Grave Digger Debuts New LP’s Lead Single, ‘Hell Is My Purgatory’,’ Video

Courtesy: Rock of Angels Records

Grave Digger gave audiences their first taste of its new album this weekend.

The band debuted its new single, ‘Hell Is My Purgatory,’ and its companion video. The pair is the first from the band’s forthcoming album, Symbol of Eternity, which is scheduled for release Aug. 26 through Rock of Angels Records.

The musical arrangement featured in Grave Digger’s new single is everything that audiences have come to expect from the band throughout its career. Front man Chris Boltendahl’s vocals are just as powerful as ever throughout. The rich bass line that serves as the foundation for the song’s intro pairs just as well with the guitar line before it takes the lead. The time keeping is just as solid in its own right, adding just enough flourish with the occasional cymbal flourishes and drum fills. The whole of the quartet’s work fully succeeds, sounding so bombastic, like something that one might expect to hear from a much larger group.

The lyrical theme featured in the song is apparently a story about Knight’s Templar Grand Master Hugo De Payens, who died in 1136 A.D. The details of his death are unknown. He is most well-known for establishing what is known as the Latin Rule, which is the order’s code of conduct.

The video for the song imagines the circumstances of De Payens’ death. As is noted in its opening moments, it was rumored that De Payens worshipped the devil despite being part of a group that was said to be of such strong Christian beliefs. The devil, in this case, is a woman, and De Payens’ fate, according to the video, was not good.

Pre-orders and pre-saves for Grave Digger’s new album are open. The album will release separately on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

Digipack CD Limited 2CD Mediabook (CD 2: Live at Metal Hammer Paradise)

Red transparent / Gold Splatter Vinyl (LTD. 300)

Purple / Golden / White Splatter Vinyl (LTD. 300)

Sun Yellow / Golden / White / Red Splatter Vinyl (LTD. 300)

Picture Disc (LTD. 300)

Gold Vinyl (LTD. 300)

Black Vinyl (LTD. 300)

Super limited to 500 copies collector’s hardcover boxset that includes: the limited 2CD mediabook, Flag 115 x 75 cm, armband with metallic 3D emblem, A3 poster, signed autograph card and certificate of authenticity!  

In addition, the new album will release through three exclusive, limited vinyl pressings, which are also noted below.

Ocean Blue Vinyl (LTD. 100) — musicmegastore.com exclusive

Orange Vinyl (LTD. 300) — EMP exclusive

Violet Vinyl (LTD. 100) – Napalm Records exclusive

Symbol of Eternity‘s track listing is noted below.

TRACK LIST (CD 1 –Digipack Version-):
1.  The Siege of Akkon 
2.  Battle Cry 
3.  Hell is my Purgatory 
4.  King of the Kings 
5.  Symbol of Eternity 
6.  Saladin 
7.  Nights of Jerusalem 
8.  Heart of a Warrior 
9.  Grace of God 
10.  Sky of Swords 
11.  Holy Warfare 
12.  The Last Crusade 
13.  Hellas Hellas
 
TRACKLIST (CD 2 -Live at Metal Hammer Paradise / Mediabook version-):
 1.  The Clansman`s Journey 
2.  Healed by Metal 
3.  The clans will rise again 
4.  Lawbreaker 
5.  The Roundtable 
6.  The Curse of Jacques 
7.  Season of the Witch 
8.  Excalibur 
9.  Rebellion 
10.  Witch Hunter 
11.  Heavy Metal Breakdown

Symbol of Eternity was produced by Chris Boltendahl and Axel Ritt. Boltendahl also mixed and mastered the record. More information on the album is available along with all of Grave Digger’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.grave-digger-clan/de

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/gravediggerofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/GRAVEDIGGERclan

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Grave Digger Announces New Album Details

Courtesy: Rock of Angels Records

Grave Digger will release its latest album this summer.

