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Grim Reaper’s “See You In Hell” @ Thirty Years

Artist: Grim Reaper
Title: “See You In Hell” @ Thirty Years
Label: Ebony Records
Release Date: 7/13/1984
Genre: Heavy Metal

“Can I Make You An Offer….You Can’t Refuuuuuuuuuussse!!!!!!” was the first resounding line that Steve Grimmett hit your ears with like a shrieking banshee after the thunderous drums intro that propelled the riff of guitarist Nick Bowcott. This was many Metal fans introduction into the world of the NWOBHM band Grim Reaper who celebrate the thirty year milestone of their debut album “See You In Hell” today. My own first go at the band came care of what I recalled as being via a promotional flexi disc that was in one of the Metal magazines that I read back in 1984. Yep, I remember when it was new to the ears of most fans I must admit and while this was the only track on the disc I played it to death. I even did my best at learning the tune on the drums since I was heavily into exploring my own musicianship at the time as well. It surely was an exciting track and a great way to snare an audience that was now heavily into Judas Priest and Iron Maiden at the time and keeping an open ear for new and thrilling bands.
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“See You In Hell” (Remaster) by Grim Reaper

Artist: Grim Reaper
Title: “See You In Hell” (Remaster)
Label: Spitfire Records
Release Date: 10/3/2000
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3/5

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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