Holy Moses – Invisible Queen Review

I didn't realize that Holy Moses was formed in 1980! 43 years of pounding relentless thrash are gonna take its toll on anybody, so they’ve decided to hang up...

Blackened Thrash

Fireflash Records

Release date – April 14th, 2023

 

Line Up:

Sabina Classen – Vocals

Peter Geltat – Guitar

Thomas Neitsch – Bass

Gerd Lucking – Drums

 

Tracklist:

1 – Downfall Of Mankind

2 – Cult Of The Machine

3 – Order Out Of Chaos

4 – Invisible Queen

5 – Alternative Reality

6 – The New Norm

7 – Visions In Red

8 – Outcasts

9 – Forces Great And Hidden

10 – Too Far Gone

11 – Depersonalized

12 – Through The Veils Of Sleep

 

 

I didn’t realize that Holy Moses was formed in 1980! 43 years of pounding relentless thrash are gonna take its toll on anybody, so they’ve decided to hang up their spikes and bullet belts after this release.

‘Downfall Of Mankind’ sets their stall out with a frantic vicious attack and Classen spitting the lyrics with the voice of Satan’s mother then ‘Cult Of The Machine’ goes for the throat on a rabid thrasher before the even more intense ‘Order Out Of Chaos’. The title track eases back a bit and swings and bounces as all great German thrashers do then ‘Alternative Reality’ has the air of epic about it and gets chugging along – simple and to the point – gets the head banging. ‘The New Norm’ gets kinda technical and proggy but it’s still jagged and razor-sharp in its delivery before ‘Visions In Red’ gives us some classic metal with guitarist Peter Geltat weaving some lines before they all come in and thrash ‘til death following drummer Gerd Lucking’s pacesetting double kick. ‘Outcasts’ follows the same vein and brutality then ‘Forces Great And Hidden’ brings a huge amount of groove metal before ‘Too Far Gone’ brings back the bounce for another proper banger. ‘Depersonalized’ goes tech again with Bassman Thomas Neitsch following Geltat’s spidery lines before they kick into a beast of a thrasher that takes us to the final number ‘Through The Veils Of Sleep’ and more of those proggy fills before they tear it up one last time.

If this is actually how Holy Moses goes out, then I cannot think of a better way to go. They’re going out at the top with this release. It’s angry, aggressive, progressive in places, and brutal. Good luck to all the members and hopefully we’ll see them doing something else soon. Thanks for the music.

 

Score: 8/10

Reviewed by: Smudge

 

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