Album review: Holy Grail - Times of Pride and Peril
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★★★★★ Thrash/power metallers Holy Grail are back! It’s been three years since the California quintet’s last record – the stunning Ride the Void – and since then, eager metalheads have been salivating at the thought of a third Holy Grail album. And finally, that which we have lusted so strongly after has been served: Times of Pride of Peril. And not only has this album been served; Holy Grail kindly added a free helping of a kick in the teeth to truly blow their fans away. This isn’t just a simple power/thrash metal fusion to be placed with contemporaries like Savage Messiah and Iced Earth. The instrumentation of Times of Pride and Peril alone covers a wide array of sub-genres. From AC/DC-esque rock n’ roll on 'Those Who Will Remain' to the pure-blooded thrash of 'Apotheosis' to the death metal pounding that is 'Psychomachia' to the progressive, ten minute opus 'Black Lotus', it feels as if the musical characteristics of every rock style are present.
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