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Grave Digger


"Grave Digger" is a German power metal/speed metal band formed in the mid 1980s.

After various appearances at small festivals, the band, comprising Chris Boltendahl, Peter Masson, Willi Lackmann and Albert Eckardt, recorded a song for the compilation album ''Rock from Hell'' in 1983. A year later, Grave Digger released their debut album ''Heavy Metal Breakdown''.

They released their second album ''Witchhunter'' in 1985. After this album was completed, Eckardt left the band; he was replaced by C.F. Brank. Further festival appearances, a tour as the warm-up act for Helloween and, finally, a triple headline tour with Celtic Frost and Helloween followed, and all before the release of the third album ''War Games'' in January 1986. Thereafter, Peter Masson gave way to Uwe Lulis; in 1987 the band's name was changed to ''Digger'', the name under which they released the album ''Stronger than Ever''. This album hardly had anything in common with the earlier music of Grave Digger. It was more an attempt to reach the masses with mainstream rock like that of Bon Jovi or Van Halen. The album flopped, as it wasn't accepted by fans or the masses. As a result, Chris Boltendahl ...

country Germany
years active 1980–''Present''
music genre Power Metal
Speed metal
Heavy metal music
current members Chris Boltendahl
Jens Becker
Manni Schmidt
Stefan Arnold
Hans-Peter Katzenburg
license: GNU FDL
source: Wikipedia