Los Angeles rockers Holy Grail have flown the heavy metal flag proudly for a decade with a sound highlighted by nods to the early ’80s’ new wave of British heavy metal and the harder-edged bands of that era’s Sunset Strip scene. Eli Santana and Alex Lee sling dueling shred guitar riffs while vocalist John-Paul Luna shouts for the heavens with an air raid siren approach. It’s been a few years since their stellar 2016 release, Times of Pride and Peril, but a taste of new material from an upcoming EP release awaits the heavy metal devoted. Canada’s Striker will also provide sufficient riffage, as last year’s Play To Win was an infectious record striking the balance between furious dosages of speed and the pop sensibilities of power ballad–era Scorpions.
Holy Grail play with Striker, Bewitcher and Darkstone at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 4 at the Viper Room.