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Grim Reaper - 2016 Walking In The Shadows

ARTIST: Grim Reaper
ALBUM: Walking In The Shadows
LABEL: Dissonance Productions
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Steve Grimmett - vocals * Ian Nash - guitars * Mart Trail - bass * Paul 'Bam Bam' White - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wings Of Angels * 02 Walking In The Shadows * 03 Reach Out * 04 I'm Coming For You * 05 From Hell * 06 Call Me In The Morning * 07 Rock Will Never Die * 08 Temptation * 09 Thunder * 10 Now You See Me * 11 Blue Murder * 12 Come Hell Or High Water



There have been plenty of British rock bands that have attempted a rebirth in the 21st century: add Grim Reaper to this list. Their rise to fame in the USA during the early 80's from modest beginnings on the Ebony Records label, was a story in itself. Their sales figures for their debut LP 'See You In Hell' has been told in previous Reaper reviews here at GDM. After folding in 1987, Grim Reaper disappeared off the map, until now that is. Steve Grimmett is the old codger in the drivers seat, with a competent set of musicians with credits such as Tainted Nation, Fury and The Defiled. After thirty years away, Reaper sound very professional, and nothing like those rough and raw tracks they produced back in the early 80's.

The Songs
The opening intro has the sound of an RAF bomber squadron flying overhead. It leads into 'Wings Of Angels', which as mentioned, sounds very clean and professional. It sort of has a Saxon vibe to it. The title track 'Walking In The Shadows' is next, picks up the pace, and at this early point, Grimmett is right on target vocally. Grim Reaper really get into their work with the smokin' metal of 'Reach Out', while the commercial hard rock of 'I'm Coming For You' is easy on the ear, though the introduction of percussion part the way through is kinda odd (was that a wood block?). As you can imagine, 'From Hell' has a darker edge, but is still melodic and pumping. 'Call Me In The Morning' is straight outta the 80's with slam-dunk double bass drumming, so too the Dokken like 'Temptation'; 'Rock Will Never Die' is the album's anthem moment, with 'Thunder', 'Now You See Me' and 'Blue Murder' all providing ample heavyweight back-up.

In Summary
There's a full twelve tracks here, the music is pretty solid throughout, though there isn't a great deal of variation in style. If anything, the tracks change from fast to faster! No ballads were attempted in the making of this album, so that should give you some indication of the Grim Reaper approach in 2016. The band are currently on a full US and Canadian tour in support of the album, which goes through to the third week of November 2016. Check their website, and get out and see them if you can!

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