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Classic Review: Grim Reaper - See You in Hell
Grim Reaper
See You in Hell

Label: Ebony Records
Year released: 1984
Duration: 32:42
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 17, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
See You in Hell

Rated 4.26/5 (85.26%) (19 Votes)

Ahhhh, one of the original classics of good old-fashioned Heavy Metal. Grim Reaper came in on the tag end of the NWOBHM movement and released three solid albums before breaking up and fading into almost total obscurity. The fact that this hasn't aged that well doesn't do a whole lot to detract from the fun.

A lot of bands owe a debt to the great Reaper, from Hammerfall to Cryonic Temple to Helloween. Grim Reaper had no especial style besides just kicking ass, as this was in the glory days before genre-typing fractured us all into a dozen separate kingdoms. In those days if you wore spiked armbands and had big hair, you were Metal, plain and simple, so Grim Reaper's music was pretty plain and simple too. They took crunchy, energetic guitars and topped it off with the air-raid vocals of hefty frontman Steve Grimmet belting out anthemic choruses. Songs like the ubiquitous title track, the headbanging "Dead On Arrival", and the awesome "Wrath Of The Ripper" are vintage cuts of classic metal goodness.

The age of the disc really stands out in the simplistic arrangements, and in the merciless repetition of the choruses. How many times can Steve wail "I'll see you in Hell my friend"? Answer: A LOT. And by the end of "Dead On Arrival" a good chorus has been rendered unlistenable by having to hear it repeated over and over and over again. Some other songs are not as bad about this, but they are not as memorable either. "The Show Must Go On" gets a lot of flack, but this was back in the day when EVERY band had to do a ballad, labels just would not let you get away without one. It's not a bad song, it just sticks out like a sore thumb amidst the full-speed-ahead volley of the rest of the album. "Wrath Of The Ripper" sticks out as the best song here, with a more complex structure and a chorus that doesn't get flogged into the ground. Cool fucking title too.

So this is a classic album, and remains solid and enjoyable despite the fact that it is showing its age. For a twenty year-old album "See You In Hell" still rocks pretty goddamned hard, and Nick Bowcotts guitarwork still shreds as much as it ever did, so if you want to get a slab of good fun and a piece of metal history, grab this if you haven't already.

SeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeYouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuInnnnnnnnnn Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllll!

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