Holy Grail @ 191 Toole

The Rialto Theatre Presents

Holy Grail @ 191 Toole

Exmortus, Spellcaster, Napalm Strike

Aug 05 Fri

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

191 Toole

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

General Admission

Holy Grail
Holy Grail
Like many of the legendary bands whose influences they wear on their tattered sleeves, the Los Angeles quintet HOLY GRAIL made an immediate impact when they exploded onto the metal scene in 2009. Here were five immortal men who fought to kill, armed with an infectious sound – a mix of classic heavy metal and modern sensibilities – sure to win over even the most jaded of cynics. As if on cue, metal media around the world swooned immediately. Metal Hammer UK nominated HOLY GRAIL for their "best new band" Golden Gods Award based solely on the two original tracks that appeared on their debut EP "Improper Burial", while the group was invited to perform at major worldwide events such as the Wacken:Open:Air (Germany) and Download Festival (UK) before their full-length debut was even finished being recorded. When their full-length debut "Crisis In Utopia" was finally released in late 2010, it was clear from the opening notes on that HOLY GRAIL's music is their silver bullet. The album reasserted the group's potential and earned the band a new round of critical acclaim, with Revolver Magazine naming the release one of 2010′s Top 20 albums. Hereafter, the group hit the road for a nearly two-year touring cycle during which guitarist Alex Lee (ex-BONDED BY BLOOD) joined the fold and the band performed alongside the likes of BLIND GUARDIAN, ELUVEITIE and DRAGONFORCE, among others. In addition, they further developed a burgeoning international fan base by touring Japan, Australia and the UK.



If "Crisis In Utopia" hinted at what HOLY GRAIL could achieve, new album "Ride The Void" shouts it through a megaphone. Gone are sword-and-steel odes to Valhalla; in their place are morbid tales of serial killers. Indeed, producer Matt Hyde (SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM) brought out a darker, hungrier side of the band than many have heard to date – yet musically, they're more exhilarating than ever: Witness the galloping riff of "Dark Passenger", the betcha-can't-play-this exuberance of the opening lick of "Too Decayed To Wait" or the unexpected triumphant and melodic solo in "The Great Artifice". Perhaps more importantly, the album sees HOLY GRAIL continue to expand the limits of their sound by incorporating classical guitar ("Wake Me When It's Over"), a cinematic, QUEEN-like vocal intro (the otherwise anthemic "Sleep of Virtue"), a trance-like guitar loop ("Silence The Scream") that cleverly belies the lyrical content it introduces, and a moody finale ("Rains of Sorrow") inspired by a family member's battle with cancer.
Someone pretty might catch your attention, but only someone special can keep it. HOLY GRAIL could have easily written an album filled with lovable tales of mead-chugging knights-on-horseback, but instead, they pushed themselves further – and in the end, created an unforgettable collection of timeless metal anthems that not only validates the early praise they received, but creates an exciting question: Where will they go from here? For now, though, buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Exmortus
The Southern California quartet EXMORTUS — whose invigorating twin-guitar mix of neoclassical shred, Bay Area thrash, progressive death and traditional heavy metal has earned the group a devoted following in the Western U.S. — has signed a worldwide contract with Prosthetic Records (Skeletonwitch, Holy Grail, Scale The Summit). The group's full-length Prosthetic debut and third album overall will be released in February of 2014, when they will tour North America with Dark Tranquillity and Omnium Gatherum.

Prior to that, EXMORTUS will team with San Francisco thrashers Hatchet for the "Death Upon The West" tour, which kicks off in Fullerton, Calif. on Nov. 2. A complete list of the band's upcoming tour dates can be found below.
"We're very excited and proud to announce our signing with Prosthetic Records," the band says in a statement. "The staff there is great and very enthusiastic. They've signed so many great bands over the years and continue to do so, some in which have even given us some influence. Being fans of the label and their artists, it just feels like a perfect fit. We can't for wait Prosthetic to put this next record out!"
Co-founded a decade ago by then-teenage cousins Conan (vocals/guitar) and Mario Moreno (drums), EXMORTUS self-released several demos and EPs before signing with Heavy Artillery Records in 2007. The group's 2008 debut "In Hatred's Flame" and 2011 follow-up "Beyond The Fall Of Time" earned praise for their "frighteningly aggressive thrash blended with both death metal and NWOBHM bluster" (Blabbermouth), and their exuberant, shred-heavy live performances can convert even the most jaded heshers into enthusiastic headbangers.
Additional details about EXMORTUS' Prosthetic debut will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information on the group, visit www.facebook.com/exmortusofficial.
Spellcaster
Spellcaster
- Spellbinding Heavy Metal -
Napalm Strike
Napalm Strike is a new wave thrash band from Tucson, Arizona. Marcos, Alan and Tito, along with Nick, set out to create a band with only two goals in mind: to create riff-oriented and highly energetic thrash, and to have a good time while doing it. Napalm Strike brings a new energy to an old genre–not to mention a slew of machine gun riffs. With a charismatic punk-influenced vocal approach, and riffs that range from straight forward thrash to the border of technicality, Napalm Strike promises that going to war has never been this much fun.
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