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Holy Grail

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Formed: 2008
From: Pasadena, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Holy Grail Launches New Track-By-Track Video

Los Angeles heavy metal act Holy Grail has launched the first in a series of track-by-track videos for the forthcoming album "Ride The Void." The album, which is scheduled for release on January 22nd, 2013 in the US (January 16th, 2013 in Japan via Universal, and January 18th, 2013 in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records) is now available for pre-order right here.

The first video for the track "Bestia Triumphans," which features commentary from bass guitarist Blake Mount and lead guitarist Eli Santana, can be viewed below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Archeus
2. Bestia Triumphans
3. Dark Passenger
4. Bleeding Stone
5. Ride The Void
6. Too Decayed To Wait
7. Crosswinds
8. Take It To The Grave
9. Sleep Of Virtue
10. Silence the Scream
11. The Great Artifice
12. Wake Me When It's Over
13. Rains of Sorrow More...

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Holy Grail Reveals "Ride The Void" Details

Holy Grail's new album "Ride the Void" will be out on January 22nd via Prosthetic Records (1/18 in Europe via Nuclear Blast). Check out the artwork below, done by Dylan Cole (Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Transformers), and the track listing is as follows:

1. Archeus
2. Bestia Triumphans
3. Dark Passenger
4. Bleeding Stone
5. Ride The Void
6. Too Decayed To Wait
7. Crosswinds
8. Take It To The Grave
9. Sleep Of Virtue
10. Silence the Scream
11. The Great Artifice
12. Wake Me When It's Over
13. Rains of Sorrow More...

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Holy Grail Signs With Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Holy Grail:

"Hailing from Pasadena in Southern California, North American up-and-comers Holy Grail have offered a unique blend of traditional tunes in the vein of the legendary NWoBHM and influences of several contemporary heavy metal subgenres since their inception in 2008. Now, after numerous celebrated festival appearances (Wacken:Open:Air & British Download Festival among others) and extensive touring together with famous bands of the order of Blind Guardian, Exodus, and Eluveitie, the time is right to take this more than promising quintet to the next level. In that regard, Nuclear Blast Records are proud to announce the Europe-wide signing of Holy Grail!"

Nuclear Blast A&R Jaap Wagemaker comments: “Already after we’d listened to their debut EP 'Improper Burial,' it became pretty obvious that Holy Grail - offering a modern version of the old-school heavy metal we’ve grown up with - were the most exciting metal band to emerge from the county of L.A. within the last two decades, as renowned American Decibel magazine had put it. After Metal Hammer UK had nominated the band as 'best new band' at the Metal Hammer Awards even before they had even released their debut album 'Crisis in Utopia,' we knew we had to keep an eye on them. All over Europe, music magazines loved that record and celebrated it by publishing rave reviews. And ever since we’ve seen them playing two awesome shows at Wacken:Open:Air and British Download Festival, there was no doubt whatsoever that Holy Grail were bringing the leather and steel to a new generation of metal heads. So watch out for Holy Grail’s second coming in 2013!!!” More...

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Holy Grail Posts "Dark Passenger" Lyric Video

Revolver has teamed up with Los Angeles based metal band Holy Grail to premiere the lyric video for the new single "Dark Passenger." The song will appear on the band's forthcoming LP "Ride the Void" due out early next year. More details on the album will be unleashed shortly.

Check out "Dark Passenger" here:

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Holy Grail Finishes Recording New Album

Los Angeles-based act Holy Grail has finished recording sophomore album "Ride The Void" -- the follow-up to "Crisis In Utopia," named one of Revolver's Top 20 albums of 2010 -- which was tracked with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Hatebreed, Children of Bodom) on and off throughout the year, working around national tours with Dragonforce and Valient Thorr. To celebrate the album's completion, the group will support Sebastian Bach at L.A.'s Club Nokia on Aug. 2nd.

Says vocalist James Paul Luna, "Album finished! You don't know how good those words feel! Day after day and month after month, we've been listening back, tweaking and fine-tuning this wretched beast of an album we call 'Ride The Void.' Finally, after many hours in the cave, we can gladly say it's done.

