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The Grave Digger - Grave Digger

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Speed Metal & Thrash / Artist: Grave Digger / Audio CD released 2001-10-29 at Nuclear Blast

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      14.07.2008 23:01
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      Grave Digger's tenth album (2001).

      The first Grave Digger album in some time not to be restricted by an overarching concept, this self-titled 2001 release forsakes the band's recent preoccupation with historical epics in favour of a return to the horror themes of old, citing direct inspiration from the macabre works of Edgar Allen Poe. This frees the album to explore a range of subject matter, while still ensuring a uniformly dark and wicked atmosphere, and while it's not exactly the definitive Grave Digger album, it's certainly among their strongest.

      The band enters the new millennium with a heavier and more modern sound than before, presumably due in part to new guitarist Manni Schmidt, who impresses with his heavy, catchy, groove-based riffs in most songs. The tempo is still a little slow in comparison to the band's earlier years, but this works effectively here, especially when exploited as in the gloomy 'The House.' The only song that failed to impress me was the closing ballad 'Silence' which is simply incredibly boring and very out of place on an otherwise heavy album, but the highlight for me has to be the unforgettable chorus of 'Funeral Procession,' in which Chris Boltendahl repeats the classic refrain: 'step into the fire, you bloody liar.'

      And people say heavy metal lyrics lack artistic merit. Since when did people know anything?

      1. Son of Evil
      2. The Grave Digger
      3. Raven
      4. Scythe of Time
      5. Spirits of the Dead
      6. The House
      7. King Pest
      8. Sacred Fire
      9. Funeral Procession
      10. Haunted Palace
      11. Silence

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Son Of Evil
      2 Grave Digger
      3 Raven
      4 Scythe Of Time
      5 Spirits Of The Dead
      6 House
      7 King Pest
      8 Sacred Fire
      9 Funeral Procession
      10 Haunted Palace
      11 Silence