Holy Grail

Like many of the legendary bands whose influences they wear on their tattered sleeves, the Los Angeles quintet HOLY GRAIL made an immediate impact when they exploded onto the metal scene in 2009. Here were five immortal men who fought to kill, armed with an infectious sound – a mix of classic heavy metal and modern sensibilities – sure to win over even the most jaded of cynics. As if on cue, metal media around the world swooned immediately. Metal Hammer UK nominated HOLY GRAIL for their “best new band” Golden Gods Award based solely on the two original tracks that appeared on their debut EP “Improper Burial”, while the group was invited to perform at major worldwide events such as the Wacken:Open:Air (Germany) and Download Festival (UK) before their full-length debut was even finished being recorded. When their full-length debut “Crisis In Utopia” was finally released in late 2010, it was clear from the opening notes on that HOLY GRAIL’s music is their silver bullet. The album reasserted the group’s potential and earned the band a new round of critical acclaim, with Revolver Magazine naming the release one of 2010′s Top 20 albums. Hereafter, the group hit the road for a nearly two-year touring cycle during which guitarist Alex Lee (ex-BONDED BY BLOOD) joined the fold and the band performed alongside the likes of BLIND GUARDIAN, ELUVEITIE and DRAGONFORCE, among others. In addition, they further developed a burgeoning international fan base by touring Japan, Australia and the UK.

 

If “Crisis In Utopia” hinted at what HOLY GRAIL could achieve, new album “Ride The Void” shouts it through a megaphone. Gone are sword-and-steel odes to Valhalla; in their place are morbid tales of serial killers. Indeed, producer Matt Hyde (SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM) brought out a darker, hungrier side of the band than many have heard to date – yet musically, they’re more exhilarating than ever: Witness the galloping riff of “Dark Passenger”, the betcha-can’t-play-this exuberance of the opening lick of “Too Decayed To Waitor the unexpected triumphant and melodic solo in “The Great Artifice”. Perhaps more importantly, the album sees HOLY GRAIL continue to expand the limits of their sound by incorporating classical guitar (“Wake Me When It’s Over”), a cinematic, QUEEN-like vocal intro (the otherwise anthemic “Sleep of Virtue”), a trance-like guitar loop (“Silence The Scream”) that cleverly belies the lyrical content it introduces, and a moody finale (“Rains of Sorrow”) inspired by a family member’s battle with cancer.
Someone pretty might catch your attention, but only someone special can keep it. HOLY GRAIL could have easily written an album filled with lovable tales of mead-chugging knights-on-horseback, but instead, they pushed themselves further – and in the end, created an unforgettable collection of timeless metal anthems that not only validates the early praise they received, but creates an exciting question: Where will they go from here? For now, though, buckle up and enjoy the ride!

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February 4, 2016 | HOLY GRAIL TAKES A ‘DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM’

Credit: Ammo Photography With their third release “Times of Pride and Peril” on the brink of release, Los Angeles heavy metal quintet HOLY GRAIL have released a punishing new track “Descent Into The Maelstrom”. Lauded as “the direct descendants of bands like Priest and Maiden” by MetalSucks, you can listen to the song, which they claim causes [...]

January 11, 2016 | HOLY GRAIL: METAL WARRIORS’ NEW SONG ‘NO MORE HEROES’ NOW STREAMING

Los Angeles shredders HOLY GRAIL are back with a vengeance and ready to reassert themselves as “one of the most promising traditionally-inclined metal bands to emerge from the U.S. in the past decade” (Metal Hammer) with their third album “Times of Pride and Peril,” scheduled for release on Feb. 12 via Prosthetic Records. Recorded with Grammy-Award winning producer John [...]

December 2, 2015 | HOLY GRAIL: NEW ALBUM ‘TIMES OF PRIDE AND PERIL’ DUE IN FEBRUARY

Los Angeles-based heavy metal warriors HOLY GRAIL – whose epic anthems have been performed live alongside some of the genre’s top names, including Anthrax, Exodus, Amon Amarth, Dragonforce and High On Fire, among others — will release their third album, “Times of Pride and Peril,” via Prosthetic Records on Feb. 12, 2016 . The highly anticipated follow-up to [...]

Holy Grail

“Improper Burial”

RELEASE DATE: 12/01/09

TRACKLISTING:

Digital/7":

1. Fight to Kill
2. Immortal Man

CD:
1. Fight To Kill
2. Immortal Man
3. Exciter
4. Fast As A Shark

“Crisis In Utopia”

Holy Grail

“Crisis In Utopia”

RELEASE DATE: 10/26/10

TRACKLISTING:

1. My Last Attack
2. Fight To Kill
3. Call Of Valhalla
4. Crisis In Utopia
5. Immortal Man
6. Nocturne In D Minor
7. The Blackest Night
8. Chase The Wind
9. Hollow Ground
10. Requiem
11. Cherish Disdain

Holy Grail

“Seasons Bleedings”

RELEASE DATE: 12/6/11

TRACKLISTING:

7-inch track listing:
A. No Presents For Christmas
B. Kill The King

Digital track listing:
1. No Presents For Christmas
2. Kill The King
3. Exciter
4. Fast As A Shark

“Dark Passenger” (single)

Holy Grail

“Dark Passenger” (single)

RELEASE DATE: 10/2/12

TRACKLISTING:

Digital single:
1. Dark Passenger

7":
A. Dark Passenger
B. Go Down Swinging

“Ride The Void”

Holy Grail

“Ride The Void”

RELEASE DATE: 1/22/13

TRACKLISTING:

01. Archeus
02. Bestia Triumphans
03. Dark Passenger
04. Bleeding Stone
05. Ride The Void
06. Too Decayed To Wait
07. Crosswinds
08. Take It To The Grave
09. Sleep of Virtue
10. Silence The Scream
11. The Great Artifice
12. Wake Me When It's Over
13. Rains of Sorrow


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