Saturday, April 11, 2020

GRAVE DIGGER – Thousand Tear 

This year marks 40 years of one of the most influential and pioneering bands of the German heavy metal scene: May 29th 2020 will see metal titans, Grave Digger, release their 20th studio album on Napalm Records, and their 40th band anniversary will be celebrated in the most glorious way. With their brand new album, Fields Of Blood, the band around charismatic front man Chris Boltendahl continues their iconic, Scottish Highlands story!

Fields of Blood is the logic consequence of a legendary trilogy and an auditory battle of unique traditional metal. The album will take us on an emotional journey through Scottish history and into explosive sound landscapes. Driving riffs and epic choruses meet the famous “Great Highland Bagpipes”: In the Highlands, the battlefields of Stirling, Bannockburn and Culloden, the listener will find himself on a roller coaster between grief and triumph again, suffers and wins with the Scottish freedom fighters.
After “The Clans Will Rise Again” and “Tunes Of War”, Grave Digger close their Highland saga in triumphal style. Just recently, the band shared a first single, “All for the Kingdom”, a mercilessly epic track and heavy metal masterpiece that shows the direction of the new Grave Digger album in perfection
Today, Grave Digger are presenting a very special highlight and the second single of the album: “Thousand Tears” features the incomparable voice of Noora of Battle Beast, refining the most touching metal ballad of the year in a duet with Chris Boltendahl! An unforgettable moment of Grave Digger ‘s apart from that heavy new album Fields Of Blood, and escapes the listener into a melancholic dream, sweetened with a high class vocal melange and an outstanding instrumental arrangement.
Says Grave Digger frontman, Chris Boltendahl: “With Thousand Tears we pay homage to the unforgettable Queen of Scotland Mary Staurt … Noora from Battle Beast gives Queen Mary an incredible, warm and fragile atmosphere through her voice which at the end of the song turns into pure anger and despair.We couldn’t have found a better voice for this song. We are proud to present THOUSAND TEARS feat. NOORA LOUHIMO. One of the best ballads Grave Digger has ever written, maybe the best of our entire career.”
Noora adds: “It‘s an honour to do a collaboration with the legendary Grave Digger and I‘m very intrigued about the Scottish themed songs they‘ve done. Now I will also be part of their historical song ”Thousand Tears” as the voice of Queen Mary. I hope all listeners can hear the big emotions and get a little glimpse of her story as one of most Powerful woman that lived in her time.”
Even 40 years later, the ethos of the band has not changed, and yet Grave Digger sound modern and timeless like never before. They still stay true to their no-frills traditional brand of metal with unwavering pure steel, which nevertheless offers surprises, and celebrates such a special anniversary of one of the most successful German heavy metal pioneers in the most glorious style!
Fields of Blood will be coming out May 29th in the following formats:
– 4 Page Digipack
– VINYL 1LP Gatefold Black
– VINYL 1LP Gatefold Edition in Gold, Limited to 100 copies
– Wooden Box Edition: Bonus Live DVD “Live in Japan”, Highland flask + Bonus 7″ Single Limited to 300 copies (NAPALM RECORDS MAILORDER ONLY)
– Digipack & Shirt Bundle
– VINYL 1LP & Shirt Bundle (Black Vinyl) US Store Only

 GRAVE DIGGER live:
30.05.20 DE – Gelsenkirchen / Rockhard Festival
12.06.20 DE – Büßfeld / M.I.S.E. Open Air
26.06.20 CZ – Spálené Poříčí / Basinfire Fest
27.06.20 DE – Dischingen / R.A.H
03.07.20 DE – Ballenstedt / Rockharz Festival
04.07.20 DE – Irslingen, Dietingen / Wolfweez-Open Air
10.07.20 ES – Burgos / Zurbarán Rock Festival
11.07.20 BG – Chelopech / Wolf Fest‘ 2020
30.07.20 DE – Wacken Open Air
01.08.20 CZ – Bakov nad Jizerou / FryyFest 2020
07.08.20 CH – Basel, Bern / Mannried Open Air

w/ Orden Ogan:
24.09.20 DE – Hamburg / Grünspan
25.09.20 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle
26.09.20 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
27.09.20 tba
29.09.20 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra
30.09.20 AT – Wien / Szene
01.10.20 DE – Berlin / Kesselhaus
02.10.20 DE – München / Muffathalle
03.10.20 DE – Stuttgart / LKA
04.10.20 CH – Sarnen / Urrock Festival 2020
06.10.20 FR – Paris / La Machine
07.10.20 FR – Lyon / Ninkasi Kao
08.10.20 NL – Nijmegen / Doornroosje
09.10.20 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage
10.10.20 DE – Geiselwind / Musichall
11.10.20 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof

31.10.20 FR – Vouziers / Festival de Vouziers
14.11.20 Mex – Monterey / Mexico Metalfest

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