Rheingold is based on Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung. I’m not Scottish, I’m German, but I feel that this history is some kind of part of my life. And last time we made heavy metal songs and added some bagpipes. Excalibur is the ninth studio album by Grave Digger and is the final album of the Middle Ages Trilogy.It tells about the story of King Arthur and the knights of the round table.. Track listing. Graveside Bagpipe Player gets lost! Lions of the Sea 04. There’s a special fascination if you move through the Highlands. With the mere first notes of the introduction, fans of Grave Digger will unequivocally know they have returned to the Scottish Highlands! Have you ever lived in Scotland or just visited there? Everybody in the band has their own studio. Grave Digger – “Fields Of Blood” (Napalm Records) Battle Helm Rating ‘…we did it again and put on the kilts…’ says founder vocalist Chris Boltendahl when asked how he would be celebrating Grave Digger’s 40th anniversary. The bagpipes play a big part in this album, and it’s an instrument that wouldn’t normally be associated with heavy metal. That’s the most important thing. King Edward VII, (1841–1910); King Edward VIII, (1894–1972); Daniel Laidlaw, (1875–1950), VC Piper to the Kings Own Scottish Borderers who received the Victoria Cross during World War I, the highest award for gallantry that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces; Bulgarian gaidars. Grave Digger "Fields Of Blood" (Napalm) 01. Formed in 1980, the Teutonic titans—featuring original, gravel throated vocalist Chris Boltendahl, guitarist Axel Ritt, bassist Jens Becker, and drummer Marcus Kniep—have consistently released quality albums throughout its 40 year existence. It’s at the right point now. Historically notable bagpipers. The Clans Will Rise Again was about some mystical side of Scottish history, and the new one is a little bit different. We exactly composed heavy metal songs, including bagpipes. Marking the 40th anniversary of the band, the latest Grave Digger album is a serious return to form and arguably their best release since the glory days of the eighties. Grave Digger discography (main) The Living Dead (2018) Grave Digger discography (all) The Living Dead (2018) Fields of Blood Grave Digger. What have you been up to lately?We are waiting, sitting around, and hoping not to catch the virus. Every track on Fields of Blood boasts all of the Grave Digger-isms fans have come to know and love, and is the ultimate way to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary. How did you go about creating this album?As you know, Tunes of War was more or less some kind of history lesson, like a musical history lesson that’s cool. Axel and I, the guitar player, are really creative guys. Then we remembered the band called Battle Beast that we toured with a couple of times playing festivals, and they have a really cool song already out called “Black Ninja.” And that is something I like and the voice of Noora is really outstanding, so we contacted her and asked if she wanted to be on the new record singing a ballad with me. And if you do what you love, it’s not a kind of job or something. And that is the difference. Sunday, 11 December 2011 Share. Has a different set of bagpipes. During this self-quarantine due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, how are you channeling your creativity? The Clans Will Rise Again is about Scotland in general. We can’t stop it. We are in the middle of thinking about a new album. I think the sound of the new album is not old-fashioned, but that is the reason why I contacted Alex to do something that also could be painted in the 80s. The recent output of Grave Digger to be totally honest left a lot to be desired. But meanwhile, we’re doing a lot of promotion for the new album, waiting for better times. Fields of Blood also boasts the brilliant cover art by Alexander Tartsus (De Profundis, Depravity, Sepulchral Curse, Sinister). Music by Boltendahl and Lulis except where noted You have to be there. With the mere first notes of the introduction, fans of Grave Digger will unequivocally know they have returned to the Scottish Highlands! In the end, Grave Digger is still going strong forty years into its career and combines past trademarks with fresh ideas on the very good Fields of Blood. How did you fit them in with the atmosphere of the record?For us, it was really important, because on the last two Scottish albums we also had bagpipes, but not in the way we did it this time. We recorded the bagpipes in the studio and we had three bagpipers, and you can’t stay in the recording room when they play. You can breathe the air of the battle of the clans and all these things. All for the Kingdom 03. The best bagpipes song is It’s A Long Way To The Top by AC/DC. Two years ago, I stayed with my family in Scotland and my son, who was 12-years-old at this time, and we moved around and went to all the battlefields and a lot of castles. Grave Digger - Rebellion (The Clans Are Marching) - YouTube The Grave Digger's songs are based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe (except two, "Son of Evil" and "Sacred Fire"). Because as long as we can’t play live, we are writing new songs and preparing for a new album during this crisis. German heavy metal pioneers, Grave Digger, are one of the most reliable metal bands around today. ! Delivering a fresh injection of power metal straight from the highlands of Scotland (where some of the album was even recorded), Fields of Blood (Napalm Records) is a strong statement from a band who have appear to … That is, you know exactly what to expect when you spin a new album. The majestic sound of bagpipes stylistically establishes the direction of the German power metal institution's latest album. The majestic sound of bagpipes stylistically establishes the direction of the German power metal institution's latest album. General Commentlove the Middle Age inspired trilogy of Grave Digger aka the albums 'Tunes of War', 'Knights of the Cross' and 'Excalibur'.Now this is real METAL , you fake posers (that means you Evanescence) . Grave Digger: Fields of Blood. And I do a lot of vocal spots in my studio, so we are working at different places. Bagpipes return triumphantly. 