Holy Grail with special guests

Brick by Brick presents

Holy Grail with special guests

Monolith, Malison, Meltdown

Fri · May 19, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$10 adv & $15 day of

This event is 21 and over

*Online sales end at 6PM day of show unless otherwise noted. After that, limited tickets will be available at the door.

Holy Grail
Holy Grail
Like many of the legendary bands whose influences they wear on their tattered sleeves, the Los Angeles quintet HOLY GRAIL made an immediate impact when they exploded onto the metal scene in 2009. Here were five immortal men who fought to kill, armed with an infectious sound – a mix of classic heavy metal and modern sensibilities – sure to win over even the most jaded of cynics. As if on cue, metal media around the world swooned immediately. Metal Hammer UK nominated HOLY GRAIL for their "best new band" Golden Gods Award based solely on the two original tracks that appeared on their debut EP "Improper Burial", while the group was invited to perform at major worldwide events such as the Wacken:Open:Air (Germany) and Download Festival (UK) before their full-length debut was even finished being recorded. When their full-length debut "Crisis In Utopia" was finally released in late 2010, it was clear from the opening notes on that HOLY GRAIL's music is their silver bullet. The album reasserted the group's potential and earned the band a new round of critical acclaim, with Revolver Magazine naming the release one of 2010′s Top 20 albums. Hereafter, the group hit the road for a nearly two-year touring cycle during which guitarist Alex Lee (ex-BONDED BY BLOOD) joined the fold and the band performed alongside the likes of BLIND GUARDIAN, ELUVEITIE and DRAGONFORCE, among others. In addition, they further developed a burgeoning international fan base by touring Japan, Australia and the UK.



If "Crisis In Utopia" hinted at what HOLY GRAIL could achieve, new album "Ride The Void" shouts it through a megaphone. Gone are sword-and-steel odes to Valhalla; in their place are morbid tales of serial killers. Indeed, producer Matt Hyde (SLAYER, CHILDREN OF BODOM) brought out a darker, hungrier side of the band than many have heard to date – yet musically, they're more exhilarating than ever: Witness the galloping riff of "Dark Passenger", the betcha-can't-play-this exuberance of the opening lick of "Too Decayed To Wait" or the unexpected triumphant and melodic solo in "The Great Artifice". Perhaps more importantly, the album sees HOLY GRAIL continue to expand the limits of their sound by incorporating classical guitar ("Wake Me When It's Over"), a cinematic, QUEEN-like vocal intro (the otherwise anthemic "Sleep of Virtue"), a trance-like guitar loop ("Silence The Scream") that cleverly belies the lyrical content it introduces, and a moody finale ("Rains of Sorrow") inspired by a family member's battle with cancer.
Someone pretty might catch your attention, but only someone special can keep it. HOLY GRAIL could have easily written an album filled with lovable tales of mead-chugging knights-on-horseback, but instead, they pushed themselves further – and in the end, created an unforgettable collection of timeless metal anthems that not only validates the early praise they received, but creates an exciting question: Where will they go from here? For now, though, buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Monolith
Monolith
In 2013 Doug Walker (The Hookers, Nixon) started writing material for a new project. The idea was to be a metal project with heavy reference to the mid 70's early 80s era of metal. He started corresponding with Aaron Howell (MF Ruckus, White Fudge) and they began work on recording the material in the summer. In November Doug recruited local musicians Ben Pincock (Generator, GFI), Jono Lanasa (Zombie Cartel, Prevailer). 2014 marked the inaugural year of shows.

After a few short tours, Jono left the band to focus on his project The Dirty Work and Jared Bliss formerly of the Nite Crawlers took over second guitar duty. Monolith was approached by Funeral Noise records and signed into a 2 record contract. The first full length, Against the Wall of Forever was released on CD in February of 2015. Vinyl is slated to be released sometime in 2016.

During 2015, Gordo left the band and was replaced by Tadeus Kutcher. After a very slow year, it was decided to change frontmen. Aaron Howell left the band to focus on his band MF Ruckus, and Keith Mcintosh took over on vocal duties.



Monoliths mission is to play what they like to call "Pure Metal", overdriven guitars, soaring vocals, facemelting solos, and lower production value than most current metal acts in order to keep the feel of the early days of metal.

Monolith has released a split 7" with Voyage of Slaves on Little Heart Records, as well as a self released cassette E.P.

"If you want metal that should be played at a party while people have bottle rocket fights, and drink shitty domestic beers, this is it. And that's a good thing." - Syd Bishop of never-nervous.com
(full review at http://www.never-nervous.com/2014/01/review-monolith-st.html)

Members of Monolith have played with: Pentagram, Jucifer, The Dwarves, Reverend Horton Heat, Supultura, Clutch, Zeke, Anti-Seen, Avail, Electric Wizard, Torche, High on Fire, and many many more.
Malison
Malison
Hailing out of Southern California, the origins of Malison are traced back to the days of a high school cover band looking to get together and play some tunes.

After years and years of playing together and putting on cover shows for friends and family, original material was starting to get written, and then the embryonic stage of musical development started to progress.

After Malison had found a guitarist with similar musical direction, the band started collaborating together on new musical ideas, inspired by the sounds of Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Between the Buried and Me, Dragonforce, and Megadeth.

On January 17th, 2014, Malison was born.

Since then, Malison has played a handful of shows in the Southern California metal scene, and has even taken the prerogative to put on its own shows hosting San Diego talent to build the heavy metal community. Using the moniker "Malison Presents," Pop vs. Metal was an instant success, and now "Pop vs. Metal II: A New Challenger" will be underway!

Malison is hoping to reach the heavy metal community with a revival of clean vocals, complementing the classic sound and feel of the 1980s, with a contemporary edge for originality. The galloping bass lines, raspy vocals, and melodic harmony encompasses Malison's vision for a new, unique sound.

Currently, the band just self-released their first EP, "Impulses" on June 9th, 2015
and is currently waiting to take the stage at a venue near you!
Meltdown
Meltdown
Meltdown is a Mexican Heavy Metal band formed by four young guys from Tijuana, that, like all bands that form this movement called New Wave Of Traditional Heavy Metal (NWOTHM) seek to bring back all those things that made the 80's the best and most memorable decade for all Metalheads: Fast songs, beautiful harmonies, killer guitar solos, galloping bass, high voices, powerful drums, and most of all: A show that will make you bang your head like never before!
Venue Information:
Brick by Brick
1130 Buenos Ave
San Diego, CA, 92110
http://www.brickbybrick.com/