Live review and picture credit: Kalli Isborne
This was the launch show for Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper’s new album ‘Walking In The Shadows’. Released by Dissonance Productions, this is the first new album from Grim Reaper since 1987’s ‘Rock You To Hell’. The night kicked off early with the opening support act, The Darker my Horizon, so early in fact I couldn’t get across London in time for their set. Sorry guys.
Neuronspoiler were next up on The Underworld’s stage. The London based classic metal band impressed with their powerful heavily riffed set, full of fist pumping, head banging songs. Their set was energetic and impressive with all five members of the band performing with the dedication that their sound deserves. With a professional attitude and a stage presence that easily filled The Underworld’s main room, the guys showed that their breed of metal was well and truly alive and kicking.
Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper
And then, the reason we were all there, Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper. With an all new band around him, Steve Grimmett took to the stage, loud cheers erupting from The Underworld crowd. This crowd appeared to be full of loyal fans that had been eagerly awaiting the return of the front man, and with a 22 date North American tour fresh under their belts, they performed a tight, well-rehearsed set. The set was a mixture of classics, that were happily sung along to by the knowledgeable crowd, and a selection of future classics from the album that we were all celebrating the launch of. The set was a high energy mixture of strong guitar riffs, heavy bass and an impressive drum line, the new line up clearly knows their instruments. Steve Grimmett’s vocals mostly were strong and clear, but sometimes let him down, with some parts of the vocal melody creeping out of his voice’s range. This however did not retract from the stage presence that he radiated, honed by decades of practice. As the set rattled through hits from ‘Fear No Evil’, ‘Rock You In Hell’ and ‘See You in Hell’ as well as the new release ‘Walking In The Shadows’ Steve Grimmett had the crowd bouncing at his command, and the end of the set came too early for the majority of the crowd, enforced by the strict Underworld curfew.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this gig, with the only slight disappointed being with Steve Grimmett’s occasional vocal slip, but as this was most defiantly a live and kicking album release show that can easily be forgiven, and if there were any newbies to Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper they will, like me, most definitely be adding them to their play list.