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Grave Digger: Fields of Blood

I've always been very much a casual fan of Grave Digger. They've been around for approximately forty years with vocalist Chris Boltendahl the sole band member to have been in every version of the band. Quite why a Germanic act has such an obsession with Scotland has been a source of mystery to me. Not such a source of mystery that I have ever bothered to find out but nonetheless it's strange and intriguing. Talking of strange and intriguing Fields of Blood starts off with bagpipes. There are no words to describe how much I can't stand the sound of bagpipes but the album picks up from there and is at the very least yet another solid, if not great Grave Digger album.

There are a number of ultra cathcy relatively straightforward metal bangers on offer on the album especially the splendid "Lions of the Sea" which is almost annoyingly tuneful although I'm not sure that Chris Boltendahl's gruff voice can ever be described as tuneful. There's pounding metal available for selection on "Freedom" which lyrically is quite apt theses days although when it goes into William Wallace mode I kind of switch off until the cool guitars take over.

In a move that will shock absolutely nobody the bagpipes return again for "The Heart of Scotland" and unlike on the opening track it doesn't get better as it goes on. Noora Louhimo of Battlebeast continues her attempt to be on every metal album of 2020 on "Thousand Tears" and this may well be my favourite track on the album with a nice contrast between the male and female vocals . The songs surrounding the middle section are all perfectly fine but when I sat down to write it was the mid section which I remembered and was drawn to most and I think, to me this sums Grave Digger's entire career up �" good but not great.

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

Added: June 13th 2020
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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