‘Quantum Leap’ Is A Largely Successful New Offering From Gus G.

Courtesy: AFM Records

Firewind founder and guitarist Gus G. is quoted from a recent interview as saying of his new album, Quantum Leap, that he “didn’t make it with the intention of it being the next one in the cycle of solo albums.  It was more of a case of, ‘What else is there?’ I needed the creative outlet.”  One of so many albums created during the downtime forced on acts by the COVID-19 pandemic, audiences will be glad that he crafted the album regardless.  That is due in large part to its general presentation, which will be discussed shortly.  While the album’s general presentation makes the record a strong new offering, the recording is not perfect.  The production in the live content detracts from the presentation to a point.  This will be discussed a little later.  Speaking of production, the production of the album’s first half offsets the impact of the production in the album’s second half and makes the album that much more enjoyable.  The end result of this is that the album in whole proves to be one more of the year’s top new rock and hard rock/metal albums.

Gus G.’s new solo album, Quantum Leap is a mostly successful new presentation from the veteran guitarist.  That is due in large part to its general presentation.  The general presentation finds the 18-song record divided into two separate discs.  The first disc is composed of 11 original new songs that the guitarist (formally known as Konstantinos Karamitroudis) crafted during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The second disc is composed of seven live tracks, at least two of which are covers (one a Thin Lizzy cover, the other a Dire Straits work).  The live songs were all from a concert that Karamitroudis held in 2018 in Budapest.  Two of the songs – ‘Fearless’ and ‘Cold Sweat’ – were featured in his 2019 digital-only EP, Live in Budapest.  The other five songs are other performances featured in the concert, but just not in the EP.  Ironically, the other two songs from the EP are not featured among the live songs in this bonus live material.  Sure, it would have been nice for audiences to have had those songs, for a total count of nine live performances, but at least audiences get seven.  To that end, audiences cannot complain too much.

Getting back to the topic of the main record, the material that makes up its body is both new and archived material that Karamitroudis had stored away unfinished from however long ago.  Karamitroudis composed and recorded most of the instrumentation in this record, save for the drums.  He was joined by drummer Vincent Velasco for the recording.  Velasco’s work is solid throughout and offers just the right musical “spice,” too.  Just as interesting is that Karamitroudis was quoted during an interview promoting the album, that he had to step back from his typical approach (IE lots of extensive guitar solos and work, really in-depth arrangements).  Instead, he allowed himself to write and create more freely.  The result is wonderful.  There are songs that fit just as well here on any Firewind album (E.g. ‘Demon Stomp,’ and ‘Enigma of Life’) as would fit on one of Joe Satriani’s albums.  The more Satriani work comes in the form of the album’s opener, ‘Leap Into The Unknown’ and ‘Not Forgotten.’  There is even some hint of influence from fellow guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman peppered in through songs, such as ‘Force Majure’ and ‘Exosphere.’  As if all of that is not enough, the sort of “new agey” approach and sound of ‘Night Driver’ with its keyboards, is a throwback to that familiar hair metal sound of the 80s.  It will appeal to specific audiences in its own right.  Simply put, the works crafted for the album’s main body are diverse and unique from one another throughout its run.  The wide appeal that it will certainly generate couples with the appeal from the record’s companion live material to make for even more engagement and entertainment.  In other words, audiences get the best of both worlds here in the best way possible.  They get a new, impressive studio recording, and a healthy compliment of live material in lien of a live performance, since the COVID-19 pandemic put Karamitroudis’ live plans on hold.  Keeping all of this in mind, the album’s general presentation creates a strong, solid foundation for the record.  Of course while the album’s general presentation is undeniably important to its appeal, the album is not perfect.  There is a slight issue raised as a result of the live material’s production.


The production is slightly problematic because of the lack of balance in the instrumentation and vocals.  The vocals in the live show were performed by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Unisonic).  Maybe it is just this critic’s own hearing, but it seems throughout the songs with vocals, Ward’s performance is washed out by Gus G.’s work and that of drummer Johan Nunez (Firewind, ex-Kamelot).  Ward’s vocals sound so distant, as if his mic was not turned on.  Whether that was accidental is anyone’s guess.  Regardless, it forces audiences to turn up the volume and listen closely to be able to hear Ward.  This is disappointing, but is not enough of a dent to make the live material a failure.  That is because not every song has vocals.  To that end, the album’s live material still helps play into the album’s success, despite the one noted concern.

