Grave Digger - Excalibur
Gun Records
Heavy Metal
12 songs (53'14)
Release year: 1999
Grave Digger, Gun Records
Reviewed by Chris
Album of the year

This last album definitely confirms that Grave Digger are back on track. Knights Of The Cross was already impressive but this one puts the bet higher ! Without any doubt it's the best Grave Digger album ever ! From track one through track twelve you get pieces of the Excalibur legend, the round table, Lancelot, Mordred,... and all the other characters. This album needs the listener's full attention, especially during first listens... frankly I first listened to it twice and put it away for more than a month... what a mistake ! The fifth time your ears go through this masterpiece you'll be on for a big surprise. The music is very square, aggressive riffs and strong vocals like Grave Digger are used to deliver. Again, Chris Boltendahl puts a deadly atmosphere with his voice. Choirs on chorus are great and makes the songs more accessible to my opinion (anyway I looooove choirs). But the most impressive thing is the ambience that grows from track to track... getting stronger and stronger you get sucked into a world where you can only hear sounds of steel and magic... forgetting you ever lived in the 20th century and waking up all your senses, instincts and emotions. Not many albums made that kind of effects on me... being a fan of the medieval age and especially the Excalibur legend, I'm telling you, this is one of the best piece of the kind you're gonna find (lyrics and power), even though the music itself doesn't sound that medieval unlike Blind Guardian for example. A have-in-your-collection-or-die album !

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Chris quoted 97 / 100
Mike quoted 94 / 100
Other albums by Grave Digger that we have reviewed:
Grave Digger - Clash of the Gods reviewed by Olivier and quoted 74 / 100
Grave Digger - The Clans Are Still Marching - Live at Wacken 2010 (DVD/CD) reviewed by Marty and quoted no quote
Grave Digger - Ballads Of A Hangman reviewed by Marty and quoted 86 / 100
Grave Digger - Liberty Or Death reviewed by Chris and quoted 86 / 100
Grave Digger - The Last Supper reviewed by Mike and quoted 67 / 100
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