Veteran German metallers GRAVE DIGGER performed in Israel for the very first time last night (Friday, July 1) at the Sublime Club in Tel-Aviv. Support at the gig came from DESERT (Israeli power metal) and HOLY DIVERS (tribute to Ronnie James Dio featuring the singer of the French heavy metal band NIGHTMARE). According to the promoter, GRAVE DIGGER's three-hour show was going to be divided into three parts during which the band was slated to play a number of its hits and classics.
A five-minute clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from GRAVE DIGGER's trip to Israel can be seen below.
"The Clans Are Still Marching", the new DVD from GRAVE DIGGER, entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 56 (German chart rules allow music DVDs to enter album charts).
One cannot think of a better location to loudly celebrate a metal anniversary than the legendary Wacken Open Air festival. GRAVE DIGGER never thought twice than to mark their 30th anniversary with a metal extravaganza that would allow their most loyal fans to celebrate with them at the metal Mecca. This once-in-a-lifetime evening delivered the band's classic "Tunes Of War" in its entirety. Thousands of headbangers shared in the enjoyment of timeless anthems such as "Scotland United", "The Dark Of The Sun", and, of course, "Rebellion". Staying true to the evening's theme, frontman Chris Boltendahl performed in "Braveheart"-inspired garb. Yet he had more surprises up his sleeve, as he welcomed guest artists VAN CANTO, Hansi Krsch (BLIND GUARDIAN), and metal queen Doro Pesch to join him on stage.
Released on March 4 via Napalm Records, "The Clans Are Still Marching" DVD captures the energy of this unique evening and delivers it to living rooms everywhere. The DVD also comprises backstage footage, interviews, the video of "Highland Farewell" and its respective "Making of...", as well as all the live tracks on CD.
GRAVE DIGGER's latest album, "The Clans Will Rise Again", was released in Europe on October 1, 2010 via Napalm Records. The CD was recorded between mid-May 2010 and mid-July 2010 at the Meadow Studios, which is owned by GRAVE DIGGER's new guitarist Axel Ritt, and Principal Studios, where all of GRAVE DIGGER albums since 1995's "Heart Of Darkness" have been tracked. It was produced by Chris Boltendahl and mixed by Jrg Umbreit.