The Music Video you Weren’t Supposed to See

The "Those Who Will Remain" Video was made by Holy Grail for our very amazing fans/friends and is in no way affiliated with any companies we've worked with or are working with. In fact, it was heavily discouraged by some. Please don't let the graphic nature of this video reflect on anyone but the 5 dudes in HG who tried to make a horror film/tour video while on the road. Party On, Dudes!!!

New Song and Lyric Video Unveiled: Crystal King

Check out another new tune and lyric video from Times of Pride and Peril! Thanks Revolver!

Southern California-based metal act Holy Grail will release their new album, ‘Times of Pride and Peril,’ on February 12 via Prosthetic Records. In anticipation, the band has teamed up with Revolver to premiere their new track, “Crystal King.” Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!

To get ‘Times of Pride and Peril,’ visit Prosthetic’s webstore, iTunes or Amazon. For more on Holy Grail, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

“A Time to Break Silence” – Holy Grail honors MLK Jr.

On April 4, 1967 exactly 1 year before his assassination, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave likely his most controversial and powerful speech about his opposition to the Vietnam War – “Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break SilenceListen Here . It’s quite harrowing that almost 50 years later, much of this anti-war speech is still relevant in 2016. Have we broken the silence yet?

Aside from listening to more MLK Jr speeches as a soundtrack to anti-war soul songs I plan to watch “What happened Miss Simone?” and “Selma” today. I may even re-watch the post-Vietnam documentary “Winter Soldier” (NOT CAPTAIN AMERICA- This is a real heavy film about Vietnam soldiers just after their return home)

 

How will you be honoring Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday today?

What are some of your favorite MLK Jr. Speeches, Quotes, and Interviews?

What are some of you favorite anti-war soul tunes or anti-war films?

Please share with us your comments or posts.

I’m currently grooving on Funkadelic’s “March to the Witch’s Castle”- https://youtu.be/qOFJozMKNAw

I’ve also been boppin’ to a Vietnam war soul/doowop song by Archie Bell & the Drells titled “A Soldier’s Prayer 1967”  – https://youtu.be/ezrqPgvOMoo which was recorded and released around the same time as MLK Jr’s Speech, not sure if it was before or after.

Some music nerd ramblings for you:
Archie Bell, was actually drafted to fight in Vietnam on 12 May 1967. When he received his draft card, his band mate Billy Butler tried to cheer him up with an impromptu version of a demo they recorded in 1964 called “Tighten Up”. The next day they recorded the song in a studio. While recovering from a leg wound sustained in Vietnam, in a Veteran’s Administration hospital in Germany, the song “Tighten Up” was released and hit # 1 in the Billboard charts (13 April 1968). 1 2
Here’s a great video of Archie Bell and the Drells performing “Tighten Up” – https://youtu.be/uN7vm-k-AaA

However, I think one of my favorite versions of Tighten Up is a live version recorded by Maceo and the JB’s off the “Say It Live and Loud: Live in Dallas 08.26.68” concert –  https://youtu.be/

This live album also has a phenomal version of my favorite soul song and my number one favorite song of all time “Sunny” by Bobby Hebb.
Wikipedia states “Hebb wrote the song in the 48 hours following a double tragedy on November 22, 1963, the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and Hebb’s older brother Harold was stabbed to death outside a Nashville nightclub. Hebb was devastated by both events and many critics say that those events and critically the loss of his older brother inspired the lyrics and tune. According to Hebb, he merely wrote the song as an expression of a preference for a “sunny” disposition over a “lousy” disposition following the murder of his brother.[2]
This song was released in June of 1966 as American troops and Vietcongs are slaughtering each other at the Cambodian border, a timely coincidence? I don’t think so, it couldn’t have been more appropriate. I feel it’s not just a song about losing JFK or his brother, I feel Bobby wrote this song about hope for something good in the world, and as James Brown says “he decided to write a tune that he thought would make things be a little more beautiful around the world…he thought it would inspire people….to give them an uplift…. to do their thing”. Yes, it does that for me every time, and I can’t be the only one, I’m sure it has the same effect on many others out there.
Listen to the Original by Bobby Hebb here: https://youtu.be/ubvYQxTXO3U

And watch a live performance in Paris by the Godfather of Soul himself, Mr. Dynamite.. James Brown here – https://youtu.be/cNFb7vfANVE

To bring it back full circle Bobby Hebb is from Memphis, TN, the same place MLK Jr. was assassinated 1 year after his Anti-war speech linked above.

