It was this recognition that brought longevity to Grimmett as a vocalist and Grim Reaper as a band.
A child of the ’80s, I feel as though I grew up with Grim Reaper. I vividly recall MTV’s early days when you could watch every music video the network had in one sitting.
Grim Reaper’s ungodly anthem “See You In Hell” was a ROCK in that rotation.
Far heavier than Def Leppard’s “Photograph”, Grim Reaper wet our appetite for what the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) could bring to music.
Grim Reaper is a heavy metal band from England. Established in 1979 by Nick Bowcott (Grim Reaper – Guitar). The band only managed to release three studio albums: See You In Hell (1983), Fear No Evil (1985) & Rock You To Hell (1987) before disbanding in 1988. Rumor has it legal issues with the act’s record label are what effectively ended Grim Reaper’s musical career.
Although the group experienced numerous lineup changes throughout their career, Steve Grimmett (Vocals – Grim Reaper) remained the band’s most constant member.
Many, myself included, felt this was the last we’d ever hear of Grim Reaper but I never stopped listening to them. In my mind, Steve Grimmett was a prolific metal vocalist. I’ve always felt his work has been underappreciated. His sound and delivery gave him instant recognizability along the lines of: Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot), Rob Halford (Judas Priest) or even Ronnie James Dio. It was this recognition that brought longevity to Grimmett as a vocalist and Grim Reaper as a band.
Surprisingly, Grim Reaper started making festival appearances back in 2006. This comeback seemed to culminate in 2014 when Grim Reaper played their first show in the US (Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse festival at Reggies Chicago, Illinois) since 1987. The group was joined on stage by original guitarist Nick Bowcott.
I am proud to say I was at this show! Grimmett was awesome, the crowd was electric. A packed house watched the band belt out all the classics, Grim Reaper was reborn. The group continued, releasing their first studio album (As Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper) since 1987! Walking In The Shadows (2016) was followed by At the Gates (2019). A live album: Reaping The Whirlwind – Live British Steel Festival 2018 was just released on March 11th 2022.
As you probably know, Steve Grimmett was hospitalized in January 2017 following a show in Ecuador. Grimmett ended up in surgery hoping to defeat an infection in his right leg. Unfortunately, the surgery was unsuccessful and a portion of his leg was amputated. Not one to be stopped, once recovered, Grimmett and the band continued to play gigs. Few artists have supported their craft as fervently…
Steven Grimmett died unexpectedly on August 15th 2022. He was just 62 years old.
As time moves on, more heroes of metal pass away. While I will undoubtedly lament Steve Grimmet’s loss, it’s his musical legacy that will allow him to live on. We celebrate this artistry whenever records are played so let’s jam some Grim Reaper and honor a legend! \m/
Grim Reaper (1987):
- Steve Grimmett – Vocals
- Nick Bowcott – Guitar
- Dave Wanklin – Bass
- Marc Simon – Drums