Young LA metal sensations, HOLY GRAIL, release their debut exclusive limited edition 7 inch vinyl in preparation for their Download Festival appearance in June and their nomination for “Best New Band” at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.
The names Priest, Maiden, Armored Saint and Dio conjure an image of legendary, classic metal acts who value precision playing, killer vocals, masterful songwriting and a sense of lyrical mysticism and fantasy (as well as the occasional tale of epic partying). In recent years, a new batch of bands who share these core values and characteristics have begun bubbling to the surface of this metallic primordial ooze; at the head of this new “wave” in metal is the Los Angeles quintet HOLY GRAIL.
Originally known as Sorcerer, HOLY GRAIL formed when three members of the band White Wizzard decided to go out on their own. The band is helmed by vocalist James Paul Luna, a native of Van Halen’s hometown, Pasadena. A classically trained singer whose monster pipes have drawn comparisons to Sebastian Bach, Rob Halford and Ronnie James Dio, Luna was also recently heard providing vocals in a Gamestop commercial for the new video game, “Brutal Legend.” He’s backed by virtuoso guitarists Eli Santana and James J. LaRue, whose interweaving shredding and riffing harkens to an imaginary time when Yngwie Malmsteen and Marty Friedman jammed together. Tyler Meahl and Blake Mount form the thunderous rhythm section whose power could shake the foundations of Valhalla itself.
The band are currently recording their debut album ‘Crisis In Utopia’ with producer Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails / A Perfect Circle) which will be unleashed in the Summer of 2010.