Exclusive Track Premiere + Lyric Video: Holy Grail’s “Descent Into the Maelstrom”
Every band is now scrambling to come up with some cool merch/extras they can offer with purchases of their album, but California trad metal quintet Holy Grail have outdone the entire scene and created the single greatest album extra ever: every physical and digital copy of the band’s new album, Times of Pride and Peril, comes with an invisible chord that attaches itself to your skull and pulls your head back-and-forth whenever the album plays. Seriously! Just press “play,” and BOOM!, instant involuntary headbanging.
How did Holy Grail conceive and create such technology? As is sometimes the case, they looked back in order to move forward: sonically, they are the direct descendants of bands like Priest and Maiden, bands that capitalize on the inherent power of hooks and melody without sacrificing any of the power or intensity that separates metal from all other rock n’ roll subgenres.
If you need proof, look no further than “Descent Into the Maelstrom,” the new jam we are only too happy to be debuting on MetalSucks today. This song will set up a squat inside your brain, and remain lodged there for days, maybe even weeks, after you initially hear it. This song will also give you whiplash and a vague-yet-distinct cold pressure on the side of your head, as though you had just chugged a PBR and crushed the can against your skull. If you were to somehow fall asleep while listening to this song, there is no doubt that you would dream of partying in the parking lot of the Circle K. After the blizzard here in New York a couple of week ago, I took a boombox outside and blasted the song all up and down the block; it melted the majority of the snow in no time flat. It’s that good.
Check out “Descent Into the Maelstrom” for yourself via the below lyric video! Times of Pride and Peril comes out February 12 via Prosthetic Records. Pre-order it here. Holy Grail is on tour with Marty Friedman from February 9 to to February 19, and then they kick off a tour with Black Tusk on February 23. Get dates here (with Marty Friedman) and here (with Black Tusk).