Although I’ve digressed a bit, I feel it’s all still relevant because today is more than just honoring MLK Jr.  I feel like today is about honoring all things afro-centric, and all people of color globally… and there is a lot to honor. So say it loud, and say it proud my dear brothers and sisters of this earth, because it is truly a “Time To Break Silence”. MLK Jr. was a damn good man, a man with integrity, passion, and love for all people regardless of skin color, race, or background, and for that his spirit lives on forever in my heart and in many hearts across the universe. And with that I’d like to wrap up as I look forward to hearing about your MLK Jr. day plans, MLK stories, or any anti-war songs, soul songs, movie suggestions, or any afro-centric themed links you may share with me and the Holy Grail boys.

Thanks for tuning in, Happy MLK Jr. Bday!
Stay hard!
Yours truly,
-JPL
In closing, if you haven’t heard our new song “No More Heroes”, off the upcoming Holy Grail record Times of Pride and Peril, please find it here: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/holy-grail-heroes-premiere . You can also buy the track now or pre-order the full album via the links below:
Prosthetic Webstore – hyperurl.co/rq7rrp
Bandcamp (with merch bundle) – http://hyperurl.co/c6x9pa

PREMIERE: Holy Grail Brings the Heavy Metal Fury on “No More Heroes”

“…The Holy Grail dudes are about to drop Times of Pride and Peril, their most compelling release yet via longtime label Prosthetic Records, and are also gearing up to bring their electrifying heavy metal antics to fans across the entire continent (on a North American tour that actually includes more than two Canadian dates!).

On record, they sizzle, but the live setting is where Holy Grail really shines. The band’s calling card—beyond its firm grip on traditional heavy metal glory—is its fiery, incredibly talented performances onstage, especially from dual guitar shredders Eli Santana (also of Huntress) and Alex Lee, and soaring vocalist James Paul Luna. We dare you to go to a Holy Grail show and leave without a sore neck and a big fat grin splashed across your face.

Times of Pride and Peril is out February 12 via Prosthetic Records (preorders are up now), and we’re stoked to be premiering the video for “No More Heroes” right here. Scroll down for an extensive batch of North American tour dates alongside guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman and Noisey faves Black Tusk.”

http://noisey.vice.com/blog/holy-grail-heroes-premiere

 

2/8 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge ^
2/9 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls ^
2/11 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s ^
2/12 Houston, TX – Scout Bar ^
2/13 Dallas, TX – Trees ^
2/14 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s ^
2/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade ^
2/17 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits ^
2/18 Orlando, FL – Backbooth ^
2/19 St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre ^
2/20 Ocala, FL – O’Malley’s Alley
2/22 Greenville, SC – Gottrocks
2/23 Charlotte, NC – Milestone #
2/24 Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas #
2/25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #
2/26 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom #
2/27 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus #
2/29 Burlington, VT – Nectars #
3/1 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle #
3/2 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #
3/3 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck #
3/4 Detroit, MI – Berserker Fest #
3/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies #
3/6 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon #
3/7 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #
3/8 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #
3/9 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel #
3/11 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina #
3/12 Edmonton, AB – Brixx #
3/13 Calgary, AB – Palomino #
3/14 Kamloops, BC – The Office #
3/16 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore #
3/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
3/18 Spokane, WA – The Pin #
3/19 Portland, OR – Panic Room #
3/20 Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub #
3/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst #
3/23 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside #
3/24 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room #
3/25 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick #
3/26 Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock #
3/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar #
3/29 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater #
3/30 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room #
4/1 Indianapolis, IN – 5th Quarter #
4/2 Newport, KY – Southgate House #