Considering that the production in the album’s live material is not enough to doom the record, there is at least one more item to note here to the record’s positive.  That item is the production of the album’s primary content.  As noted already, Karamitroudis admitted in an interview promoting his new album, that he had to take a new, unfamiliar approach to composing and performing in Quantum Leap.  That approach included not only taking different approaches in the songs, but also making sure that each part works well with each other.  That is because so much is still going on in each song.  Ward, who also mixed and mastered the album, deserves his own share of applause.  He clearly paid painstaking attention to each instrument’s place within each arrangement.  He made sure that every part complimented the others and balanced each song in whole.  That work and that of Karamistroudis came together and made the album in whole just as successful for its aesthetics as for its content.  When this and the album’s content are considered together, the whole makes Quantum Leap another impressive offering from Gus G. that is among the best of not only the year’s new rock albums, but hard rock and metal albums, too.

Gus G.’s recently released album, Quantum Leap is an impressive presentation that will appeal equally to his fans, those of Firewind, and rock and hard rock fans alike.  The record’s success is due in large part to its general presentation.  The general presentation gives audiences the best of both worlds with a new studio album and live recording in one.  The studio recording gives audiences a new studio presentation while the new live recording gives audiences a nice concert experience in lieu of a live, in-person show from Gus G. as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The general presentation gives the record a strong start, but the production in the live recording detracts from the presentation to a point.  The production proves problematic because there is an obvious problem with the balance between the instrumentation and vocals in the tracks that feature vocals.  Thankfully it is not enough to make the record in whole a failure or even the record’s live half.  The production of the record’s primary body makes up for the concerns raised through the production of the live content.  It ensures every instrument balances expertly with one another.  The result is that the studio content is fully engaging and entertaining from start to end.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s overall presentation.  All things considered, the album proves a mostly successful presentation.

Quantum Leap is available now through AFM Records.  More information on the album is available along with all of Gus G.’s latest news at:

Website: https://gusgofficial.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialgusg

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gusgofficial

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Derek Sherinian Joins Up-And-Coming Guitarist Ballard For New Single

Courtesy: Ballard

Guitarist Paolo Ballardini (a.k.a. Ballard) debuted his latest single this week.

Ballardini debuted his new single ‘Too Soon‘ Friday. The full-on instrumental track features a guest appearance by keyboard wizard Derek Sherinian (Sons of Apollo, Platypus, ex-Dream Theater). The song’s energetic arrangement puts Ballardini’s talents on display, and at the same time is comparable to works from Joe Satriani.

The premiere of ‘Too Soon’ comes more than three months after Ballardini premiered his then latest single, ‘Changes’ and its video. That song also displays some Satriani influence. At the same time, it also features some notable influence from Satriani’s fellow famed guitarist, Marty Friedman.

Sherinian’s participation in Ballardini’s new single comes as he continues work on his next album, which will follow up his latest album, The Phoenix.

The Phoenix produced the singles, ‘Empyrean Sky,’ ‘Dragonfly,’ and ‘Them Changes‘ (a cover of the Buddy Miles classic).

Sherinian followed up the release of The Phoenix with a guest appearance on Michael Schenker Group’s latest album, Immortal, which was released early this year. Now the band’s namesake, Michael Schenker will make his own appearance on Sherinian’s as-yet-untitled new album.

More information on Ballardini’s new single is available along with all of his latest news at:

Website: https://www.ballardmusic.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ballardmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/music_ballard

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Eagle Rock’s Mingus Montreux Show Shines In Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top New Live CDs List

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Going to live shows is neither easy nor inexpensive nowadays.  Between the collective cost of tickets — which is itself oftentimes bank-breaking — transportation, food, potential lodging and souvenirs, and of course planning around work and family schedules, getting out to live shows is not easy for anyone.

Those barriers make the availability of live recordings something critical for audiences everywhere, regardless of genre.  To that end, live CDs deserve their own consideration just as much as studio recordings, each year.  Keeping that in mind, Phil’s Picks has developed once again a list of the year’s Top 10 new live CDs.

