• Tad Morose - March of the Obsequious, Undead
  • Tierra Santa - Medieval, Legendario
  • Grave Digger - The Clans are still Marching, Ballads of a Hangman
  • Circle II Circle - Watching in Silence
  • Chastain - Mystery of Illusion
  • Gladiators - Steel Vengeance, Bound to Steel
  • Destiny's End - Breathe Deep the Dark, Transition
  • Grave Digger - Tunes of War, Symphony of Death
  • Nocturnal Rites - Tales of Mystery and Imagination, The Sacred Talisman
  • Omen - Teeth of the Hydra
  • Memory Garden - Verdict of Posterity, Mirage
  • Capricorn - Capricorn, Inferno
  • Nocturnal Rites - In a Time of Blood and Fire

GRAVE DIGGER
"Ballads of a Hangman"

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  • THE GALLOWS POLE
  • BALLAD OF A HANGMAN
  • HELL OF DISILLUSION
  • SORROW OF THE DEAD
  • GRAVE OF THE ADDICTED
  • LONELY THE INNOCENT DIES
  • INTO THE WAR
  • THE SHADOW OF YOUR SOUL
  • FUNERAL FOR A FALLEN ANGEL
  • STORM RIDER
  • PRAY
  • JAIL BREAK (Bonus Track)
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"For me, this is the best Grave Digger album since Excalibur.
With an absolutely killer production, it's basically back to the basics of what made this band so great in the first place; Chris Boltendahl and company have delivered an absolute gem of a heavy metal album. Classic in every way from the album artwork to the quality of the pure German heavy metal."
— Metal Reviews
 
 
 
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Con una lunga discografia in oltre 35 anni di carriera, i Grave Digger sono una delle band più longeve e apprezzate del genere metal classico. Gli inizi dei Grave Digger risalgono al 1980. Nel 1983 pubblicarono il loro album di debutto "Heavy Metal Breakdown", il secondo album "Witch Hunter" nel 1985. Apparizioni a festival, un tour come gruppo di supporto per Helloween e un triplo tour da headliner con Celtic Frost e Helloween seguirono prima dell'uscita del terzo album "War Games" nel gennaio 1986, tutti su Noise Records. Poi Uwe Lulis (chitarra) si unisce nel 1987 ed il nome della band è cambiato in Digger, con il quale pubblicarono l'album “Stronger Than Ever”. Questo album non aveva nulla in comune con la musica precedente dei Grave Digger e non è stato mai accettato dai fan. Di conseguenza, Chris Boltendahl dichiara lo scioglimento della band alla fine del 1987. La band si riforma parzialmente nel 1991. Chris Boltendahl e Uwe Lulis, insieme a due nuovi arrivati, Tomi Göttlich e Jörg Michael (Rage, poi in Running Wild, Stratovarius), pubblicano il disco del ritorno, "The Reaper", tornando alle vere radici Heavy Metal dei Grave Digger. “Symphony Of Death” esce nel 1994, con la stessa formazione di “The Reaper”. Seguono poi altri grandi album come "Heart of Darkness" (1995), "Tunes of War" (1996), "Knights of the Cross" (1998), "Excalibur" (1999), tutti con la stessa potente formazione tranne che per i batteristi, Frank Ullrich prima e Stefan Arnold (Capricorno) poi. Nel 2001 Uwe Lulis lascia la band ed è sostituito da Manni Schmidt (Rage); con questa formazione registrano l'oscuro “Grave Digger” (2001), l'epico “Rheingold” (2003), poi “Last Supper” (2005) e “Liberty or Death” (2006) entrambi album non del tutto apprezzati dai fan. “Ballads of a Hangman” (2009) è forse il loro migliore con Manni alla chitarra (sul disco cè anche un secondo chitarrista, Thilo Herrmann, ex Running Wild) ed è anche l'ultimo, poi viene sostituito da Axel Ritt. Gentilmente concesso in licenza da Napalm.
With a long discography in over 35 years of career, Grave Digger are one of the most longeval and appreciated band devoted to classic and true HM. The beginnings of Grave Digger date back to 1980. In 1983 they released their debut album “Heavy Metal Breakdown”, second album “Witch Hunter” in 1985. Festival appearances, a tour as the supporting act for Helloween, and a triple headlining tour with Celtic Frost and Helloween followed before the release of the third album “War Games” in January 1986, all on Noise Records. Then Uwe Lulis on guitar joined in 1987 and the band's name was changed to Digger, under which they released the album “Stronger Than Ever”. This album had anything in common with the earlier music of Grave Digger and it was not accepted by fans. As a result, Chris Boltendahl declared the break-up of the band at the end of 1987. However, the band partially reformed in 1991.
Chris Boltendahl and Uwe Lulis, along with two newcomers, Tomi Göttlich and Jörg Michael (Rage, later in Running Wild, Stratovarius), released a comeback record, “The Reaper”, returning to the true Heavy Metal roots of Grave Digger. “Symphony Of Death” is released in 1994, with the same line-up of “The Reaper”. Then other great albums follow such as "Heart of Darkness" (1995), "Tunes of War" (1996), "Knights of the Cross" (1998), "Excalibur" (1999), all with the same powerful lineup except for the drummers, Frank Ullrich first and Stefan Arnold (Capricorn) then. In 2001 Uwe Lulis left the band and was replaced by Manni Schmidt (Rage); with this line up they recorded the obscure “Grave Digger” (2001), the epic “Rheingold” (2003), then “Last Supper” (2005) and “Liberty or Death” (2006) both albums not completely appreciated by fans. “Ballads of a Hangman” (2009) is maybe their best with Manni on axe (also Thilo Herrmann, Running Wild plays in the album) and it’s also the last, then he is replaced by Axel Ritt. Kindly licensed by Napalm.
 
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