"To top it all off, I woke up to an e-mail saying we're opening for Sebastian Bach! WTF?! Sebastian is one of those rare dudes that was glam yet still kept it gritty and tough and that's what I'm all about. I think it's the Canadian in him that keeps him raw. Needless to say, we are thrilled to support a legendary voice such as his. And did I already mention the album is finished? Damn, still can't get over that! Shred on!"

More information about "Ride The Void" -- tentatively set for a late fall release -- will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Holy Grail Adds More Tour Dates

As was previously announced, Holy Grail will be heading out on a run of tour dates with Valient Thorr after wrapping up the band's current tour alongside Dragonforce and Huntress. Holy Grail has now added on additional dates to the tour with Valient Thorr in the coming months. The upcoming Holy Grail shows are as follows:

5/4 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre #
5/5 Seattle, WA - El Corazon #
5/6 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater #
5/8 San Francisco, CA - Slim's #
5/10 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour #
5/11 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues (OC) #
5/30 Memphis, TN - Hi Tone %
5/31 Little Rock, AR - Revolution Live %
6/1 Dallas, TX - Double Wide%
6/3 San Antonio, TX - The Korova %
6/5 Tulsa, OK - Downtown Lounge %
6/6 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room *
6/7 St. Louis, MO - Fubar *
6/10 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter *
6/12 Huntington, WV - V Club Live *
6/13 Pittsburgh, PA - The Smiling Moose *
6/14 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club *
6/16 Allston, MA - Great Scott *
6/17 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
6/19 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
6/20 Chicago, IL - Double Door *
6/21 Hamtramck, MI - Small’s *
6/22 Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme *
6/23 Madison, WI - The Frequency *
6/24 Minneapolis, Minnesota - Triple Rock Social Club *
6/26 Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre *
6/27 Denver, CO - Marquis Theater *
6/28 Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue *
6/29 Boise, ID - Neurolux *
6/30 Seattle, WA - El Corazon *
7/1 Portland, OR - The Star Theater *
7/2 Sparks, NV - The Alley *
7/3 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *
7/5 Los Angeles, CA - The Down & Out *
7/6 San Diego, CA - The Casbah *
7/7 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory *
7/10 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
7/12 Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep *
7/13 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground *
7/14 Columbia, MO - Mojo’s *
7/15 Indianapolis, IN - Birdy’s *
7/18 Chattanooga, TN - JJ’s Bohemia *
7/19 Charlotte, NC - Chop Shop*
# w/ Dragonforce, Huntress
% w/ Valient Thorr, The Kickass
* w/ Valient Thorr, Royal Thunder, The Kickass

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Holy Grail Announces New Tour Dates

The Los Angeles-based, classic metal-inspired quintet Holy Grail doesn't believe in taking breaks! The band, currently on a national tour alongside Dragonforce and Huntress, will head back out on the road to support fellow rockers Valient Thorr just a few weeks after the Dragonforce tour wraps up on May 11th.

The first batch of Valient Thorr dates are below, with more shows still to be announced in the near future.

In recent weeks, Holy Grail has continued to put the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2010’s “Crisis In Utopia” with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom). A fall release is expected.

4/27 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave #
4/28 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue #
4/29 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre #
5/1 Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room #
5/2 Calgary, AB - Republik #
5/4 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre #
5/5 Seattle, WA - El Corazon #
5/6 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater #
5/8 San Francisco, CA - Slim's #
5/10 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour #
5/11 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues (OC) #
5/30 Memphis, TN - Hi Tone%
5/31 Little Rock, AR - Revolution Live%
6/1 Dallas, TX - Double Wide%
6/3 San Antonio, TX - The Korova%
6/5 Tulsa, OK - Downtown Lounge%
6/6 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room %
6/7 St. Louis, MO - Fubar%
# w/ Dragonforce, Huntress
% w/ Valient Thorr

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Holy Grail Comments On Upcoming Tour Dates

Holy Grail, which is currently recording the follow-up to"Crisis In Utopia" (named one of 2010's Top 20 releases by Revolver, who called it "the catchiest album of pure heavy metal since Maiden, Priest and Dio ruled the early '80s"), has been confirmed to support DragonForce on a spring tour kicking off at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival on April 21.