This year has been an interesting one for live CDs.  Some notable live CDs were featured as part of bigger bundles (E.G. The Rolling Stones’ San Jose ’99 and Voodoo Lounge ’94 shows) while others, such as Alice Cooper’s A Paranormal Night @ The Olympia Paris and Marty Friedman’s One Bad M.F. Live were standalone offerings.

Some were standout offerings for all of the best reasons.  Others had some problems to note.  Keeping all of this in mind, this year’s crop of live CDs deserves just as much attention as the vast sea of studio recordings released throughout the year.

Topping this year’s list is yet another live CD from the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment in the form of Charles Mingus’ classic 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival show.  This recording presents Mingus at one of his finest moments, and why his live performances were — and still are today — such powerful presentations.

Coming in second in this year’s list is the new Jimi Hendrix live CD, Live at the Hollywood Bowl.  This CD was released as part of the bigger Electric Ladyland box set, and stands out so strongly because of its set list, Hendrix and company’s performance and the production values.

Third place in this year’s list of the year’s best new live CDs goes to veteran viking metal outfit Amon Amarth.  The 30-song set list spans two nights and quite an expansive portion of the band’s catalog.  That set list is directly mirrored on its DVD and BD presentation, and sounds just as good.  Though because of the intensity of the show, it is still better appreciated being seen and heard and not just heard.  That’s not to say the CD presentation is bad, but audiences will agree that hearing it makes for far more appreciation for the concerts’ DVD and BD presentations.

Also featured in this year’s list of top new live CDs are those noted new offerings from Marty Friedman, Alice Cooper and The Rolling Stones alongside new offerings from Opeth, Devin Townsend and John 5 to name just a few more titles.  As always, this critic’s list features 10 of the year’s top new offerings plus five honorable mentions, which follow, for a total count of 15.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 new Live CDs.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

  1. Charles Mingus — Live at Montreux 1975
  2. Jimi Hendrix — Live at the Hollywood BowlAug. 14, 1968
  3. Amon Amarth — The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm
  4. Devin Townsend Project — Ocean MachineLive at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv
  5. Opeth — Garden of the TitansLive at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  6. The Rolling Stones — No SecuritySan Jose ’99
  7. The Rolling Stones — Voodoo Lounge Uncut
  8. John Mclaughlin & The 4th Dimension and Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip — Live in San Francisco
  9. Marty Friedman — One Bad M.F. Live
  10. Accept — Symphonic TerrorLive at Wacken 2017
  11. Alice Cooper — A Paranormal Night at The Olympia Paris
  12. Fates Warning — Live Over Europe
  13. Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow — Memories in Rock II
  14. John 5 and The Creatures — It’s Alive
  15. Overkill — Live in Overhausen

Marty Friedman Announces Release Date, Specs For New Live Recording; Debuts Clip From Recording

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Famed virtuoso guitarist Marty Friedman has a new live recording on the way, and in anticipation of its release, a clip has been released from the recording.

Friedman’s new live recording One Mad M.F. Live!! is scheduled to be released October 19 via Prosthetic Records.  Originally recorded April 14, 2018 on the last date of Friedman’s “Wall Of Sound Tour,” the recording will be available on CD, digital and special deluxe 2LP gatefold set with glow-in-the-dark wax as one pressing.  Other vinyl pressings will be in black sparkle and clear splatter.

In anticipation of the recording’s release, a from the performance of Friedman performing his song ‘Whiteworm’ has been released at GuitarWorld.com.  The song is streaming online at Friedman’s official bandcamp site. Pre-orders for the recording are open now at Friedman’s official store.

Friedman shared his thoughts on his new recording in a recent interview, noting that it gives audiences a lot to anticipate.

“This live album is a tip of the hat to the live albums that blew my mind when I was a kid,” Friedman said.  “The musical content itself is modern and atomic-powered, but the presentation is decidedly old-school.  The pacing of the show, the audience participation stuff, the special live arrangements of the songs, these are the things that got me all jacked up as a kid.  I like to give the audience the feeling that they are really getting something unique, something that only happens at THEIR show, not just a recital  of the songs exactly as they know them.  There are lots of happy accidents, once in a lifetime ad libs, things that could have only happened because we were high on that particular audience’s energy.”

Friedman added he felt that the performance presented in this recording achieved the goal for which he aimed in the first place.