The band announced Friday, it is scheduled to release its new album, Symbol of Eternity Aug. 26 through Rock of Angels Records. It will come more than two years after the release of the band’s then latest album, Fields of Blood.

The album will release separately on a variety of platforms, all of which are noted below.

Digipack CD Limited 2CD Mediabook (CD 2: Live at Metal Hammer Paradise)

Red transparent / Gold Splatter Vinyl (LTD. 300)

Purple / Golden / White Splatter Vinyl (LTD. 300)

Sun Yellow / Golden / White / Red Splatter Vinyl (LTD. 300)

Picture Disc (LTD. 300)

Gold Vinyl (LTD. 300)

Black Vinyl (LTD. 300)

Super limited to 500 copies collector’s hardcover boxset that includes: the limited 2CD mediabook, Flag 115 x 75 cm, armband with metallic 3D emblem, A3 poster, signed autograph card and certificate of authenticity!  

In addition, the new album will release through three exclusive, limited vinyl pressings, which are also noted below.

Ocean Blue Vinyl (LTD. 100) — musicmegastore.com exclusive

Orange Vinyl (LTD. 300) — EMP exclusive

Violet Vinyl (LTD. 100) – Napalm Records exclusive

Symbol of Eternity‘s track listing is noted below.

TRACK LIST (CD 1 –Digipack Version-):
1.  The Siege of Akkon 
2.  Battle Cry 
3.  Hell is my Purgatory 
4.  King of the Kings 
5.  Symbol of Eternity 
6.  Saladin 
7.  Nights of Jerusalem 
8.  Heart of a Warrior 
9.  Grace of God 
10.  Sky of Swords 
11.  Holy Warfare 
12.  The Last Crusade 
13.  Hellas Hellas
 
TRACKLIST (CD 2 -Live at Metal Hammer Paradise / Mediabook version-):
 1.  The Clansman`s Journey 
2.  Healed by Metal 
3.  The clans will rise again 
4.  Lawbreaker 
5.  The Roundtable 
6.  The Curse of Jacques 
7.  Season of the Witch 
8.  Excalibur 
9.  Rebellion 
10.  Witch Hunter 
11.  Heavy Metal Breakdown

Symbol of Eternity was produced by Chris Boltendahl and Axel Ritt. Boltendahl also mixed and mastered the record. More information on the album is available along with all of Grave Digger’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.grave-digger-clan/de

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/gravediggerofficial

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/GRAVEDIGGERclan

To keep up with the latest entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Grave Digger’s 20th New Album Is A Fine Way For The Band To Celebrate Its 40th Anniversary

Courtesy: Napalm Records

Power metal band Grave Digger hit two important milestone this year.  The band released its 20th new album — Fields of Blood — May 29.  The 12-song record was released through Napalm Records as the band marks its 40th anniversary.  The album’s overarching lyrical themes form its foundation.  They will be discussed shortly.  The musical arrangements that make up the body of the 51-minute record strengthen that foundation, giving audiences even more reason to take in the album.  They will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production and mixing round out its most important elements and will be discussed later, too.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of Fields of Blood.  All things considered, they make Fields of Blood a great way for Grave Digger to celebrate its 40th anniversary and an equal enjoyable gift to its fans as it celebrates both milestones.

