GRAVESTONE - BACK TO ATTACK - heavy metal 12" Vinyl LP Album

Gravestone's 'Back to Attack,' a 1985 masterpiece, epitomizes the golden age of German heavy metal. This 12" vinyl LP is a treasure for collectors and a sonic gem for fans of Helloween, Accept, Edguy, and Gamma Ray. Produced by Gravestone and Gama, engineered by Batze Kramer, and mixed by Dirk Steffens, it delivers relentless power, soaring solos, and dynamic vocals. A timeless classic, it's a portal to the '80s metal scene, influencing generations of bands.This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


Front cover Photo of Gravestone Back to Attack

Album Description:

Vinyl collectors and heavy metal enthusiasts, gather around, because we're diving deep into the heart of classic German power, speed, and thrash metal with Gravestone's iconic album, "Back to Attack". Released in the golden era of metal, this 12" vinyl LP is a treasure trove for fans of bands like Helloween, Accept, Edguy, Gamma Ray, and anyone who craves the electrifying sounds of the '80s.


Gravestone, a German heavy metal band formed in 1977, found their stride with "Back to Attack" in 1985. The album was a pivotal moment in the band's career, showcasing their prowess in delivering hard-hitting, adrenaline-pumping music. With powerful riffs, thunderous drums, and soaring vocals, Gravestone carved a niche for themselves in the world of old-school metal.

The Making of "Back to Attack"

The album's production was a collaborative effort between Gravestone and Gama, a move that allowed the band to infuse their distinctive style into every aspect of the record.

Sound Engineer Batze Kramer played a crucial role in capturing the raw energy of Gravestone's music. The recording took place in March and April of 1985 at Spygel Studios in Kirchheim, Germany. This period marked a frenzied creative time for the band as they poured their hearts and souls into each track. The result? A sonic assault that would stand the test of time.

The mixing duties were assigned to Dirk Steffens at Soundhouse Studios in Hamburg. Steffens, known for his work with various iconic metal acts, brought his expertise to "Back to Attack", adding the finishing touches to an already powerful record. His skilled hands ensured that every instrument, every vocal, and every note melded together seamlessly to create an auditory masterpiece.

The Sound of "Back to Attack"

"Back to Attack" is a relentless onslaught of heavy metal anthems. From the moment the needle touches the vinyl, you're transported to a world where power chords reign supreme, and the energy is boundless. Songs like "Master of the Earth" and "I Love the Night" showcase Gravestone's ability to blend melody with unadulterated metal aggression.

The guitar work is exceptional, with Axel "Aki" Ritt and Jochen "Bobby" Schmidt delivering blistering solos that leave a lasting mark. The rhythm section, consisting of Tom Müller on bass and Michael "Mitch" Hull on drums, is a relentless driving force, providing the backbone for the entire album.

Vocals, courtesy of Alfried Schütz, are a perfect fit for Gravestone's sonic landscape. His dynamic range and emotive delivery add an extra layer of intensity to each song, making them unforgettable.

Legacy and Influence

"Back to Attack" remains a cornerstone of German heavy metal history. It's not only a testament to Gravestone's talents but also a reflection of the vibrant metal scene of the '80s. The album's influence can be heard in subsequent generations of metal bands who have drawn inspiration from its power and aggression.

Music Genre:

  Hard Rock Heavy Metal
Album  Production information:

The album: "Gravestone" was produced by: Gravestone and Gama

Sound Engineer: Batze Kramer

Walter "Batze" Kramer is German Sound Engineer, managing the sound quality for Heavy Metal Bands like: Starstruck, Tyrant, Sacrifice, Gravestone, Restless, Bloody Six, Vampyr, Maniac, Tox, Killer, Stormwitch, Necronomicon, Lustfinger, Veto, Tox and many others

Recorded March/April 1985 at Spygel Studios, Kirchheim

Mixed my Dirk Steffens at Soundhouse Studios, Hamburg

Dirk Steffens is a notable figure in the German music industry as a record producer. He has worked with several prominent bands and artists, particularly in the hard rock and heavy metal genres. Here are some details about Dirk Steffens and the artists and recordings he has produced.


Record Label & Catalognr:

New Records NW 2305

Media Format:

  12" Vinyl Stereo Full-Length Long-Play  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1985 Made in France
Track Listing of: "Gravestone"

The Songs/tracks on "Gravestone" are

    Side One:
  1. Wont Stop Rockin
  2. Love the Night
  3. The Tiger
  4. Suicide
    Side Two:
  1. You are the Sun
  2. Back to Attack
  3. Dirty Tales
  4. Break Out
Front cover Photo of Gravestone Back to Attack  
Photo of "Gravestone" Album's Back Cover  
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Photo of "Gravestone" Album's Record Label  
Photo of  "Gravestone" Album's Record Label  
Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash.