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Review: Holy Moses - Invisible Queen
Holy Moses
Invisible Queen

Label: Fireflash Records
Year released: 2023
Duration: 48:46
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death/Thrash


Review online: May 16, 2023
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (9 Votes)

This is another in a long line of reviews of bands that I was aware of back in the '80s but never actually listened to, probably because I found harsh vocals such a turnoff at that time. Over the years, I've learned to appreciate, if not love them so much, so here we go with me jumping into an established band's catalog with their twelfth album, Invisible Queen (thirteenth if you count the 30th Anniversary: In the Power of You re-recording effort). By the way, Sargon loves it when I do this.

I knew Holy Moses played thrash metal and had harsh vocals, but I admit it was not until sometime in the twenty-teens when I became aware the singer was a woman. I don't know if that makes me dense or Sabina Classen really good at what she does, probably both, but she gives no ground to her male counterparts, slamming through the vocal lines on my favorite tracks, "The New Norm" and "Order Out of Chaos". The writing is consistent, with those two rising above the rest in terms of sticking around after the album is over, while the whole effort is sure to leave your ears ringing. This is a band that knows what they want to do, namely combine ferocity with a modern production on what is purported to be their last album. Since I can't speak for their early "classics" (which I've realized don't have reviews here as of May 2023, maybe I'll rectify that) so I don't know how Invisible Queen stacks up against them, but it is nevertheless a pummeling barrage of death/thrash that should strip the paint off the walls nicely.

More about Holy Moses...
Review: Agony of Death (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Disorder of the Order (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
Review: Invisible Queen (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
Interview with vocalist Sabina Classen on September 20, 2023 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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