Napalm Records, 13.01.17
I gave Grave Diggers previous album Return of the Reaper a proper inspection, and ended
up with 3 of 6 points. It was also the first of their albums I'd bothered to listen to. I'm obviously disregarding 2015's
Exhumation (The Early Years), a re-recording of old stuff.
If we count it anyway, along with an album released back in 1986 under the moniker Digger,
Healed By Metal would be album number 19, which is quite impressive in its own right.
The Germans reel of epic heavy/power metal as if time hadn't made progress what so ever. I miss good old classic heavy
metal, and have hardly heard anything impressive within the genre in decades. Yearning is the mother of desperate efforts,
which is the best explanation to why I give Grave Digger a second chance. Is this what I've resorted to
in my futile attempt to recreate a sensation of yore?
That you can find traces of Judas Priest, Manowar and Motörhead almost makes matters worse, as
everything is expresses so gently, softly and smoothly. Grave Digger is a clue rougher around the edges
than traditional power metal, but not enough to avoid becoming terribly cheesy at times. Healed By Metal,
as the title suggests, is often almost as embarrassing as Sabaton, Kamelot and PoweWolf when
both riffs and lyrics is at a level that makes Accept look like Venom.
Like last time around, the songs got enough variation to create their own individual identity, and good sequences occur in
between German sing-along metal of the cheap and simple kind. Guitar solos belong in this kind of music, but they are mostly
to short and concise to leave any kind of memorable impression. I'm not gonna claim that Healed By Metal
don't have potential for growth, or that it's not okay to listen to in the background if you're one of those who could otherwise
listen to the radio without exploding in a blaze of indignant rage, but I throw in the towel at an early point. Three rounds
should indeed do, and I even think I've been patient. I have better stuff to spend my time on.
The grade is a little bit strict, but jolly metal infested with major keys makes me a bit grouchy.
Check out the video to Healed By
Metal, where vocalist Chris Boltendahl at his best has a bit of Lemmy in his throat,
and see the lyric video to Call For War.