Sin City Presents Magazine March 2019 Volume 6 Issue 3 - Page 28

By: Mick Michaels

COSMICK VIEW: Hello, Steve! Welcome to The Cosmick View. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me, it is greatly appreciated.

CV: Grim Reaper emerged as a NWoBHM force to be reckoned with back in the 80's. In some regards, the band set the precedence of what the modern Metal band of the era needed to sound like. Did you believe at the time that your music would have such an impact then and still 35 plus years later?

Steve Grimmett: To be fair no. I had no idea that I would still be treading the boards some 35 later… and to be honest with you, we had no idea what the term NWOBHM meant as we did…we just went with the flow.

CV: Since the release of the band's latest album, "Walking in the Shadows," Grim Reaper's popularity has surged once again. Do you believe that Metal fans are desperately craving the classic era sound, wanting a return to the glory days of the genre?

SG: Yes I very much do! I think that good songs, well played with melody, are everyone’s favorite. We have played several festivals, including 70,000 Tons of Metal, not expecting a great response, but surprised by the reaction we got, and still get… its phenomenal! And as long as we continue doing that, we will be playing for our fans.

CV: Grim Reaper's contributions to Metal are undeniable no doubt. The band was making waves long before Metal fell into the mainstream's attention. Do you see yourself as a pioneer of Metal?

SG: Do you know what? No I don’t. I don’t do it for that…I do it because of our fans, they have supported me for a long time and I will be there for them as long as I can. We do have a bond that I don’t think is going to go away any time soon. I love seeing the fans smiling.

CV: Due to legal issues with the record company in 1988, the production of Grim Reaper's fourth album was delayed and, unfortunately, halted, leading to the band's disbandment. Were any tracks recorded during that time and if so, will fans ever get a chance to hear them?