Crisis in Utopia

Crisis in Utopia

by Holy Grail


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Crisis in Utopia

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2010
Label: Prosthetic Records
UPC: 0656191008624
catalogNumber: 10086
Rank: 72338

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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

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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