Grave Digger’s latest album Fields of Blood is a positive new addition to this year’s field of new power metal offerings.  It is a fitting way for the band to celebrate its 40th anniversary with its fans, too.  That is proven in part through the record’s lyrical themes.  The band returns to Scotland once more in this album, continuing a trend that it started with 1996’s Tunes of War and 2010’s The Clans Will Rise Again.  Much as with those albums, this record’s lyrical themes delve into the military history of Scotland.  From the nation’s battles with the Vikings in ‘Lions of the Sea’ to the Jacobite rising of 1745 in ‘My Final Fight’ and ‘Barbarian’ to the Battle of Stirling Bridge, the album gives audiences another deep dive into the history of Scotland’s military history.  There are also works that pay tribute to Scottish hero William Wallace in the album’s closer/title track and ‘The Heart of Scotland’ to make the experience even more engaging and entertaining for audiences.  Between these songs and the album’s other works, the whole of the album’s lyrical themes continue a long tradition for the band in terms of producing concept albums.  From creating an album about Jesus’ last supper in The Last Supper to an album about the Knight’s Templar in Knights of the Cross to the other noted albums and more, the band’s approach here is nothing new, but is still an approach that longtime fans will appreciate just as much as those who are less familiar with the band’s catalog.  It’s just one way in which the album proves appealing for listeners.  The record’s collective musical arrangements play into its appeal, too.

The musical arrangements featured throughout this album are everything that longtime fans have come to expect from Grave Digger.  The driving power metal guitar riffs and the powerhouse vocals from Axel Ritt and Chris Boltendahl respectively give the album its own punch.  One could argue, as a matter of fact, that Boltendahl’s vocal delivery style and sound is comparable to that of the late great Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister.  Given, Motorhead is and was not a power metal band, but the similarity is there, regardless.  Drummer Marcus Kniep’s time keeping adds to that impact along with bassist Jens Becker.  The group’s collective work from one song to the next makes the album’s works appealing to fans of Judas Priest, Firewind, and especially Sabaton.  The inclusion of the bagpipes in ‘The Clansman’s Journey’ and the brief cover of Bach’s Tocatta and Fugue in D. Minor in ‘All For The Kingdom’ will also appeal to fans of Trans Siberian Orchestra and to a lesser extent, Exmortus.  The heavy, plodding drums, bass and guitar in ‘The Heart of Scotland’ is another notable addition to the album in examining the record’s musical arrangements.  The whole of those elements along with the choral element and bagpipes makes it even more engaging and entertaining. When all of this is taken into consideration along with the rest of the album’s musical arrangements, the whole of the album’s musical content does just as much as the album’s overall lyrical content to keep listeners engaged and entertained.  It is not the last of the album’s most important elements, either.  The album’s production and mixing round out its most important elements.

The production and mixing that went into the final presentation that is Fields of Blood is important to note because it was the work put into balancing each song’s multiple elements  both during and post that led to the album that is available now.  A lot of attention to detail had to take place in production and post (mixing) with this record, too.  As noted, bagpipes are balanced multiples times with guitars, bass, drums and vocals.  At other times, the quartet’s own parts sans bagpipes were combined, each being powerful in its own right throughout.  That means a lot of time and painstaking effort had to be taken to make sure not one part of each song’s instrumentation overpowered the others.  As a result of that painstaking effort, each song is expertly balanced and produces an effect on listeners that will resonate long after the album reaches its end.  Keeping this in mind along with the importance of the album’s musical and lyrical content, all three elements combine to make Fields of Blood an applause-worthy new offering from Grave Digger that audiences will celebrate while celebrating Grave Digger’s 40th anniversary.

Grave Digger’s 20th album Fields of Blood is another positive offering from the veteran power metal band that audiences will applaud just as much as the band’s past albums.  That is due in part to the album’s lyrical content, which makes the album another concept album of sorts from the band.  They make the album another work that is immediately comparable to works from Sabaton in that avenue.  The album’s musical arrangements are once again pure power metal, which is something that fans have come to expect from the band.  The same can be said of the band’s stylistic approach to each arrangement throughout the album.  Each composition is everything in itself that fans have come to expect from the band, too.  The work put into the record’s production and mixing put the final touch to the album, ensuring once more, audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of Fields of Blood.  All things considered, they make the album a solid way for Grave Digger and its fans to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.  Fields of Blood is available now through Napalm Records.  More information on the album is available along with all of Grave Digger’s latest news at:

 

 

 

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gravediggerofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/GRAVEDIGGERclan

 

 

 

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