Grave Digger

Album Title: 
Return Of The Reaper
Release Date: 
Friday, July 11, 2014
Review Type: 

Line up :

Chris Boltendahl - vocals

Hans Peter Katzenburg - keyboards

Axel "Ironfinger" Ritt - guitars

Stefan Arnold - drums

Jens Becker - bass

As you are used to from ‘Grave Digger’, they do the same tricks for years, and this album is no different. For those who still dig ‘Grave Digger’ after 30 years, even after the lesser albums, then the new album (Return Of The Reaper) is a big party album for the fans. After the intro the heavy metal violence bursts out of its banks. ‘Hell Funeral’ is a great song with all the elements they used to get their recognition as German rockers, the dark rasping vocals and the heavy guitar riffs that we are accustomed to.

The songs that follow are a real feast for the true fans of ‘Grave Digger’. There is a lot of material from previous albums that they use in their new album but that’s what made ‘Grave Digger’ famous. Originality was never their strongest point, but the lyrics and choruses stay in your head. The song that stands out the most is ‘Satan’s Host’ it could be a song of ‘Motörhead’ if you didn’t know. Bad stuff can’t be found on this record, ‘Return Of The Reaper’ belongs to the ‘better work’. but they cannot surpass their ‘Clash Of The Gods’.

Tracklisting :

1.   Return of the Reaper

2.   Hell Funeral

3.   War God

4.   Tattooed Rider

5.   Resurrection Day

6.   Season of the Witch

7.   Road Rage Killer

8.   Dia de los Muertos

9.   Satan’s Host

10. Grave Desecrator

11. Death Smiles at All of Us

12. Nothing to Believe