Excalibur (Grave Digger album)

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Studio album by Grave Digger
Released 6 September 1999
Recorded May-June 1999 at Principal Studios, Germany
Genre Heavy metal
Power metal
Length 52:12
Label GUN Records
Producer Chris Boltendahl & Uwe Lulis
Grave Digger chronology
Knights of the Cross
The Grave Digger

Excalibur is the ninth studio album by Grave Digger and is the final album of the Middle Ages Trilogy. It tells about the story of King Arthur and the knights of the round table. The line-up for the backing vocals to this album included Piet Sielck, Hansi Kürsch, Hacky Hackmann + Boltendahl.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by Chris Boltendahl and Yvonne Thorhauer. Music by Boltendahl/Lulis except as noted.

  1. "The Secrets of Merlin" (2:38)
  2. "Pendragon" (4:21)
  3. "Excalibur" (4:46)
  4. "The Round Table (Forever)" (5:10)
  5. "Morgane le Fay" (5:16)
  6. "The Spell" (4:39)
  7. "Tristan's Fate" (3:39) (Boltendahl/Lulis/Becker)
  8. "Lancelot" (4:45)
  9. "Mordred's Song" (4:01) (Boltendahl/Lulis/Becker)
  10. "The Final War" (4:02)
  11. "Emerald Eyes" (4:05) (Boltendahl/Katzenburg)
  12. "Avalon" (5:50)

Limited Edition Digipak[edit]

13. "Parcival" (4:59)


Lyrical content[edit]

  • The album is about the King Arthur's mythology.
  • "Pendragon" is about Uther Pendragon, father of Arthur.
  • "Excalibur" is about the powerful sword handled by Arthur.
  • "The Round Table (Forever)" deals with the principles of the Knights of the Round Table.
  • "Morgane Le Fay" is about the witch Morgane.
  • "The Spell" is about the enchantment that Nimue used on Merlin to gain his powers, after a promise of sex and love.
  • "Tristan's Fate" is about the tragic history of Tristan and Isolde. Tristan here is a knight of the round table. (In some tales, he's not even connected to Arthur)
  • "Lancelot" is about the love of Lancelot (Arthur's knight) for Guinevere (Arthur's wife).
  • "Mordred's Song" is about the treachery of Mordred.
  • "The Final War" is about the last battle of Arthur and Mordred. Arthur ends mortally wounded.
  • "Emerald Eyes" is Arthur's last words to Guinevere.
  • "Avalon" is about the fantastic island that Arthur went, where he died.
  • "Parcival" is about the knight Parcival and his quest for the Holy Grail.