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Grim Reaper

Led by the inspired guitar work of Nick Bowcott and the powerful lungs of Steve Grimmett, Grim Reaper's tough, raw, but melodically charged music embodied British heavy metal's most popular devices (and clichés) throughout the mid-'80s. The fact that Grim Reaper was capable of combining the above attributes so competently, yet truly excelled at none of them resulted in an exceedingly swift "rags to glory and back to rags" story, which somehow was as surprising as it was strangely fitting. Add to this a far from attractive visual aesthetic (i.e., they were four crusty English dudes with handlebar moustaches, bad hair, and even worse teeth) and it was clear Grim Reaper was doomed to enjoy a limited afterlife in the newly established MTV regime.

Guitarist Nick Bowcott founded Grim Reaper in Droitwich, England, circa 1979, working with a number of different lineups before teaming up with singer Paul DeMercade, bassist Phil Matthew, and drummer Angel Jacques in time to record his song "The Reaper" for 1981's very influential Heavy Metal Heroes compilation. Despite its brooding power chords and rough-hewn sonics (or perhaps because of them), the song stood out from the album's other New Wave of British Heavy Metal hopefuls and landed the group increased touring commitments up and down the U.K. club circuit. But by the time Grim Reaper finally landed a record deal with independent Ebony records a year later (on the strength of a three-song demo made with studio time won in a battle of the bands competition), Bowcott had scrapped the entire band once again and was now flanked by vocalist Steve Grimmett, bassist Dave Wanklin, and drummer Mark Simon.

Originally issued in November 1983, Grim Reaper's debut, See You in Hell, was far more polished than the band's first single and initially seemed fated for historical oblivion, since European fans steeped in heavy metal history found little merit in the band's energetic but rather ordinary metal style. But to metal-starved American audiences, the album (which giant RCA released worldwide the following year) actually sounded somewhat fresh; at once accessible and aggressive, it went on to sell a quarter of a million copies and reached a very respectable number 73 on the U.S. charts. Extensive touring stateside followed and the conservative media's unfounded allegations of satanic worship due to Grim Reaper's sullen looks; leather-bound wardrobe; and sinister, demonic imagery almost had them feeling like bona fide rock stars by year's end. Once back home in England, the band needed only nine days to record 1985's sophomore Fear No Evil, which nearly matched its predecessor in terms of quality (and competent unoriginality), but nevertheless failed to replicate its commercial success. The bands fair-weather friends at RCA quickly lost interest and Grim Reaper's career suddenly stalled in America.

Bowcott and company spent much of 1986 attempting to regroup and after welcoming new drummer Lee Harris, Grim Reaper finally announced its return with a make-or-break third effort, 1987's somewhat redundant Rock You to Hell. Unfortunately, "break" would be the final verdict, for though the album actually showed some early promise in the U.S., where it climbed to 93 on the charts, sales soon plummeted and it vanished from site. When ongoing discussions to re-utilize some of its songs in a film soundtrack also fell through, Grim Reaper slowly ground to a halt and everyone eventually went their separate ways. Grimmett temporarily joined power metal outfit Onslaught before founding a new band, called Lionsheart, while Bowcott found some notoriety as a regular columnist for Circus Magazine and other guitar publications. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Track List: See You In Hell / Fear No Evil

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

9. Fear No Evil

10. Never Coming Back

12. Matter Of Time

13. Rock And Roll Tonight

14. Let The Thunder Roar

15. Lay It On The Line

16. Fight For The Last

17. Final Scream

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Lol. ..u like that name huh...well.. . u put me through stuff to. And quiet judgwing all the time.
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\ ^ ^ | ⚡️ ❤️ ⚡️ | ^ ^ /
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I've seen the grim reaper / it was some scary s**t / he's made strong by your ef ups and comes in form of a dead relative / ancestor* - if you don't get your life on right path / its HELL ON EARTH
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Put me through hell & reap the outcome / see what I did there ? LOL
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jamieb12871
Matter of Time
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I made spinal tap cut outs.
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I got spinal tap
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we need the 10 best cd on here
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grim reaper have a new cd out now
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yep
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Is that Norma in the pic- rock on
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Fingerknuckl e b u m p k n u c k l e b u m p f i n g e r
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\ ^ ^ | ⚡️ ♠️ ⚡️ ❤️ ⚡️ ♣️ ⚡️ | ^ ^ /
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12 years ago on this day i had 2 kids with norma
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rock you to hell
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I'd like to cover fear no evil with my band
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Wow kids will be kids.lol
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Need that other album on here
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Onslaught are thrash not power metal you retard and the dude talking about twosted sister they were never glam even dee said so he hated glam they dressed that way to make fun of glam
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let the thunder roar
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x2
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See you in hell.
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Oky good guitar
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Dreams screams I just RAPED A B**CH. ........
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seeee you in heeeeell, my mom hates this song.
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Dancing is for women.
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You can be a King or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the Grim Reaper.
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fight for the last
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I heart rock and roll
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matter of time
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A helmet loose
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All hell let loose -
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Never coming back -
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We need rock you to hell
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fear no evil
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I'm glad the drumer from twisted sister died.
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Its been along time since I heard see you in hell
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Fear no evil./kk/
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metalnorm
I remember when Nick Bowcott did an article in Guitar world back in the day \m/
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Very underrated 80s were great no worries just deliver papers and listen to metal
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jamieb12871
Saw them accidentally in person, at a record store (they actually used to have those everywhere back in the day) where they were signing autographs/g i v i n g away a cassette EP (HELL ON WHEELS) ! FEATURING : ARMORED SAINT; HELLOWEEN ; & GRIMM REAPER '87,10-31
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janelyv98
Bad a** !!!
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The lead singer looks like Benny Hill with a wig. I still think they rock though.
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They're like anvil, forgotten
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Almost everybody forgot how fucken bad these guys were ...fear no evil my friend...Roc k e n . . .
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See you in hell my friend!!!!;- ) ; - ) ; - ) ; - ) ; - ) ; - ) ; - )
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riverman172
Rock you to hell? Where is it? Not the place but the song. I know hells in jersey.
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Can I make you an offer you can't refuse. See you in hell my friend. Great track. Cool video.
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best ban ever
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