I’ve been hearing rumblings of curmudgeonly butthurtness about Holy Grail’s blend of thrash and traditional heavy metal. Seem some have implied that the band’s blend of thrash metal, a remnant of its members’ previous involvement in Bonded By Blood, are actually brocore tendecies. I’ve listened to Crisis in Utopia more times than I can count and there was nothing of the sort. Though I’m only a couple of songs into the stream of this album, I haven’t heard any of the Fox Racing tendencies of which these self-appointed Paul Revieres have been wailing. In fact, it’s all NWOBHM-infused glory from where I sit. There is the occasional scream but it’s nothing that’ll get them on a no-fly list.
Stream Ride the Void over at Metal Hammer and check it out yourself. We will have a full review shortly. Out on January 22nd on Prosthetic Records.