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Grim Reaper

Formed: 1979
From: Droitwich, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Grim Reaper News

Below is our complete Grim Reaper news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Sunday Old School: Grim Reaper

Sunday Old School has examined many bands from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. From the South West in Jaguar to the North East in bands like Raven and Venom, but it’s been quite some time since we’ve looked at the movement, so let’s return to it this week shall we? One band that’s been well overdue a look is Grim Reaper, who unlike many other bands from the movement, found success in a time when many of their peers did not. Formed in the West Midlands town of Droitwich, in Worcestershire back in 1979, Grim Reaper first gained noticed by winning a Battle Of The Bands contest which featured no less than one hundred groups, which ultimately led to a deal with Ebony Records, but their debut full length album, "See You In Hell" was distributed through RCA Records in 1984. The album was quite successful, finding a place on the Billboard album charts (where it peaked at number 73) and subsequently seeing the title track appear in a number of TV shows including Beavis and Butthead and Jackass. Touring for the album also went well, and the band found themselves performing to over twenty thousand fans in Texas at one particular show.

Success continued to stay with Grim Reaper when they released their sophomore album, "Fear No Evil" in 1985. Though not quite as acclaimed as "See You In Hell," the record once again proved popular amongst heavy metal fans on both sides of the Atlantic. One of the most notable things about this album in a more modern sense, is that the music video for the title track was to resurface twenty years later, though this time used by the alternative rock band Weezer as the initial video for their song, "We Are All On Drugs." Following the success of “Fear No Evil,” the band found themselves away from the stage and in the courtroom, battling a case against Ebony Records which took up two years of the bands existence, resulting in their third album, "Rock You To Hell" being delayed by such time, not finding a place on the shelves until 1987, by which point they discovered that a lot of heavy metal fans and turned away from the safer sounds of traditional heavy metal and more towards the likes of thrash metal. Even though the music video for the title track received regular airplay and the record itself was released through a major label, the album was considered something of a commercial failure. The failure of the album, coupled with another legal battle with Ebony Records, took its toll on the group and they decided to call it a day in 1988, right before they were supposed to work on their fourth album. More...

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Angel Witch Confirmed For Play It Loud Festival

The 2009 Play It Loud Festival in Italy will occur on September 26th at an undetermined location. The organizers for the festival have announced that New Wave of British Heavy Metal band Angel Witch will be headlining the festival. Other confirmed bands include Grim Reaper, Tysondog, and Sacred Steel.

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Tygers Of Pan Tang Announces U.K. Tour Dates

NWOBHM veterans Tygers Of Pan Tang has posted the following message online:

"Although we are awaiting some more confirmed dates, we wanted to let you all know as soon as possible about the upcoming UK tour. This will be a three band bill with the Tygers Of Pan Tang as headliners and the fantastic Steve Grimmett of GRIM REAPER/ONSLAUGHT as Special Guest. The main tour support will be CRIMES OF PASSION, who are one of the best new UK Rock bands around so it promises to be a great night of music. Tickets will be very reasonably priced at all venues as we wanted to make this tour great value for money especially due to the economic climate in the UK at the moment. Please check out the individual venues for further details which are listed on MySpace and the website www.tygersofpantang.com.

We hope to see you all on this tour so we could thank you for your support of the Tygers during 2008. The sales of Animal Instinct have passed our own expectations and with the help of Geoff Bartons quote and 8/10 review in Classic Rock magazine we have a lot of older fans returning. Please spread the word and bring along your friends, and be part of the Tygers 2008.

Tygers"

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David Ellefson Comments On Dimebag Tribute

As previously reported, SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner, current F5/former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, ex-JUDAS PRIEST/ICED EARTH and current Beyond Fear/Yngwie Malmsteen singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and DAITRIBE guitarist Tristan "1690" Grigsby have joined forces to record a song for the upcoming tribute album to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Entitled "Leave It Alone", the track features solos by special guests Nick Bowcott (ex-GRIM REAPER) and fan Brian Cashmore. It was recorded and mixed in Chicago at Farview Recording by Jason Walsh, with additional tracks recorded at Saltmine studios in Phoenix, Arizona and Galahad Studios in Cleveland Ohio.

David Ellefson states "Ironically, it led to a really cool metal jam we did for Rockhouse at WNAMM this past year, a gig which brought in our friend "Ripper" to really tear it up on vox. "Leave It Alone" is not only a cool song but it was also the beginning of a great working relationship with me and Jason Bittner doing clinics, jams, and so forth.

