Are you still looking for a similar album like HAMMERFALL's first strike? Simple but not too simple? Melodic but not on nursery rhyme standard? Hymnal but without an unnecessary pomp? Simply straight rocking, without looking to the left or right? Yes, you do? Well, then you should be on the look-out for the Englishmen GRIM REAPER and their 3rd album "Rock You To Hell".
Embedded in the excellent production of Max Norman (among others Ozzy Osbourne, LOUDNESS) the album offers everything what headbanger's heart desires. Whether driving rockers, like the title song starting with a malicious laughter, mid speed songs like the brilliant "Lust For Freedom". Or up-speed hammers like "Night Of The Vampire" which begins with the rumbling of a brute, turns over to howling of wolves, thunder rolls and a guitar riff knocks you down from a clear sky. There are no speed songs on the CD, at least there also are no ballads.
The high chant of Steve Grimmett floats over everything. It peaks out among listening to one thousand others. To praise any song particularly is unnecessary. Every single one represents a little hymn too. 9 songs, no filler, just killer!
The brilliant cover artwork still has otherwise to be mentioned, one for the 20 best Metal covers of all times. On a woods clearing a zombie/vampire tries to pull a wood post out of its chest. Keeping the scythe in one hand and a candle in the other, the Grim Reaper keeps watch, lasting over them. (Online October 24, 2002)