(7/10) Heavy Metal had a heyday period in the ’80s with many metalheads starting a band at the time. Some made it to the top while others released some well-crafted record but stayed in the underground of Heavy Metal.
UK-based Grim Reaper is one of the bands that was never kissed by the spotlight of commercial success and after having released three longplayers the guys parted ways in 1988.
18 years later frontman Steve Grimmett reactivated the band with an entirely new line-up. Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper, that is the new name, released an EP and a first longplayer, both followed by a next album entitled ‘At the Gates’.
Eleven new songs have the ambition to bringing back the NWoBHM vibe and actually the quartet aims very well. ‘At the Gates’ delivers traditional Heavy Metal in a way as if time would stand still. Grimmett is in fine voice and songs like ‘Venom’ and ‘Only When I Sleep’ have the potential to please metalheads’ ears. However, the album in its entirety misses the spark. It’s a solid release, sure, but the handbrakes should be released.
Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper releases with ‘At the Gates’ a respectable album that will be loved by fans of the band but will not help Grim Reaper to push the gates open when it comes the enlarging their fanbase.
1. At The Gates
3. What Lies Beneath
4. The Hand That Rocks The Candle
5. A Knock At The Door
7. Only When I Sleep
8. Line Them Up
9. Breakneck Speed
10. Under The Hammer
11. Shadow In The Dark
Label: Dissonance Productions
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date EU: October 11th, 2019