Singer McKay had previously played with Rick Cooper and Rick Wagner in a band called Sinister Angel in 1980. After about two years, however, the project fell apart. Rick Wagner and McKay then played at Metal Church for a few months until they founded Griffin in 1982.  The group consisted here of singer William Roderick McKay, drummer Rick Wagner and guitarist Rick Cooper. A short time later, Dan Levitan   joined the band as bass player . After a first demo was released in 1982, Henry Hewitt joined the band as another guitarist. A second demo followed in 1983.  Through these demos, the band caught the attention of Shrapnel Recordsand signed in 1984 a contract with this label, about which the debut album Flight of the Griffin was released in February 1985 , whereby it had already been recorded in August 1984. The publication was delayed because there were problems with the photos and the cover, as well as with the pressing.  The band consisted of vocalist then McKay, guitarist Michael “Yaz” Jastrembski, bassist Thomas “Hawk” Sprayberry, guitarist Rick Cooper and drummer Rick Wagner.  The second album Protectors of the Lair joined in 1986, followed by McKay drums and Cooper played the song, Wagner bass and electric guitar. The album was released on the band’s own label Griffin Records and was overSteamhammer distributed.  The band broke up a little later.