HOLY GRAIL

"Crisis in Utopia" (Prosthetic; 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Traditional metal in all of its chalice-raising glory is what Holy Grail distributes on their 11-track offering, "Crisis in Utopia."

This quintet cranks out a vintage amalgamation of classic metal with a convincingly confrontational cavalcade of shred guitar and histrionic vocals spearheading their flashback metallic attack (“Call of Valhalla,” “Immortal Man”).

Offering tasteful solos (“Hollow Ground”) and well-versed rock solid songwriting aplenty, this album lovingly recreates driving rhythms from the days of yore and adds Holy Grail’s proficient progressively minded swagger to the equation, resulting in this versatile squad’s impressive interpretations and bold advancements of the tried and true metal sound.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 

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