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Below is our complete Grave Digger news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
70,000 Tons of Metal promoters UMC kept up a torrid pace of band announcements for the 2015 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal, this time adding the 12th and 13th bands: U.S. brutal death metal act Origin and German power metal legends Grave Digger.
The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages.
All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com.
Origin and Grave Digger join previously revealed bands, with 47 still to be announced:
German power metal veterans Grave Digger announced that the band will release a new album on July 11th via Napalm Records. More information on the yet untitled release is expected soon. The band revealed the new logo (seen below) which will appear on the cover artwork. The 15th full length studio effort is the follow up to 2012's "Clash of the Gods" (see review here).
GMM TV has posted a new video interview online with Chris Boltendahl from Grave Digger. The interview was conducted at the 2013 Graspop Metal Meeting and can be viewed below.
Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.
Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:
Friday, June 28th:
Heaven Shall Burn
All That Remains
Veil of Maya
Love and Death
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...
Grave Digger will embark on the German Metal Attack tour in 2013. Check out a video update from front man Chris Boltendahl below. The tour dates with Wizard, Majesty, and Gun Barrel are as follows:
11.01.13 DE - Andernach / Live Club
12.01.13 DE - Speyer / Halle 101
13.01.13 DE - Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik
16.01.13 DE - Köln / Live Music Hall
17.01.13 DE - Aschaffenburg / Kolossaal
18.01.13 DE - Geiselwind / Music Hall
19.01.13 DE - München / Backstage Club
20.01.13 CH - Pratteln / Z7
25.01.13 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
26.01.13 DE - Berlin / C-Club
27.01.13 DE - Bochum / Zeche
01.02.13 DE - Braunschweig / Meier Music Hall
02.02.13 DE - Glauchau / Alte Spinnerei
03.02.13 CZ - Prague / Club Matrix
08.02.13 DE - Regensburg / Uni Mensa
09.02.13 AT - Vienna / Szene More...
German metal legends Grave Digger posted a music video for "Zurück Nach Haus," the German version of the song "Home At Last." This version of the song appears on the limited edition of the band's latest LP "Clash of the Gods," which is available now through Napalm Records (See Metal Underground.com's review over here).
The English version of the video can be seen at this location. Check out "Zurück Nach Haus" here:
German metal legends Grave Digger posted a new music video for the song "Home At Last." The song appears on the new LP "Clash of the Gods" (see Metal Underground.com's review here). The album is set for release today (G/A/S), August 31, 2012 (EU) and September 4, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records.
The song also appears on the extended single of the same name, which is available now (see Metal Underground's review here).
Check out the video here: More...
German metal legends Grave Digger posted a full album preview, featuring snippets from all songs on the forthcoming LP "Clash of the Gods" (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location). The album is set for release on August 24, 2012 (G/A/S), August 31, 2012 (EU) and September 4, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records.
The track listing for "Clash of the Gods" is as follows:
2. God of Terror
3. Hell Dog
5. Clash of the Gods
6. Death Angel & the Grave Digger
7. Walls of Sorrow
8. Call of the Sirens
9. Warriors Revenge
10. With the Wind
11. Home at Last
Check out the preview here: More...
Just For Fun
Napalm Records has issued the following announcement about Grave Digger releasing its own shampoo:
"In cooperation with natural cosmetic expert Rutano, Germany’s power metal legends Grave Digger releases their very own 2-in-1 shampoo / shower gel.
"This combination has been especially created for the 'It-has-to-be-done-quick' moments in life. The product will be manufactured as a first-class aluminum finish and will soon be available at the Grave Digger online shop!
"Beside the practical 2-in-1 use, the major focus was on finding the right partner for this unique cooperation. Since their beginning, Rutano has been working only with non-animal-tested ingredients. Moreover, all products are completely vegan. In addition, social commitment is a major part of the company’s basic principles. More...
German power metal legends Grave Digger unveiled the title and album artwork for the band's forthcoming fifteenth release. The LP will be entitled "Clash of the Gods," and is scheduled for release on August 24, 2012 (G/A/S), August 31, 2012 (EU) and September 4, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records. The artwork can be viewed below.
The band previously revealed that the extended single/EP "Home At Last" will be released on July 27, 2012 (EU) and August 7, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records. Check out the track listing and artwork for the single over at this location.
Bruce Moore and the crew at Safkhet Publishing have introduced the new book "For Those About To Cook - Pure Metal." Focused entirely on metal musicians and their appetites for destruction, "Pure Metal" brings you delectable dishes and will be released on August 31st.
"Pure Metal" will be available soon and features not only all your favorite metal bands from the original metal cookbook, "For Those About To Cook," but also a whole anthology of metal bands including rock legends Poison, Lizzy Borden, and Twisted Sister, and introducing Bolero, Exodus, Full Force, and Gravedigger... to name a few.
Check out the trailer for the book below, and visit "Pure Metal's" Facebook page for more information.
German metal legends Grave Digger revealed the album art and track listing for the extended single/EP entitled "Home At Last." The EP (MCD) is expected for release on July 27, 2012 (EU) and August 7, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records.
