MetalBite Review by Adam M on 8/5/2015
The band Holy Grail
has a large classical metal influence present in their sound. Itís a combination of the thrash of Heathen
and the traditional metal of Mercyful Fate
that sticks out to this listener. The songs are all potent and donít overstay their welcome to have listening impact.
While the vocalist sounds largely like the one from the aforementioned Heathen
, itís some of the song structures that are traditional-sounding. This album will be a pleasant surprise for those looking for a re-imagination of the classics. There is a vitality and power to these songs that makes them endearing. The powers of the yesteryear are all channeled into the appropriate avenues for this work. The band has also been blessed with the ability to carry a riff melody nicely throughout an entire song. Some of the guitar riffs will remain ingrained in your brain for ages to come. The realm of quality is also kept up throughout the majority of this release. The biggest downside of this album is that it has little innovation or progressiveness. While it makes good use of the sound of classic material, the band doesnít quite do enough to complete distance themselves as a unique act. Also, while Iíve compared them Heathen
, this album falls a bit short of The Evolution of Chaos
in the classical metal stakes. Regardless, with songs as good as Dark Passenger
, there is very little to find fault with here.
Youíll be captivated by the skill of the musicianship as well, with a variety of solid instrumental performances to be found here. People looking to fill a void of older metal releases will easily find their missing piece here. Ride the Void
comes recommended for any fan of the heritage of heavy metal and how that impacts modern day recordings.
Rating: 8 out of 10