Formed in 1980 in Cologne, Grave Digger were at the forefront of the German heavy metal movement as it swept across the globe in the early 1980’s. Grave Digger released two demos, one in 1982 and the second Born Again demo in 1983 which brought them to the attention of Noise Records who included two of the bands tracks on their infamous Rock From Hell compilation in 1984, alongside future label mates Running Wild and S.A.D.O.
Later in ’84, Grave Digger launched their seminal debut album Heavy Metal Breakdown through Noise Records, which was critically received by both press and fans alike. A year later they followed up with their sophomore record Witch Hunter which only catapulted the band further into the hearts and minds of the global metal scene.
Grave Digger’s third album, War Games saw them on a Noise tour alongside label mates Helloween & Celtic Frost.
A dramatic change in sound and a more commercial style followed in 1987 with the album Stronger Than Ever where the band dropped the Grave part of their name and just became Digger, they split six months later after the record was poorly received.
The band regrouped in 1991, releasing their comeback album The Reaper in 1993 and to date they have released 18 albums and continue to tour across the world with 2017’s Healed By Metal heralded as one of The 10 Greatest Melodic Metal / Power Metal Albums of the Year!
Noise Records are now set to reissue the first two albums which cemented Grave Digger’s formidable reputation:
HEAVY METAL BREAKDOWN
Heavy Metal Breakdown – 1CD Digipack & Gatefold 2LP (Red vinyl)
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Grave Digger’s seminal debut album Heavy Metal Breakdown was a benchmark for the German metal scene upon its release back in 1984. This remastered version includes the rare Shoot Her Down EP and liner notes from front man Chris Boltendahl. The LP is a double gatefold, which includes lyrics, memorabilia and comes as a limited edition red vinyl. The vinyl has been out of print for over 30 years!
Heavy Metal Breakdown
Back From The War
We Wanna Rock You
Legion Of The Lost
2000 Lightyears From Home
Shoot Her Down!
We Wanna Rock You (Mega Mix)
Storming The Brain
2000 Lightyears From Home (Alternative Version)
WITCH HUNTER – 1CD Digipack & 1LP (Gold vinyl)
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Grave Digger’s second album ‘Witch Hunter’ is heralded as a classic in the annuls of heavy metal fandom and became an instant hit upon its release back in 1985. This remastered version includes liner notes from former guitarist Peter Masson and the original lyrics. The LP is on limited edition gold vinyl and has been out of print for over 30 years!
Get Ready For Power
Love Is A Game
Fight For Freedom
Friends Of Mine
Here I Stand
CD BONUS TRACKS:
Don’t Kill The Children
Tears Of Blood
Heavy Metal Breakdown and Witch Hunter will be released on 25th May.
GRAVE DIGGER 2018 TOUR DATES
24th March : Festhalle, Durlach, DE.
14th June : Aargh Festival, Leutkirch, DE
21st June : RockFels, Loreley, DE
12th July : Exit Fest, Serbia
13th July : Gefle Metal Festival, SWE
2nd – 7th Sept : Full Metal Cruise
28th Sept : Thessaloniki, GR
29th Sept : Athens, GR