Times of Pride and Peril is Holy Grail’s anticipated follow-up to their acclaimed 2013 release, Ride the Void, and it’s safe to say that they have picked up right where they left off. This new release doesn’t disappoint and gives fans exactly what they have been wanting.
“Crystal King” starts off with a slow and building intro, which then roars into a syncopated, dual guitar attack before moving into a driving verse, setting a solid pace. The half-time groove provides the perfect texture for some great vocals and guitars mixed with harmonies. The vocals are consistent and engaging throughout the song. “Waste Them All Away” builds from a bass drum intro that lays a solid groove while showcasing Holy Grail‘s innate ability to weave in and out of fast-driving, groove-oriented passages. Once again, well-defined choruses are present and sink the hooks in even further. All the tracks have a unique identity and this offering exudes strength from start to finish. Additional standouts on Times of Pride and Peril include ” More Heroes,” with its big chorus which will encourage audience participation, and the final track, a nine-minute epic entitled “Black Lotus.”
The thing that sets Holy Grail apart is their ability to not only provide driving passages, but integrate hooks, melodies and groove while interweaving slower passages that give the music some air and let it breathe. It harkens back to another era of metal where such things were more prevalent across the genre. Clocking in at over 45 minutes, the album delivers 10 tracks that possess an even higher level of craftsmanship in song composition than its predecessor. The production quality is exceptional as it was produced by Grammy winner John Spiker (Tenacious D, Filter).
Times of Pride and Peril pulls listeners in and leaves them longing for more.
Times of Pride and Peril is out February 12 on Prosthetic Records. Pre-order it here!