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Grim Reaper: Walking In The Shadows
Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper Walking In The Shadows CD Album Review

Grim Reaper: Walking In The Shadows

Traditional Heavy/Power Metal

It may be a stretch for some, too much of a strain on your memory, but I remember England's Grim Reaper. I had their first two albums 1983's Rock You To Hell and 1985's Fear No Evil. Another came two years later, but the band disbanded in 1988 due to legal problems with their label. There's a sad song sung too many times. Fast forward all but 20 years and vocalist Steve Grimmett resurrects Grim Reaper in 2006, playing many festivals over the last ten years. Now he and Grim Reaper, in the form of an all new band, return with their first studio album in nearly 30 years, Walking In The Shadows.

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Grim Reaper

What did baseball great Yogi Berra once say? Yeah. "It's like deja vu all over again." Grimmett and company are headbanging like it's 1985 all over again. The Grim Reaper metal sound is simply classic New Wave of British Heavy Metal inspired power metal. That pretty much says it all. But to elaborate with some verbosity. Grim Reaper is long melody, razor riffs, sizzling lead guitar solos, and churning and chugging rock groove rhythm section. Then there's Grimmett's classic heavy metal vocal style. He sings clean with harmony. Never straining, he neither growls, grunts, or goes hardcore on you. Fundamentally, it's everything you love about classic heavy metal. And you get alot of it with 12 songs at 50 minutes and no pussy ballads. Nope, just straight up heavy metal from gate. Top picks: From Hell, Walking In The Shadows, Thunder, and Now You See. An honorable mention to the song for stalkers, I'm Coming For You. (Actually, without the lyrics in hand, I'm not sure what the song is about.)

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Grimmett and Grim Reaper are headbanging like it's 1985 all over again. Fundamentally, Walking In The Shadows is everything you love about classic heavy metal.

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