Ballads of a Hangman

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Ballads of a Hangman
Grave Digger - Ballads of a Hangman.jpg
Studio album by Grave Digger
Released 27 January 2009
Recorded August-October 2008 at Principal Studios, Germany
Genre Heavy metal, power metal
Label Napalm
Producer Grave Digger, Resetti Brothers
Grave Digger chronology
Liberty or Death
Ballads of a Hangman
The Clans Will Rise Again
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 7.5/10 stars[1]
Metal Hammer 6/7 stars[2]

Ballads of a Hangman is the 14th studio album by the German heavy metal band Grave Digger, and was released on 27 January 2009. It is the first Grave Digger album to feature two guitarists, the only one to feature Thilo Hermann who co-wrote the album but was asked to leave soon after its release and also the last one with Manni Schmidt who left the band in October 2009 due to personal differences with Chris Boltendahl.[3]

The semi-ballad "Lonely The Innocence Dies" featuring Veronica Freeman of Benedictum was noted for being close to a harder version of "Where The Wild Roses Grow" by Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "The Gallows Pole" (Intro) Boltendahl 0:52
2. "Ballad of a Hangman" Boltendahl 4:47
3. "Hell of Disillusion" Boltendahl 3:56
4. "Sorrow of the Dead" Boltendahl 3:26
5. "Grave Of The Addicted" Boltendahl 3:34
6. "Lonely the Innocence Dies" (ft. Veronica Freeman) Boltendahl 5:45
7. "Into the War" Boltendahl 3:32
8. "The Shadow of Your Soul" Boltendahl 4:15
9. "Funeral for a Fallen Angel" Boltendahl 4:32
10. "Stormrider" Boltendahl 3:17
11. "Pray" Boltendahl 3:37
Total length: 41:33

All music composed by Boltendahl/Schmidt/Hermann

Album line-up[edit]

  • Chris Boltendahl - Lead & Backing vocals
  • Manni Schmidt - Guitars & Backing vocals
  • Thilo Hermann - Guitars & Backing vocals
  • Jens Becker - Bass
  • Stefan Arnold - Drums
  • H.P. Katzenburg - Keyboards