Grave Digger

Grave Digger

Grave Digger

OVERVIEW

ORIGIN Germany
GENRES Power metal, Heavy Metal
ACTIVE 1980 – Present
LABELS Locomotive

Noise

Nuclear Blast

Napalm

ASSOCIATED
ACTS
Epica
Blind Guardian
Kamelot
Van Canto

MEMBERS

  • Chris Boltendahl / Vocals

  • Axel Ritt / Guitar

  • Jens Becker / Bass

  • Marcus Kniep / Drums

STARTING OUT

Grave Digger started life in 1980’s Germany, a band who were determined to stand out from the crowd and play music that appealed to them. Consequently, with the release of their debut album Heavy Metal Breakdown they showed that they were willing to toy with speed as well as with soaring epics. The follow ups Witch Hunter and War Games saw the band get heavier and faster as their sound and lyrical scope expanded beyond traditional metal themes.

A brief name change came in 1986 to Digger, under which they released the glam inspired Stronger Than Ever which was received with mixed acclaim. From there, the band changed back to Grave Digger and resumed smashing heads and banging drums throughout the 1990s, including a sojourn into Scottish history in their seminal work Tunes Of War. 

Tunes of War saw the band explore mythology and history in greater depth, as Scotland, then Arthurian mythology and the Crusades got a nod in Knights Of The Cross and Excalibur. All three albums were well received and saw Grave Digger get the recognition they deserved. As the 1990s and 2000s progressed, the band continued to explore varying themes, largely to a positive reception before venturing back to an old haunt in 2010’s The Clans Will Rise Again which saw them dust off the Saltire and continue to mix historical references with thrashing metal.

The 2010s, saw the band truly reach a new stride as they released seminal albums one after the other, reaching a crescendo with 2020’s Fields of Blood which finished off a story begun in 1996.

As the years have gone, many things have changed, bu Grave Digger remain a constant. A true metal legend.

OVERVIEW

ORIGIN Germany
GENRES Power metal, Heavy Metal
ACTIVE 1980 – Present
LABELS Locomotive

Noise

Nuclear Blast

Napalm

ASSOCIATED
ACTS
Blind Guardian

Epica

Kamelot

Running Wild

MEMBERS

  • Chris Boltendahl / Vocals

  • Axel Ritt / Guitar

  • Jens Becker / Bass

  • Marcus Kniep / Drums

STARTING OUT

Grave Digger started life in 1980’s Germany, a band who were determined to stand out from the crowd and play music that appealed to them. Consequently, with the release of their debut album Heavy Metal Breakdown they showed that they were willing to toy with speed as well as with soaring epics. The follow ups Witch Hunter and War Games saw the band get heavier and faster as their sound and lyrical scope expanded beyond traditional metal themes.

A brief name change came in 1986 to Digger, under which they released the glam inspired Stronger Than Ever which was received with mixed acclaim. From there, the band changed back to Grave Digger and resumed smashing heads and banging drums throughout the 1990s, including a sojourn into Scottish history in their seminal work Tunes Of War. 

Tunes of War saw the band explore mythology and history in greater depth, as Scotland, then Arthurian mythology and the Crusades got a nod in Knights Of The Cross and Excalibur. All three albums were well received and saw Grave Digger get the recognition they deserved. As the 1990s and 2000s progressed, the band continued to explore varying themes, largely to a positive reception before venturing back to an old haunt in 2010’s The Clans Will Rise Again which saw them dust off the Saltire and continue to mix historical references with thrashing metal.

The 2010s, saw the band truly reach a new stride as they released seminal albums one after the other, reaching a crescendo with 2020’s Fields of Blood which finished off a story begun in 1996.

As the years have gone, many things have changed, bu Grave Digger remain a constant. A true metal legend.

The Interview

‘we’re first in, last out.’

Read On

THE INTERVIEW

‘we’re first in, last out.’

Read On

THE ALBUMS

ALBUMS

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