Strength, Power, Will, Passion
5/26/2005 - Review by: Eric Compton
Holy Moses - Strength, Power, Will, Passion - 2005 - Armageddon Music
Every band seems to be looking for female vocalists today, and I think it is interesting to see that this band has really cut their teeth on the female delivery, Sabina Classen playing the perfect thrashing queen through nineteen years of hellblazing sonic fury. This is certainly no different, with Classen playing the rumble queen to perfection. Her voice borders on death metal, but at the same time never fully commits to that. While groups like Sinister and Arch Enemy thrive on the extreme aspect of barking dolls (I call 'em like I hear 'em), Holy Moses are a bit more crystal clear. Never ranking in the small percentage of Chastain or Warlock cleavage, these Germans really just play a sinister, sadistic blend of hot lead speed, possibly being that fourth German entity to play the proverbial technical thrash (Kreator, Sodom, Destruction), although several others could come into play for that coveted fourth horsemen ride.
This really is a basic understanding of speed and the little to no variance to that particular ideal. This new record thunders on in much the same way as Kreator and Destruction, and since I don't have any other Holy Moses records to compare this to at the moment, I would imagine this record is more modern than previous efforts. I would speculate that this is about the same jump Kreator made from early 90s to current SPV material. I can hear the modern Slayer sound, the current hot bed of death thrash, and the heart of it all, that extra sense to move faster and faster, with little to no worries about being painted into a corner. With lightning quick punches from the lethal combo of Franky Brotz and Michael Hankel, Holy Moses just simply do what they have always done. It is great to see that nineteen years haven't left them confused or disoriented, and their fans' wishes are firmly put in place here. Fans of Arch Enemy should pick this up, to better understand the German way of thinking, and to put that Gothenburg scene out of sight and out of mind....at least for a week or so.
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