"Leave It Alone" will be released to radio in April and will be made available for download exclusively via iTunes. All proceeds from the song will go to the Little Kids Rock school program.

An audio sample of the track is available at this location.

Little Kids Rock believes that all children in our public schools deserve music education as music education is a transforming force in children's lives. Dimebag had the same philosophy with always sharing his passion and love of music to the world inspiring kids to pick up a guitar.

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Metal Artists Unite For Dimebag Memorial Song

"Leave it Alone" is the song that features a number of heavy metal artists including Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner, F5 bassist David Ellefson, DaiTribe guitarist Tristan '1690' Grigsby, and recently announced Yngwie Malmsteen (ex-Iced Earth, ex-Judas Priest) frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens. The song was written for the upcoming memorial album to Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott. "Leave it Alone" features solos by special guests, Nick Bowcott (ex-Grim Reaper) and fan Brian Cashmore. The song was recorded and mixed in Chicago at Farview Recording by Jason Walsh with additional tracks recorded at Saltmine studios in Phoenix, Arizona.

"Leave it Alone" will be released to radio in April and will be made available for download exclusively via iTunes. All proceeds from the song will go to Little Kids Rock. A preview of the track can be heard on its MySpace page.

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Ex-Grim Reaper Guitarist To Play With Belladonna

Former GRIM REAPER guitarist Nick Bowcott will join ex-ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna for both New York City shows at The Filmore NY @ Irving Plaza on December 20 and December 21 during Joey's opening slot for TWISTED SISTER. Bowcott and Belladonna will reportedly perform a couple of "classic songs" together each night.

Belladonna last year made three full albums' worth of solo material available for paid download via his official web site.

Commented Joey: "These songs are assorted experiments that I have done and are varied in style. They are sort of 'one-offs,' basically just songs that I wanted to record for fun."

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Grim Reaper And Jaguar Confirmed For Dutch Fest

STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER and JAGUAR are among the acts confirmed for the Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival VIII, which will take place Saturday, October 27, 2007, at Manifesto in Hoorn, Holland. Acts confirmed include: JAGUAR, STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER, BULLET, PREDATÜR, DOUBLE DIAMOND.

Tickets are 17 euros at the door (pre-sale 15 euros). For tickets contact maniacs@heavymetalmaniacs.com.

As reported earlier today, The Steve Grimmett Band, the new group featuring legendary UK singer Steve Grimmett (GRIM REAPER, ONSLAUGHT, LIONSHEART), will release their new album Personal Crisis on October 26th through Metal Heaven. The record was produced by Pete Newdeck with Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69) and features Lionsheart bandmate Ian Nash on guitars, Pete Newdeck (PAUL Di'ANNO, THE SHOCK) on drums and Ritchie Walker on bass. It also includes guest musicians Eric Ragno (keyboards/Jeff Scott Soto), Bob Daisley (bass/Ozzy, RAINBOW), Carsten Schulz (EVIDENCE ONE) and Tony Mills (SHY, TNT).

The tracklist is as follows: 'Karma', 'Wait Forever', 'Feedom', 'Lonely', 'Afterglow', 'Enemy', 'Promises', 'Invincible', 'Strength', 'Wrath Of The Ripper', 'Fallen'.

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Grim Reaper Reunites For Keep It True Festival

'80s British metallers GRIM REAPER will reunite for an appearance at this year's Keep It True VI festival, set to take place April 8 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. According to the festival organizers, "This will be a real GRIM REAPER show and not like the gig they played in Wacken some years ago." Also newly confirmed for the festival are SEVEN WITCHES, featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost and ex-HADES frontman Alan Tecchio. The final festival billing is as follows:

Keep It True VI – "Metal Soldiers"

RIOT (USA)
EXCITER (CAN)
ROSS THE BOSS (USA) (A Night Of Early MANOWAR)
SOLITUDE AETURNUS (USA)
PARADOX (GER)
GRIM REAPER (UK)
AXEHAMMER (USA)
SILVER FIST (ESP) (playing a special MURO set)
DARKNESS (GER)
WOTAN (ITA)
POWERVICE (HOL)

Keep It True VI — "Metal Knights" Warm-Up Show (April 7 at Sporthalle in Dittigheim):

DEMON (UK)
ASSASSIN (GER)
DRIFTER (CH)
SEVEN WITCHES (USA)
DANTESCO (Puerto Rico)

Tickets are available for 17 euros (Keep It True) and 8 euros (warm-up show).

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