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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.
For those of you missing Wacken Open Air, several band performances, interviews, and other footage is being streamed online during festival hours. Keep in mind that Germany is 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time, so make appropriate adjustments when arranging to watch your favorite band.
Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:
Friday, Aug 3
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
Saturday Aug 4
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
00:45-01:45 CANNIBAL CORPSE
True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY
13:55-14:40 HEAVEN SHALL BURN
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
Zonda Books has posted this press release:
Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.
Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.
In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.
Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.
Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.
Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!
The scope of 'Thrash Metal' includes artists such as A.N.I.M.A.L., ABANDONED, ABATTOIR, ACCUSSER, ACID, ACID DRINKERS, ACID REIGN, ACROPHET, AFTERMATH, AGENT STEEL, AGONY, AGRESSOR, AIRDASH, AMEBIX, ANESTHESY, ANGEL WITCH, ANGKOR WAT, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ANVIL, ANVIL CHORUS, APOKALYPTIC RAIDS, ARBITRATER, ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ARMOURED ANGEL, ARTILLERY, ASSASSIN, AT WAR, ATHEIST, ATOMIZER, ATOMKRAFT, ATROPHY, AZOTIC REIGN...
And that's just some of the "A"'s!
Legendary California metallers ARMORED SAINT will play at Viper Room in Hollywood on May 19. This will be a warm-up gig for the band's appearance at this year's edition of the Rock Hard Festival, which will be held May 25-27 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Other bands scheduled to perform at the Rock Hard Festival include AMON AMARTH, DARK FUNERAL, DEATH ANGEL, GRAVE DIGGER, HAMMERFALL, PAUL DI'ANNO, ROSS THE BOSS and THIN LIZZY.
ARMORED SAINT played a number a European and U.S. dates last summer, some of which were taped for the band's upcoming live DVD. It is not presently clear if plans exist for the group to begin work on a new studio album. ARMORED SAINT's last CD, "Revelation", came out in 2000 on the Metal Blade label.
GRAVE DIGGER have announced three new dates for Germany in support of their latest album, Liberty Or Death. They are as follows:
31 - Bochum, Germany at Zeche
1 - Saarbrücken, Germany at Garage
2 - Speyer, Germany at Halle 101
More dates will be announced soon. More...
LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.
Acts on the bill now include: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISILLUSION, ENSLAVED, FALCONER, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, LORDI, MENDEED, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NEAERA, NORTHER, RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER, SACRED REICH, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR (featuring GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen), STRATOVARIUS, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER and VOLBEAT.
More details as they become available.
Sweden's THERION has set Gothic Kabbalah as the title of the new album, due in early 2007. The band will team up with GRAVE DIGGER and SABATON for European tour beginning on January 17 in Essen, Germany. A complete list of tour dates can be found here.
THERION will play with a full symphonic orchestra, choir, plus international opera stars on December 9, 2006 at the Palace Hall in Bucharest, Romania.
Grave Digger have entered the studio to record its next album. The band posted the following comments:
"We boarded the Principal Studio on August 14th and started the rehearsals, doing the drum recordings parallel. The Mapex drum loaded with the Paiste cymbals sound just phat!!! We´re thrilled how def the tracks sound played live, that´s gonna be pretty phat. Today on August 16th we´re probably gonna be ready with the drum recordings and then Manni´ll start with the rhythm guitars. Manni´s gonna bring up diverse amps (Fame, Peavy & Marshall) and record the new songs with axes like Dean, KXK and Lag. You´ll see some news from the studio on his page www.mannischmidt.de as well. so long and c ya, the Grave Diggers
BLIND GUARDIAN, SAXON, STRATOVARIUS, GRAVE DIGGER, THERION, SAMAEL and SCHANDMAUL have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 2-4, 2007 in Wacken, Germany. Also scheduled to perform at the festival is the reunited Norwegian black metal band IMMORTAL, who will make its only German appearance at Wacken.
Grave Digger have confirmed dates for their co-headlining European tour with Therion at the start of 2007. They are as follows:
17 - Essen, Germany at Weststadthalle
18 - Strasbourg, France at La Laiterie
19 - Lichtenfels, Germany at Stadthalle
20 - Antwerpen, Belgium at Hof Ter Loo
21 - London, UK at Mean Fiddler
23 - Paris, France at Elysee Montmartre
24 - Lyon, France at Ninkaso Kao
25 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz 2
26 - Madrid, Spain at La Riveria
27 - Bilbao, Spain at Santana 27
28 - Toulouse, France at SDF Ramonville
29 - Milano, Italy at Alcatrazz
31 - Lubljana, Slovenia at VPK Mediapark
1 - Zagreb, Croatia at Boogaloo
2 - Salzburg, Austria at Rockhouse
3 - Vienna, Austria at Planet Music
4 - Budapest, Hungary at Petofi Hall
5 - Belgrad, Serbia at SKC
7 - Stuttgart, Germany at Longhorn
8 - Langen, Germany at Stadthalle
9 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
10 - Glauchau, Germany at Alte Spinnerei
11 - Munich, Germany at New Backstage
12 - Prague, Czech Republic at Avalon
13 - Krakow, Poland at Club 38
14 - Warszawa, Poland at Proxima
15 - Berlin, Germany at Columbia Club
Benedictum was originally announced as the support band for the tour but this has yet to be confirmed.
