Originally known as SORCERER, HOLY GRAIL is made up of former members of Earache NWOBHM-wannabes WHITE WIZZARD. You’ve probably scene HOLY GRAIL live before you had the opportunity to listen to them on record, as they have become road warriors as of late – most recently completing a trek with EXODUS and MALEVOLENT CREATION in addition to jaunts with 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, SAVIOURS, AMON AMARTH and even a slot at the 2010 Wacken Festival.
Now that you are familiar with their history, let’s get it out of the way and say that HOLY GRAIL is much better than WHITE WIZZARD – much less gimmick, much more metal prowess. ‘Crisis in Utopia’ was tracked with Danny Lohner from NINE INCH NAILS and has already received heavy amounts of praise and anticipation. This disc will meet fans and press alike with exactly what they wanted, amazing musicianship, catchy choruses and a young fiery take on old school metal that will gain comparisons to IRON MAIDEN and ARMORED SAINT, or perhaps even AVENGED SEVENFOLD due to the raspy voice of James Luna.
Simply put, this album shreds. There had been a lot of talk that HOLY GRAIL ran into problems in the studio during the making of ‘Crisis in Utopia’ but, if that is in fact true, the album made it through unscathed. The only point of contention is that the album seems a little raw and frayed at the edges in some places. Some will say that it takes away from the album; others will say it’s exactly what the band was looking for. Either way, HOLY GRAIL has crafted an extremely fun record and if you fancy yourself a NWOBHM-revivalist, you will surely find some of the best riffs of the year with ‘Crisis in Utopia’! Out October 26th via Prosthetic Records!