Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band's self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi). We have been thrilled by the group's endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment. One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one's religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).
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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 “instant involuntary headbanging… it’s that good,” HERE.Add to My Radar
Los Angeles-based shred quintet HOLY GRAIL present a new offering from their highly anticipated February 12 release, “Times of Pride and Peril” for your listening pleasure. The band have partnered with Revolver Magazine to debut a lyric video for the stirring new single “Crystal King”!
Take a listen HERE .
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Wrapping paper won’t be the only thing being shredded this holiday season, as the Los Angeles-based powerhouse HOLY GRAIL have announced a series of headlining tour dates in December featuring direct support from fellow West Coast metallians Night Demon! The quintet will round out the tour by joining thrash legends Death Angel for two Christmas shows alongside Flotsam and Jetsam.
The band stated, “One does not simply play Christmas shows with Death Angel and Flotsam and Jetsam without at least a five-show running start. Yule regret missing these winter shows with Night Demon.”
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The California-based heavy metal troupe HOLY GRAIL kicked off a month-long summer tour with a mind-blowing headlining performance at Prosthetic Records’ “West Coast Metal Meeting” on Saturday night in suburban Los Angeles. The show marked a return to the road for the group, who have spent the past several weeks tracking the as-yet-untitled follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2013 effort “Ride The Void”with Grammy-winning producer John Spiker, with an eye toward a late fall release. Stay tuned to the band’s website (www.holygrailofficial.com) for updates.
HOLY GRAIL are no strangers to pounding the pavement in order to spread their powerful riffs and infectious shred across the continent. The quintet has previously shared the stages with acts such as Anthrax, Exodus, Amon Amarth, Dragonforce, Orange Goblin, Municipal Waste, Hellyeah and Blind Guardian, just to name a few. The band has also appeared at some of the heaviest and most popular festivals worldwide including Download (UK), Loud Park (Japan), Soundwave (Australia) and Wacken (Germany). In addition to their previously announced summer tour dates, the group has just announced a handful of additional shows; see below for details.
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I wrote Autumn instead of Fall because it just sounds so damn provincial. It makes me laugh, ok?
The esteemed gentleman of thrashing heavy metal war demi-gods Holy Grail will issue a follow up to sophomore triumph Ride The Void. This band live are a sight to behold with dizzying leads and soaring vocals. The group spent much of 2014 writing their as-yet-untitled new release. Guitarist Eli Santana and drummer Tyler Meahl also kept busy by touring extensively with Huntress, whose lead guitarist Blake Meahl is Tyler’s brother.
Last month, Holy Grail triumphantly returned to the stage with a live performance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. during the home opener of the L.A. Kiss arena football team. A photo gallery (courtesy of Voorhees Photo) can be seen at this location. The band expects to announce summer tour dates in the coming weeks.Add to My Radar
All the fuss over Future Islands is cool because it is reminding people there is an art to fronting a band.
There are a lot of limits perceived by singers these days. Everyone wants to fit into a clique or style that seems the most marketable,but what usually makes for the best music is persona. New Kids On The Block was better than half the deathcore bands today, because they had great songs that improved because they were brought out by personalities, even though the music was pretty crap. They didn’t have Chuck Billy, but cut ’em some slack. I like the old NKOTB production style but I am mad there was never a “skit” off between them and Van Halen, where each member would show a talent like show and tell. I mean, you have to care about the music ALSO. That is crucial.
Our succesful piece on the Sam Black Church reunion movie prompted me to start thinking even more than usual about the types like HR, Karyn Crisis, Dawn Crosby, Benji from Skindred who just wouldn’t take no for an answer and changed the world! I am so excited for the new Bane album. The next Blackguard. Bring on the new era. Sometimes it is just as much about being yourself as inspiring the crowd, though.
Anyway, there are always iconic vocalists like Maynard, Chino, Patton, Halford. Even Davey Havok from AFI who is a better showman than half the metal bands out there combined. You are better off in rock when you BE yourself (which CAN include being like Marilyn Manson or Jimmy urine from MSI and being able to embrace costumes and satire). Then you have a chameleon Jennifer Herrema who is the queen of giving a fuck while not giving a fuck, capable of production, laying down a great show to big or small crowds and/or free association musical deconstruction of the highest order. The untouchable Peter Dolving. Legends like David Yow still producing great art, music and books. People who are engaged on many levels of the multi media verse chorus verse, tearing down the walls. Lacuna Coil’s multi-vocal attack that defies criticism and manages to subvert by writing great pop even when that side of the band alienates or intimidates “true” metalheads. I agree that the Hottest Chics Tour BS is way played out , though. It is actually holding Lacuna Coil back at this point.Then you have someone like Fernando from Moonspell who is a true poet.
The list goes thankfully on. There are a lot of passionate people, veterans and rookies, back in the scene these days.
Here are a few (6) good bad apples I dig lately. Some you may know well and others might have a new face.
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British stoners Orange Goblin are preparing to return to North America in the fall for a headlining tour.
Starting in New Orleans on September 27 the tour will hit 38 cities and conclude in Nashville on November 9.
Orange Goblin will see support on this tour from Holy Grail and Lazer/Wulf.
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California based heavy metal group Holy Grail are streaming their entire new album Ride The Void for everyone to listen to before its release. The record comes out January 18, 3013 under Nuclear Blast in Europe and January 22 under Prosthetic Records in the US.
To find Ride The Void streaming click right here.
Ride The Void will be Holy Grail’s second album, the first being 2010’s Crisis In Utopia.Add to My Radar
California heavy metal band Holy Grail have released the third episode of their track-by-track videos for their upcoming album Ride the Void. Ride the Void is set for release on January 18, 2013 and will be the band’s debut album on Nuclear Blast.
You can see the video here.
You can also read an exclusive Metal Riot interview with the band here.Add to My Radar
Holy Grail’s “Ride The Void” (Prosthetic) is a must hear explosion of metal that sticks in your head AND spills beer in your beard. This band is gaining notoriety with every tour, just a great and very positive group that are really carrying metal further down a great road for a bright future.
This is a very exciting release and we at Metal Riot are psyched to have a chance to push it onto our readers like a drug dealer at a playground. Is that messed up to say? But really, Holy Grail are the real deal and have already held their own on tours alongside Hell Yeah, Dio Disciples, Huntress and fuckin’ Dragonforce! Heavy riffs, killer power vocals and true belief in metal!!!
Click HERE to read our chat with James Paul Luna!!! Yeaaaaaahhhhh!Add to My Radar
Holy Grail is from Passadena, California and have been raising hell all throughout the states and across the pond in Europe, playing both the Download and the Wacken Open Air Festival. The band’s ability to get crowds going and their fresh new take on old school metal is what drove Nuclear Blast’s interest in the group.
To see more details and comments from the band click here.Add to My Radar
European power metal dynamos DragonForce have announced plans to return to North America for a spring tour. This outing marks the band’s first full trek with brand new singer Marc Hudson, who also makes his recorded debut on The Power Within. The album lands at retail on April 17.
The tour kicks off April 21 at the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts and makes several stops on the East Coast before winding through Canada and into the Midwest before wrapping out west on May 11 in Anaheim, California. L.A.-based metal warriors Holy Grail, and Huntress, a five-piece metal band lead by vocalist Jill Janus, who delivers an unparalleled four-octave range thanks to her opera background, will provide support on this run.
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