Sep 30, 2018

Grave Digger (2018) The Living Dead 'Review'

Band: Grave Digger
Country of Origin: Germany
Genre: Heavy / Power Metal
Type: Full Length
Format: CD Digipak
Length Approx.: 46:00 min.
Release Date09-14-2018
Release Label: Napalm Records

IR Classification: Moderate (3.0 / 5)

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"The Living Dead" doesn't compile their best work.

Grave Digger is one of the few bands that have been hanging around for the last thirty-eight years and one of the most skilled at songwriting that we can recognize nowadays within the Heavy and Power metal genre, "The Living Dead" comes to be their nineteenth album in their career, not all the time has been fanfares for them and frankly, "The Living Dead" falls short especially when you met them at their maximum exponential point; Please, pull out any album from the nineties or early noughties, and you will understand what I'm talking about.

"The Living Dead" struggles to retain your attention, the opener song "Fear the Living Dead" seems weak to me, it lacks of that classic punch that characterizes the Teutonic, in fact the length end up killing this track, while "Blade of the Immortal" comes loose and the riff doesn't land properly, at least doesn't make the intended impact, "When Death Passes By" delivers a decent crushing riff with a stunning guitar solo, "The Power of Metal" is a beautiful song that pull off one of the best sing along choruses in the album and thrives to transmit the feeling of the power metal, "What War Left Behind" give us is a great initial thrash riff, with a solid rhythm section and a terrific guitar solo, but again, "Fist in Your Face" is exactly what it says it is and not for being grandiose, it totally loses a lot of emotion, the next track is "Zombie Dance" what can I tell you about this track? is a Folk experiment that caught me off-guard, in their defense I can say they are looking alternative to entertain their audience, adding new stuff to their long repertoire, the closing bonus track "Glory or Grave" is kind of OK, with a solid and powerful riff that melds pretty tightly well, at most gaining an average level.

At the end I got lost, I end up with doubts because since (2015) "Exhumation (The Early Years)" and (2017) "Healed by Metal" Grave Digger has not shown all that genius and power that backs them up and "The Living Dead" doesn't compile their best work, few tracks are redeemable, but that's it; So please do yourself a favor listen the whole album and make your own conclusions, because here I have nothing else to say.

Stay True… Stay Metal… Stay Brutal…

Track List:

01. Fear of the Living Dead │ 02. Blade of the Immortal │ 03. When Death Passes By │ 04. Shadow of the Warrior │ 05. The Power of Metal  │ 06. Hymn of the Damned │ 07. What War Left Behind │ 08. Fist in Your Face │ 09. Insane Pain │ 10. Zombie Dance │ 11. Glory or Grave

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