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Grip Inc. Vocalist Talks About Band's Near Breakup

In his first interview in nearly 4 years, GRIP INC. vocalist GUS CHAMBERS spoke with Electricbasement.com Friday morning from Germany, recording segments for the POWER HOUR NET RADIO SHOW, which is World Premiering the band's new album, Incorporated , beginning March 1st. Chambers, whose bandmates include guitarist/keyboardist WALDEMAR SORYCHTA and drummer DAVE LOMBARDO, candidly explained why the band took nearly 5 years to issue a follow-up to Solidify , "To cut a long story short...the band, in 1999, nearly broke up. There were certain things as a musician that I needed to clarify with myself and Grip Inc. to go forward. There was a lot of fighting. Record sales were down. There was a lot of pressure from the record company to join a trend and being Grip Inc, we refused to do that."

Regarding the new album, he emphasizes the difference in the band's approach this time around. "We wanted to make this a special album. We wanted to make as cohesive album as possible...not relying on the speed of Dave [Lombardo] or the guitar wizardry of Waldemar [Soyrchta]. I personally wanted to make this album as a Grip Inc. album." While he thinks the first band's debut, The Power Of Inner Strength, was very much a group effort, the follow-ups, Nemesis and Solidify, became the "Dave and Waldemar show." While he admits they are "great albums," he felt the group "was capable of doing a lot more and delving into more diversity of styles and becoming more accessible as a band." Their latest, Incorporated, drops March 9th via SPV. Hear more of the interview on the Power Hour starting Monday, where it can be streamed on demand for free for 4 weeks.

Source: Electric Basement

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