthalle
06.12.14 IT - Milan / House of Ashes
07.12.14 DE - Ludwigsburg / Rofa
26.12.14 DE - Berlin / C-Club
27.12.14 DE - Rostock / Moya
28.12.14 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
29.12.14 DE - Bochum / Zeche

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)


CD review GRAVE DIGGER "Return of the reaper"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Juli 2014 von Markus W. in Grave Digger, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) The reaper is back. Album number seventeen (incl. the Digger period) in the bands history. Wow. The band is now more than 30 years around and went through all the ups and downs. They survived the un-metalic nineties as well as their weakest release "Stronger than ever" from 1987. I can still remember when the album was relesed. What an outcry in the scene at that time, also due to the fact the Stormwitch also took the more mainstream direction with "The beauty and the beast". And the 'Donald Duck' cover was so not metal. But anyhow - let's have a look into the here & now.

Chiming bells, blowing winds, pouring rain and a piano are the harbinger of the reaper. After this intro, called "Return of the reaper", the actual album starts. "Hell funeral" is a typical Grave Digger song with screaming guitars and a galloping beat. It's a fast an peppy start into the album. The typical German metal track "Wargod" and the more melodic "Tattoed rider" are the next two tunes which provides you with pure metal too. What a starting trilogy. One thing to "Tattoed rider" - listen to the beginning. Does it sound familiar? Indeed. It's like the start from Judas Priest's "Turbo lover".

"Season of the witch" is a slow and mean heavy metal rammer with an acoustic middle part. It's the heavy riff which dominates the track and it's a fave of mine.

The ballad comes in the end this time. "Nothing to believe" is the name of the soulful song. It's an OK one which would have probabaly worked better somewhere in the middle of the tracklist. I would have wished a more energetic end of the album.

"Satan's host" shows the impact of Motörhead on Chris Boltendahl and friends. The bassline, the speed and the way who the song is built up shows is a clear appriciation for Lemmy.

I have a lot of respect for the work of Chris Boltendahl and Grave Digger. It needs passion and willpower to stay in business for so many years. And it's not only to stay in business. It's also the quality of each release which is remarkabale. "Return of the reaper" fits perfectly into the discography of the band. A cool metal album which I really like. Oldschool can sound fresh. This album proves it.





  1. Return of the reaper
  2. Hell funeral
  3. Wargod
  4. Tattoed rider
  5. Ressurection day
  6. Season of the witch
  7. Road rage killer
  8. Grave descrator
  9. Satan's host
  10. Dia de los muertos
  11. Death smiles at all of us
  12. Nothing to believe


Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review GRAVE DIGGER "Return of the reaper"

German metal in Crailsheim in December

Veröffentlicht am 13. September 2013 von Markus W. in Grave Digger, Heavy Metal, Kissin Dynamite, Stormwitch

Check this out. A cool small German metal event in Crailsheim, Germany after x-mas.

German metal in Crailsheim in December


Veröffentlicht am 29. August 2013 von Markus W. in Grave Digger, News, Tour, Heavy Metal

Good old German heavy rockers Grave Digger has announced four shows. Here are the dates...

Source: Napalm Records (promo)

Source: Napalm Records (promo)