^ with Marty Friedman
# with Black Tusk

Black Tusk with Holy Grail Tour Dates 2016

Cover Art, Video for new album ‘Times of Pride and Peril’

Cover art for L.A. metal quintet’s third full-length unveiled; teaser video streaming now

Album cover for the 2016 Holy Grail album, "Times of Pride and Peril"

Los Angeles-based heavy metal warriors HOLY GRAIL — whose epic anthems have been performed live alongside some of the genre’s top names, including Anthrax, Exodus, Amon Amarth, Dragonforce and High On Fire, among others — will release their third album, “Times of Pride and Peril,” via Prosthetic Records on Feb. 12, 2016. The highly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s “Ride the Void” was recorded earlier this year with Grammy Award-winning producer John Spiker (Tenacious D, Filter) and encompasses the rise and fall of an empire, showcasing a history of triumphs and defeats through the group’s quintessential shreddery. The new album’s symbolic artwork is seen in the below teaser video:

Following an extensive tour campaign to promote “Ride The Void” – hailed by Metal Hammer as “full-blooded, forward-looking, classic heavy fucking metal” – HOLY GRAIL, who were recently featured in a Star Wars-themed HP commercial, spent much of 2014 writing “Times of Pride and Peril.” Guitarist Eli Santana and drummer Tyler Meahl also kept busy by touring extensively with Huntress, whose lead guitarist Blake Meahl is Tyler’s brother.

Featuring a blistering dual lead guitar attack and powerful vocals by James Paul Luna (praised by Decibel as “the finest metal singer of his generation”), HOLY GRAIL burst onto the scene in 2009 with their debut EP, “Improper Burial,” which led Metal Hammer to call the group “one of the most promising traditionally-inclined metal bands to emerge from the U.S. in the past decade.” It was quickly followed by “Crisis In Utopia,” which Revolver called “a nearly flawless full-length debut that ecstatically revives undiluted, straight-up metal in all its gauntlet-clad glory” and named one of the 20 best albums of 2010.
In addition to the bands listed above, HOLY GRAIL has toured alongside such notable acts as Blind Guardian, Valient Thorr, Orange Goblin, Hellyeah, Black Label Society and Municipal Waste. The group has also performed at such major international metal festivals as Wacken (Germany), Download (UK), Soundwave (Australia) and Loud Park (Japan).
This weekend, HOLY GRAIL will kick off a winter tour that includes dates with Death Angel, Flotsam & Jetsam and Night Demon. To kick off the new year, the group will then join master guitarist Marty Friedman on the second leg of his “Inferno” North American tour. Additional dates will be announced shortly. Catch the band live at one of the below stops to hear new material!
HOLY GRAIL TOUR DATES
12/4 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock &
12/6 Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar &
12/7 Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar &
12/8 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar n’ Grill &
12/9 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory &
12/10 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room &
12/11 Denver, CO – Casselman’s’ Bar & Venue &
12/12 Salt Lake City, UT – The Loading Dock &
12/13 Las Vegas, NV – Dive Bar &
12/14 Flagstaff, AZ – The Green Room &
12/16 Hollywood, CA – The Roxy #
12/18 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s #
12/19 Santa Ana, CA – Malones & (also w/ Flotsam & Jetsam, Exmortus)
2/8 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge ^
2/9 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls ^
2/11 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s ^
2/12 Houston, TX – Scout Bar ^
2/13 Dallas, TX – Trees ^
2/14 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s ^
2/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade ^
2/17 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits ^
2/18 Orlando, FL – Backbooth ^
2/19 St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre ^
& with Night Demon
# with Death Angel, Flotsam & Jetsam
^ with Marty Friedman