Grave Digger - Tunes Of War

8.6 | 262 votes |
Release date: 25 August 1996
Style: Heavy metal


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01. The Brave
02. Scotland United
03. The Dark Of The Sun
04. William Wallace (Braveheart)
05. The Bruce
06. The Battle Of Flodden
07. The Ballad Of Mary (Queen Of Scots)
08. The Truth
09. Cry For Freedom (James The VI)
10. Killing Time
11. Rebellion (The Clans Are Marching)
12. Culledon Muir
13. The Fall Of The Brave
14. Heavy Metal Breakdown [Re-Recorded version] [Limited edition bonus]
15. Witchhunter [Re-Recorded version] [Limited edition bonus]
16. Headbanging Man [Re-Recorded version] [Limited edition bonus]

Chris Boltendahl - vocals
Uwe Lulis - guitars, backing vocals
Tomi Göttlich - bass, backing vocals
Stefan Arnold - drums

Guest musicians
Hans Peter Katzenburg - keyboards
Scott Cochrane - bagpipes
Jörg Debbert - backing vocals
Britta Kühlmann - backing vocals

Additional info
Produced by Chris Boltendahl and Uwe Lulis.
Mixed and engineered by Suno Fabitch.
Recorded and mixed at Principal Studios - Senden/Münster during May '96.
Additional overdubs recorded by Uwe.
Lead vocals co-produced by Tomi.
Mastered by John Cremer at EMI Mastering Studio/Cologne.
Backing vocals arranged by Piet Sielck and Chris.
Keyboards on "The Ballad Of Mary (Queen Of Scots)" arranged by H.P. Katzenburg.

Cover concept by Grave Digger and Andreas Marshall.
Cover artwork by Andreas Marshall.
Booklet concept by Tomi and Chris.
Layout and additional artwork by Peter Dell.

Staff review by
Pierre Tombale
This album is the first production of the later called ?The Middle Ages Trilogy?, a set of three digipacks, each containing several bonus tracks, three concept albums each dealing with a different topic. Thematically Tunes Of War is all about scottish history and the scottish efforts to stay sovereign from England.

This first concept album features two of the bands? standards: ?The Dark Of The Sun? which was later released as single, live classics such as ?Scotland United? and something which Grave Digger were never famous for: a good ballad (?The Ballad Of Mary?).

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18.07.2013 - 17:55
Rating: 9
Metal Addict
One of the golden classics of heavy metal and truly a gem in Grave Digger discography. "Rebellion" could be considered one of the best heavy metal sing-along songs ever written.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
31.07.2016 - 19:44
Rating: 9
Jope of Steele
Written by NocturnalStalker on 18.07.2013 at 17:55

One of the golden classics of heavy metal and truly a gem in Grave Digger discography. "Rebellion" could be considered one of the best heavy metal sing-along songs ever written.

I think you're writing the truth here. This is the first GD album to me, where they managed to write plenty of great songs.
05.03.2018 - 22:17
Rating: 10
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Tage Westerlund
One of greatest albums in my time, in my youth, but somehow when you listen all from 1th in order, you don't see this as so special, but as concept its brilliant, best concept album about Scotland.
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
25.11.2018 - 08:38
Rating: 9
Great album. Rebellion is the only song I like that has a bagpipe in it.
30.05.2020 - 16:53
Rating: 7
Mountain King
K i K o
This one is a little messy and all over the place as if GD were coming out of the generic era and trying to creare a concept with an advanced touch. I was tempted to give it a 6 but there are some nice tracks and powerful sections in some songs + it was released when the market was not oversaturated so much with bands so it was good back then.
"Excalibur" would be their milestone and the vocals which I find average in most of their albums are well executed there and even epic at times.

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