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Origin Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres Alternative metal, grunge, heavy metal[1]
Years active 1989–1993
Labels Roadrunner
eMpTy Records
Betty Records
Associated acts Skin Yard
The Accüsed
Past members Ben McMillan (deceased)
Tom Niemeyer
Tim Paul
Scott McCullum
Alex Sibbald
Josh Sinder

Gruntruck was an American rock band formed in 1989 in Seattle, Washington by Ben McMillan and Scott McCullum, both previously from Skin Yard. Tommy Niemeyer from The Accüsed and Tim Paul, previously of Final Warning, rounded out the initial, classic line-up. Their sound was described as grunge, and the band focused more on the metal side of the genre.


The band only released two albums. They toured the U.S. and Canada with Alice in Chains in fall of 1992, as well as Europe in the winter of 1993 with Pantera, who were supporting Vulgar Display of Power. According to Sean Kinney, they were Alice in Chains's most supported band at the time, opening alongside the Screaming Trees for Alice in Chains' Dirt tour. In 1996, they ended up in a legal battle with Roadrunner Records for contract termination.[2] Gruntruck won the case, but at heavy cost to the band. Bassist Tim Paul left and was replaced by Alex Sibbald, and following a less than stellar tour with Circus of Power, drummer Scott McCullum left as well. In 1996, they resurfaced with new drummer Josh Sinder, previously of The Accüsed to record a 3-track EP called Shot, Illusion, New God. The classic lineup reformed in the late 90s for various shows and recordings that never properly surfaced. In 2000, the band had a successful comeback stint in the Northwest playing many shows to audiences eager for Gruntruck. However, the band disbanded permanently in 2002, leaving behind rumors of a possible album of unreleased rarities that may or may not surface in the near future.

Death of founding member[edit]

Ben McMillan died at age 46 from complications related to diabetes on January 26, 2008.[3]


  • Ben McMillan (deceased 2008) - vocals, guitar (1989–2002)
  • Tom Niemeyer - guitar (1989–2002)
  • Tim Paul - bass (1989–1993, 1997–2002)
  • Scott McCullum - drums (1989–1993, 1997–2002)

Former members[edit]

  • Alex Sibbald - bass (1993–1996)
  • Josh Sinder - drums (1993–1996)


Studio albums[edit]


  • 1992: "Above Me" (Roadrunner Records)
  • 1992: "Crazy Love" (Roadrunner Records)



  1. ^ "Gruntruck biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  2. ^ Hicks, J. Rush Jr. (Spring 2000), "Should a Record Company Be Alarmed When an Artist Files for Bankruptcy?", MEIEA Journal, 1 (1), pp. 84–117, retrieved 2010-05-18 
  3. ^ "Ben McMillan, singer for Gruntruck and Skin Yard, dead at 46". Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (November 2005), New Wave of American Heavy Metal, retrieved 2007-08-24