- Released: June 3, 2003
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
- 1.The Ring
- 5.Maidens of War
- 10.Twilight of the Gods
RHEINGOLD is based on the Richard Wagner opera RING OF THE NIBELUNGS.
Personnel: Letzte Einhorn (vocals); Manni Schmidt (guitar); Hans Peter Katzenburg (keyboards); Stefan Arnold (drums); Hacky Hackmann (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Resetti Brothers.
Recording information: Graveyard Studios, The Netherlands (10/2002-01/2003); Principal Studios - Senden, Munster (10/2002-01/2003).
Unknown Contributor Role: Virtual Symphonic Orchestra.
Arrangers: Hans Peter Katzenburg; Manni Schmidt; Jens Becker.
Teutonic metallers Grave Digger have long had a penchant for interpreting history and works of literature through their anthemic power metal concept albums (see 1999's Excalibur and 2001's The Grave Digger) and this time around, Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelungs gets the German headbangers' metal makeover. Predictably, Grave Digger apply sonic and lyrical bombast with a trowel, rendering each of the ten tracks a gloriously heavy-handed slab of '80s-style Euro-metal. History buffs may not learn much here, but old-school metalheads will be rewarded. ~ Andy Hinds