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Crisis in Utopia

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
California retro-metal band Holy Grail were formed in 2008 by three disgruntled ex-members of White Wizzard. Adding a bassist and a second guitarist to their core lineup, they released a 7" EP, Improper Burial, the CD version of which included two covers -- Judas Priest's "Exciter" and Accept's "Fast as a Shark" -- that showed quite clearly where they were coming from. On their full-length debut, they're proving themselves to be old-school metal warriors, their sound rooted in the early-'80s, pre-thrash. There are guitar solos erupting all over this disc, and song titles like "Fight to Kill," "Call of Valhalla," "Immortal Man," etc., etc. The songs are about death, terror,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
California retro-metal band Holy Grail were formed in 2008 by three disgruntled ex-members of White Wizzard. Adding a bassist and a second guitarist to their core lineup, they released a 7" EP, Improper Burial, the CD version of which included two covers -- Judas Priest's "Exciter" and Accept's "Fast as a Shark" -- that showed quite clearly where they were coming from. On their full-length debut, they're proving themselves to be old-school metal warriors, their sound rooted in the early-'80s, pre-thrash. There are guitar solos erupting all over this disc, and song titles like "Fight to Kill," "Call of Valhalla," "Immortal Man," etc., etc. The songs are about death, terror, and all the classic larger-than-life metal subjects, and some of them -- "Call of Valhalla" in particular -- are damn catchy. The band even gets to explore its quiet, more introspective side on the instrumental "Nocturne in D Minor." When they get too close to contemporary sounds, as on "Requiem," they wind up sounding too much like Shadows Fall, but overall, this is a very solid full-length debut from a bunch of talented semi-newcomers. The great White Wizzard schism of 2008 seems to have been a boon for metal in general, as there are now two good bands in the place formerly occupied by only one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2010
  • Label: Prosthetic Records
  • UPC: 656191008624
  • Catalog Number: 10086
  • Sales rank: 26,567

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Last Attack - Holy Grail (5:16)
  2. 2 Fight to Kill - Holy Grail (3:25)
  3. 3 Call of Valhalla - Holy Grail (3:47)
  4. 4 Crisis in Utopia - Holy Grail (3:58)
  5. 5 Immortal Man - Holy Grail (3:48)
  6. 6 Nocturne in D Minor - Holy Grail (2:07)
  7. 7 The Blackest Night - Holy Grail (3:21)
  8. 8 Chase the Wind - Holy Grail (5:19)
  9. 9 Hollow Ground - Holy Grail (5:23)
  10. 10 Requiem - Holy Grail (5:10)
  11. 11 Cherish Disdain - Holy Grail (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Holy Grail Primary Artist
Eli Santana Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
James LaRue Guitar, Group Member
Blake Mount Bass, Group Member
Tyler Meahl Drums, Group Member
James Paul Luna Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Scott Hull Mastering
Danny Lohner Producer, Engineer
Niels Andersen Publicity
Carson Slovak Layout
Anna Murphy Instrumentation
Meri Tadic Instrumentation
Andrei Bouzikov Artwork
Holy Grail Composer
Carise Yatter Publicity
Sarah Lutz Publicity
Matt Appleton Engineer
Duncan Dinsdale Publicity
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