GRAVE DIGGER guitarist Manni Schmidt has posted the following update at his official website:
"Is it really one month that has passed since the last news? Man, where’s he time going??? Many things have happened in the past weeks: first, I had the gig with HALBER LITER, where I was invited to play three songs of DIE TOTEN HOSEN ('Hier Kommt Alex', 'Wünsch Dir Was' and 'Bommerlunder') alongside Wölli. As expected it all went great and the crowd was standing upside down, not only on our part! The whole concert of Halber Liter, including some well known guests, has been recorded for a live CD so everybody rocked as hard as they could!
Well, the recordings with PHOENIX RISING also have been finished by now. First, Harry rocked his parts without any problems. As the songs were certain for some time he could fully concentrate on playing his guitar. In the following Ralf sang the songs and could mark some highlights here and there by including some harmonic and effect vocals. And then the whole thing was grafted by the Mönchengladbacher Männerchor. In the end everything was checked and judged to be strongly suspicious of becoming a hit so that next week with recovered ears the mixing can begin. I will do that with my friend Freeman in the Dülmener ToneZone Studio.
In-between I also had some song writing sessions with Grave Digger that were very effective. The songs for the album and for the single which will be recorded in the Sendener Principal Studios on 19th June are stipulated. Now there’s only some fine tuning to be done and then we can start rocking in the studio! More...
Guitarist Christofer Johnsson reports that "pre-production of the new album is going well" and offered the following information about his time in the studio:
"Work = all the time; Sleep = never. THERION never give out any info like titles of songs on future releases before it's 100% finished. None [of the tracks] in particular feel difficult and they're all extremely enjoyable. The one with the working title 'Egypt' is one of the mosst enjoyable ones, but of course you won't know what song that is [until] the album finally goes public. A new electronic device I've picked up recently: a D.W. Fearn microphone amplifier." When asked about obtaining the Limited Edition George Lucas Stormtrooper action figure, Johnsson responded, "I think I can survive without that one."
In other news, the first CONFIRMED dates for THERION's World Tour for 2007 (with Grave Digger and Benedictum) have been announced and include: More...
Octogenarian actor Christopher Lee is reportedly performing at a heavy metal festival in Germany. The 82-year-old Lord of the Rings star is taking part in the Earthshaker Festival in Geiselwind, Bavaria. He will sing with two bands, Manowar and Rhapsody, according to concert organisers. Lee will be accompanied by a live orchestra and a choir and will perform alongside heavy metal bands such as Grave Digger, Dragonlord and Forces of Evil.
According to the organizers of the Earthshaker Festival, Primal Fear will take part in a live chat on June 30th at 8:00pm CET.
Grave Digger will do the same on July 18th at 9:00pm CET.
The festival takes place on July 21st - 23rd in Geiselwind, Germany. For all up-to-date festival information go to this location.
German true metal purveyors Grave Digger played a thunderous show in Sao Paulo's Directive Hall on May 7. This is nothing too unusual with the band, but this concert was special, as it was filmed for release on a Live-DVD/CD, tentatively due on October 17, to commemorate Grave Digger's 25th anniversary.
The "Headbanging Men" around singer Chris Boltendahl played the following set that night: More...
Dimmu Borgir has been confirmed for Gates of Metal. The Norwegian band will play the big stage at this years festival. Sweden's Evergrey is also confirmed. Gates of Metal is held in Hultsfred, Sweden between the fifth and sixth of August.
5000 tickets has been released, and foreign visitors can make their ticket reservation at the official festival website. The website is available in English.
For more information visit http://www.gatesofmetal.se.
Children of Bodom
God Among Insects
Another three artists are presented by the Gates of Metal festival which takes place in Hultsfred, Sweden between the 5 and 6 of August.
The new artists are Children of Bodom, Nocturnal Rites and Twilightning. The festival has now confirmed eight artists to the third edition of Gates of Metal.
This years festival will expand and opens on the Friday evening with performances. This will also mean that there is going to be more artists performing at Gates of Metal 2005 than other years.
5000 tickets have been released, and foreign visitors can make their reservation at the official festival website. The website is now available in English as well.
Previously confirmed artists include: Edguy, Grave Digger, Amon Amarth, Dream Evil, God Among Insects.
CAGE has been confirmed to play at the Earthshaker Festival 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. MANOWAR will headline the festival and will also feature TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, CHILDREN OF BODOM, RHAPSODY, GRAVE DIGGER, MASTERPLAN and many other bands.
Sweden's In Flames will be playing at the Graspop Metal Meeting which takes place in Dessel, Belgium on June 24-26. Among the other performers at the 10th-anniversary edition of the festival are: Accept, Grave Digger, Iron Maiden, Lacuna Coil, Dio and Nevermore. You can check out the festival website here.
Dream Theater are the latest band confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, set to take place June 24-26 in Dessel, Belgium. Also scheduled to perform at the 10th-anniversary edition of the festival are Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Axel Rudi Pell, Grave Digger, Suicidal Tendencies and Exciter. More confirmations will be announced soon.
Testament, Overkill, Children of Bodom, Rhapsody, Grave Digger and Masterplan are among the latest bands confirmed for Earthshaker Fest 2005, a two-day event set to take place July 22-23 in Geiselwind, Germany. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:
Children of Bodom
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
A poster for the festival can be viewed at this location.
As previously reported, festival headliners Manowar are currently in studio working on a new song to be performed at EarthShaker Fest 2005. The band warn the fans that this will be only one of the many great surprises they are preparing for this show and the Mega Fan Convention.