A pretty killer debut. Tight, great tone, and I LOVE the blues injection in album closer "Safe Return." And let us not neglect to mention the stellar vocal performance.
Favorite track: Safe Return.
Just look at that album cover. Ripple picked another winner here. Super tight stoner groove, tight production, and sick tone throughout. It's not new, but it's new to vinyl on Ripple. Can't wait to see what these guys do next.
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Portland, OR doom rock band Holy Grove has signed with California's Ripple Music (Mothership, Wo Fat). The band will see the North American release of its self-titled debut, Holy Grove, on April 6. In celebration, Treble is streaming the entire LP, in full, adding, "The band at times 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." Hear Holy Grove now at this location.
Remember when heavy rock bands wrote songs? In the early ‘70s, Grand Funk, Bang, and Deep Purple brought hooks and choruses to seriously weighty tunes. In 2015, Portland, Oregon’s Holy Grove walks in the long footsteps of tradition, pitting soulful vocals, searing guitar solos, and swinging grooves into its own Bic-flicking dinosaur stomp. Formed in 2012, Holy Grove has been wowing Pacific Northwest audiences for years, blending blazing riffs and cloud-piercing wails with a rhythmic heft that has forged the band a legion of growing, doom-hungry audiences. The formidable pipes of vocalist Andrea Vidal spin tales of myth and fantasy that coast on a massive flying carpet of guitar riffs, kept aloft by a pounding, pulverizing rhythm section.
Holy Grove is far more than a toe-dipped-in-the magic spring, but a patiently crafted statement of intent produced by the band with major love and assistance from master “engine-ear” Billy Anderson (Sleep, Melvins, etc). The self-titled debut features stunning cover artwork by Adam Burke (Ruby the Hatchet, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats) and seven killer cuts of Candlemassian doom, NWOBHM-meets-Kyuss (think meaner-toned “Green Machine”) gallop and fluid tunes that accurately reflect their own vision while remaining true to their roots.
In the last few years alone, Holy Grove has made waves on stage in the company of Uli Jon Roth, Jucifer, and Lord Dying, as well as at festivals like Psycho Las Vegas, the Malt Ball, Hoverfest, Ceremony of Sludge, and PDXPOPNOW!
1.) Death of Magic
3.) Holy Grove
6.) Hanged Man
7.) Safe Return
Holy Grove features Andrea Vidal (vocals), Trent Jacobs (guitar), Gregg Emley (bass) and Eben Travis (drums). Follow the band on Facebook.
"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, which is a quality that shouldn’t have to be emphasized on a music site but probably should be. 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
I love the fusing of Pink Floyd and sludge metal grooves on this album. That description is true, but leaves out the crafty songwriting and personal touch inherent in the songs. Recommended. Tim Halbur
This third studio release from Sergeant Thunderhoof is the best the band have put togther and that is high praise as the first two were pretty damn great stuff. Picking a favoite track was a real chore, and a pleasure as it gave me an opportunity to spend more time with the album trying to pick. Mike Williams