Grave Digger - Home at Last

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Grave Digger is back with a teaser for their upcoming full-length album. This six-song affair showcases one of their new songs (“Home at Last”), two non-album tracks and three live songs. If you’re a fan of Grave Digger already, this isn’t anything you haven’t heard before. They have the same Thrashy Power Metal sound that you’ve come to expect from them. If you love Power Metal, this is one of the genre’s notable bands. The title track is the best one here, with the two other studio cuts following not far behind in quality. The live songs are hit or miss. Though they were recorded at Wacken (and also appear on The Clans Are Still Marching, so they are not exclusive to this release), it sounds as though things were touched up in the studio. The guitars and keyboards sound far too perfect for a live recording. The only parts that don’t sound touched up were the audience and the lead vocal track. Frankly, I think that the vocals should have been fixed too, because they aren’t very good. Chris Boltendahl isn’t so bad on “Ballad of a Hangman,” but “Heavy Metal Breakdown” sounds terrible. If my memory is correct, “Heavy Metal Breakdown” was the last song on their regular set, so it explains why his voice is totally shot by then. If you’ve never heard this band before, Home at Last is a fair introduction to how they sound now, both live and in the studio. If you’re already a fan, you really have to be hardcore about getting everything they’ve ever produced, because only the two non-album tracks (“Rage of the Savage Beast” and “Metal Will Never Die”) are exclusive to this EP. With the title track being the obvious standout, my personal opinion is that this isn’t worth chasing down just for those two songs. For your dollar, the full-length album would be a better investment.

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