|Grave Digger – ‘Healed By Metal’ (Napalm Records)|
|Written by Marc Leach|
|Tuesday, 03 January 2017 04:00|
‘Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never…blah blah blah!’ Happy new year folks and you know what that means? No, I am not talking about this “new year, new me” bullshit, I am more focused on “new year, new music”. And what better way to kick start 2017 than some good old fashioned heavy metal by German veterans Grave Digger and their 18th studio album, ‘Healed By Metal’? That’s right guys, the reaper is back!
When in your life hasn’t heavy metal just helped you in your walk? It’s helped me, so it goes without saying that the Grave Digger clan preach about this power through the album’s title track. There’s no denying that the track will have everyone who listens to it raise up their horns and join in the metallic “HEALED! BY METAL!” chorus.
For a band that have been on the go since the 80s the vets sound as fresh as a daisy throughout this album especially for the more fast-paced tracks, like ‘When Night Falls’ and ‘Law Breaker.’ With a thunderous musicianship from the band it is lead vocalist Chris Boltendahl’s signature, gritty voice that continues to be a driving force for the music - though his voice has gotten harsher: but what do you expect for someone who has been singing like that for decades?
With an album entitled ‘Healed By Metal’ you should of course assume that the main topic for this album is heavy metal and that continues to remain the case for the track ‘Ten Commandments Of Metal.’ It’s here where this reviewer starts to get a little bored about this album: I feel the songs just sound the same. ‘Kill Ritual’ and ‘Hallelujah’ are just other examples of this album’s downfall. That being said, the tracks are still solid pieces of material that needed to be cranked all the way up to 11. The over five-minute epic ‘Laughing With The Dead’ brings this piece of work to a rather slow close. While the track itself almost blew my computer speakers to kingdom come, I again feel the song itself was creatively dull.
So, there is something I have to admit to you guys: this is the first Grave Digger record I have ever listened to. While there are some parts that could have been improved upon, I do honestly think this is a solid piece of work. As stated before, nothing beats some old school heavy metal and that’s what Grave Digger provide. A very good start to the year of 2017 and long may it continue…