Step Onto HOLY GROVE'S Fertile Doom Ground With 'Solaris'
The northwest seems to breed all kinds of special bands. Between Seattle, Denver and Portland, there must be something in the mixture of the rainy days, fog-tipped scenery and crisp air that contributes to the creative process for musicians who live in the region.
Hailing from Portland, Holy Grove is no exception to this rule. Perhaps it's no coincidence, then, that the beautiful Adam Burke-penned scene that adorns the cover of their forthcoming second album, aptly titled Holy Grove II, perfect matches the dreary yet uplifting soundscapes contained within. Have a first taste of the album in the form of "Solaris" below.
The song opens with a delightfully evil-sounding Sabbathian riff before the witchy bellow of vocalist Andrea Vidal carries over the slow, churning groove. As it opens up more and more, it becomes more evident that Holy Grove is a band that has grown remarkably since their 2016 debut and has a bright future ahead of them. Vidal says of the track:
"'Solaris' was the last song completed before we went into the studio to record, but has quickly turned in to one of our favorites to play live and one of the songs that we feel best represents what we tried to accomplish with this record. This one means a lot to us.”
Holy Grove II is five tracks of doom bliss, featuring a guest spot by fellow Portlandian Mike Scheidt of little band called YOB. The album drops Nov. 9 via Ripple Music and can be pre-ordered here.