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Grave Digger - 2005 The Last Supper

ARTIST: Grave Digger
ALBUM: The Last Supper
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
SERIAL: NB 1343-2
YEAR: 2005


LINEUP: Chris 'Max' Boltendahl - vocals * Manfred Albert Schmidt - guitars * Hans Peter Katzenburg - piano, keyboards * Jens Becker - bass * Stefan Arnold - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Passion * 02 The Last Supper * 03 Desert Rose * 04 Grave In The No Mans Land * 05 Hell To Pay * 06 Soul Savior * 07 Crucified * 08 Divided Cross * 09 The Night Before * 10 Black Widows * 11 Hundred Days * 12 Always And Eternally



These guys have been around for years. In fact they were there right at the beginning of the German HM scene around 1980. perhaps not as early as The Scorpions or Accept, but thereabouts. HM is their thing, and they haven't strayed too far from the recipe that has made them successful. You can probably exclude 1987's failed attempt as the band Digger, which saw them change to a hard rock/AOR direction on the album 'Stronger Than Ever'. Great for many hard rockers out there, but terrible for long time fans, the change instigating a breakup of the band which saw Boltendahl re-establish the Grave Digger monicker six years later. Since then, the Grave Digger boys have released a brace of strong albums. Usually their efforts have been based around concepts. Refer to 'The Grave Digger' and 'Rheingold' albums in particular. With 'The Last Supper' it is a different approach. No concept, but a theme instead. And that is based around the last supper of Jesus Christ. An interesting take for a band associated with typical death and destruction type lyrics, and one that has caused a little bit of controversy in Europe. Good on them for tackling the subject. It just goes to show that not all power metal bands rely on doom and gloom to survive. Mind you, Christianity in its pre-history was pretty much doom and gloom wasn't it?

The Songs
Musically this effort could be best described as a workingman's version of Pagans Mind. The vocals are a bit rougher, but the general musical direction is similar. In some cases they rock out hard as many of their German counterparts do. Perhaps some of their best work heard for a long time can be witnessed on a track like 'Grave In The No Man's Land'. Take a listen to 'Soul Savior', this could blow a band like Black Label Society off the map, such is the power. Similar in the power stakes are the pairing of 'Hell To Pay' and 'The Night Before', containing some absolute stomping guitarwork from Manni Schmidt. He then takes it to levels of extreme with the track 'Hundred Days'. On the other hand, when the band slow up the pace on tracks such as 'Crucified' and 'Always And Eternally', the power is still evident. The latter is a ballad, but to be honest, it isn't very convincing.

In Summary
Yes, the topic/theme is sure to cause some raised eyebrows. But really, 'The Last Supper' is nothing more than a full-on HM album. These guys could sing about Posh and Becks and make it sound interesting, but would anyone care as much? Still, a surprisingly good album. Typically German, and typically powerful.

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#1 | george_the_jack on June 21 2008 15:30:38
The Last Supper??? What about 'Knights Of The Cross''??? This was a really outstanding album!!
#2 | gdazegod on June 21 2008 19:10:40
We reviewed this as it was a promo copy sent to us by NB's distribution partners in Australasia. I'm not really familiar with their back catalogue, though I do have their AOR project DIGGER, 'Stronger Than Ever' from 1987. The album with the robo-duck on the cover.
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