GRAVE DIGGER guitarist Manni Schmidt has posted the following message on his web site:
"Time goes by fast… The tour [with THERION] is completed and on Tuesday we go to Russia to perform three shows — Ekaterienburg, Krasnodar and Moscow. The rest of the tour was as brilliant as the shows I reported on earlier. If I'd get into details I'd just repeat myself. And we already knew that Netherlands is no big market for GRAVE DIGGER — still we gave it everything!
"Right after the tour I went back to the studios to record guitars for a demo on a new project which under construction right now. I give you one word: 'Übergas!' More about that some time later…
"Few of you may have read it in the Rock Hard magazine — I use hearing aids by now. At the time I got them there was an article on the loudness of concerts in the Rock Hard magazine on which I reacted spontaneously with a reader's letter. The reactions on this — personally during the tour as well as in e mails — were consistently positive. There still seem to be people who think about it and take care of their ears as opposed to myself earlier. So folks — take care of your ears! When it's wasted it's too late! Hearing aids are only supportive on taking part in the daily life, they're not new ears!
"I'd like to thank the 'Wessling' corporation from Essen who support me with my problem and collaborate with me to get the best out of these little gadgets."
GRAVE DIGGER's new album, "Liberty or Death", entered the German Media Control chart last month at position No. 30. This is the second highest chart entry in GRAVE DIGGER's history. The band's "Excalibur" CD debuted at No. 21 back in 1999.
"Liberty or Death" was released in North America on January 30 via Locomotive Records. An e-card for GRAVE DIGGER's maxi-single "Yesterday", which was released on October 10, is available at this location.
For the "Yesterday" single, vocalist Chris Boltendahl, guitarist Mani Schmidt, bassist Jens Becker, drummer Stefan Arnold and keyboardist HP Katzenburg took the song from the cult favorite "Heavy Metal Breakdown" album, and have combined it with a new song, "The Reaper's Dance", as well as their cover of "No Quarter", which previously appeared on a LED ZEPPELIN tribute album. An orchestral version of "Yesterday" rounds out the CD portion of this double-disc. Packaged within this ambitious project is a special DVD, taken from the band's performance at Spain's Rock Machina Festival in 2001.