Grimmstine – S/T (Release Year – 2008)
If you caught Steve Grimmett’s last release, “Personal Crisis” (shame on you, if you didn’t) you already know how good that disc is. Quite frankly, I think Grimmstine’s debut release is even better. The opening instrumental cut “Memory” gives you the false sense that disc is going to be a tame one. Such is not the case, as the next fourteen tracks nearly pound your senses into oblivion. Ok, maybe that is overstating it a little bit, but damn this is a fun CD. The songs on this disc range from classic heavy metal to some solid melodic rock. I couldn’t find a bad song in the bunch.
Steve Grimmett’s voice seemingly has gotten better with age. He still has incredible range, but doesn’t over do it.
I wouldn’t consider Fargo, North Dakota a hot bed of metal talent, but Mr. Grimmett has found one amazing band in this Northern U.S. city. Steve Stine blows me away with six string superiority. Where in the hell has this guy been? His playing on this CD is fantastic.
The rhythm section of Hat on bass, and Dave Johnson on drums is quite good. It sounds as if Johnson and Hat have been playing together for quite a while. Johnson busts out the double bass drumming at break neck speed and Hat keeps up the pace with his heavy bass.
The music from Grimmstine isn’t just high speed metal. The band slows it down on a few numbers and produce some amazingly good numbers that will appeal to melodic rock fans.
Some of my favorite cuts on this disc are “911″, “Supernatural”, “To Catch A Killer” and the Whitesnake like “This Don’t Look Like Love To Me”.
Good tunes and solid production and over an hour of music add up to one excellent metal CD. This is a disc that will appeal to fans of metal acts like Judas Priest, Saxon and of course, Grim Reaper, as well as a few melodic rock fans.
4. Got Nothing But Time
5. To Catch A Killer
6. You’ll Never Know
7. It’s Over
9. You Give Me Love
10. Straight As An Arrow
11. ‘Til They Take My Wings
12. Take This Air
13. Afraid Of The Dark
14. This Don’t Look Like Love To Me
15. To Sing A Lullabye (Immy’s Song)
Steve Grimmett – Vocals
Steve Stine – Guitars
Dave Johnson – Drums
Hat – Bass