Grave Digger -
Home at Last (2012)
3 decades Grave Digger stands for simbiose of Heavy and Power Metal. Chris
Boltendahl founded the Band in the end of 1980 and after a few gigs on festivals,
the musicians presented their first Album " Heavy Metal Breakdown", which is
still unforgotten. In 1987 Grave Digger split for a short time but re-activated
their work in the year 1991. 2010 Grave Digger celebrated their 20th
anniversary at the Wacken Open Air. In the same year Napalm Records released the
album "The Clans will rise again", that got very good critics from the press.
2011 also a new Grave Digger EP called "The Ballad of Mary" was released which
contains beneath the namesake of this cd also a few goodies like a version sung
by Doro Pesh or an alternate version of Rebellion sung by Hansi Kürsch of Blind
Guardian. But this was not the last activity. In 2011 Chris Boltendahl and Anita
Hegerland have also recorded a new version of the hit-song "Schön ist es auf der
Welt zu sein", which is only available as a download. Also they announced a new
CD, called "Clash of the Gods". To shorten the waiting time they released the EP
"Home at Last".
The first song "Home at Last" has a quiet well sound and is a good start for a
EP in the typical Grave Digger style. In my opinion "Home at Last" goes the same
way as the latest album "The Clans Will Rise Again" and is nearly a metal anthem.
So but now let us hear the 2nd track. "Rage of the Savage Beast" is a Goodie for
every Fan in fact, because the track is only released on this EP. One reason for
me to buy this piece of Metal. This song goes straight into your blood and you
must hear it again and again and again. Now to the next song, also an exclusive
song "Metal will never die", similar to the Wackenanthem of the year 2011. But
it is a nice song, so who cares.But thats not the end and for Grave Digger not
enough, so it contains also live recorded songs from Wacken 2010 , Excalibur,
Ballad of a Hangman and the Grave Digger Hymn "Heavy Metal Breakdown".
So now we will come to my opinion. In my opinion it is a nice EP and after
hearing this, you really want more, so i am looking forward to the upcoming CD.
It is really very good and the goodies are a nice idea for all DieHard Grave
Digger Fans. It is a must have.
Hans Peter Katzenburg Keyboards
Cover: 9,5/10 Booklet: 0/10