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Release Review: Holy Grail – Ride The Void

In an age where metal has been splintered into more subcategories than collapsed veins in a junkie’s body hooked on smack. Holy Grail is the band we’ve been waiting for, a group seemingly inspired by all styles of metal: speed, thrash, death or something in between, they are re-building the old and making it new.

Holy Grail logo

The band was founded in Pasadena, California back in 2008, originally called Sorcerer, Holy Grail released their debut EP, Improper Burial in 2009, followed by a full length album, Crisis in Utopia, in 2010. The band released a “Christmas” EP in 2011, entitled Seasons Bleedings where the group covers classic material by Judas Priest, Rainbow and Accept. The EP also includes a wicked cover of King Diamond’s “No Presents for Christmas”.  Holy Grail’s second full length album, Ride the Void, was just released in January 2013.

The musical style of Holy Grail isn’t easily described. The vocals are straight laced with a melodic edge and the occasional death blast thrown in. Vocalist James Paul Luna has an addictively catchy delivery. I didn’t like his voice initially but I grew to appreciate it with repeat listens. In a time were most vocalists are perfecting pig squeals, Luna has perfected an original sound; his extraordinary delivery should take this band to the next level.

Not to be overshadowed by their vocalist, the rest of the band is accomplished with each musician contributing on the highest level. I love the guitar work of Eli Santana and Alex Lee who seem to cram more notes than humanly possible into each track.

Holy Grail’s meshing of different styles offers a sound that isn’t readily comparable. They’re like Avenged Sevenfold with more crunch or Atreyu/Bullet For My Valentine/Scar Symmetry with an occasional peppering of death vocals, maybe even a hardcore thrash version of Skid Row. The comparisons are endless but they’re largely unfair because Holy Grail’s music really transcends typical metal categorizations. Highlight tracks for me are: “Bestia Triumphans”, “Dark Passenger”, “Too Decayed to Wait”, “Crosswinds” and “Silence the Scream”

In summary Ride the Void is definitely an album worth checking out. Holy Grail is a group that has truly embraced their metal roots. Any band that can cover both King Diamond and Rainbow already has my attention but when you add the group’s original material, songs that are soon to be metal classics; you have a group that delivers the goods. Check out Holy Grail’s Ride the Void before the void rides over you. \m/

Holy Grail - RIde the Void

 

Tracklisting:

1. Archeus
2. Bestia Triumphans
3. Dark Passenger
4. Bleeding Stone
5. Ride The Void
6. Too Decayed To Wait
7. Crosswinds
8. Take It To The Grave
9. Sleep Of Virtue
10. Silence The Scream
11. The Great Artifice
12. Wake Me When It’s Over
13. Rains Of Sorrow

Holy Grail are:
Blake Mount – Bass
Tyler Meahl – Drums
Eli Santana – Guitars
Alex Lee – Guitars
James-Paul Luna – Vocals

Holy Grail band 2012

More Holy Grail:
Official Website
Facebook

Prosthetic Records (North America) or Nuclear Blast Records (Europe)

David Halbe
About David Halbe (275 Articles)
I live in the USA and I'm a fan of all types of metal: Black, Death, Hair, Thrash, Nu, Core, Sleeze, Stoner, Groove, etc... I have a huge collection of heavy metal CDs and I have been attending shows since 1986. Nothing is too extreme or poserish for me, if it rocks it rocks. Metal is the music we all have in common, it is our lifeblood. \m/

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