Once grater voice Chris Boltendahl had realized that he would not become a German Bon Jovi, he first improved Grave Digger's live performance. The comeback"The reaper" is a greater classic than the albums of the early 80ies created by the guys from the Ruhr valley.
Tracklist - The reaper
- 1.Tribute To Death (Remastered Version)
- 2.The Reaper (Remastered Version)
- 3.Ride On (Remastered Version)
- 4.Shadows Of A Moonless Night (Remastered Version)
- 5.Play Your Game (And Kill) (Remastered Version)
- 6.Wedding Day (Remastered Version)
- 7.Spy Of Mas'On (Remastered Version)
- 8.Under My Flag (Remastered Version)
- 9.Fight The Fight (Remastered Version)
- 10.Legion Of The Lost [Part II] (Remastered Version)
- 11.And The Devil Plays Piano (Remastered Version)
- 12.Ruler Mr. H. (Remastered Version)
- 13.The Madness Continues (Remastered Version)
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After a few years away from the music, Chris Boltendahl returns with his band to the metallic scene in great style with this heavy and fast album of 1993.
Keeping guitarist Uve Lullis (who recorded the album "Stronger Than Ever (1987)" when the band changed its name only to "Digger" and adopted a more commercial sound), the new line-up includes the efficient bassist Tommi Gollich and the well-known drummer Jörg Michael.
The album opens with the short and macabre introduction "Tribute To The Death". What follows is an overwhelming barrage of powerful and blatant riffs on the title track and in all the others! With simple solos, plenty of weight, fast drums with many double pedal, and of course, the original vocals of Boltendhal. It takes only 10 seconds (or less) of audition to know that is Chris singing.
In an album as regular as this, it is very difficult to point out highlights. Particularly, my first best impressions when I heard the album in the first time were "The Reaper", "Shadows Of A Moonless Night", "Wedding Day" (with a killer riff that shakes your head even if you do not want to), "Spy Of Mas'on "," Under My Flag "and the epic" Legions Of The Lost - Part 2 ". But in the final analysis, all are killer.
The guitarist Uwe Lulis is of an astonishing efficiency, creating really heavy riffs and that superbly translate the sonority of pure heavy metal. Bassist Tomi Göttlich goes in the same line of efficiency, but keeping the discretion, as befits a good line of metallic bass. The super drummer Jörg Michael gives his usual show of great technique and precision.
Lastly, Chris Boltendhal, lead singer, founding member, lead songwriter and creative mentor of the band ... well, everyone knows he's THE OWN Grave Digger.
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