In the world of German speed metal, it's hard to maintain your individuality. With all sorts of bands coming out a dime a dozen, it's easy to get lost in the world of bier infested anthems sung in a thick accent over galloping drums and NWOBHM inspired riffs sped up. Nonetheless, Grave Digger separate themselves from the crowd. Do they do it by writing sappy ballads and flowery anthems? No.
They do it by kicking more ass, being heavier and sicker than the competition, and doing it in the good ol' drunken fashion. Yes, with Boltendahl's "german street drunk" style of singing, over crushing riffs, gigantic choirs, and superfluous double bass, Grave Digger pummel you into the ground with Rheingold. I must say this is their best effort so far. Whereas past efforts had filler, Rheingold has none. Every song is headbangable and full of shout along (Boltendahl doesn't sing, he shouts and bellows) chorii, and every riff is a crushing menace filled to the brim with aggression and bile.
Of course, it helps that this is a viking saga, based off of Wagner's Ring cycle. While it would be a challenge to infer this from the lyrics (Boltendahl is not the most talented lyricwriter), it doesn't matter, because you still want to scream along to the incredibly simple but incredibly effective lyrics. However, Grave Digger is a riff driven band, and this is a riff driven album. Keyboards exist, and in heavy portions, but like all good metal, it's the riffs that drive this, and boy are they tasty. Forget Manowar, this is what Manowar should've been doing during the last 2 decades (Louder than Hell, Warriors of the World, Gods of War). Heavy, riff driven, and full of piss and vinegar. This is recommended HIGHLY for fans of true POWER metal, not flower metal. There is nothing flowery about Grave Digger, this is one hundred percent kick-your-ass metal from the heart of the Deutschland. And don't you forget it.