Power of Metal.dk Review

Grave Digger
Return of the Reaper
Style: Teutonic Heavy Metal
Release date: 11 July, 2014
Playing time: 43:00

Another album from this German heavy metal band and it is exactly what you'd expect from them. The fans will not ask for anything else. Teutonic heavy metal in Judas Priest/Accept tradition and with the typical voice of Chris Boltendahl.

The album has an aggressive sound and the guitarsoli by Axel Ritt are very nice. After a short intro the album starts with the fast track "Hell Funeral" and that tempo continues with "Wargod", which has a nice guitar riff. "Tattoed Rider" starts like Judas Priest's "Turbo Lover" and is a more slow track. After a heavy opening riff, "Resurrection Day" turns into a variable mid-tempo track. In some tracks you hear piano and keyboards, which gives it a more epic feeling. Besides that you hear choir singing in "Nothing to Believe" and "Season of the Witch". "Season of the Witch" is a slow almost doomy track. Two faster tracks follow and then the band honor's Motorhead with the rock'n roll song "Satan's Host". A nice medieval intro opens "Death Smiles at All of Us" and the ballad "Nothing to Believe" closes the album. I like the choir singing in the song, but Chris his voice isn't really made to sing ballads, I think.

All in all, a variable album with no surprises, but with good songs in Grave Digger style.

01. Return of the Reaper
Hell Funeral
Tattoed Rider
Resurrection Day
Season of the Witch
Road Rage Killer
Grave Descrator
09. Satan's Host
10. Dia De Los Muertos
11. Death Smiles at All of Us
12. Nothing to Believe
Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 15 July, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/gravediggerofficial