Holy Grail - "Crisis In Utopia" (CD)
"Crisis In Utopia" track listing:
1. My Last Attack
2. Fight To Kill
3. Call Of Valhalla
4. Crisis In Utopia
5. Immortal Man
6. Nocturne In D Minor
7. The Blackest Night
8. Chase The Wind
9. Hollow Ground
11. Cherish Disdain
Reviewed by EdgeoftheWorld on April 29, 2012
Holy Grail's "Crisis In Utopia" occupies a sweet spot exactly in the middle between classic, power and thrash metal styles. It's a potent blend of soaring vocals, mind-bendingly technical guitar solos and riffs that rage and thunder.
Take, for example, "Fight To Kill," which blends a speedy thrash riff with a Halfordian screams from frontman James-Paul Luna, before entering Iron Maiden territory with a powerful chorus, before heading into a fleet-fingered guitar solo.
Complementing Luna's expert vocals is some superlative guitar work by Eli Santana and James LaRue (who has since left the band). Whether it's the gentle beauty of "Nocturne In D Minor," the almost bluesy swagger of "Call Of Valhalla" and "Requiem" or the thrashy speed of stuff like "Immortal Man," the two ax-men never fail to impress. The band definitely knows how to end an album right, with the heaviest track, "Cherish Disdain" closing things out in style — complete with some death metal screams to liven up the otherwise almost completely melodious proceedings.
The one track that falls short is the somewhat lurching "The Blackest Night," which never completely ignites, despite a powerful vocal performance by Luna.
Thrash fans will love the riffs and energy, power metal fans will eat up the lightspeed solos and classic metal fans will love the soaring and screaming vocals. In short, Holy Grail's "Crisis In Utopia" has something for just about everyone.
Highs: "Requiem," "Cherish Disdain" and "Fight To Kill."
Lows: The lurching "The Blackest Night."
Bottom line: A potent blend of thrash speed and energy with power and classic metal elements.
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