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2013 sophomore album from the SoCal Trad-Metal band. The follow-up to 2010's Crisis In Utopia, Ride The Void was recorded with producer Matt Hyde throughout the year, working around national tours. The cover artwork was created by digital matte artist Dylan Cole, who is well-known for his work on movies like The Lord Of The Rings, Avatar and Daredevil.
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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Prosthetic Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Student Edition on January 26, 2013
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I've heard some previous work by these guys, and while I certainly found them competent enough, I was never really all about it. It just had too much of a retro vibe, and I couldn't shake the feeling that I'd heard it all before. They were a band that I always really wanted to like, but never quite managed to. An also-ran, as it were.

Well, let me be very clear. That is absolutely not the case with this album. It rocks. Really, just totally blown away. Let's see why:

At first listen to Archeus, I think, 'Oh, it starts with an intro track.' About 45 seconds in, you realize that is not an ordinary throw-away intro. The guitars come in, with a nice mid tempo pounding drumbeat, and the whole thing turns into a listenable instrumental, that leaves before overstaying its' welcome. Technically, not quite instrumental; there's some background 'ooooohing' for atmosphere.

Bestial Triumphans comes charging out of the gate immediately after that, with opening shrieks and, excuse my lack of guitar knowledge, but some notably twirly guitar work. It takes off at breakneck speed, and keeps going. Slows down for a couple of bridges, but that's just to lull you into a false sense of security before it takes off again. That's all dandy, but it is to be expected of a band doing what Holy Grail is doing. They also switch things up some with a little bit of growling, and a few distinctly breakdown-y moments. I know, every trve metalhead is supposed to hate breakdowns, but these guys make it work. They (the breakdowns) show up, do what they came to do, then leave again before you can start to get upset. It all makes for an interesting, slightly eclectic opener.

From there, we get some nice traditional/power metal tracks up through the title song.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 26, 2013
Format: Vinyl
California-based traditional heavy metal crew Holy Grail (a.k.a. the dudes who bolted from White Wizzard) are back with their second full-length album, titled Ride the Void. Holy Grail came on strong with their debut EP Improper Burial, but their first full-length (2010's Crisis in Utopia) didn't quite deliver on the EP's promise, so in some ways Ride the Void is a make or break album for the band.

It doesn't take long to put this album in the "make" category. Ride the Void is exactly the kind of album you'd expect from the band that brought us the high speed yet totally melodic metal assault of Improper Burial (and of course High Speed GTO). Holy Grail seems to have found their sweet spot between all out guitar shredding and melody, catchiness and heaviness. The flashy dual lead guitarists, the intricate and relentless rhythm section and of course James-Paul Luna's powerful vocals all takes turns totally stealing the show, and they all mesh together really well as a unit. There's also a nice blend of the classic heavy metal sound with some modern elements, not unlike what Icarus Witch did recently with Rise.

With Ride the Void, Holy Grail takes a big step forward and seems to really define their core sound. This is a very strong heavy metal album that should satisfy fans of old school bands like Iron Maiden, Accept, Judas Priest and Exciter as well as newer bands like Widow, Enforcer, Twisted Tower Dire, Icarus Witch and yes White Wizzard.

Edition Notes: The CD version of Ride the Void comes in a very cheap looking "ecopack" folder that makes it hard to access the CD without scratching it. The packaging for the LP version is very sturdy, very attractive and comes with a band poster.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OathofDarkness on February 22, 2013
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Any band that has toured with the likes of Amon Amarth, Blind Guardian, 3 Inches of
Blood and Exodus must certainly have something going for them. I would certainly
say that’s the case in regard to the southern California power/thrash metal quintet
known as Holy Grail. The band features vocalist James Paul Luna and drummer
Tyler Meahl, both former members of White Wizzard, so if you’re familiar with their
earlier material then you’ll have a relatively good idea of what to expect. Think of
High Speed GTO but heavier and more epic.

Ride the Void is a seemingly flawless effort as it combines the undeniable
trademarks of both epic power metal with the precision of quality thrash metal.
Holy Grail manages to walk the line between the two perfectly, using restraint when
necessary to highlight offerings such as “Take It to the Grave,” “Ride the Void,”
“Silence the Scream” and “Too Decayed to Wait.” The two instrumental tracks,
“Archeus” and “Wake Me When It’s Over” are quite reminiscent of something you
would find on a Blind Guardian or Helloween album.

At the end of the day, if you’re all about shredding guitars and anchoring bass lines
coupled with dynamic drumming and one of the most promising young voices in
metal, you needn’t look anywhere else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cyclone J on April 24, 2013
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I've had a chance to see Holy Grail twice and they've blown me away live both times (And, they're nice guys as well!). Since their first release, Improper Buriel, they've done nothing but polish and perfect their sound. James Paul Luna's voice stands out as, what I believe, might be the finest voice in the metal scene at this time. He hits the high notes, but just often enough. He really knows how to sing and does it with passion. But, a singer is only as good as the band and songwriting that accompanies. Holy Grail delivers on all fronts. Their songs are catchy, blisteringly fast at times, and unique. There is plenty of 80's thrash influence, but the metal is made for this generation. It's truly killer stuff. Holy Grail raises the bar for every other metal band out there! I would definitely recommend this if you like the following: early Metallica albums, Early Man, Three Inches of Blood, Dragonforce (Marc Hudson album),
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