GRIM REAPER (ENGLAND)


Grim Reaper came and went after three albums. All were filled with the demonic imagery that marked similar heavy bands of the mid-'80s. But, unlike some of their hard-rocking brethren, this furious foursome managed to chart in the United States with all of their releases. The group was formed in 1979 in their native Droitwich, England, by guitarist Nick Bowcott, who would also be credited for chants on their albums. He worked with various local players before finally settling on a line-up that included singer Steve Grimmett, bass guitarist Dave Wanklin and various drummers. Building a following around their hometown, they got a big break in 1981 when a track called "The Reaper" (with a singer other than Grimmett) was featured on "Heavy Metal Heroes," a compilation of hard rock bands. Big break two came when they were signed by Darryl Johnston, president of England's Ebony Records. Johnston decided to work with the group after hearing three tracks produced in a marathon 24-hour recording session Grim Reaper had won after besting 100 other competitors in a local "battle of the bands". See You In Hell, their first full length came out in 1983.



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BLEED EM DRY 1981 DEMO

Printed covers. Tapes vary.

TRACK LISTING:
- The Reaper
- Street Lady
- Maggy (You're Gone)
- Loving You
- Bleed 'em Dry
- Ride Me
- Leaving

 

1982 DEMO

Xeroxed covers. Tapes vary.

TRACK LISTING:
- Entrance
- All Hell Let Loose
- Loser in Love
- Liar

 

1983 DEMO

Xeroxed colored covers. Tapes vary. This second version included the 1983 Promo

TRACK LISTING:
- Entrance
- All Hell Let Loose
- Loser in Love
- Liar
- See you in Hell
- Suck it and see
- Now or Never

1983 DEMO TAPE:

 

1983 DEMO

No cover was made. This was not released.

TRACK LISTING:
- See You in Hell
- Suck it and See
- Now or Never


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