Ascending U.S. Group to Release Sophomore LP, ‘Holy Grove II”, November 9
| Portland, OR metal band Holy Grove will release its new LP, Holy Grove II, onNovember 9 via Ripple Music. Recorded with renowned metal producer Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, SWANS), ‘II’ sees Holy Grove push heavy rock into exciting new realms as the band continues to blur the lines between classic heavy metal, doom and prog.
In advance of the record’s release, Metal Injection premieres the new Holy Grove song, “Solaris“, saying, “The song opens with a delightfully evil-sounding Sabbathian riff before the witchy bellow of vocalist Andrea Vidal carries over the slow, churning groove. As it opens up more and more, it becomes more evident that Holy Grove is a band that has grown remarkably since their 2016 debut and has a bright future ahead of them.” HearHoly Grove‘s “Solaris” now at this location.
Holy Grove II is the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut, which Treble noted, “recalls the desert boogie of Kyuss in their prime, but when they stretch out into some more cosmic doom sounds they find a middle ground between the operatic grandeur of Candlemass and the more contemporary fuzz of Windhand. It’s badass, monumental metal and it rocks hard.” The new LP bridges the gap between the band’s gritty, heavy blues past and their darker, cosmic present. First single “Solaris” summons the best of Holy Grove—tight riffs, interludes, and a groove that has already proven to induce fist-raising and headbanging. Opener “Blade Born” is a bone-crusher of a rock ’n’ roll song, and the unexpected turns of the meticulously constructed “Valley of the Mystics” (a fantastical nod to The Dark Crystal), will make you feel as if you’re floating one second, and falling the next. The aptly titled “Cosmos” is a space rock masterpiece that features ghostly vocals from both Holy Grovevocalist Andrea Vidal and Yob’s Mike Scheidt. Listen closely and you can hear the song disintegrating as it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere.
As for Vidal, she delivers her most searing vocal performance to date, one that’s equally indebted to Ann Wilson as it is Tina Turner. Billy Anderson’s assured, but gentle, touch allows all the pieces to breathe and sweat like a bombastic Holy Grove live set. Intriguing album artwork by Adam Burke (Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Loss, Ruby the Hatchet) sets the stage for the sounds to come. This is album number two from the band, but it feels like this is only just the beginning for Holy Grove.
“For us this record represents a rebirth of sorts,” says Vidal. “We went through a few trying years where the future of the band was in doubt and making another record seemed like it may never happen. But, we continued on, believing that we had more to accomplish. This new record is a result of that belief, as well as a lot of hard work. We’re all very proud of it, and are looking forward to sharing it.”
1.) Blade Born
3.) Valley of the Mystics
4.) Solaris (Metal Injection premiere)
5.) Cosmos (feat. Mike Scheidt of YOB)
Pre-order Holy Grove II at this location.
| Holy Grove II is the work of true believers in the power of rock ’n’ roll. Holy Groveformed in 2012 and released its self-titled debut, which was met with local and national acclaim, in the spring of 2016. The group supported the release by touring across the United States and Europe in a mass of swinging hair and raw power and hasn’t stopped working since, sharing stages with the likes of Yob, Emma Ruth Rundle, Royal Thunder,Windhand, Elder and Witch Mountain and performing as one of the featured acts at the 2016 Psycho Las Vegas festival.
Holy Grove features Andrea Vidal (vocals), Trent Jacobs (guitar), Gregg Emley(bass), and Eben Travis (drums). Follow the band on Facebook.
“full of right-on riffs, belted-out hooks and weighted nodding groove. Learn the name, because you’ll hear it again.” – THE OBELISK
“With all the copy cats out there hoping to be the next Matt Pike or Josh Homme, it’s nice to know that some bands are all about the songs and not a particular image. Holy Grove writes songs, not just riffs…It’s not all just about bashing out Dopesmoker at max decibels or outdoing Iommi with grooves and licks, folks. It’s about taking those original concepts and ideas and making them feel new and exciting again, while offering a fresh escape route from day to day life. To me that’s rock, and Holy Grove does exactly that.”” – INVISIBLE ORANGES