Gravestone is a German heavy metal band that was formed in 1977 in Stuttgart. The band was originally known as "Phönix" but changed their name to Gravestone in 1982. The original lineup consisted of Stefan Kessel on vocals, Thomas Kelleners and Ladi Geisler on guitars, Rudi Dorner on bass, and Bernd Helmer on drums.
Gravestone released their debut album, "Do not Take Life Too Seriously" in 1980, which was a mixture of hard rock and heavy metal. The band's sound evolved into a more classic heavy metal style with their subsequent releases, "Victim of Chains" (1984), "Back to Attack" (1985), and "Creating a Monster" (1986).
The band went through a number of lineup changes over the years, but they continued to release albums into the early 1990s. In 1992, Gravestone released their final album, "The Best of Gravestone", which included re-recordings of some of their most popular tracks.
Gravestone is known for their classic heavy metal sound, with fast guitar riffs, powerful vocals, and driving rhythms. The band's music is influenced by bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, and their style has been described as "no-nonsense heavy metal".
While Gravestone never achieved the same level of commercial success as some of their contemporaries, they remain a beloved band among heavy metal fans. Their music continues to be celebrated by fans of classic heavy metal, and their influence can be heard in the music of many modern heavy metal bands.
GRAVESTONE - Creating A Monster 12" Vinyl LP
JUST IN 10015 JU 300 , 1988 , France
GRAVESTONE's swan song, 'Creating a Monster,' marks the final chapter of this German Heavy Metal band's journey. Produced by Gravestone and Gama, with renowned Sound Engineer Tom Krüger at the helm, this LP showcases their farewell to the metal scene. Recorded at Spygel Studios, Kircheim/Teck, the album's artwork, designed by Martin Appoldt, adds a visual dimension to their parting musical statement.
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.
GRAVESTONE's debut, 'Victim of Chains,' on Scratch Records, is a relic of old-school German Power, Speed, and Thrash Metal. This 1st Issue LP is a treasure for collectors and a sonic delight for fans of Helloween, Accept, Edguy, and Gamma Ray. For those who relish IRON MAIDEN's guitar mastery, 'For a Girl' delivers. An authentic piece of metal history in every groove.