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Grave Digger has made a great decision in re-doing the best of their songs from the 1980s.

Ahead of their next studio album, Grave Digger has made a great decision in re-doing the best of their songs from the 1980s. This is for two reasons; the first being those 1980's albums are a bit harder to find now and secondly (and most importantly) it gives an opportunity for Axel Ritt to be let loose on those songs.

Joining the band in 2009, Ritt has provided some fantastic axework on the subsequent albums such as 'The Clans Will Rise Again' and 'Return Of The Reaper'. Nicknamed "Iron Finger", Ritt certainly has the speed but also the tone and melody to add musicality to the GD signature sound of raw power.

The tracks come from the 1984 to 1987 albums – those being 'Heavy Metal Breakdown', 'Witch Hunter', 'War Games' and 'Stronger Than Ever'. That final album broke the mould from GD's standard, more aggressive sound and seemingly it did not work so well as the band did not record again until 1993.

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GD is a class band, the vocals are sung with uncompromising passion by founding member Chris Boltendahl and with the guitar prowess of Ritt, bassist Jens Becker and drummer Stefan Arnold they do this genre of music well. Don't forget the Grave Digger himself (that is keyboardist Hans Peter "H.P." Katzenburg).

As for the highlight of the album for me, the hypnotic riffery of 'Witch Hunter' plus its crazed chorus is hard to beat.

Rob McKenzie

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