Grave Digger
Clash of the Gods
Style: German Power Metal
Release date: 31 August, 2012
Playing time: 44:58

About 15 albums in 30 years, that is the result of Chris Boltendahl's Grave Digger. After an EP this year, the 'Clash of the Gods' is in the stores. Lyrics about ancient Greek mythology are the subjects this time. Although Chris is the only original member left, and you can say that Grave Digger is Chris Boltendahl, he gives a lot of musical room to the new other members.

Axel Ritt (guitar), puts a stamp on the songs. He colors the known Grave Digger sound with typical 70's/80's hard rock guitar solos. Clear influences of Deep Purple for example and in combination with the keyboards it lays even more on top. In between the faster tracks there is a rather dramatic epic track like "Medusa" and heavy doom riffs (Black Sabbath-style) can be heard in "Call of the Sirens" and "Clash of the Gods". "Warriors Revenge", is then again a faster track with choir singing.

Elements like sing-a-long refrains ("Walls of Sorrow") and the typical grasping vocals of Chris see to it that in the end it sounds typical Grave Digger of course. But there is more variation on this album than on the predecessor 'The Clans Will Rise Again' and to me that is a welcome surprise. With the Teutonic victorious sounding track "Home at Last" the band finishes the album in style.

The band surprised me with this album, I expected more of the same.


01. Charon
God of Terror
03. Helldog
04. Medusa
05. Clash of the Gods
Death Angel and the Grave Digger
07. Walls of Sorrow
08. Call of the Sirens
09. Warriors Revenge
10. With the Wind
11. Home at Last

Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 28 August, 2012