Heavy Metal Breakdown

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Heavy Metal Breakdown
Studio album by
Released20 October 1984
RecordedJanuary, 1984 at Music Lab Studio, West Berlin
LabelNoise (Europe)
ProducerKarl-Ulrich Walterbach, Grave Digger
Grave Digger chronology
Heavy Metal Breakdown
Witch Hunter
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Heavy Metal Breakdown is the debut studio album by the German heavy metal band Grave Digger, released on 20 October 1984 by Noise Records. The music in this album is strongly influenced by German heavy metal band Accept and its then-vocalist Udo Dirkschneider.[2]

Although singer Chris Boltendahl was credited for all the music and lyrics, it was only a technical issue. "At the time we didn't have the money to enroll all four members to GEMA. So we only enrolled Chris", said Gerd Hanke then-manager of Grave Digger in book The Story of Noise Records. "Lyrics had always been a problem for Chris" - added guitarist Peter Masson. "His school English was quite bad. During my time with Grave Digger, Gerd wrote most of the lyrics."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Music composed and arranged by Grave Digger and lyrics by Chris Boltendahl, except where indicated

Side A
1."Headbanging Man" 3:37
2."Heavy Metal Breakdown" 3:42
3."Back from the War" 5:35
4."Yesterday"Beate Marquardt5:06
Side B
5."We Wanna Rock You" 4:17
6."Legion of the Lost" 4:54
7."Tyrant" 3:17
8."2000 Light Years from Home" (The Rolling Stones cover)Mick Jagger, Keith Richards2:54
9."Heart Attack" 3:16
Total length:36:38


The 1994 bonus tracks are from the following:

  • "Violence" is taken from the 1983 split album Rock from Hell - German Metal Attack
  • "Shoot Her Down", "We Wanna Rock You" and "Storming the Brain" are taken from the 1984 EP Shoot Her Down
  • "Shine On" and "Tears of Blood" are taken from the 1985 split album Metal Attack Vol. 1
  • "Don't Kill the Children" and "Girls of Rock 'n' Roll" are taken from the 1994 compilation album The Best of the Eighties
  • "Stronger Than Ever" and "I Don't Need Your Love" are taken from the 1986 album Stronger Than Ever, in which case they were called Digger at the time


Band members
Additional musicians
  • Dietmar Dillhardt - keyboards on "Yesterday"


  • Karl-Ulrich Walterbach - producer
  • Harris Johns - engineer, mixing


  1. ^ a b Pemberton, Roach. "Review: Heavy Metal Breakdown". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  2. ^ "GRAVE DIGGER – Heavy Metal Breakdown (1984) | Album / EP Reviews @ Metal Forces Magazine". www.metalforcesmagazine.com. Retrieved 2017-11-11.
  3. ^ Gehlke, David E. (2017). Damn the Machine, The Story of Noise Records. USA: Deliberation Press. pp. 112–113. ISBN 9780692637135.