Grip Inc. - _Nemesis_
by: Adrian Bromley (
Okay... so now ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo's new band Grip Inc. has been given enough time to work out the kinks and problems that may have surfaced when the band's debut _The Power of Inner Strength_ was released. Time to deal with good/bad press and enough time to tour and show people that this Lombardo project was not a "security blanket" after leaving (was booted from?) Slayer. The band's debut album _TPoIS_ was an assortment of heavy drumming, powerful riffs, technical guitar playing (provided by producer/guitar wizard Waldemar Sorychta) and screams of anger delivered by singer Gus Chambers. Round two. The sophomore release _Nemesis_ continues on where the band (now a three-piece) left off, drenched in intensity and hard-ass momentum, as well as some technical know-how. I'm actually quite impressed with the band's "new" sound which features keyboards and Chamber's vocals being a bit more versatile. The music has developed more of a groove now and even though Chambers still screams his head off, there seems to be a definite feel and creativity within the material that showcases both thrash and speed metal qualities. For those that thought Lombardo and Co. were going to fuck up with album number two - you're wrong. _Nemesis_ is worth a listen and should be enough to keep metal fans interested in the band till album number three comes out.
(article published 4/2/1997)
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