The yet untitled full length LP is scheduled for release on August 24, 2012 (EU) and September 4, 2012 (North America).
The track listing for "Home At Last" is as follows:
1. Home At Last
2. Rage Of The Savage Beast (non-album track)
3. Metal Will Never Die (non-album track)
4. Ballad Of A Hangman (live in Wacken 2010)
5. Excalibur (live in Wacken 2010)
6. Heavy Metal Breakdown (live in Wacken 2010) More...
German metal legends Grave Digger posted a trailer for the band's upcoming fifteenth studio effort and the follow up to the 2010 release "The Clans Will Rise Again." The yet untitled album will be released on August 24, 2012 (EU) and September 4, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records. Preceding the full length LP, the band will release a six-track extended single/EP (MCD) on July 27, 2012 (EU) and August 7, 2012 (North America).
Check out the trailer here:
Hani Al-Abbadi from the Jordanian dark oriental metal act Bilocate is going to share a recipe in the upcoming book "For Those About To Cook Pure Metal" by Bruce Moore. The following press release was issued about the book:
"For Those About To Cook Pure Metal is a collection of recipes, anecdotes and pictures from metal musicians from around the world. With contributions from numerous musical genres and countries, this is truly a multi-ethnic collector’s cookbook. Readers will be presented with recipes ranging from appetizers to full course meals and desserts.
"Pure Metal is more than a cookbook: it is also a fan collectible as it includes short informative biographies, high quality pictures of the artists (mostly in a kitchen setting)), pictures of the food and, in some cases, a quote about why the recipe or food is important to the contributor. Readers and fans will gain an insider’s view into the lifestyle and habits of the artists and bands; a sort of backstage pass or behind-the-scenes look into the lives of their favorite artists far from the stage and the studio."
Although there had certainly been nothing to complain about with the weather thus far on the cruise, the final full day heralded the most perfect weather we had seen yet: not a cloud in the sky, deliciously warm, and thankfully not too windy (which had previously been a problem from time to time). With a full complement of great bands to check out and oddly, no ill-effects from the previous night's alcoholic adventures, I was primed for an absolutely awesome day.
German metal legends Grave Digger have begun writing the follow up LP to the 2010 release "The Clans Will Rise Again," and previously announced a tentative release time of August 2012. Guitarist Axel Ritt posted a behind the scenes video of the songwriting sessions from TLC Studios near Cologne, Germany.
Check out the video here:
Grave Digger posted an update on the band's activities for 2012, which includes a new album tentatively scheduled for August 2012, as well as a tour of Brazil with country mates Blind Guardian. In a post on Facebook, singer Chris Boltendahl stated:
"Since last November we work on brand new songs. 10 compositions are completely done and already in pre-production. Once more song is in work. Also a cover version of a male, "not heavy metal artist," is going to be finished within the next days. Don't worry, it won't [be] another German "Schalger" song...
"It will be 150% pure Grave Digger metal. Again we transfered the spirit of the 80['s] into the sound of 2012. Beginning mid of March, we start recording the new masterpiece, again [at]
the Principal Studios/Munster, and it should be finish[ed] by end of May.
"The cover is also done..,focusing again [on] our 'Reaper.' In April, we'll tour Brazil for
some more shows with our friends from Blind Guardian.
"The release of the new album is scheduled for August 2012."
The album will be the band's first since the 2010 LP "The Clans Will Rise Again." More...
The 70,000 Tons of Metal organizers have checked in with the following update about confirming Sapiency and Edguy for the floating festival:
"While 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival is steaming at full speed course West through the Mediterranean Sea, they received news from their European Scouting Party. After passing through Frankfurt am Main, where they made friends with some new hopefuls that go by the name of SAPIENCY, they continued further East to the city of Fulda to meet the EDGUY! Having a feeling that there is still more in store for them, the Scouting Party continues moving East...
"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!"
The following 37 out of 40 total bands have been confirmed:
CHILDREN OF BODOM
MY DYING BRIDE
The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise organizers have checked in with the following announcement about the latest addition to the festival:
"Please Welcome CHANNEL ZERO On Board! Did they forget about their scouting party that was in The Netherlands some time ago? What happened to them? They went South to Belgium and straight to the capital city of Brussels. Sailors, please welcome Belgium's premier Heavy Metal Band: CHANNEL ZERO on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival!
"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!
"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.
"Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out this location for more information and book your cabin NOW!"
The following 33 (out of a total of 40 bands) have been confirmed: More...
The 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Venom as the latest band to appear at the festival:
"Injected With Deadly Toxin: Please Welcome VENOM On Board! To travel from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean, they must sail around the British Isles. Before doing so they decided to visit a town in North East England that they are familiar with from last year: Newcastle, and what a welcome they got! On arrival they all got injected by a deadly toxin: VENOM!
"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival now sails through the Channel into the Atlantic. Our course: Straight West. Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!
"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Majesty of the Seas' from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."
30 out of a total of 40 bands on board have been confirmed. The current lineup is as follows:
CHILDREN OF BODOM
MY DYING BRIDE