“I like to lose myself in giving energy to the audience,” Friedman said.  “I want everyone to go home feeling like they were injected with a shot of positive vibes.  I think we captured that on the record.”

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

In celebration of his new live recording’s release, Friedman will hold a special performance October 21 at the famed Viper Room in Los Angeles, California.  It will be his only live U.S. performance of the year.  Tickets for the show are available here.

The full track listing for One Bad M.F. Live!! is noted below.

Complete track listing for ONE BAD M.F. Live!!:
1. Street Demon
2. Elixir
3. Amagi Goe
4. Inferno
5. Self Pollution
6. Devil Take Tomorrow
7. Mutation Medley (featuring Asche zu Asche, My Oh My, Forbidden City, Tornado of Souls)
8. Ripped
9. Whiteworm
10. Undertow
11. Dragon Mistress
12. Kaeritakunatta Yo

BONUS TRACKS, DIGITAL ONLY:
Hyper Doom
Stigmata Addiction

One Bad M.F. Live!!  follows the release of Wall of Sound (2017).  The album debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart.  Friedman said the album is one of the best that he has ever created.

“I’ve had albums that have charted higher, sold more and got more attention over my career, but Wall of Sound is the album I’ve been striving to make ever since I picked up a guitar,” Friedman said.  “I have an almost unhealthy amount of pride toward that album.  The thrill I get from playing the Wall of Sound stuff live is something that I wanted documented, and that’s what One Bad M.F. Live!! is.”

More information on One Bad M.F. Live!! is available online now along with all of Marty Friedman’s latest news and more at:

Website: http://www.marrtyfriedman.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official

Twitter: http://twitter.com/marty_friedman

 

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Project 86 “Among” Rock and Metal’s Best On Phil’s Picks 2017 Top New Hard Rock & Metal Albums

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For those about to rock, we salute you!

Yes, everyone knows that phrase from AC/DC’s classic song by the same name.  As popular as it is, it is more than just a song lyric and title.  It is a statement of honor for the acts and audiences who span the rock community.  This year, as with every year prior, there are so many bands to honor as the year nears its end, including hard rock and metal bands.  In case it hasn’t become clear by now, this article focuses on this critic’s choices for the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  As with every list before, compiling it was not an easy task.  New releases from Project 86, Arch Enemy, Iced Earth, and so many others made this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums very crowded.  That is putting it lightly.  Between well-known mainstream acts and their lesser-known independent counterparts, the two sides collectively offered so many impressive new albums.

Topping this critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums is Project 86’s latest album Sheep Among Wolves.  The band’s 10th full-length studio recording in 20 years, this record takes all of the best elements of the band’s past — both musically and lyrically — and uses them to craft a work that is just as memorable and engaging as its predecessors.  Also on this year’s list from Phil’s Picks are new albums from — as already noted — Iced Earth and Arch Enemy — as well as new offerings from Overkill, Act of Defiance, Prong, Adrenaline Mob, Blacktop Mojo and others. As with every list, this list presents this critic’s Top 10 titles plus five additional titles for a total of 15 records.  That being noted, here for you is Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS

  1. Project 86 — Sheep Among Wolves
  2. Prong — Zero Days
  3. Act of Defiance — Old Scars, New Wounds
  4. Overkill — The Grinding Wheel
  5. Iced Earth — Incorruptable
  6. Blacktop Mojo — Burn The Ships
  7. Adrenaline Mob — We The People
  8. Marty Friedman — Wall of Sound
  9. Corroded — Defcon Zero
  10. Dragonforce — Reaching Into Infinity
  11. The Haunted — Strength In Numbers
  12. Doyle — As We Die
  13. Demon Hunter — Outlive
  14. 36 Crazyfists — Lanterns
  15. Arch Enemy — Will To Power

That’s all for this list.  Again, it was not an easy list to compile.  Acts the likes of Eve To Eve to Adam, Marty Friedman, Sepultura, Annihilator, Mastodon and so many others all deserve their own share of credit.  With that in mind, it becomes easy to see why no disrespect was meant to any one act or another here.  Every noted act released its own impressive album.  Only so many spaces were available, sadly.

