Hellgrimm is a power trio forged in 2018 that delves into the darkness of addictions, death, and demons with stories both fictional and based in truth. The rhythmic melodies are punctuated by haunting solos and a piercing voice gives hope that there may be paths out of the darkness.
Since its founding, Hellgrimm has released two EPs; the self-titled debut (March 2019) and the sophomore album, “Elysium” (February 2020) and is currently working on the third album, titled "The Hunger." Hellgrimm has had the honor of opening for such acts as Geoff Tate, Powerman 5000, (hed) p.e., Michale Graves, Tommy DeCarlo (Boston), Vicious Rumors, Pissing Razors, and Goatwhore.
Guitarist supremo Michael Angelo Batio, Impaler vocalist Bill Lindsey, drummer Snowy Shaw (King Diamond) and guitarist Chris Poland (Megadeth) have made appearances on past albums done by members of Hellgrimm in a previous band called Monkeysoop. Jerry Connor wrote a song in 2004 that was considered for a Grammy. Hellgrimm members have also played in punk rock puppet band Green Jellÿ.
Writer/guitarist Jerry Connor began his music obsession in his teens on South Padre Island, Texas. After years of playing in local bands, his world turned upside down when a fateful accident almost cost him his left hand and his life. Following two major surgeries, many doctors told him he would never play guitar again. Undeterred, Jerry studied music theory and composition at the University of Texas Pan American in hopes of becoming a composer.
Jerry rehabilitated his hand through years of relentless practice and was able to play guitar once again, moving around the country to work with national acts. In 2002, he landed in San Antonio, Texas, and began writing the music that would conjure the band Hellgrimm.
Drummer/vocalist Erica Missey fell in love with music watching her grandfather and uncle play guitar in her childhood. She started playing trumpet when she was eleven and enjoyed playing through high school and college.
After years of concentrating on her art career (animation credits include “Space Jam” and “The Prince of Egypt), Erica returned to making music as a bass player. She met Jerry Connor in 2002 and joined him to form the band Monkeysoop. After years of playing bass and finding her voice, Erica switched to drums in 2010 and became the primary singer when Hellgrimm was conceived in 2018.
Hellgrimm has had the aid of talented bassists Glenn Martinez, Josh Pechawer, and Craig Wells.
Hellgrimm’s second album, “Elysium,” features road and recording veterans Jerry Connor on guitar and Erica Missey on vocals and drums. Their gritty, hard-rocking album flies in the face of conventional rock music with a female drummer wailing on vocals while simultaneously destroying the skins. Nostalgia for the 1970s stadium rock era weaves through this gut punch of guitar wizardry weaving spells of destruction and searing vocals rising from the chaos. Hellgrimm fights demons with this album, both real and imagined, physical and psychological. “Elysium” is available on a physical CD and all your favorite streaming services.
Hellgrimm's latest video - September 2020 - "Wicked Man" from the 2020 EP, ELYSIUM
Check out this two-fold performance by model/actress/singer, Kelly Abbass, in Hellgrimm's "Evil Incarnate" video
Check out our debut album teaser
One of our favorite songs from this album.