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Grave Digger is a German heavy metal band formed by Chris Boltendahl (vocals), Peter Masson (guitar), Willi Lackmann (bass guitar) and Albert Eckardt (drums) in 1980 in Gladbeck, a small town in Germany.

Grave Digger’s famed debut album “Heavy Metal Breakdown” in 1984 already produced some undying classics, such as the true Grave Digger anthem “Heavy Metal Breakdown” and the powerful ballad “Yesterday”. After their second studio album “Witch Hunter” (1985) was completed, Eckardt left the band and was replaced by C.F. Brank. After the third studio album “War Games” was released in 1986, the guitarist Peter Masson departed from the band, his place to be taken by Uwe Lulis. In addition, the band changed their name from Grave Digger to Digger and their style changed from heavy metal to hard rock according to such bands as Scorpions, Bon Jovi and Van Halen. This concept, however, was a drastical flop, hence why the frontman Chris Boltendahl announced the end of their career as a band after Digger’s album “Stronger Than Ever” was released in 1987. However, the band returned in 1993 with the comeback album “The Reaper”. Grave Digger now consisted of Chris Boltendahl, Uwe Lulis and two new members, Tomi Göttlich (bass) and Jörg Michael (drums). “The Reaper” was a “back to the roots” album with the band’s name being Grave Digger again and the style being heavy metal. On the top of that, a compilation entitled “The Best of the Eighties” was released along with the new album to represent the earlier songs of Grave Digger.


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  • Lionheartattack

    Aaaaand the Middle Ages Trilogy, that is, the albums Tunes of War, Knights of the Cross, and Excalibur! Rarely does a metal band have such a five-straight of near perfect albums, like Digger has in their 90s releases! :)

    19 Feb 10:00pm Reply
  • MrChimney

    Oniren: If Return of the Reaper tickles your nerve, so to speak, you should really have a go at the albums The Reaper (1993) and Heart of Darkness (1995) as well :)

    7 Feb 2:33pm Reply
  • Oniren

    I've always been hesitant about listening to this band due the impression I got when briefly hearing them on YouTube, particularly the singer's vocals. I recently received Return of the Reaper as a gift and I was blown away. Amazing.

    22 Jan 3:15am Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    New album is great!

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Bruno-Thrasher

    Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight drifter Cries in his pillow

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • MrChimney

    What he said. The first time I listened to the album, I was taken aback a bit (in a good way). I realized this is something special that we're dealing with here. But 'twas only on later listenings when it fully dawned on me, that this album's a definite and pristine statement about everything Grave Digger is and has always been about. Music that will stand the test of time, as these 30 ongoing years have already shown. Tonight the Reaper's party is open - get entrance, get the trance. Forget about the words of warning, forget about the smell of death. Shake your legs and bang your heads - heavy metal breakdown.

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Lionheartattack

    Only one time through, so my opinions can still change, but I can already second MrChimney here! :) The songs hit harder than on a few previous albums. I had goose bumps during Return of the Reaper and it cutting into Hell Funeral; Wargod, Resurrection Day, Road Rage Killer and Satan's Host are ruthless riffage and energy overloads; mid-tempos Tattooed Rider, Grave Desecrator and Dia de los muertos work well and have good choruses; Season of the Witch is one of the most atmospheric Digger songs in some time, and I imagine it will become even better for me once I get to know the song better; Death Smiles at All of Us has pretty much everything that represents Grave Digger; and Nothing to Believe is a great ballad. I think Boltendahl's grater-like vocals sound a bit better than in few previous studio works. The album is strong all over, and I truly think that the Reaper has returned -- if he ever went anywhere in the first place! :) Nothing really special, but a strong HEAVY METAL album!

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    New album sounds pretty much like every other album. [2] But I like it :)

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Pedrogrief

    Far better than Maiden.

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ElHuevas1428574

    ⌠↑ಠ_ಠ ←:D→ ಥ_ಥ↓⌡

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Runoflife

    Overrated as fuck. Regular "epic" power/speed metal.

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MrChimney

    Ha, on the contrary. The new album is quite an annihilation, and most certainly worthy of its title. And besides, at this point of Grave Digger's career, there is only so much that could sound "unique" anymore. And bearing that in mind, Return of the Reaper is pretty damn fresh. Albums with Axel just keep getting better and better all the time.

    7 Aug 2014 Reply
  • mediafireholic

    MelancholyRage: Exactly!

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MelancholyRage

    New album sounds pretty much like every other album.

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    Good new album 4/5.

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • flori_hedig

    German review for the new album online at "Return Of The Reaper" gets 8 out of 10!

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Hazoper

    it's cool how dave murray can also play drums,and boromir the bass,such an awesome band!

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
  • IranianFaggot97

    Speed Metal

    6 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Dave1978

    Deutsches Interview mit Axel Ritt und Stefan Arnold zum neuen Album:

    17 May 2014 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Grave Digger

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
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