German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER have issued the following update:"Uncle Reaper [frontman Chris Boltendahl] became a daddy. The little Reaper is given the name Jamiro Alexander Boltendahl and was born healthy and strong on 16th March 2006. He's the first offspring of the Boltendahl family and his parents face a positive metallic future. "The guys are working hard to get the new album ready. Recordings will be done at Principal Studios in Münster from June to September. Producers will be the established team consisting of Manni Schmidt and Chris Boltendahl and the Resetti Brothers at the controls. "The new album will be the official part two of the trilogy that has been initiated with 'Rheingold'.
"On 22nd September 2006 for the first time in GRAVE DIGGER's history there will be a single out in the shops. Title of the single will be 'Yesterday 2006' and contain a new version of the GRAVE DIGGER classic 'Yesterday' from the year 1984. Three additional titles will round out the single which will also include a DVD with a complete GRAVE DIGGER concert from 2001. So, it will be value for money. "The album will be in the shops on 12th January 2007. Title as well as concept will be announced in the [coming] weeks. "European tour will begin alongside THERION on 17th January 2007 and end on 18th February 2007. It's a double headline tour; GRAVE DIGGER will not be supporter of THERION, as rumours spreading in the Internet tell. That's definitely not true and seems to be propagated by some weird folks. Confirmed tour dates will be published here in about two weeks. "The new album won't be published by Nuclear Blast. Negotiations for a contract with a new label are in full play. More about that after the contract has been signed. "Manni, HP and Chris are simultaneously working on the 'Warhammer Symphony' project. Auditions for the female vocals are taking place now."