Year : 2014
Style : Speed Metal , Thrash Metal , Female Vocal
Country : Germany
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 133 mb
Holy Moses is a German thrash metal band. They are well noted for being fronted by Sabina Classen (it is rare for a woman to be a singer in thrash metal) and for being one of the very first German thrash metal bands.Holy Moses were formed in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, on 1980.The band's first line-up was formed by bassist Ramon Brüssler, drummer Peter Vonderstein and guitarist Jochen Fünders during high school, the latter of whom also handled the band's vocals. This line-up played its first live show only four days after its formation, and released a demo titled Black Metal Masters in the same year. Vonderstein and Fünders left the group in 1981, and were replaced by drummer Paul Linzenich, vocalist Iggy, and guitarist Andy Classen from the local group Desaster. In December 1981, Iggy left the group and was replaced by ex-Desaster bassist and girlfriend of Andy, Sabina Classen (née Hirtz). The band performed their first live show with the new stable line-up in November 1982 and released a string of demo tapes, including Walpurgis Night in 1985, and The Bitch in 1986, and also appeared on the split-album compilation Metallic Bunnys.In 1999, during touring for the second Temple of the Absurd album, Sabina Classen collapsed on stage and was hospitalised. The singer fell into a serious illness and suffered a motorcycle crash in 2000. Following this, Temple of the Absurd disband and Sabina begins to work with Andy again with what would eventually become new Holy Moses material. The band is reformed in early 2001 with Franky Brotz and Joern Schubert on guitar, Jochen Fünders on bass and Julien Schmidt on the drums. The band performs several comeback shows throughout Europe and South Korea, and releases an EP titled Master of Disaster through Century Media. Andy Classen stayed with the band as songwriter.In 2002, Holy Moses released Disorder of the Order, their first album with the new line-up. Michael Hankel, guitarist of Erosion and friend of Andy's, replaced Schubert soon after the album's release, and becomes a main songwriter of the band. The band performed at Wacken Open Air festival in 2004, and after fan demand for another Holy Moses album, the group released Strength Power Will Passion in May the following year. It is the first album without input from Andy Classen. After securing a deal through Wacken Records and a subsequent re-release of the band's material, Fünders and Schmidt leave Holy Moses to be replaced by Thomas Neitsch and a returning Atomic Steif.The band recorded and released their tenth album Agony of Death in 2008. They will release their eleventh album Redefined Mayhem on April 28, 2014
American audiences may not be too familiar with criminally under-appreciated German speed institution Holy Moses, a band unique for two main reasons: having formed way back in 1981, they are most certainly one of the eldest pioneers of thrash metal. Secondly, they are one of the first female-fronted metal bands, and in all likelihood the first one to feature truly harsh vocals from the fairer larynx.Sabina Classen, she of the guttural snarl and monstrous stage presence, has been the face of Holy Moses since their first year of existence. A tireless and dedicated champion of heavy metal, Classen nevertheless has endured her share of ups and downs. On April 29th, 2014, Holy Moses will be releasing their eleventh studio album, and first since 2008's Agony of Death. Entitled Redefined Mayhem, the new album features a revamped lineup and a recharged attitude. With mixing and engineering duties being handled by Tue Madsen (Dark Tranquility, Moonspell, The Haunted), you might wonder if a band known for rawness and energy will benefit from or be hindered by such a production decision.During their career, Holy Moses never really turned the corner popularity-wise, enjoying cult status while touring widely through Europe and occasionally through Asia. Virtually unknown in the United States, it is amazing how many people – myself included – back in the day thought Angela Gossow (formerly of Arch Enemy) was the first woman to front a successful band with growling vocals. Sabina Classen was burning up microphones when Angela Gossow was only in grade school. But, as is usually the case with such cult status acts, many more popular musicians will cite Sabina Classen as both an influence and a boundary breaker.Holy Moses' brand of reckless thrash metal incorporates the influences of early Kreator, Slayer, Destruction, and Sodom. Their past releases have essentially stuck with this formula, though from time to time they have experimented with greater technicality.Redefined Mayhem begins reliably enough, picking up and storming forth with blistering speed and Sabina's steadfast bark. The more modern production actually doesn't sound that much different from that of 2008's Agony of Death. If you are the kind of person who dislikes slicker productions, you may find yourself yearning for the stripped down menace of yore. But as the first few songs rip forth it is clear that Sabina Classen will never compromise her heaviness nor her dedication to underground metal. "Trigger" and "Undead Dogs" stand shoulder to shoulder with classics like "Current of Death" and "Def Con II" from the elder days.A heavy, Sneap-like production such as that found on the last few Testament albums is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if certain elements are preserved. Redefined Mayhem is an example of this, and as a result the album can be considered a triumph. Sabina sounds young and angry and downright mean. The guitars bite and the drums sound massive… these are absolutely essential ingredients in thrash, a genre whose progenitors covered virtually every one of its bases before 1990.For Holy Moses, a band who helped spawn this genre – spearheading their own revival back at the advent of the millennium – it is a challenge to sound as fresh and vibrant as they manage to on Redefined Mayhem. Each song on the album kicks sufficient amounts of ass. The band also incorporates some gang vocal accompaniments to Sabina's verses. This is a touch from punk and hardcore/crossover that I find very effective.The leads are excellent; just check out the absolutely barnstorming "Whet the Knife" or the equally vehement "Process of Projection." Fresh blood has proven quite beneficial for Holy Moses, as well as the benefit of an extremely yeoman-like frontwoman. Being a vegan who lists her drinks of choice as tea and water has its benefits. Sabina Classen is every bit as energetic in 2014 as she was in 1984. In this way she reminds you of Bruce Dickinson; endless age defying mastery of the craft.All things considered, Redefined Mayhem is a strong offering from thrash's unsung heroes, remaining hard throughout with absolutely no let-ups or let-downs. A breaking of new ground it is not, but those who sweat denim and bleed leather will get it. The ever changing tapestry of heavy metal is strengthened and preserved by bands like Holy Moses, who know no compromise and suffer no weakening of resolve. Thrash or be thrashed . . .
Sabina Classen Vocals (1981-1994, 2000-present) - See also: ex-Temple of the Absurd, ex-X-Mas Project
Thomas Neitsch Bass (2008-present) - See also: Desilence, ex-Courageous
Gerd Lücking Drums (2011-present) - See also: Lightmare, Giftdwarf, ex-Trampire, ex-Rebellion, ex-Melancholic Seasons (live), ex-Courageous, ex-Rawboned
Peter Geltat Guitars (2012-present) - See also: Desilence, ex-Sinners Bleed
01. Hellhound 03:44
02. Undead Dogs 03:35
03. Sacred Sorrows 03:32
04. Triggered 03:29
05. Into the Dark 04:39
06. Process of Projection 03:57
07. Delusion 03:53
08. Fading Realities 03:12
09. Liars 03:20
10. Whet the Knife 02:23
11. Redemption of the Shattered 03:18
12. One Step Ahead of Death 04:58
13. This Dirt 01:17
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