GRIM REAPER (1979–87). Steve Grimmett (vocals), Nick Bowcott (guitar), Dave Wanklin (bass), Mark Simon (drums).
Part of the New Wave of British heavy metal, Grim Reaper had some of the talent but not quite the presence to be true contenders. Still, they did manage to put out a few albums that satisfied metal fans of the eighties.
Coming together in 1979, the band placed a song on 1981’s Heavy Metal Heroes compilation, and then went on to win a battle of the bands competition, claiming the prize of a chunk of studio time. That led to a three-song demo tape that in turn won them a contract with independent label Ebony Records. Their debut album, See You In Hell (1984) didn’t set much of Europe on fire but did generate some interest stateside, reaching 73 on the album charts and selling a quarter of a million copies. The band’s second album, 1985’s Fear No Evil, fared less well, and their fortunes began to slide. A third album in 1987, Rock You to Hell, while initially charting, soon fell off the charts, never to be heard from again. The band soon went their separate ways.
Discography: See You in Hell (RCA, 1984); Fear No Evil (RCA, 1985); Rock You to Hell (RCA, 1987); Best of Grim Reaper (RCA, 1999).