6/27/2003 - Review by: Eric Compton
Grave Digger - Rheingold - reviewed by EC
This is the second record featuring ex-Rage grinder Manni Schmidt, with "Rheingold" showing off Schmidt's amazing madman guitar overload, mixing the "Restless & Wild" strings with the polished medival swagger we've come to expect from THE DIGGER.
Songs on this album seem to span different eras for Grave Digger. Tracks like "Rheingold" and "Maidens Of War" seem to be lifted from the "Knights Of The Cross" era, while "Valhalla" and "Giants" could have been taken right off of "The Reaper". "Sword" plays like monsterous Sabbath, with "Dragon" just killing, ala "Tunes Of War".
"Liar" drifts into the "Excalibur" camp, with an enchanting use of atmospheric choirs. Creepy as hell. "Twilight Of The Gods" seems to stem from the band's last effort, "The Grave Digger".
Awesome cover artwork once again packages this album, with Grave Digger never laxing in the packaging originality department. After 20+ years in the business, this band just never lets up. There isn't any bands left that can consistently put out great records. Maiden has drifted, Priest has failed, Accept and Halen are ashes. Grave Digger just keeps on moving along, creating metal masterpieces for a lifetime. You can always count on them for good quality modern classics.
Never wavering, no compromising, just straight to the point thunder metal, which is good enough for this Headbangin' Man. God bless The Reaper!
Collectors Note-Japan Pressing will get you extra tracks "Goodbye" and "Hero".
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