A few weeks ago we posted about HOLY GRAILafter we learned they were headlininga strong bill at the Mountain Bar. We were there to see DARK CASTLE. Music journalist J. Bennett was there to see HOLY GRAIL. He went so far as to label them his favorite LA band of the moment, and compared them to DIAMONDHEAD, a band he holds in superhigh regard, if not the highest. That was more than enough for us to stick around until the end. We were duly rewarded. This is a band for those of you who like solos and singing with your metal. Technically, it sounded flawless, and although certainly retro, there's too much talent to think they won't carve their own path. The crowd was losing their shit, and there were ladies in relative abundance. The future sure looked bright for the boys from Pasadena after that performance, and sure enough, HOLY GRAIL has now been added to the increasingly diverse roster of Prosthetic Records. As reported by Blabbermouth:
Prosthetic Records has signed the Los Angeles-based act HOLY GRAIL. The band, formerly known as SORCERER, features three former members of WHITE WIZZARD and takes its influence from such classic metal acts as IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, ACCEPT, and the SCORPIONS.
Vocalist James Paul Luna's Rob Halford-meets-Sebastian Bach voice belts out lyrics focusing on "chicks, vikings, ex-chicks, being tough, macho/machismo, FEMA, Fabio, Conan, rad dinosaurs, UFOs and Bilderberg Group," while guitarists James J LaRue and Eli Santana's dueling solos play out like a fencing match and bassist Blake Mount and drummer Tyler Meahl gallop like a pack of wild horses. After just a handful of shows, the band landed a two-page feature in the LA Weekly, and has planted its boot, firmly on the throat of L.A.'s metal scene.
Luna commented: "After months of losing our minds and shredding through many contracts and label offers, Prosthetic always stayed at the top of our list. They live and breathe the same L.A. metal air we do, and know what it takes to develop a band from ground zero. Business aside, we are beyond stoked to work with guys that have the same eccentric and twisted views on music, life, art and shred. Things can only get wilder from here!"
The band will play their first show, post signing, at the infamous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip on July 30, with an out-of-town gig at the Jumping Turtle in San Marcos and a concert supporting CHILDREN OF BODOM on October 11 at the Glass House in Pomona. Expect to experience a blistering stage show and hear songs off the band's debut EP, "Improper Burial", due out this fall (which will feature two originals and two covers). The band will journey out on a West Coast tour in conjunction with the release, and before they enter the studio to start their full-length.
So please do yourself a favor and check out their July 30th show at the Whisky. After spenidng some time in the Cat Club Friday night, I'm pretty sure The Strip needs a band like this.