Mandalaband IV brings you the legend of the Holy Grail … but not the tradition surrounding Arthur and the Round Table knights. This is the story as handed down to us through the Romano-Spanish tradition of the Sangreal – the true history of the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper. Arriving in Europe with Mary Magdalene and Joseph of Arimathea, over the centuries, it was transformed into the mystical relic known as the Holy Grail. Fourteen epic tracks, many of which are majestic anthems, make this an album worth waiting a little longer for.
Composer Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Thin Red Line, Batman Begins) successfully fused his signature brand of overwrought but highly effective melodrama to the backbone of director Ron Howard's 2006 movie adaptation of Dan Brown's controversial religious thriller The Da Vinci Code. That film's main theme, "Chevaliers de Sangreal," has been retooled for the 2009 sequel (the book was actually a prequel) Angels & Demons, preserving all of its elegiac atmosphere while bringing in more choral elements, as well as the nimble fingers of Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell to reflect the story's central character, Vatican City.