Grave Digger, who stylistically had got bogged down at the end of the 80ies, established themselves again thanks to "The reaper". "Heart of darkness" featuring Heavy Metal hymns like the title song "Shadowmaker" and "Circle of witches" further expanded their position.
Tracklist - Heart of darkness
- 1.Tears Of Madness (Remastered Version)
- 2.Shadowmaker (Remastered Version)
- 3.The Grave Dancer (Remastered Version)
- 4.Demon's Day (Remastered Version)
- 5.Warchild (Remastered Version)
- 6.Heart Of Darkness (Remastered Version)
- 7.Hate (Remastered Version)
- 8.Circle Of Witches (Remastered Version)
- 9.Black Death (Remastered Version)
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Originally released in 1995, this almost unnoticed Grave Digger album is heavy, obscure, epic and great.
The album begins with the melancholy and gloomy interlude "Tears of Madness," which in its final seconds is suddenly swallowed by "Shadowmaker," one of the band's heaviest and fastest songs. It's impossible to imagine why the band does not add that song to their set list.
Then comes the best song from the album "The Grave Dancer", where Uwe Lullis shows that he is a true guitar devil, sending a smashing riff of so heavy and cadenced. The chorus of this song then simply forces you to close your fists and shout "I dance on your grave!".
After this killer start, Grave Digger continues with two more good songs, the slow and at the same time heavy "Demon's Day" and the devastating "Warchild".
"Heart of Darkness," the title track of the album is the next, and this song brings together all the attributes of the album in a long 11 minutes: weight allied to speed, an epic refrain and solos optimally performed by the demonic Uwe Lullis.
"Hate," comes in sequence and only opens wings for the greatest song and at the same time with the most headbanger footprint of the album, the classic "Circle of Witches", which to this day is fervently acclaimed in the concerts of the band. Chris Boltendahl shows all his claw with devastating treble, which in sequence ends in an absolutely epic refrain.
"Black Death" finalizes this great album at a very high level.
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