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Grave Digger

Formed: 1980
From: Gladbeck, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Grave Digger News

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.

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Artarfe Vega Rock Festival Postponed

The organizers of the Atarfe Vega Rock festival — which was scheduled to take place December 1, 2007 at Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe in Atarfe, Granada, Spain and feature appearances by such artists as JOEY BELLADONNA, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, LACRIMOSA, LIZZY BORDEN, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE and VENOM — have issued the following update:

"As some of you will know due to official statements that can be red in the websites of some of the bands confirmed for the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival 2007, we sadly have to announce that the festival must be postponed until March of 2008, as a result of the damages caused by the floods that the city of Atarfe suffered, and about them all media from Spain informed.

"The '200 litres / m2' heavy downpour has meant 20 euro millions worth damages. These damages, as well as the duties of the engineers of the insurance companies, don't let us celebrate the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival the coming 1st of December in the Bullring and its area, as it was announced.

"We've had a meeting with the Mayor and the local authorities to show them how worried we were about it, and to get a reply about this situation. They've always told us that the festival can take place as expected, and we have to respect it, to ensure the security of people who attend to the festival, bands and staff of the festival.

"We've looked for an alternative location, but once again due to security reasons it's been impossible to find another place in Atarfe. We've even tried to celebrate the festival in another city, but there was no suitable location available, where the festival could take place and we could work in the production required for this festival, taking in account that we didn't have much time.

"After searching without success an alternative location, and once we've reached an agreement with the City Hall and the confirmed bands, we've decided to postpone the festival until March of 2008.

"Except due to date difficulties, we count on all the confirmed bands, as well as with other groups which will be also in the billing.

"With regard to people who have bought their tickets, they'll get their money back in the same stores, where they bought them. We really thank you for your support and loyalty. Besides, we want to compensate those people who have bought a flight ticket to attend to the festival. For this reason they'll get in for free in March, and they'll get free drinks. It's required that they send us an e-mail with the receipt of the flight ticket to verify it.

"We're very sorry about this postponement and the problems that it can mean to you, but no one expected that such a natural disaster could take place in Atarfe. We beg you for comprehension.

"As well as you, this postponement affects us too, because we had booked some bands, which fortunately have understood this setback and have agreed to play in March.

"In the same manner we've bought many international flight tickets for the bands, and now we'll have to buy more to let the groups come and play in March.

"Once again we beg you for understanding what it has happened, because this extraordinary situation is out of our control."

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Grave Digger Announce New Guitarist

GRAVE DIGGER guitarist Manni Schmidt has issued the following update:

"The secret's out: the new GRAVE DIGGER guitarist is my old friend Thilo Herrmann (ex-RISK, FAITHFUL BREATH, HOLY MOSES, RUNNING WILD). The first show with Thilo will take place on October 31 in Der Zeche in Bochum, Germany.

"Last week I spent a few days with Thilo to rehearse the songs.

"Folks, this is gonna rock! We have arranged all songs for two guitars which will turn it into a great show!

"Can't await the upcoming gigs!"

As previously reported, GRAVE DIGGER has scheduled a one-off North American on March 2, 2008 at the Highline Ballroom in New York City.

The band's new album, "Liberty or Death", entered the German Media Control chart in January 2007 at position No. 30. This is the second highest chart entry in GRAVE DIGGER's history.

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Venom Confirmed For Spanish Festival

UK black metal legends VENOM are the latest act confirmed for the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival which will take place at Coliseo de Atarfe (covered Bullring) in Granada, Spain, on December 1st. Acts confirmed for the festival include: BELLADONA, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, LACRIMOSA, LIZZY BORDEN, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, VENOM

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Saxon And More Confirmed For Bang Your Head

SAXON, ONSLAUGHT, ENSIFERUM and LIZZY BORDEN have been confirmed for next year's Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 27-28, 2008 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AGENT STEEL
AGE OF EVIL
ENSIFERUM
GRAVE DIGGER
GREAT WHITE
LIZZY BORDEN
ONSLAUGHT
RAGE
SAXON
TANKARD
TYR
WHITE LION

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Breaking News

Watch Wacken Open Air Live Online 8/3-8/4

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.

Intended Stream Schedule (subject to change)

Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:

Friday, Aug 3
Black Stage
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
02:00-03:00 APO.REITER

True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH

Party Stage
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
23:00-00:15 SCHANDMAUL
02:00-03:00 SAMAEL

Saturday Aug 4
Black Stage
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
13:55-14:40 MOONSPELL
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
21:45-23:00 IMMORTAL
00:45-01:45 CANNIBAL CORPSE

True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
14:45-15:45 STRATOVARIUS
17:15-18:30 RAGE
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY

Party Stage
12:00-12:45 DISILLUSION
13:55-14:40 HEAVEN SHALL BURN
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
18:45-19:45 NORTHER
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
00:45-01:45 HAGGARD

Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
21:25-22:10 MOONSORROW

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Thrash Metal Book To Surface In September

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!

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Armored Saint Schedules California Concert

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.

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Grave Digger Announce Three Live Dates in Germany

GRAVE DIGGER have announced three new dates for Germany in support of their latest album, Liberty Or Death. They are as follows:

October
31 - Bochum, Germany at Zeche

November
1 - Saarbrücken, Germany at Garage
2 - Speyer, Germany at Halle 101

More dates will be announced soon. More...

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Wacken Open Air 2007 Confirm Lordi and Mendeed

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.

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Therion Reveal New Album Title

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.

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Grave Digger Begin Work On New Album

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

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Blind Guardian And Stratovarius To Lead Wacken 07

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.

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Grave Digger Confirm European Dates With Therion

Grave Digger have confirmed dates for their co-headlining European tour with Therion at the start of 2007. They are as follows:

January
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

February
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.

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Grave Digger Guitarist Issues Update

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...

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Therion Issue Studio Update, Announce 2007 Tour

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...

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Christopher Lee To Sing At Metal Festival

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.

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Primal Fear, Grave Digger Take Part In Live Chat

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.

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Grave Digger To Release Live DVD/CD

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...

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Dimmu, Evergrey Confirmed For Gates Of Metal

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.

Confirmed artists:
Edguy
Children of Bodom
Masterplan
Grave Digger
Amon Amarth
Dream Evil
Nocturnal Rites
Sabaton
Twilightning
God Among Insects
Pantokrator

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More Bands Confirmed For Gates Of Metal

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.

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