Los Angeles-based heavy metal warriors HOLY GRAIL will release their third album, “Times Of Pride And Peril”, on February 12, 2016 via Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to 2013’s “Ride The Void” was recorded earlier this year with Grammy Award-winning producer John Spiker (TENACIOUS D, FILTER) and encompasses the rise and fall of an empire, showcasing a history of triumphs and defeats through the group’s quintessential shreddery. The new album’s symbolic artwork is seen in the teaser video below.
Following an extensive tour campaign to promote “Ride The Void” — hailed by Metal Hammer as “full-blooded, forward-looking, classic heavy fucking metal” — HOLY GRAIL, who were recently featured in a “Star Wars”-themed HP commercial, spent much of 2014 writing “Times Of Pride And Peril”. Guitarist Eli Santana and drummer Tyler Meahl also kept busy by touring extensively with HUNTRESS, whose lead guitarist Blake Meahl is Tyler’s brother.
Featuring a blistering dual lead guitar attack and powerful vocals by James Paul Luna (praised by Decibel as “the finest metal singer of his generation”), HOLY GRAIL burst onto the scene in 2009 with its debut EP, “Improper Burial”, which led Metal Hammer to call the group “one of the most promising traditionally-inclined metal bands to emerge from the U.S. in the past decade.” It was quickly followed by “Crisis In Utopia”, which Revolver called “a nearly flawless full-length debut that ecstatically revives undiluted, straight-up metal in all its gauntlet-clad glory” and named one of the 20 best albums of 2010.
This weekend, HOLY GRAIL will kick off a winter tour that includes dates with DEATH ANGEL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and NIGHT DEMON. To kick off the new year, the group will join master guitarist Marty Friedman on the second leg of his “Inferno” North American tour.