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Grim Reaper: See You in Hell (reissue)

Grim Reaper's 1984 debut was a guilty pleasure for many metalheads. Being one of the last of the NWOBHM bands to hit the scene, these London lads scored a major label deal with See You in Hell, an album that sold a few hundred thousand copies and got them on quite a few tours with some of the more popular bands of the day. Looking back, the music on their debut is a bit dated, although still solid if somewhat cheesey classic metal featuring the histrionic vocals of Steve Grimmett and the strong guitar playing of Nick Bowcott. Besides for the anthemic title track, there are a few other strong tracks, most notably the heavy "Wrath of the Ripper", the melodic "Dead on Arrival", and the crunchy riffs of "Run For Your Life". Bowcott proved to be a flashy player who relied on plenty of tricks like whammy bar throttles and two hand tapping, not to mention powerful riffs that paid homage to all the greats like Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, and Iron Maiden. While Grimmett had a range that could hit the highest notes, at times he was a bit overbearing, especially on "All Hell Let Loose", a good tune but annoying at times due to Steve's repeated whining of the main verse.

Overall, this is a must have for fans of the early 80's metal scene. I just wish Spitfire would have cleaned up the sound a little on this reissue, at least raise the volume levels, which are sadly extremely low. Plus, my copy had the title track and "All Hell Let Loose" reversed, which was hard to get used to when you are used to the album kicking off with the classic "See you in hell my friend!"

Track Listing
1. See You In Hell
2. Dead On Arrival
3. Liar
4. Wrath Of The Ripper
5. Now Or Never
6. Run For Your Life
7. The Show Must Go On
8. All Hell Let Loose

Added: April 9th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: SpitFire Records
Hits: 2585
Language: english

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Grim Reaper: See You in Hell (reissue)
Posted by Ken Pierce, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-10-19 21:27:14
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Re-issuing many "blasts from the past" was par for the course when Spitfire Records was in their early years. In many cases, this was a great thing as without their help so many of these classic albums in the Heavy Metal genre would never have found their way to a CD. One of these classics is the debut release by "Grim Reaper" whose signature song is the very title of this album itself. Despite having released several albums over the course of their career this is the one that is the fan favorite. "See You In Hell" was indeed a killer track but in all honesty, so much of the bands repertoire was very similar when taking the time to compare them track for track. The lineup when they first appeared in 1984 would consist of Steve Grimmett (vocals), Nick Bowcott (guitar), Lee Hams (drums) and Dave Wanklin (bass). Grimmett while able to scream like a banshee would use many of the same screams on every track recorded and while originally ahead of what was going on in the NWOBHM, it would come off as repetitive in some cases. The rather fun historical listen of this Molten Metal piece has highlights in "Run For Your Life" and "Wrath Of The Ripper" but overall is a bit cliché when one views the band against the groups forming around the same time and afterwards. If you want some bare bones and hard knuckled Metal then this is a solid deal but do not expect anything mind-blowing to come of it. From a historical sense, this is a nice find and should prompt moderate levels of head banging. Bowcott reformed the band with a completely different line-up in 2006 and tours on occasion. See you in Hell my friends.

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