Thoughts and impressions on a few albums, metal and nonmetal.
James Paul Luna's vocals are generally sub-par for the entire album. He struggles in the higher vocal range, and, worst of all, there are a few parts where he outright screams, a trait typical of metalcore. Avoid Holy Grail for better groups like White Wizzard, Cauldron, and Skull Fist, bands that deserve to be called part of the movement.
Favorite tracks include "The Dark Host" and "Six Side." Oh, and the production is fantastic. I can actually hear the bass, and the sound isn't too compressed.
Something a bit different here: Eurobeat is a form of electronic dance music heavily influenced by '70s disco and '80s pop with its first origins found in England in the mid 1980s. Outside parts of Europe and Japan today, the subgenre essentially has its foot in the grave.
When I first heard the style, I thought every song sounded the same with little that differentiated it from other forms of electronic dance music. Eurobeat strikes me as the type of subgenre that embraces repetition (as with all dance music) with open arms. That's not to say it's a bad thing, but it gets tiring as nearly every eurobeat song follows a formula that has been specifically created for the subgenre.
I decided to introduce myself to the style with a compilation called Super Eurobeats Vol. 215. Aside from a few songs, I'm not impressed with the record, mostly due to awful vocalists. However, tracks like Alix's "Maximisin'," which is heavily influenced by contemporary pop and the Hi-NRG-style eurobeat of Jeff Driller's "Mecha Fireball" are very good and have enjoyed repeated listens from me.