GRAVE DIGGER Guitarist ALEX RITT Talks New Album “Fields Of Blood” and Band 40th Anniversary: “It Makes More Sense for Us to Release New Material Than to Warm Up the Old Stuff”

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With tried and tested metal anthems like “Rebellion (The Clans Are Marching)”, “Excalibur” and many more, Grave Digger are one of the most influential and pioneering bands of the German heavy metal scene since their inception. 2020 brings a relevant milestone in the career of these Teutonic metal masters, as they celebrate their 40th year of existence. The work ethic of the band has not changed, and yet they sound modern and timeless like never before.

Never one to rest on their laurels, they chose to celebrate the anniversary by releasing an album of new material. On their 20th studio record, the band around front-man Chris Boltendahl continues their epic story centered in the Highlands. “Fields of Blood” (check out our review of the album at this location) is the logic consequence of a legendary trilogy which had its first two installments with the albums “Tunes of War” and “The Clans Will Rise Again”. Well crafted songs such as the stoic “All For The Kingdom”, or the epic anthem “Lions Of The Sea” have an ear-worm quality to them, and promise intensive neck muscle training. The whole album takes us into the vastness of Scotland on a journey through explosive sound landscapes. In an effort to make the whole experience even more genuine, the band even recorded parts of their new release in the Scottish Highlands. As a very special highlight 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 Boltendahl.

Sonic Perspectives collaborator Rodrigo Altaf had the chance to sit down with Grave Digger’s axeman Axel Ritt, and they discussed several aspects of the new album, how Covid-19 is affecting their touring plans, criticism from the fans in certain aspects, what are their plans for the upcoming future, and much more. Listen to their chat in the links below, and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, Sonic Perspectives is on Facebook, Flipboard, Twitter and YouTube, where you can be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.

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Slideshow live photos by Tim Finch, Dario De Marco, and Rainer

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