In addition, the group, which just completed a successful tour of Australia, will play four shows at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas next week as part of a short tour alongside Saviours. While in Austin, Holy Grail will play two showcases -- Prosthetic's official label showcase, as well as another presented by MetalSucks -- in addition to two prominent day parties.

Front man James Paul Luna checks in with the following recap of the band's Australian tour, centered around performances at the Soundwave Festival series alongside dozens of major acts: "I can't even begin to express the awesomeness we experienced at Soundwave. It's one of those things that every band must do; it's guaranteed awesomeness. I imagine its like the 10,000 Tons of Metal cruise, but the only people traveling are the same 100 bands and you really create a close bond with each of them. Holy Grail was especially lucky because our 'sidewave' shows were with Black Label Society and Hellyeah. Both bands and their crews were so nice and awesome, it blew us away. Not only did we get to share the stage with them, but we actually got to chat as peers, which was so humbling and inspiring. It's a strange phenomenon to shoot the shit with bands and musicians you grew up idolizing, but that seemed to be such the norm at Soundwave that you end up forgetting about it. More...

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Prosthetic Records Announces SXSW Showcase

Prosthetic Records has announced details of the label's second ever official South By Southwest (SXSW) showcase at this year's conference in Austin, TX. The show will take place on Friday, March 16th at Valhalla (located at 710 Red River and formerly known as Room 710) and kicks off at 8 p.m. The lineup is as follows:

8 p.m. - Last Chance to Reason
9 p.m. - Primitive Weapons
10 p.m. - Junius
11 p.m. - Mutilation Rites
12 a.m. - Holy Grail
1 a.m. - Scale the Summit More...

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MetalSucks Announces SXSW Showcase

MetalSucks has announced a second annual "South by South Death" showcase for the upcoming 2012 festival, in association with Metal Injection and Metal Insider.

The official showcase will take place at the patio stage of Barbarella, 615 Red River Street, starting at 7pm on Wednesday, March 14th. High on Fire, Darkest Hour, Nachtmystium, Intronaut, Black Tusk, Holy Grail and Monstro will all perform at the show. Peavey and Ddrum are providing additional support. Further details are available here. More...

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Holy Grail Comments On Upcoming Shows

Los Angeles act Holy Grail, which has been in the studio working on the follow-up to 2010's "Crisis In Utopia" with Grammy-award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom), has confirmed a string of U.S. dates in March.

The dates will take the band to Austin for South By Southwest, and most of them will see the band alongside old friends and tour mates, Saviours. These dates are in addition to the previously announced Australian appearances at the Soundwave Festivals, and the "Sidewave" off-dates.

Front man James Paul Luna commented: "After months of endless writing, re-writing, recording and re-recording I'm so excited to go back on tour! Not only am I stoked to be playing SXSW but I'm even more stoked to play with our great buddies Saviours, who are pretty much the best dudes ever! Touring is a great escape from day to day stress and domesticated life and I miss that adventure into the 'real world.' I'm also really excited to see all the rad friends and fans we've made so far, and can't wait to meet and make new ones. Cheers!" More...

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Holy Grail Announces New Tour Dates

Holy Grail has announced that the band will be hitting the road this coming March for a short run of Westerns U.S. tour dates. Support on the mini-tour is set to come from Saviours. The full list of confirmed dates can be found below.

03/11 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
03/12 Tucson, AZ – Plush
03/17 Midland, TX – Pine Box
03/19 Fullerton, CA – The Slidebar (no Saviours)
03/20 Scottsdale, AZ – Rogue
03/21 Los Angeles, CA – Satellite
03/22 Los Osos, CA – Sweet Springs Saloon
03/23 San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room

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Scion Metal Label Showcase Lineup Revealed

Scion A/V is hosting a metal label showcase each month in Los Angeles with a group of metal artists all taken from one label.

This month's Scion Metal Label Showcase features Prosthetic Records artists Holy Grail, Scale the Summit, Last Chance to Reason, and The Greenery. Full details are available in the promotional poster below.

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Holy Grail Posts "Seasons Bleedings" Trailer

Holy Grail has has now released a holiday-themed 7-inch and digital download release titled "Seasons Bleedings." A teaser trailer for the release is available online and can be found after the jump.

