Grim Reaper are a British heavy metal band from the Entroterra - Emmanuel - Installations wave of British heavy metal era. The band was formed in in DroitwichEnglandby guitarist Nick Bowcott. The band formed in Worcestershire and initially featured Paul de Mercado on vocals. Their first album demo tape was called Bleed 'Em Dry and had an album's worth of material.
After developing a following in the north west and Yorkshire they caught the attention of Heavy Metal records, who added a re-recorded version of The Reaper from the demo. A positive write up in the Kerrang! This lineup won a Battle of the Bands competition featuring over bands, winning studio time to demo new material.
Grimmett was then the unofficial vocalist for Metal - Broken Beak - Some Nerve (Vinyl, Album) Chateauxwho were signed to Darryl Johnston's Ebony Records label, so he handed them Creole Soul - The Cathy Harley Quintet - Tuesdays Tune Grim Reaper demo tape and the band was signed.
Their debut album was See You in Hell. The album was released in and was distributed worldwide through RCA Records. Grim Reaper soon became readily identifiable with Bowcott's guitar work and lead vocalist Steve Grimmett's head voice vocals.
Their successful world tour included a support show at Texxas Jam playing to over 20, people. Legal battles with Ebony Records delayed the release of the band's third album Rock You to Hell by almost two years. The album was released directly through RCA Records in However, by this time Grim Reaper's melodic heavy metal sound had fallen out of favor as much of the metal market moved toward heavier fare like thrash metal and speed metal.
Even the major label distribution and popular video for the title track could not save the band. With the production of their fourth studio album reportedly to be called Nothing Whatsoever to Do with Hell about to start, another round of legal action from Ebony Records effectively dealt the death blow to Grim Reaper, subsequently disbanding in Grimmett went on to front Onslaught and Lionsheartas well as perform on several tribute albums.
Bowcott also worked with Marshall Amplification 's United States division. InEddie Trunk announced on Metal Mania that the band has reformed.
The festival was then cancelled when the promoter forfeited, but the band urged on by a crowd of fans who had already bought tickets managed to play the date Rock And Roll Tonight - Grim Reaper - Reaper Madness with a number of originally billed acts as a single-day event instead of a weekend-spanning one.
They also played at the Academy Birmingham with the band Jameson Raid. The current line-up continues to tour the UK and Europe.
In springSteve Grimmett's Grim Reaper released a new studio album, their first since The band were headliners of that year's British Steel festival in London in June but Rock And Roll Tonight - Grim Reaper - Reaper Madness to pull out at the last minute.
In AprilGrim Reaper played their first show in the US sincejoined by original guitarist Nick Bowcott, and featured several tracks from the forthcoming album, From Hell. Surgery followed, which was unsuccessful in defeating an infection in his right leg, so a portion of this leg was amputated on 18 January On 25 July it was announced that Grim Reaper will be releasing an album of all new material in October Grim Reaper's song "Lust for Freedom" was used as the title track for a women's prison movie of the same name.
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