2018 is already shaping up to be an interesting year in its own right, with new material from Ministry on the way alongside new albums from Judas Priest, Saxon, Machine Head, Corrosion of Conformity, Tool, Clutch and lots more.  Stay tuned for all of that in the new year.  To keep up with all of the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Prosthetic Records Reveals Release Date, Specs For Friedman’s Next Record

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

The wait for Marty Friedman’s next new record is almost over.

Friedman will release his next full-length studio recording Wall of Sound Friday, August 4 via Prosthetic Records.  In anticipation of the record’s release, audiences one of the album’s songs, ‘Self Pollution’ is streaming online now.  The song mixes elements of blues, thrash metal and prog-rock for a composition that is certain to hold listeners’ ears.

Friedman, who not only wrote the album’s songs but also produced the album, said in  a recent interview that composing each song was not easy, but said the time and effort paid off in the end.

“It’s a challenge to evolve album after album, especially on your 13th solo album.  Not only as a songwriter, but it is imperative to do new things on my instrument as well,” Friedman said.  “Luckily this is a challenge that I love.  You will find this hard to believe when you hear the density and sheer amount of guitar coming at you from all directions, but in fact all of the final guitar tracks on Wall of Sound were done in nine days.”

He added more than a year was spent composing and fine tuning each song. The result was that quick turnaround.

Guest appearances featured on Wall of Sound include Black Veil Brides member Jinxx, Shiv Mehra of Deafhaven and Jorgen Munkeby of Shining.  Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice in Chains) engineered the record while Jen Bogren (Lamb of God, Opeth) and legendary Queen producer Mack shared mixing duties. Mack mixed two of the record’s songs, ‘Streetlight’ and ‘For A Friend’ while  Bogren mixed the rest of the record’s songs.

Japanese bassist Kiyoshi handled bass duties throughout the album while veteran session drummer Gregg Bisonette and up-and-comer Anup Sastry shared time behind the kit for this album.

Wall of Sound pre-orders are open now here. The record will be available in five limited edition LP color variants, noted below.

 

  • White Black Swirl LP – 300 Worldwide
  • Clear Black Smoke LP – 100 Worldwide
  • Glow in The Dark LP – 100 Worldwide
  • Clear Black Swirl LP – European retail exclusive, 100 Europe only
  • White LP – US indie retail exclusive, 200 US only

The record’s track listing is noted below.

Wall Of Sound track listing:
1. Self Pollution
2. Sorrow and Madness (featuring Jinxx of Black Veil Brides)
3. Streetlight
4. Whiteworm
5. For A Friend
6. Pussy Ghost (featuring Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven)
7. The Blackest Rose
8. Something to Fight (featuring Jorgen Munkeby of Shining)
9. The Soldier
10. Miracle
11. Last Lament

 

More information on Wall of Sound is available online now along with all of Marty Friedman’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.martyfriedman.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official

Twitter: http://twitter.com/marty_friedman

 

 

 

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Marty Friedman Premieres Video For ‘Inferno’s’ Latest Single

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Marty Friedman debuted his latest music video this week.

The veteran guitarist debuted the video for this song ‘Meathook’ this week via Billboard.  The video mixes footage of Friedman and his fellow musicians—including Shining (NOR) front man Jorgen Munkeby—performing live with various snippets of vintage butchers carving p large chunks of meat, car crashes, and other footage that is sure to leave audiences talking.  Audiences will also note behind the band in its live footage the logo of metal band Arch Enemy.  That is because the footage was recorded during his most recent tour with Arch Enemy.

‘Meathook’ comes from Friedman’s latest solo recording Inferno.  Friedman has spent the past two years touring in support of Inferno.  That time on the road included tours with Gus G., Arch Enemy, and Kreator.  His recent live schedule also marked the first time in more than twelve years that he has performed live in the United States.

On Sunday, August 14th, Friedman will wrap his global tour with an orchestra performance at the Famed Hollywood Bowl with veteran flamenco duo Gabriela, who also appeared on another of Inferno’s songs ‘Wicked Pancea.’  Friedman was upbeat when he discussed the upcoming performance.  “I’m so excited to play the Hollywood Bowl, and even more excited to do it with my friends Rodrigo y Gabriela AND a full orchestra!,” he said.  “They did a great collaboration with me on my Inferno record and we’ve met several times in Japan talking about how to make this Hollywood Bowl show a once in a lifetime kind of ultra special show.  Can not wait.”

