Formed in 1980 in Cologne, Grave Digger were at the forefront of the German heavy metal movement as it swept the globe in the early 80's. They released two demos in 1982 and 1983 which brought them to the attention of Noise Records who included two of the bands tracks on their infamous Rock From Hell compilation in 1984 alongside future label mates Running Wild and S.A.D.O. Later in '84, Grave Digger unleashed their seminal debut Heavy Metal Breakdown, which was critically received by both press and fans alike. It's a fast and ferocious affair as the album's title and songs like "Headbanging Man," "Heart Attack" and "Storming the Brain," suggest. Out of print for over 34 years, Heavy Metal Breakdown was remastered by Andy Pearce (Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Kreator) and includes a new 2000 word interview with vocalist Chris Boltendahl, lyrics, rare unseen photos and memorabilia.