ARTIST:

GRAVE DIGGER

(GERMANY)
TITLE:

FIELDS OF BLOOD

(2020)
LABEL:

NAPALM RECORDS

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
Celtic, Concept-album, Epic, Melancholic, Rasping vocals
""Fields Of Blood" has all the assets to delight fans of epic and melodic heavy metal music."
NOISE (08.07.2020)  
5/5
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Nothing stops Grave Digger, which continues to keep moving at an intense pace. The German veteran offers a twentieth album barely 18 months after a convincing "The Living Dead". This rhythm is pleasing but one should remain cautious. Chris Boltendahl's band has been playing a rollercoaster ride over the last few years with good but sometimes too classical albums . Last part of a trilogy started with "Tunes Of War" and "The Clans Will Rise Again", "Fields Of Blood" brings back Scotland and the Highlands. 

By rediscovering a theme dear to the heart of its fans, Grave Digger plays it safe but has no right to make mistakes. The album sweeps through the history of Scotland, notably going back to a battle led by William Wallace in 1297. Built like a film, the record plunges into the heart of the battles and gives moments of bravery. In the classic Grave Digger style, 'All For The Kingdom', 'Lions Of The Sea', 'My Final Fight' and 'Gathering Of The Clans' stand out with a heavy, efficient warrior side that makes you want to go to fight, with mind-blowing riffs and solos, all carried by the rocky voice of a fit Chris with the typical choruses on unifying choruses designed for the stage.

Sometimes, the epic breath is even stronger with tracks that take the record into another dimension. The Bronx Drummers' percussion and bagpipes carry 'The Heart Of Scotland', a title that makes you want to raise your fist in the form of a beautiful tribute to the Scottish resistance with a solo tinged with folk. Over more than ten minutes, 'The Fields Of Blood' is a huge, heavy, epic and melancholy moment. It mixes emotions and plunges into the heart of the battle. 'Thousand Tears' is a superb ballad; the duet between Chris and Noora Louhimo from Battle Beast plays the emotion card with talent, well helped by beautiful keyboard parts bringing a great depth. We must also mention 'intro' and 'outro' which give the thrill and allow you to fully immerse yourself in the story with the bagpipes and percussion once again.

With "Fields Of Blood", Grave Digger signs an opus of great quality, successful on all levels. It forcefully plunges us into the heart of the history of a legendary Scotland. It has all the assets to delight fans of epic and melodic heavy music.


More informations on http://www.grave-digger-clan.com





TRACK LISTING:
01. The Clansman's Journey
02. All for the Kingdom
03. Lions of the Sea
04. Freedom
05. The Heart of Scotland
06. Thousand Tears
07. Union of the Crown
08. My final Fight
09. Gathering of the Clans
10. Barbarian
11. Fields of Blood
12. Requiem for the Fallen

LINEUP:
Axel Ritt: Guitares
Chris Boltendahl: Chant
Jens Becker: Basse
Marcus Kniep: Claviers / Batterie
Les Tambours Du Bronx: Batterie / Invité
Noora Louhimo: Invité / Chant
   
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FRANCK
27/02/2021
 
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Voilà assurément un 5/5 qui me semble bien mérité. Un album de métal certes classique mais foutrement bien fait, gras et bien lourd, mais en même temps mélodique, épique et les ajouts d'instruments comme la cornemuse donnent presque un petit côté aventurier et frais.
Du très bon boulot.
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