By Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal, September 8th 2011, DiPiazza's, Long Beach CA:
If Holy Grail's music doesn't make you bang your head and raise your fists, I doubt anything else ever will. The Pasadena-based traditional metal quintet started out in late 2008 and released their debut EP "Improper Burial" in 2009. With this EP alone, they simply blew me away and turned into one of my favorite bands. As I continued listening endlessly to songs like "Fight To Kill", "Immortal Man" and "Call Of Vallhalla", I got to see the band for the first time at Anaheim's Chain Reaction in December of 2009 as they opened for 3 Inches Of Blood. In late 2010, they released their debut full-length "Crisis In Utopia", which in my opinion was the best album released all year.
On September 8th, their tour with Toxic Holocaust hit Long Beach, and I had the chance to talk to guitarists Alex Lee and Eli Santana about the tour, gear, writing new material, and the 'power metal' mis-terminology.