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Review: Holy Moses - Disorder of the Order
Holy Moses
Disorder of the Order

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 40:44
Tracks: 12
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: September 6, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (15 Votes)

Holy Moses have been around since the mid-80s but were inactive for a few years for various reasons. This German band plays a mix of heavy metal and Thrash with some speed metal influences popping up here and there on the album. The vocals definitely stand out here, I guess the closest comparison I can make is with Cadaveria's (formerly of Opera IX), without being exactly that either. Let's just say that Sabina Classen didn't choose the same vocal range as, say, Tarja from Nightwish. :) I wasn't expecting this type of vocals and I had to listen to a couple of songs before getting into them. The vocals are generally clear enough to understand the lyrics, except maybe in the faster songs - nothing new here. :)

Musically this is mainly Thrash-oriented, but with enough heavy metal influences to appeal to those who are not usually much into Thrash. Speed and aggression are favoured, but there's a good number of more melodic, catchy moments - real good use of the guitars here. The main riffs are kept simple but incredibly catchy, just about every song's melody have been stuck in my head for several days. The song "Verfolgungswahn" distinguishes itself not only by the fact that it is sung in German, but it has a weird sound - not unlike a mix of Thrash, but with some Rammstein and Rob Zombie thrown in beat-wise - definitely an attention-grabber since all the other songs have a completely different sound. It's a good song but I'm not sure what they were trying to do here. The lead vocals on the last -and short- song, "Heaven and Hell" are handled by a guest male vocalist.

I've noticed a bit of variation in the sound in a couple of places and it's hard to say whether it's wanted or if it's Century Media's non-existent quality control at work once again. Nevertheless, this is a very good release that fans of the genre should enjoy.

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