Grip Inc.

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Grip Inc.
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresGroove metal
Years active1993–2006
LabelsSPV, Metal Blade
Associated actsThe Allknowing
MembersDave Lombardo
Waldemar Sorychta

Grip Inc. was a groove metal band and side project of drummer Dave Lombardo. The band was formed in 1993, and was signed to SPV Records.


Following the birth of his first child in 1993, Lombardo formed Grip Inc. with Voodoocult guitarist Waldemar Sorychta.[1] The pair recruited bassist Jason Viebrooks and vocalist Gus Chambers to complete the line-up, releasing their debut record Power of Inner Strength (1995), distributed via Metal Blade Records.

Prior to the album's release Lombardo described leaving Slayer as a career low, because he did not know what type of music to play.[2][3] AllMusic reviewer Vincent Jeffries singled out Lombardo for praise on the album, remarking that Slayer fans "will enjoy the drummer's double bass work and overall aggression throughout the disc."[4] Sorychta said critics and music fans always spot mistakes in their music, because of Lombardo's popularity with Slayer – expecting the band to sound like Slayer and complain.[5] However, when Lombardo uses the double bass drum, Sorychta said people complain "now Grip Inc. sound exactly like Slayer."[5]

The band released Nemesis in 1997. Jeffries praised Lombardo's "crushing drum work" which takes center stage on the album. Bassist Viebrooks left the band and was replaced by Stuart Carruthers in 1997. With a new bassist, the band released Solidify in 1999, which was described as a step towards "progressive and exotic rhythms, structures, and instrumentations, while never compromising intensity" by Jeffries.


Final Line-up[edit]

Former members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Power of Inner Strength
  • Released: March 7, 1995
  • Label: Steamhammer, SPV GmbH
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download[10]
  • Released: February 25, 1997
  • Label: Steamhammer, SPV GmbH
  • Formats: CD, CS, LP, digital download[11]
75 94
  • Released: February 23, 1999
  • Label: Steamhammer, SPV GmbH
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download[12]
58 65
  • Released: March 16, 2004
  • Label: Steamhammer, SPV GmbH
  • Formats: CD
140 45
Hostage To Heaven EP
  • Released: June 9, 2015
  • Label: KFM
  • Formats: digital download[13]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Directed Album
1994 "Ostracized"
Power Of Inner Strength
1997 "Rusty Nail"
2004 "The Answer" Kobayashi Mediaverbund Incorporated
"Curse (Of The Cloth)"


  1. ^ Lolk. "Waldemar Sorychta interview". Archived from the original on 11 October 2004. Retrieved 10 January 2006.
  2. ^ Linsday, Cam. "Dave Lombardo interview". exclaim. Retrieved 19 August 2007.
  3. ^ Jeffries, Vincent. "Biography - Grip Inc". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 June 2007.
  4. ^ Jeffries, Vincent. "Power of Inner Strength - Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 July 2007.
  5. ^ a b Lolk. "Waldemar Sorychta interviewed by Lolk". Archived from the original on 11 October 2004. Retrieved 18 February 2007.
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