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Review: Grave Digger - Rheingold
Grave Digger

Label: Nuclear Blast
Year released: 2003
Duration: 44:58
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: March 4, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4.41/5 (88.29%) (41 Votes)

The eleventh album from the venerable Grave Digger is probably their best simply because there are no ballads on it. Even on otherwise great albums like Excalibur this band always seems to feel like they have to do a ballad. And Grave Digger ballads always suck. So: no ballads = best GD album ever. This time they went for the Wagner for inspiration, and the big epic themes go very well with their bombastic approach.

With Grave Digger, you know what you're going to get, and this album dishes it up in shovelfuls. Big, chugging riffs, big anthemic choruses, big choral vocals. Did I mention big? Everything about this album is big. The riffs are what we want and expect from this band, but here they have an epic quality I don't think the band has done as well before or since. "Twilight of the Gods" is a massive epic, and "Maidens of War" gets my bid for the best song they have ever done. "Giants" is maybe a little repetitive, as is "Sword", but these are minor complaints. The truth is this is a huge fistful of pure Heavy Metal ownage, and any metalhead will be glad to have it. Heavy, powerful, and oh yeah, big. Highly Recommended.

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