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A lot of bagpipes, which actually sounds really cool in power metal. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. It was a low possibility. That is the reason why it sounds more compact, that you have the vision that the bagpipes are more of the music than on the last record. And she said, “Yes, cool, let’s do it.”. ... Talking of strange and intriguing Fields of Blood starts off with bagpipes. Now, we move forward with other topics for the next album. Didn’t you initially try to get Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy?When we got the “no” from Alissa, we thought of what we can do and then we thought about Doro again. We don’t have the mentality to sit around here waiting for somebody to send us some money! Tunes of War is the seventh studio album by German heavy metal band Grave Digger.It is a concept about the Scottish struggles for independence from England, from the medieval conflicts between its clans in the 11th century through to the Jacobite rebellion of the 18th.. cannot be blamed for laziness for sure! cool or what? More or less, this sounds like a production, but we use it as a pre-production. German heavy metal band Grave Digger have a version of "Scotland the Brave" as … That is really easy working. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. But this time it was different songwriting. Becker's bass is almost entirely buried, and the guitars lack the sepulchral roar normally associated with Grave Digger. On its 20th full-length album, Fields of Blood released by Napalm Records, Grave Digger completes its Scottish historic trilogy concept it began on 1996’s Tunes of War and then with 2010’s The Clans Will Rise Again. Throughout their history the band released lots of successful and not so goodalbums but there never was a big gap between their releases (except the period 87-91). This is easily the band's greatest hour since Clash of the Gods eight years ago. Kilts, bagpipes, clans and war, it can only be about one thing, Scotland. Freedom 05. The kilts are back on! And also the sound of the great Highland bagpipes, it’s amazing and this makes something in my head. The only difference is in five months, everybody will release theirs because so many bands postponed their stuff. But this year we recorded bass, vocals, bagpipes, and drums in one studio, where we also do the mix, and Axel, the guitar player, is doing all his guitars in his own studio. The production is very robust and hefty. We make a complete reproduction with everything in the end. The record starts with the patriotic "The Brave", performed by Scott Cochrane on bagpipes, a song which is often considered Scotland's unofficial national anthem. GRAVE DIGGER have marked their fortieth anniversary with the release of their twentieth studio album Fields of Blood.Fields of Blood is a concept album that focuses on the history of Scotland and its struggle for independence.. The Clansman's Journey 02. What was the recording process like? And then from this point of where he started, he moved to the side of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce and Queen Mary, and in the end he fought together with his Highland brother and he’s telling the story from his emotional side, because he was at all these places and he met all these people. But it’s equal—if you release it now or in five months. The Heart of Scotland This is still Grave Digger, but a Grave Digger a bit too by-the-numbers for their own good. Normally, we were working together with a guy from Hungary, Gyula Havancsak, but this time I wanted to have this old-fashioned feeling. German metallers GRAVE DIGGER will celebrate their 40th anniversary with the release of their 20th studio album, titled "Fields Of Blood", on May 29 via Napalm Records.The disc will take us on an emotional journey through Scottish history and into explosive sound landscapes. Take long-running German metallers Grave Digger, who find great passion and lyrical fodder from the Scottish people and folklore. Fields of Blood is the end of the Scottish Highlands trilogy. And I think he did a really good job on it. The Clansman’s Journey sets the scene with an instrumental track. We’ve practiced this since 1995 in the same studio and one hand knows what the other hand has to do. It has a lot of details, good atmosphere, it’s a good handcraft. But in the end, we wanted to sound a little bit more fresh. That is the life of a musician. Did you have to give him much direction, and did it turn out exactly how you envisioned it?I had an idea when I contacted him. Grave Digger records are built upon an Accept-like straight-ahead metallic drive, topped with Boltendahl’s raw-throated snarl that still manages singalong glory through the time-honored Germanic metal art of the undeniably epic chorus. Fields