Grim Reaper’s third and final album here. The cover is another grisly illustration by the late, great metal aficionado Gary Sharpe-Young (look him up). As for the album, Rock You To Hell was produced by one of the best in the biz, Max Norman. Max was able to wash off the layer of grime that weighed down Grim Reaper’s two previous albums (in terms of audio quality) — giving Grim Reaper the top-notch production they richly deserved.
Okay, can we talk for a minute about Steve Grimmett? I mean, this guy is so underrated that it hurts! It literally causes me pain. Sure, Grimmett was a strange looking dude. He was a bit on the heavy side, with one of the most BOSS mullets of all time. (It HAD to be a wig or extensions.) And Steve had a space between his front teeth you could drive a truck through. But DAMN, he could sing like a mother f*cker. He may very well have had the most powerful set of pipes in all metal, period.
A toast. To Steve. Shine on, you crazy diamond!
Anyhoo… Rock You To Hell is a really great, really FUN album. Every song is brimming with unbridled energy. I must confess I have been guilty of overlooking Grim Reaper in the past… but no longer. Recently I stumbled across this old video of Grim Reaper absolutely SLAYING a live performance in Minneapolis (1987). It originally aired on Halloween night on MTV, I do believe. I was forever converted to a Grim Reaper fan when I saw the video. DAMN, they sounded great live! Check out guitarist Nick Bowcott’s tasty guitar work! And believe you me, Grimmett delivered the goods in person. He wasn’t one of these guys who sounded great in the studio, but sucked live. Nope. Check out his scream at the end of See You In Hell at the 31:00 minute mark. It nearly kills him. That’s metal folks… that’s metal. My score: A-