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Grip Inc.

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Album Review

On this their third release, the Dave Lombardo-led Grip Inc. seem to be reaching beyond the thrash and power-metal relentlessness of their first two recordings. Joined by new bassist Stuart Caruthers, ex-Slayer drummer Lombardo, vocalist Gus Chambers and guitarist/producer Waldemar Sorychta, deploy a more open, but still aggressive approach on Solidify. Drummers can again marvel at Lombardo's expressive and technically excellent tom work on cuts like 7"Bug Juice" and "Lockdown." More room is give to Chambers on mellower numbers like "Human?" and "Griefless" and the singer gives accordingly dynamic performances. While Grip Inc. move slightly away from their all out aggression on Solidify, they maintain their highly progressive flavor without ever confusing the musical issue. The resulting material may have a more song-driven feel, but on Solidify, the LA band never compromise their dense musicality or fiery message.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo put Grip Inc. together in the mid-'90s after leaving one of metal's most successful acts in order to better manage his personal life and expand his creative possibilities. Lombardo was idolized by fans and musicians in awe of the power, speed, and control he exhibited on the drum kit while with Slayer, and the more dynamic but still quite heavy music of Grip Inc. only enhanced the drummer's reputation as a true metal virtuoso. While Grip Inc. is clearly led by Lombardo,...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: 23 February 1999

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