of Blood, an Album by Grave Digger. Sound wise, what were you hoping to achieve?We’re always working with the same schedule, the same style when we’re doing the production. But it was more or less too late because we started everything—the promotion for the new album, and we had some deadlines we can’t move. Clash of the Gods is based on the Classical Mythology. also listen to 'The Brave(intro to Tunes of War) and bow in awe before the might of HEAVY METAL !! How did the guest vocal duet with Battle Beast’s Noora Louhimo on “Thousand Tears” come about? So, we’ll release a new album definitely next year or in the middle of or after the summer. That is the reason why I’m really proud of the new album, because I could put my heart and my soul into this album because this history is a part of mine. And he day dreams when he’s sitting around sleeping in the museum, that he’s moving back in his own history, a thousand years back, when everything started with Scotland. I thought for this album we needed something different. Oh man! Since Grave Digger is celebrating its 40th anniversary, will this new album have a special place in the band’s and your fans’ hearts?I think that I understand the Scottish history now and its complete wideness and everything. And this was the reason why I told Axel from my vacation two years ago that we have to do another album because the story isn’t at the end so far. Three bagpipes, it’s like killing your ears, it’s unbelievably loud. So, I think it’s better now to release it. That it is not the kind of history lesson where there is another point of view. We are addicted to writing songs and playing live. Official music video of the stand out track from the 1996 album Tunes Of War.Lyrics:The clans are marching against the law Bagpipers play the tunes of war Death or glory I will find Rebellion on my mind Rumors know that rebellion will break out Bonnie Prince Charles is in the highlands To claim his crown no doubt He raised his Standart at Glenfinnen Calling to our pride The Jacobites are gathering I'll be at their side Armed and ready stand My rights I must defend Steel is in my hand The clans are marching against the law Bagpipers play the tunes of war Death or glory I will find Rebellion on my mind The town of Edinburgh fell soon in our hands Defeated the English at the Battle of Prestopans Armed and ready stand My rights I must defend Steel is in my hand The clans are marching against the law Bagpipers play the tunes of war Death or glory I will find Rebellion on my mind It’s a little bit more of a personal point of view. Grave Digger serve up even more fresh Beelzebub pie with Fields Of Blood, another vainglorious Scottish wars concept album like Tunes Of War. You mentioned how loud it was in the studio with the bagpipes. And then I imagined by myself that he was some kind of clans warrior. Released 29 May 2020 on Napalm. Germans Grave Digger who celebrate 40-years anniversary of the band this year (40 years!) On its 20th full-length album, Fields of Blood released by Napalm Records, Grave Digger completes its Scottish historic trilogy concept it began on 1996’s Tunes of War and then with 2010’s The Clans Will Rise Again. There are no words to describe how much I can't stand the sound of bagpipes but the album picks up from there and is at the very least yet another solid, if not great Grave Digger album. As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. It must hit close to your metal heart when you are passionate about a historical topic that has little to do with your current heritage. Grave Digger's Tunes of War is a brilliant example how to mix gripping heavy metal with complex historical concepts. Submitted by Inchcock. This track features traditional bagpipes that starts our Scottish journey. Formed in 1980, they are one of the first bands, along with Accept, Running Wild, Helloween, Sinner, Cutty Sark and Rage on the German metal scene.. Were there any conversations between you and Napalm Records about delaying the album’s release date?Yeah, we thought at the beginning when the crisis started to postpone the album. We can do this kind of music because we love it. All lyrics by Chris Boltendahl and Yvonne Thorhauer. Rated #746 in the best albums of 2020. We wrote the songs for the bagpipes more or less, because that was the target, that we use more bagpipes than on the older Scotland records, because this is the main instrument of the Scottish people and also a very important music instrument of the Scottish history. And then in one museum, there was an old man sitting in a corner and he was sleeping, and I recognized that he was working there. That was very important to use it as a folk instrument, as a battle instrument like it was in the beginning. Kostadin Varimezov; Highland bagpipes And then with the pre-production, we go into the studio and record it in a more professional way with a big studio and a good engineer. Excalibur is a good album, but when judged against both it's younger and elder siblings it becomes something of a disappointment. We created Fields of Blood, and the title track is the last song we ever wrote about Scottish history. Grave Digger is a Heavy Metal/Power Metal band from Germany. This album grows with every spin thanks to its cohesive style that is best enjoyed from start to finish. I told him the story of every castle and the battlefields. In-case you've been living in a cave for the last number of years, Grave Digger play a gruff, anthemic variation of power metal. 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