Following his performance at the Hollywood Bowl Friedman will return to Japan to perform a full live set at SummerSonic, the country’s largest music festival.

More information on Friedman’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with more information on his new video and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.martyfriedman.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official

Twitter: http://twitter.com/marty_friedman

 

 

 

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Holy Grail Debuts ‘Into The Maelstrom’ Lyric Video

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

 

Next Tuesday, Holy Grail will release Times of Pride and Peril, its third full-length studio recording. In anticipation of its impending release, the band has debuted the video for another song from the album.

Holy Grail debuted the lyric video for the song ‘Into The Maelstrom’ this week. The video sets the song’s lyrics against a futuristic backdrop that includes robots, rockets, an elevator to space and much more. Audiences can cehck it out online now via Prosthetic Records’ official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQf-DF8ZyHI.

 

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

 

The band is currently touring in support of Times of Pride and Peril. It is currently touring alongside label mate Marty Friedman and will join Black Tusk beginning February 23rd in Charlotte, NC. The band’s current tour schedule is listed below.

2/8 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge ^

2/9 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls ^

2/11 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s ^

2/12 Houston, TX – Scout Bar ^

2/13 Dallas, TX – Trees ^

2/14 Little Rock, AR – Stickyz ^

2/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade ^

2/17 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits ^

2/18 Orlando, FL – Backbooth ^

2/19 St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre ^

2/20 Ocala, FL – O’Malley’s Alley

2/22 Greenville, SC – Gottrocks

2/23 Charlotte, NC – Milestone #

2/24 Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas #

2/25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #

2/26 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom #

2/27 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus #

2/29 Burlington, VT – Nectars #

3/1 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle #

3/2 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #

3/3 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck #

3/4 Detroit, MI – Berserker Fest @ The Masonic Temple

3/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies #

3/6 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon #

3/7 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #

3/8 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #

3/9 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel #

3/11 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina #

3/12 Edmonton, AB – Brixx #

3/13 Calgary, AB – Palomino #

3/14 Kamloops, BC – The Office #

3/16 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore #

3/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #

3/18 Spokane, WA – The Pin #

3/19 Portland, OR – Panic Room #

3/20 Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub #

3/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst #

3/23 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge #

3/24 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room #

^ with Marty Friedman

# with Black Tusk

Audiences can pre-order Times of Pride and Peril online now at iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and Prosthetic Records’ online store. More information on Times of Pride and Peril is available online now along with all of the latest updates on Holy Grail’s tour, news and more at:

Website: http://www.holygrailofficial

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/holygrailband

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Holy Grail Debuts ‘Crystal King’ Lyric Video

Holy Grail drops its latest full-length studio recording Times of Pride and Peril next month. In anticipation the band has already debuted the lyric video for the single ‘No More Heroes’ and is also in the midst of a multi-city tour. Now along with all of that the band also debuted another new video this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for the song ‘Crystal King’ this week. The song is the opener for the band’s new album. The video presents the lyrics for the song set against a post-apocalyptic backdrop of sorts. There are soldiers firing guns, zombie-like figures, and much more along the way. Some might consider the video slightly NSFW because of the shots of people being shot even in shadow just as a fair warning to viewers. Audiences can view the video online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVn4ENCIy1w. After checking out the video audiences can pre-order the album online via iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. Exclusive pre-order bundles are also available online via Prosthetic Records’ online store at http://prostheticrecords.limitedrun.com/bands/holy-grail.

 

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

 

The band is currently touring in support of Times of Pride and Peril. The band is scheduled to perform live tonight in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

2/23 Charlotte, NC – Milestone #
2/24 Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas # 
2/25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #
2/26 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom # 
2/27 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus #
2/29 Burlington, VT – Nectars # 
3/1 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle #
3/2 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #
3/3 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck # 
3/4 Detroit, MI – Berserker Fest @ The Masonic Temple #
3/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies # 
3/6 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon #
3/7 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock # 
3/8 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #
3/9 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel #
3/11 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina # 
3/12 Edmonton, AB – Brixx # 
3/13 Calgary, AB – Palomino # 
3/14 Kamloops, BC – The Office # 
3/16 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore # 
3/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon # 
3/18 Spokane, WA – The Pin # 
3/19 Portland, OR – Panic Room #
3/20 Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub # 
3/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst # 
3/23 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside #
3/24 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room # 
3/25 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick # 
3/26 Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock # 
3/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar # 
3/29 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater # 
3/30 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room # 
4/1 Indianapolis, IN – 5th Quarter # 
4/2 Newport, KY – Southgate House #
^ with Marty Friedman
# with Black Tusk

 

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Holy Grail Debuts Lyric Video For New Single, ‘No More Heroes’

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Holy Grail will release its latest album next month. In anticipation of the album’s release–the band’s third full-length recording–the band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘No More Heroes’ this week.

