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Review: Grave Digger - Clash of the Gods
Grave Digger
Clash of the Gods

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 44:58
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: December 16, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Clash of the Gods

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (24 Votes)

Germany's long-running stalwarts, Grave Digger, are back with another album of catchy, crunchy Power Metal. We last found the band north of Hadrian's Wall marching to the sound of bagpipes on 2010's The Clans Will Rise Again. Main man Chris Boltendahl has brought the band south, for 2012's Clash of the Gods, to the Mediterranean and a loose retelling of the story of Ulysses and his Odyssey.

Boltendahl's distinctive gruff vocals are as powerful as ever and they remain the focal point of Grave Digger's music. The man gets better with age. You'd think his singing style would take a toll on his vocal cords, but the opposite seems true. The riffs are thick and heavy and the production is excellent. There are a lot of speedy tracks, like "Gods of Terror" and "Walls of Sorrow," as well as few slow-burning cuts like "Clash of the Gods." There isn't much you haven't heard before and sometimes the album sounds derivative of the band's previous works but it is still a lot of fun to listen to, despite any lack of originality.

Grave Digger has been around for a long time and while I don't think they will ever release a genre-defining album, they can be counted on for some kick-ass Germanic Power Metal on almost every album. Clash of the Gods fits that description nicely and is a solid pickup for Power Metal fans.

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