Grip Inc.
Power of Inner Strength


4.0
excellent

Review

by lostforwords USER (36 Reviews)
September 16th, 2009 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


Is it possible that one drummer, any drummer, could feel limited in a band like Slayer? Could it be that any guy who had performed that drumming in “Reign in Blood”, “South of Heaven” and “Seasons in the Abyss” would feel that he had not yet reached his full potential?. Yes, Dave Lombardo claimed that, among others, one of the main reasons he wanted to quit Slayer, was to try something different, something that would help him get even closer to his potential. So, after his departure from Slayer, Dave Lombardo played in a band named Voodoocult, in 1993, where he met guitarist – producer Waldemar Sorychta , and decided to form Grip Inc. They recruited bassist Jason Viebrooks and former punk-rocker Gus Chambers as the lead singer and two years later they released their debut album, “Power of Inner Strength”, via Metal Blade records.

“Power of inner Strength” will remind you of a less sinister Slayer indeed, as it was expected, but it also brings to mind a heavier, and more complex (in terms of song structure) edition of Prong, or Helmet. Which means that “Power of Inner Strength” is an album dominated both by high speed thrash assaults, but also (and probably more often) by bouncing, massive grooves. While the impressive “Hostage to heaven” is fast, furious and lyrically hostile to religion, songs like the band’s biggest hit “Ostracized” and “Savage Seas” are precursors of what would eventually become the heaviest side of nu-metal (or groove metal as it is today known). In tracks like “Colors of Death” Grip Inc. shift towards a more atmospheric sound, and generally the band does its utmost to sound as multidimensional as possible.

In order to accomplish that sound, the band is led by Dave Lombardo, whose talent in creating rhythms is crucial. His drumming is very rich here; not only does he play some of the fastest drum parts of his career (check the double kicks in “Hostage to Heaven”), he also adds tribal rhythms (“Toque de Muerto”) and grooves (“Ostracized”) that make the record much more interesting and easy to listen from start to finish. Waldemar Sorychta is an excellent guitar player and that is obvious both in his riffs and his solos, where one can hear his flamengo influences. And then, there is Gus Chambers’ crushing voice, dressed up with his social or political lyrics, which would be Grip Inc’ s most impressive aspect if it wasn’t for Dave Lombardo.

Grip Inc. were associated in the beginning of their career with bands like Machine Head or “Chaos A.D.”-era Sepultura because of their innovative sound and the modern way they approached thrash. They didn’t become equally famous, and to be honest their fame seems to reside in the fact that it was Dave Lombardo’s main band for a while. This of course doesn’t change the fact that “Power of Inner Strength” together with their next effort “Nemesis” was a refreshing glimmer of hope in thrash metal’s toughest moments.



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lostforwords
September 16th 2009


446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, by the way, Gus Chambers Rest In Peace

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2009


17920 Comments


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lostforwords
September 17th 2009


446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hehe!
44,905 sputnik members are in my black list now!!!!

kveldulf57
January 11th 2010


49 Comments


perfect review!

RIP Gus

ReturnToRock
January 18th 2010


3448 Comments


i prefer Nemesis over this one.

RIP Gus.

lostforwords
January 18th 2010


446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kveldulf57: Thanks

ReturnToRock: Me too



Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2010


6096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Among the best modern thrash albums that came out in the nineties.

spot on review.

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KILL
April 22nd 2012


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no

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ViperAces
July 13th 2013


12428 Comments


"The best modern thrash album that ever came out in the nineties."
what does that mean?

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April 2nd 2014


1195 Comments


Hostage to Heaven destroys

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