The lyric video for ‘No More Heroes’ is an interesting new production. It presents the lyrics for the song set against a backdrop of battle scenes from World War II. It should be noted that the scenes in question are not actual footage but instead computer generated recreations of different scenes from World War II. Even having been re-created via CG, the backdrop in question is surprisingly impressive.

Courtesy:  Noisey/Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Noisey/Prosthetic Records

Front man James Paul Luna discussed the concept behind ‘No More Heroes’ in a recent interview noting that the song centers on what is happening around the world as a result of tryanny and what must be done to stop it. “Conspiracy or not, heavy shit is going down in the world, and we can’t survive battling it alone,” he said. “‘No More Heroes’ is about the evils of tyranny and self-will, where only strength in numbers can persevere. We’re all in this together, for the win. With that being said, we’re very pumped to be hitting the road with the mighty Black Tusk this spring. Together, we will wave the flag of heavy metal across North America, and together we will shred in the name of heavy metal. Stay hard and see you soon.” Speaking of the band’s tour, the band is currently touring in support of its new album. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

2/11 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s ^
2/12 Houston, TX – Scout Bar ^
2/13 Dallas, TX – Trees ^
2/14 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s ^
2/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade ^
2/17 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits ^
2/18 Orlando, FL – Backbooth ^
2/19 St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre ^
2/20 Ocala, FL – O’Malley’s Alley
2/22 Greenville, SC – Gottrocks
2/23 Charlotte, NC – Milestone #
2/24 Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas #
2/25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #
2/26 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom #
2/27 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus #
2/29 Burlington, VT – Nectars #
3/1 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle #
3/2 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #
3/3 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck #
3/4 Detroit, MI – Berserker Fest #
3/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies #
3/6 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon #
3/7 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #
3/8 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #
3/9 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel #
3/11 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina #
3/12 Edmonton, AB – Brixx #
3/13 Calgary, AB – Palomino #
3/14 Kamloops, BC – The Office #
3/16 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore #
3/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
3/18 Spokane, WA – The Pin #
3/19 Portland, OR – Panic Room #
3/20 Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub #
3/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst #
3/23 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside #
3/24 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room #
3/25 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick #
3/26 Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock #
3/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar #
3/29 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater #
3/30 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room #
4/1 Indianapolis, IN – 5th Quarter #
4/2 Newport, KY – Southgate House #

^ with Marty Friedman
# with Black Tusk

‘No More Heroes’ is available now as a digital single. It is included as an instant download with all pre-orders of the band’s new album Times of Pride and Peril. Physical pre-order bundles of Times of Pride and Peril include: 1) A physical copy of the album on CD or LP, 2) Exclusive T-shirt, ong-sleeve, or hoodie designs. Fans can place their orders for physical pre-order bundles online now at http://prostheticrecords.limitedrun.com/bands/holy-grail. Fans can also pre-order Times of Pride and Peril online now via iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp at:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/times-of-pride-and-peril/id1061331360

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018AHIGG4?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_sw_su_dp

Bandcamp: https://holygrail.bandcamp.com/album/times-of-pride-and-peril

Vinyl options for Times of Pride and Peril include: Black, Limited-Edition Orange, and Limited-Edition Marble variants. Each vinyl copy of Times of Pride and Peril comes in a gatefold package that includes a color poster/lyric insert and download card. The full track listing for Times of Pride and Peril is noted below.

TRACK LISTING
1. Crystal King
2. Waste Them All Away
3. Sudden Death
4. Those Who Will Remain
5. Descent Into The Maelstrom
6. Apotheosis
7. Psychomachia
8. No More Heroes (listen)
9. Pro Patria Mori
10. Black Lotus

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