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Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper- At The Gates (Review)

Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper- At The Gates (Review)

Artist: Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper
Album: At The Gates
Genre: Metal
Label: Dissonance Productions
Release Date: November 1, 2019
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron


Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper has returned with a fantastic follow up to “Walking In The Shadows”.  For those unaware, Steve Grimmett battled through some very serious health issues after the last album was released, which ultimately resulted in the amputation of one of Steve’s legs.  Opening with the title track “At The Gates”, which references the gates of Hell, is a triumphant return for both the band and personally for Steve Grimmett following his life-threatening health scare.  The entire album is filled with great classic sounding metal songs that continue to delight and do justice to the Grim Reaper name and legacy.  This album features a brand new rhythm section with the addition of Julian Hill on bass and Mark Pullin on drums.  They supply a great heavy backbeat that not only compliments  Steve’s voice but also Ian Nash‘s fiery guitar solos.  Standout tracks for me are “At The Gates”, Venom”, “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” “Rush” and “Under The Hammer”.  It’s a really solid album all the way through and a welcome sound to fans of real classic metal.  As I mentioned before, Steve almost lost his life after the last album and it’s great to have him back.  Steve Grimmett is one of only a handful of singers from the era that brought us bands like Iron Maiden, Dio, and Grim Reaper that can deliver a solid, operatic type metal voice.  Both lyrically and musically “At The Gates” excels in every way.  It’s great to see such a great album released by a singer that started out over 35 years ago.  I fully expect to see this album mentioned on music critics’ “Best Of” lists by the end of 2019.


Track Listing:

01 At the gates
02 Venom
03 What Lies Beneath
04 The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
05 A Knock At The Door
06 Rush
07 Only When I Sleep
08 Line Them Up
09 Breakneck Speed
10 Under The Hammer
11 Shadow In The Dark

Band Members:

Vocals: Steve Grimmett

Guitar: Ian Nash

Bass: Julian Hill

Drums: Mark Pullin


About the author

Bobby Caughron

Bobby Caughron is a music journalist and Editor-In-Chief for XS ROCK. He began a life-long fan of hard rock and metal music after hearing KISS as a kid. He is still an avid fan of the 80s metal scene and continues to discover and write about new music in all rock genres today.

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