Holy Grail Releases 2013’s First Great Metal Record

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

It is official.  The California based quintet that is Holy Grail has released in its second full length album, the very first great metal album of 2013.  The band’s new album bridges the divide of old school metal along the lines of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest with more recent bands the likes of Fozzy,  Avenged Sevenfold, and of course itself.  This album has elements of power metal, death metal, and old school speed metal without losing a single step along the way.  The album starts off with that old school style in the semi-instrumental, ‘Archeus.’  This leads without hesitation instantly into the equally impressive old school style sound of ‘Bestia Triumphans.’  The dual guitar attack of Eli Santana and Alex Lee mixed with the absolutely powerhouse vocals of singer James-Paul Luna make this song a welcome re-introduction for fans who came on board with the band’s 2010 debut, Crisis in Utopia, and an equally impressive first time introduction for fans who are new to the band’s work.  Luna’s vocals are just as brutal as the song hits its final moments and he launches into traditionally guttural growling.

The band barely lets up—if at all—after the album’s first full introduction on this album as it proceeds into the album’s next song, ‘Dark Passenger.’  This song, too leans more in the old school speed metal style.  Both Santana and Lee are expert at their craft alongside drummer Tyler Meahl and bassist Blake Mount.  Meal and Mount work seamlessly together adding a solid backing to the song.  Meal’s chops are some of the best of any modern metal drummer out there today as he shows not just in this song, but throughout the course of the album’s thirteen tracks as does the rest of the band.  That’s especially evident in songs the likes of ‘Too Decayed to Wait’, ‘Great Artifice’ and the equally solid closer that is ‘Rains of Sorrow’ just to name a few more.  To go through every song on this album would take far too long and would be far too wordy.  Needless to say that whether for its old school shots or its more modern material, this album has something for every member of the metal nation regardless of age.  It is simply put a great way for any true metal purist to start the New Year.  It’s available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered online direct via the Prosthetic Records online store at http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/item/17089

Fans can also check out the band live as it tours in support of its new album across the country.  The band will be in Miami, Florida this Friday.  Fans in North Carolina will also get their chance to see the band when it makes a stop at Charlotte’s Tremont Music Hall along with Exodus, Anthrax, and Municipal Waste.  That tour stop is part of the Metal Alliance Tour.  To get a full rundown of the band’s tour dates and all of the latest news from the band, fans can go online to http://www.facebook.com/holygrailofficial, http://www.holygrailofficial, http://www.myspace.com/holygrailofficial, and http://twitter.com/holygrailband.

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