Germany’s Grave Digger have released their new album titled Clash of the Gods and the first thing that comes to mind when I put on a Grave Digger album is you know exactly what you are going to get when you buy their albums. There is no way to describe their brand of metal but to say it is straight up, kick ass, heavy metal.
The song arrangements on Clash Of The Gods are masterfully put together and their song writing has been and still is a strong point for this band since day one. The album which begins with Charon is a great lead into God of Terror which left me anticipating the rest of the album. Needless to say, it did not disappoint.
“Medusa” has a great chorus that sticks in your head and will make you want to listen to it over and over again. The song ”Clash of The Gods” opens up with Egyptian sounds that become pure, slowed down, heavy duty metal with crunching guitars and a chanting chorus. The track “Walls Of Sorrow” is a really catchy song that defines Grave Digger’s trademark sound but still gives the song it’s own identity. Like in the past, Grave Digger’s songs never sound the same and always showcase how much talent the band has been displaying since they formed in 1980.
Guitarist Axel Ritt, who took over for departing guitarist Manni Schmidt during Grave Digger’s 2009 tour and became a permanent member in 2010, is a true standout in this band. His guitar work is amazing to say the least. Singer Chris Boltendahl’s trademark voice is always a pleasure to hear on any Grave Digger record.
Grave Digger delivers a mythological Ancient Greek sound that really penetrates and creates a real feeling of closeness to the concept of the album. Thumbs up to mighty Grave Digger who have lasted the test of time and proven their allegiance to the metal scene. Check out the video for Home At Last from the new album below.