So back in October, I went and saw my buddies in Holy Grail play at the Observatory, in Santa Ana, CA. The headline band was Orange Goblin, and there was also supporting act, Lazer/Wulf. All good bands, let me tell you.
My buddy, Eddie of SoCal band TakenHostile, and I arrived a little late, but it was an early show anyway. I belive it was a Thursday or Wednesday, so we missed Lazer/Wulf. That was a shame, because I later found out they were from Atlanta, which I had just visited, and I really wanted to show support. So I went to the merch booth and chopped it up with them for a bit. Really cool down to Earth guys. Their music is instrumental and experimental in nature, but have some great fucking metal vibes going on. Definitely original shit! You should check them out! I bought both of their CD’s they were selling.
Then, I finally got to see the bros in Holy Grail shred it up. Man, I’ve seen these guys play throughout SoCal, and I always love watching them jam, but this was one of the best shows I’ve seen them put on. They were just so full of energy and were spot on. Eli Santana was all over the play, and made me remember why it’s a good idea to be in shape for stage performance. He was leaping in to the air and doing some insane shit you see on workout videos, like Insanity and shit. That’s the thing I love about Eli, though. He really feels his stage performance and he feels the groove. He’s not just douchebagging it up on stage trying to “play the part” of Rockstar. He just is being Eli on stage. I love all those guys though. James Paul Luna is a great vocalist and always has a lot of energy, plus he’s vegan, so we vibe really well. Alex Lee is just a phenomenal guitar player as well, and is really mellow and easy going, mostly. Blake Mount is a cool dude with a great sense of humor, and Tyler Meahl is just a cool fucking dude too, and these guys are ALL talented musicians. I love their fucking music and presence. I can’t wait to see them again in December. They’ll be jamming with local bands Desecrate and Sirion. Both of which I’ve had the privilege of jamming with as well. Both are great bands.
Last up was Orange Goblin. These guys have more of the classic rock vibe going on, which seems to have been taking off ever since The Sword came on to the scene. Probably before, but that’s about the time that I, personally, had noticed these bands starting to appear. (We also have a great SoCal band here called Demon Knight which is this sytle too). I personally was digging Orange Goblins vibe. The guys had some good grooves and a good fun attitude, but my bro, Eddie, wasn’t feeling them as much, I guess. So we didn’t stick around too long. The crowd was apparently loving them, though. There were a lot of younger and older people there, all jamming to Orange Goblin. I was feeling it, personally! This is why I prefer to go to shows alone, most of the time!
After that, I picked up a couple of Holy Grail shirts, and we took off. It was a good show, met some good people, etc. I always look forward to Holy Grail jamming.