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Classic Review: Grim Reaper - Fear No Evil
Grim Reaper
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Fear No Evil

Label: Ebony Records
Year released: 1985
Duration: 35:27
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 19, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Second album from back-in-the-day metal geeks Grim Reaper. A definite continuation of the sound they came up with on their debut, with perhaps a more commercial twist along with some more polished songwriting.

Grim Reaper were never pioneers, everything they did had already been done by a dozen NWOBHM bands, they just had an infectious energy and a knack for writing catchy songs. Overall "Fear No Evil" is not as instantly memorable as "See You In Hell", but a part of that is because on this one they got away from the endless repetition of the choruses that plagued the debut and makes it hard to listen to today. So "Fear No Evil" is overall a better album, with more mature songwriting and more complex riffs and melodies. There are some real killers here, as on the title track, "Never Coming Back", "Let The Thunder Roll" and the hooky "Matter Of Time". There are some more 'commercial' cuts here, like the monumentally stupid "Rock & Roll Tonight", and let's not forget the hideous spoken word intro to "Final Scream", which is awful and boring and goes on way too long. The song itself is fine once it finally gets going, but that intro…vomit. Even the so-so songs have enjoyable guitar crunch going on, and Steve Grimmet sounds great here. He was one of those high-pitched singers who makes it sound easy, without spitting and squealing. His voice just soars like it was the easiest thing in the world.

For the collector of 80's metal this is one you can't leave out. Despite some weak spots "Fear No Evil" still packs quite a punch. Grim Reaper are just one of those bands that, for better or worse, set an image of Heavy Metal in the popular mind, and a lot of bands these days have been influenced by them. There was a release of this one as a double CD with "See You In Hell" back in '98 or so, and it is definitely worth picking up if you run across it. A classic metal album.


Track Listing:
  1. Fear No Evil
  2. Never Coming Back
  3. Lord Of Darkness
  4. Matter Of Time
  5. Rock & Roll Tonight
  6. Let The Thunder Roar
  7. Lay It On The Line
  8. Fight For The Last
  9. Final Scream
Other related information on the site
Review: See You in Hell (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Walking in the Shadows (reviewed by Bruno Medeiros)
Video: See You in Hell
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