The 7 inch track listing is as follows:

A. No Presents For Christmas
B. Kill The King

The digital track listing is as follows:

1. No Presents For Christmas
2. Kill The King
3. Exciter
4. Fast As A Shark More...

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Holy Grail Announces "Seasons Bleedings" 7 Inch

After two years of aggressive touring that saw the group perform alongside Amon Amarth, Blind Guardian, Exodus, Toxic Holocaust, 3 Inches of Blood and more, the Los Angeles quintet Holy Grail will soon enter the studio to record the follow-up to "Crisis In Utopia."

In the meantime, the band will release a holiday-themed 7-inch, "Seasons Bleedings," which is available now for pre-order. Limited to 500 copies (250 red, 250 green), the release -- which will be available digitally on December 6th and ship to customers shortly thereafter -- includes covers of King Diamond's "No Presents For Christmas" and the Rainbow classic "Kill The King," and features artwork by Sam Turner (3 Inches of Blood). This marks the first time that guitarist Alex Lee (ex-Bonded By Blood), who joined Holy Grail in the spring, has recorded with the group. Pre-order "Seasons Bleedings" at this location.

The digital version of "Seasons Bleedings" will also include covers of Judas Priest's "Exciter" and Accept's "Fast As A Shark," both of which originally appeared on the group's out-of-print debut EP "Improper Burial."

Vocalist James Paul Luna commented: "Back when we first talked about doing a Christmas 7-inch, the first song that came to mind was 'No Presents for Christmas,' so I'm pretty happy to see that came to fruition. Eli was listening to lots of Rainbow at the time, so naturally 'Kill The King' was our immediate second choice. Even though these versions can't out-do the legendary originals by King and Dio, I feel pretty happy and excited to see this released on vinyl."

Guitarist Eli Santana added: "It was pretty rad, because after all the touring we've done the past year, we got to get back into recording mode and test the waters, plus have fun with it, before settling down to work on the album." More...

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Toxic Holocaust Adds On More Live Shows

Toxic Holocaust has added new Long Beach and Los Angeles dates to the band's current six-week North American headlining tour. The band has also added eleven Nordic (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland) dates to an upcoming European run this winter alongside Kvelertak, Trap Them and Wolves Like Us. The band's tour dates are as follows:

w/ Holy Grail, Krum Bums
9/06/2011 The Fire Escape - Sacramento, CA
9/07/2011 The Metro - Oakland, CA
9/08/2011 DiPiazza’s - Long Beach, CA
9/09/2011 The Shakedown - San Diego CA
9/10/2011 The Black Castle - Los Angeles, CA

w/ Kvelertak, Trap Them, Wolves Like Us
11/08/2011 Ole Bull Scene - Bergen, Norway
11/09/2011 Stavanger - Folken, Norway
11/10/2011 Rockefeller - Oslo, Norway
11/11/2011 Samfundet - Trondheim, Norway
11/12/2011 Strand - Stockholm, Sweden
11/14/2011 Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
11/15/2011 Pakkahuone - Tampere, Finland
11/17/2011 Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg, Sweden
11/18/2011 Logo - Hamburg, Germany
11/19/2011 Underground - Koln, Germany
11/20/2011 Doornroosje - Nijmegen, Holland
11/21/2011 02 Academy 2 - Oxford, UK
11/22/2011 02 Academy 3 - Birmingham, UK
11/23/2011 The Speakeasy at Queens - Belfast, Ireland
11/24/2011 ABC - Glasgow, UK
11/25/2011 Roadhouse - Manchester, UK
11/26/2011 Underworld - London, UK
11/27/2011 Muziekodroom - Hasselt, Belgium
11/28/2011 Le Ferraileur - Nantes, France
11/29/2011 Le Nouveau Casino - Paris, France
11/30/2011 Substage - Karlsruhe, Germany
12/01/2011 Abart - Zurich, Switzerland
12/02/2011 New Age Club - Roncade, Italy
12/03/2011 Szene - Wien, Austria
12/04/2011 Conne Island - Leipzig, Germany
12/05/2011 Exit Chmelnice - Prague, Czech Rep.
12/06/2011 Festsaal Xberg - Berlin, Germany
12/07/2011 Colos Saal - Aschaffenburg, Germany
12/08/2011 Backstage - Munchen, Germany
12/09/2011 Hirsch - Nurnberg, Germany
12/10/2011 Sputnikhalle - Munster, Germany
12/11/2011 Voxhall - Aarhus, Denmark
12/12/2011 Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
12/13/2011 Kulturbolaget - Malmo, Sweden

