12 January saw Steve Grimmett and Grim Reaper – guitarist Ian Nash, bassist Julian Hill and drummer Mark Pullin – in Portugal, headlining the Hard Metal Fest in Mangualde, where they appeared alongside, amongst others, Chris Holmes Mean Man, Northern Ireland-based thrash band Gama Bomb and French act Agressor.
“It was fantastic,” says Steve. “They treated us very well, we got really well looked after, and we got to meet Chris Holmes, the Mean Man, the guitarist from WASP, and that was great: we had a good time with him. And the hotel they put us in was on top of a mountain, so you had a 360 degree view. It was beautiful, it really was. It was a really well planned festival, everything ran on time, it was a great audience, and we had a blast.”
Grim Reaper’s set was : ‘Wings Of Angels’ / ‘Rock You To Hell’ / ‘Night Of The Vampire’ / ‘Lust For Freedom’ / ‘Dead On Arrival’ / ‘Wrath Of The Ripper’ / ‘All Hell Let Loose’ / ‘Walking In The Shadows’ / ‘Fear No Evil’ / ‘Call Me In The Morning’ / ‘The Show Must Go On’ / ‘Don’t Talk To Strangers’ [Dio tribute] / ‘See You In Hell’
In related news the upcoming Grim Reaper album, the follow-up to 2016’s highly acclaimed ‘Walking In The Shadows’ – is nearing completion. “I’ve got some vocals to finish, and the guitarist has got some solos and overdubs to complete, but that’s it. The drums, bass and rhythm guitars are all done. It shouldn’t take too long to pull it together.” Expect a June release date.
In the meantime, Grim Reaper will shortly be packing their suitcases once more and flying to the States where they’ll join the likes of Paradise Lost, Raven and God Dethroned for the 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise. This sets off from Fort Lauderdale on 31 January, and as the ship cruises around the Bahamas Steve and the lads will be expected to deliver two forty-five minute sets, while the rest of us freeze our nuts off in the UK. It’s a hard life!
Currently available from Dissonance:
Grim Reaper ‘Walking In The Shadows’
Steve Grimmett ‘Personal Crisis’
Grimmstine – Grimmstine
Click the links to buy or stream the albums