- 1St Pressing

This is original 1st Issue of "Victim of Chains" on Scratch Records. Old-school German Power Speed Thrash Metal , this record is a must for fans of bands like Helloween, Accept, Edguy, Gamma Ray etc. Fans of IRON MAIDEN will like the guitar licks on "For a Girl"

Front cover Photo of Gravestone Victim of Chains

Album Description:

For German metalheads and vinyl enthusiasts, few records hold the weight of Gravestone's "Victim of Chains" first pressing. Released in 1984, this 12" LP offers a potent dose of Teutonic power metal, capturing a band on the cusp of a genre's golden age.

Victim of Chains: A Speed Metal Gem

"Victim of Chains" stands as Gravestone's most celebrated work. Originally formed under the name "Phönix," the band embraced a heavier direction upon transforming into Gravestone. This album unleashed their full potential, delivering tracks like "Fly Like An Eagle" and "Death And Reality" that meld soaring vocals with headbanging riffs.

The influence of giants like Accept , Iron Maiden and Judas Priest is undeniable, yet Gravestone carves its own niche. Tracks like "For A Girl" showcase a melodic sensibility, while album closer "Blind Rage" provides a furious send-off.

The Allure of the First Pressing

The first pressing of "Victim of Chains" holds a special place in collectors' hearts. Pressed on Scratch Records in 1984, these original copies boast a distinct sound some claim offers a rawer, more authentic experience compared to later reissues. Additionally, the first pressing often features slight variations in the cover art or liner notes, adding to its collectability.

A Legacy in Wax

"Victim of Chains" may not have achieved mainstream recognition, but within the world of underground metal, it holds a revered position. The first pressing, in particular, serves as a time capsule, transporting listeners back to a specific era in German metal's evolution. Whether you're a die-hard Gravestone fan or simply a collector of unique vinyl experiences, this record is a coveted piece of music history.

Gravestone - For a girl ( 1984 ):

Superb 1980s Guitar Licks and do we hear King Diamond singing???

Music Genre:

  German Power Speed Thrash Metal, Hard Rock
Collector's info:  This is original 1st Issue on Scratch Records (re-issued in 2005 on Karthago Records )

Album Production information:

Recorded and Mixed At: Spygel Studio

Mastered At: Studio-Nord-Bremen

Mixed By: Manfred Lohse

Photography By: Alphons Alt

Record Label Information:

Scratch Records 95005, Gama Musik Verlags GMBH, D-7312 Kirchheim.

Stamper code: High Dynamic Masters by SNB ST 95005 A2 / High Dynamic Masters by SNB ST 95005 B2

Media Format:

12" Vinyl LP  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 200 gram 

Year & Country:

  1984 Made in Germany
Band Members and Musicians on: Gravestone Victim of Chains
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Bert Majdan - Vocals
  • Mathias Dieth - Guitars
  • Doc Reinelt - Guitars
  • Oli Orlitta - Bass
  • Dieter Behle - Drums
Track Listing of: "Victim of Chains"

The Song/tracks on "Victim of Chains" are

    Side One:
  • Fly Like An Eagle
  • Death of Reality
  • Son Of The Freeway
  • So Sad
    Side Two:
  • The Hour
  • For A Girl
  • Rock 'n' Roll Is Easy
  • The Bells of Notre Dame
  • Blind Rag