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Prosthetic Records Releases Summer Sampler

Prosthetic Records has launched a new downloadable sampler on their Facebook page. The free sampler features new songs by The Greenery, Scale The Summit, Book of Black Earth, Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire, Last Chance To Reason and Black September in addition to tracks from some of Prosthetic's best-known heavy-hitters. Here's the complete tracklisting:

1. Holy Grail - "Call of Valhalla"
2. Scale The Summit - "Whales"
3. Animals As Leaders - "CAFO"
4. Last Chance To Reason - "Upload Complete"
5. The Acacia Strain - "The Hills Have Eyes"
6. The Greenery - "Crimewave"
7. Trap Them - "The Facts"
8. Book of Black Earth - "Cross Contaminated"
9. Neuraxis - "Asylum"
10. Black September - "The Forbidden Gates Beyond"
11. Withered - "Extinguished With The Weary"
12. Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire - "Lower Than Life, High As The Sky"
13. Dragged Into Sunlight - "Boiled Angel"
14. The Funeral Pyre - "Seeking Flesh and Bone"
15. Skeletonwitch - "Submit To The Suffering"
16. Mercenary - "The Follower"
17. Antagonist - "Sasha Grey"

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Metal Bands Announced For 2011 "Soundwave" Tour

Notable metal bands have been revealed to be taking part in the forthcoming Australian "Soundwave Revolution" tour. The four date trek, which features over thirty bands in total, will begin in Brisbane on September 24, 2011. You can view the list of confirmed metal bands as well as the tour dates below.

Alice Cooper
Machine Head
Set Your Goals
The Devin Townsend Project
The Damned Things
Steel Panther
Every Time I Die
Funeral For A Friend
Times of Grace
The Acacia Strain
In This Moment
The Word Alive
Holy Grail

Pop and rock acts are also scheduled to appear*

09/24 Brisbane, QLD – Soundwave Revolution 2011
09/25 Sydney, NSW – Soundwave Revolution 2011
09/30 Melbourne, VIC – Soundwave Revolution 2011
10/01 Adelaide, SA – Soundwave Revolution 2011
10/03 Perth, WA – Soundwave Revolution 2011

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Holy Grail To Tour With Cauldron

Holy Grail has revealed the dates for its upcoming co-headline tour with Canadian heavy metallers Cauldron. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

04/15 West Hollywood, CA – Viper Room
04/16 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Opera House
04/17 Portland, OR – Dante’s
04/18 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
04/19 Vancouver, BC – Media Club
04/21 Calgary, AB – Republik
04/22 Edmonton, AB – Brixx Bar & Grill
04/25 Winnipeg, MB – Royal Albert
04/26 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
04/28 Toronto, ON – The Wreck Room
04/29 Quebec, QC – L’Agitee
04/30 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
05/01 Allston, MA – Great Scott
05/02 Hartford, CT -Webster Underground
05/03 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
05/04 Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
05/05 Washington, DC – Red Palace
05/06 Columbus, OH – The Summit
05/07 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
05/08 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
05/09 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
05/10 Denver, CO – Three Kings Tavern
05/11 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Vegas
05/12 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre

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Holy Grail Announces U.K. Tour

Holy Grail has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of the United Kingdom. Support on the trek will come from Revoker and G.U. Medicine. You can view the full list of confirmed dates, cities and venues below:

03/16 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 3
03/17 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
03/18 Prestatyn, UK – Hammerfest
03/19 Coventry, UK – Kasbah
03/20 Manchester, UK – Roadhouse
03/21 Sheffield, UK – Corporation
03/22 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy 2
03/23 Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
03/24 Leeds, UK – Cockpit 3
03/25 Nottingham, UK – Rock City Basement
03/26 Oxford, UK – Academy 2
03/27 Southampton, UK – Joiners
03/28 London, UK – Barfly

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